Popular kids show/cult-hit MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC (or rather, My Little Pony: Tomodachi wa Mahou) has finally set its sights on Japan in it's continuing effort to dominate the world... with friendship and pastel-colored ponies.
It was arguably never a question of if this would happen, but really when. According to Wikipedia, Friendship is Magic is already or soon will be available in the following languages: English, European French, Italian, Dutch, European Spanish, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Serbian, Russian, European Portuguese, Chinese, Finnish, Slovak, Ukrainian, and now Japanese.
Here are the details as posted on Equestria Daily:
- Japanese title is My Little Pony トモダチは魔法 (tomodachi wa mahou = Friendship is Magic)
- scheduled to begin airing on TV Tokyo in April of this year
- the show will be available in both Japanese dub and original English
- recognition of older pony fans was mentioned
- 4 of the mane 6 voice actresses were revealed:
- Applejack: 徳井青空 Sora Tokui
- Rarity: 佐々木未来 Mikoi Sasaki
- Pinkie Pie: 三森すずこ Suzuko Mimori
- Rainbow Dash: 橘田いずみ Izumi Kitta
- The 4 voice actresses listed above are the main characters in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Holmes
- Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy will be revealed at an event in March
- toy line marketed towards young girls
- other merchandise such as magazines, accessories, and smart phone applications will be marketed towards middle school age through college (and if I know my Japanese marketing, you are SURE to get a TON of awesome, made only in Japan pony merch!)
- new website: http://mylittleponyjapan.com (under construction)
- 52 episodes confirmed (season 1-2) but if it remains popular, we are sure to get season 3 and beyond
- they are hoping the show will teach the importance of friendship while teaching English to kids as well (not many children's shows are automatically available in English here on TV)
Perhaps the most interesting point listed above (besides the merchandise towards older viewers) is that the main voice cast of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes will be voicing 4 of the 6 main characters. This is strangely fitting, since those characters go on adventures and solve problems together not entirely unlike the ponies. Unfortunately we won't know about the Japanese voices for Twilight Sparkle or Fluttershy until sometime in March.
What do you think of this news? Is it about time this happened, or is the world now doomed?