My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is an anime series in the My Little Pony franchise
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The various misadventures of Twilight Sparkle and friends as they work together to find and showcase the true meaning of Friendship.

Overview

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the fourth generation of the My Little Pony animated series. It has been revamped to cater to young girls while at the same time challenging the conventions of a "girl's show" reflecting on this new age of children. The creator behind this revamp, Lauren Faust, previously worked on The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Both of which pushed to break boundaries and stereotypes for children's television. Friendship is Magic has been licensed in Japan and airs both in original English and dubbed in Japanese.

The series has an impressive cult following with viewers who are not a part of the core demographic, often referring to themselves as Bronies. They are typically very upfront about it and wear their passion on their sleeves. There are almost equally as many people on the internet who hate the subculture that's developed around the show, dubbing it the cancer of the internet.

Plot

Twilight Sparkle is studious pony who lives in Equestria; a magical land populated primarily by ponies. There are three major varieties of pony that live alongside each other; Earth Ponies, Pegasus Ponies, and Unicorn Ponies. Unicorns like Twilight have magical abilities, Pegasi can fly, and while Earth Ponies neither have horns nor wings, they are generally the most in touch with nature, plants, and animals. A fourth variant also exists; Alicorn Ponies have both horns and wings, and are generally considered royalty. Twilight's mentor, Princess Celestia, is one such Alicorn and the ruler of Equestria. Because Twilight does nothing but study she has become very antisocial, her only real friend being a baby dragon named Spike; her faithful assistant. Because of this, Princess Celestia asks Twilight Sparkle to go to Ponyville to meet new ponies and learn about the magic of friendship. Twilight soon befriends five other female ponies; Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash, and her new adventures in Ponyville begin.

Characters

See also: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (anime) characters for all characters in this series.

Mane Cast

The main characters (often referred to as the "Mane Cast" as a play on words) of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are a group of female ponies (and a baby boy dragon) living in Ponyville. Each of the six ponies represent one of the Elements of Harmony.

