It is no longer surprising to find black t-shirts emblazoned with a purple unicorn. The unicorn is Twilight Sparkle who is one of the six characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Check out more at Brony.com. The show is popular among its target audience of little girls but is has also gained a fan base among teenage boys and adults who call themselves “bronies”.
The term “Brony” has become an international phenomenon. In the UK, fans of My Little Pony call themselves “Bucks” while in Germany, fans attend Galacon. A group of bronies in Holyoke, Chicopee Springfield and West Springfield has 122 registered members.
According to Dylan Bellerose, a Grandby high school senior, his dad was a little bit iffy about his being a brony but then he went okay since the show was appropriate with no violence. There is a process to a being a brony. The youngsters often hear about it from friends but they put off being a brony for a while until they finally watch the show. Many people like Bellerose have heard of My Little Pony but not the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
It is evident that the there are a lot of adult fans even if there are more female fans than male fans. It is also a mix of the young and old generation. The older generation still remembers the My Little Pony fame during their childhood. New fans are becoming familiar of the show from comic books and merchandise.
In the universe of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, different races of ponies have their own abilities as well as a system of government. The ponies have magic, braun and fight and they coordinate to nurture animals and nature. The show is more developed than sitcoms and this is perhaps the key to its appeal to most people irrespective of age or gender.
The content focuses on friendship and not on silly stuff. Episodes deal with the strong bonds of friendship although there are some episodes on romance. The writers and animators are awed by the fan base and they ensure that characters act a scenario that teaches life lessons.