Greetings everypony! Darkblaze here with yet another blog post. This time, I'd like to discuss the main reasons I fell in love with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and became a brony. I feel like there are a lot of posts out there where people talk about the chronology of their becoming a brony, but not too many of them talk about the reasons grown men could ever like a show about girly cartoon horses. Without further or do, let's get to it!
In order to understand how I became a brony, I need to talk about where I was at the time I was officially introduced to the show. I've been a huge fan of the Thomas and Friend TV series since I was a kid, and I still avidly watch the show and collect the wooden trains; I even used to think that Sodor was a real place that I could visit and work alongside Thomas and his friends. That being said, it wasn't all perfect - not too long ago, the series hit a dark patch in time when the show first converted to full CGI. In short, the characters were bland, the stories followed the same boring formula, and the animation itself wasn't anything spectacular. Although the series has turned itself around in its storytelling and animation, the characters still retained their two-dimensionality. Even though I still thought My Little Pony was just a girl's show, I guess I secretly wanted to venture out and find a show with more interesting characters.
Suddenly, through a series of unfortunate events, I ended up watching an episode of MLP (Swarm of the Century), which I found funny and interesting enough to watch another episode, which was the infamous Season 3 finale, Magical Mystery Cure. Even though I didn't fully understand the significance of Twilight's ascension at the time, I still love this episode and consider it the moment I officially became a brony, and here's why: a character went through a permanent change. Nothing like this had (and probably never will) happened in Thomas and Friends, so I was shocked that a kids show decided to step out of the trope of having all the characters stay the same throughout the entire series. I thought that, if a show was this bold and daring to permanently alter the status quo, I figured it was one well worth watching, so I watched more and more episodes, and the rest is history.
What do you guys think? Why did you become a brony? What about the show caught your attention and changed your opinions about MLP being "just for girls"?