It's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
There's a new cartoon on tv that drove 4chan to distraction, enchanted jaded writers and 40-something professional comic geeks, and passes the Bechdel Test in almost every scene. It's about a courageous band of non-humanoid beings who live land full of strange, ancient magic, forgotten prophecy and terrible monsters.
There's a lot of pink, they're all ponies, and the show is aimed at 3 - 8 year old girls. None of this stops it from being pure, unadulterated awesome.
The pilot is about a loner sorceress trying to warn an oblivious populace of the return of an Ancient
The plots of the following episodes range from preventing an oncoming famine to attacking giant space bears (no, really) to the butch-er ponies being excessively competitive with each other to ... manually changing the seasons via magic as the usual thing to do.
The ponies all live in Equestria, run by immortal ruler Princess Celestia from her castle of Canterlot. She is occasionally Machiavellian and very nearly worshipped.
Twilight Sparkle is sorceress / librarian pony who is Celestia's apprentice in magic. She's very smart, but despite being the leader of the group, she's socially naive and awkward.
Fluttershy is a cute, cuddly, shy, sweet pony who loves small animals and can mindcontrol people with her stare. Look, I didn't make that up, okay?
Rainbow Dash is brash, friendly, and super ambitious and competitive. She also has a short attention span and is kind of bad at planning. If she isn't the cutest little baby dyke ever, my gaydar is eternally broken, and I mean that as a compliment to her and the people making this show.
Applejack is big, strong, responsible and generally easy-going. She's also always getting into dominance struggles with Rainbow Dash. It's pretty clear that Applejack is always going to come out on top *cough*, but try telling Dash that.
Rarity is a self-consciously girly fashion designer and the show's token out heterosexual pony. (No, really, she's the only one in the main cast who has onscreen romantic things for guys.) The other characters tend to treat her like a damsel in distress, but she's completely capable of taking care of herself. Fashion designer may sound boring, but actually she's the artist / entrepreneur of the group and a complete pushover for anyone who wants her help.
Pinkie Pie is just a weirdo. Cloud cuckoolander + prankster = Um, whatever, Pinkie Pie, you do that.
Spike is the token dude, but that's okay because he's a dragon. He lives and works with Twilight Sparkle and seems to be her foster-sibling / best friend. He has a thing for Rarity, which she doesn't entirely discourage.
And then they have awesome adventures fighting monsters and engaging in a market economy! NO REALLY. You should watch it.
(For ALL your pony news and free episodes, I direct you to The Official Site and Equestria Daily.)
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