Twilight Sparkle (トワイライトスパークル)
Voiced by: Tara Strong (speaking) Rebecca Shoichet (singing) Miyuki Sawashiro
Element: Magic, Occupation: Princess Celestia's Student, Ponyville Librarian
Gender: Female, Race: Alicorn Pony (originally Unicorn Pony until season 3 finale)
The main protagonist. Twilight Sparkle is a bookish Unicorn Pony who strives to learn anything and everything she can. Prior to the series, she preferred studying alone at the expense of interacting with other ponies, but at her mentor Princess Celestia's advice she has ventured out to make friends and learn from experience. Her unicorn magic is unusually powerful, and her cutie mark, a collection of magic sparks, reflects this.
Spike (スパイク)
Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck Motoko Kumai
Occupation: Twilight Sparkle's Assistant
Gender: Male, Race: Dragon
Spike is a baby dragon and Twilight's faithful assistant. He acts as a messenger between Twilight and Princess Celestia, sending letters to the princess to inform her of Twilight's progress learning about friendship, and receiving notices and occasional missions from the princess. While other dragons horde treasure, Spike generally prefers to eat it, particularly gemstones. After arriving in Ponyville with Twilight, he quickly develops a crush on one of her new friends, Rarity.
Applejack (アップルジャック)
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball Sora Tokui
Element: Honesty, Occupation: Farmer
Gender: Female, Race: Earth Pony
A stubborn and hardworking Earth Pony, AJ is honest, plainspoken, and practical. She and Rarity have different ideals and tend to not see eye-to-eye, but they overcome these differences to become friends. AJ works at Sweet Apple Acres, a farm that has been part of the Apple family livelihood for generations. Her cutie mark is a trio of apples.
Rarity (ラリティ)
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (speaking) Kazumi Evans (singing) Mikoi Sasaki
Element: Generosity, Occupation: Fasion Designer
Gender: Female, Race: Unicorn Pony
An elegant Unicorn Pony with a refined taste for high fashion and style. Rarity enjoys glitz and glamour and is the most conventionally feminine of the group. She has a knack for making dresses and contributes to the community of Ponyville with her extreme generosity and love of giving. Her cutie mark is three diamonds.
Fluttershy (フラッターシャイ)
Voiced by: Andrea Libman Emiri Katō
Element: Kindness, Occupation: Animal Caretaker
Gender: Female, Race: Pegasus Pony
A soft-spoken and timid Pegasus Pony, Fluttershy's skills are with animals and mother nature. She is the most introverted of the bunch but has been known to go out of her way to help any and all in need. Her Element of Harmony is kindness and her cutie mark consists of pink butterflies.
Rainbow Dash (レインボーダッシュ)
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball Izumi Kitta
Element: Loyalty, Occupation: Ponyville Weather Patrol, Wonderbolts Trainee
Gender: Female, Race: Pegasus Pony
Nearly the polar opposite of Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash is a Pegasus who is loud and proud. Rainbow Dash strives to be the coolest and is the biggest tomboy of the group. She is very out-spoken and driven and loves to pull pranks. She has a lot of personal goals and objectives, but will forever remain loyal to her friends in the end. Her cutie mark is a rainbow lightning bolt.
Pinkie Pie (ピンキーパイ)
Voiced by: Andrea Libman (speaking) Shannon Chan-Kent (singing) Suzuko Mimori
Element: Laughter, Occupation: Baker/Caterer/Party Organizer for Sugarcube Corner
Gender: Female, Race: Earth Pony
Pinkie loves a good party and lives for smiles. Her element is that of laughter. Pinkie has a very bubbly personality and often seems a little random and crazy. She tends to eat everything in sight and loves a good cupcake. Pinkie's main goal is for everypony to get along and have as much fun as possible in the process. She's true to her friends and means as little harm as possible. Her cutie mark consists of balloons.

Theme Music

English Themes

#TitlePerformerEpisodes
OP01"My Little Pony theme song" (version 1)Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kazumi Evans01-28
OP02"My Little Pony theme song" (version 2)Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kazumi Evans29-65
ED01"My Little Pony theme song" (version 1)Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kazumi Evans01-27, 29-43, 45-51, 53-64

Japanese Themes

#TitlePerformerEpisodes
OP01"Mirai Start"Suzuko Mimori01-13
ED01"Kataomoi no Karaage" (片思いの唐揚げ)HKT4801-13
OP02"Majikaru Dai Dai Dai-Boken!"Nanamori-chu Gorakubu14-?/
Episodes
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
4 - 77
Pinkie Pride
02/01/2014
4 - 76
Three's a Crowd
01/25/2014
4 - 75
Rainbow Falls
01/18/2014
4 - 74
Pinkie Apple Pie
01/11/2014
4 - 73
Rarity Takes Manehattan
01/04/2014
4 - 72
Bats!
12/28/2013
4 - 71
Power Ponies
12/21/2013
4 - 70
Flight to the Finish
12/14/2013
4 - 69
Daring Don't
12/07/2013
4 - 68
Castle Mane-ia
11/30/2013
4 - 67
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2
11/23/2013
4 - 66
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1
11/23/2013
4 - 65
Delete
11/23/2013
4 - 64
Delete
11/23/2013
2 - 26
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
04/21/2012
1 - 26
The Best Night Ever
05/06/2011
1 - 25
Party of One
04/29/2011
2 - 25
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1
04/21/2012
1 - 24
Owl's Well That Ends Well
04/22/2011
2 - 24
MMMystery on the Friendship Express
04/07/2012

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Original US Poster Art

General Information Edit
Name My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Name: My Little Pony トモダチは魔法
Romaji: My Little Pony: Tomodachi wa Mahou
Publisher Hasbro Studios
Start Year 2010
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Aliases MLP: FiM
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