KirbyFanOne, on 23 April 2013 - 04:11 AM, said:
When a show ceases to be creative, original, or charming and instead ops to go the referential or >Le Reddit style of humor.
So...like about 75% of anime, then.
Just about every harem anime robs shamelessly from Tenchi. Mecha shows steal from Gundam. Evangelion so robbed from other anime shows that there's a whole chapter devoted to "how Gainax ripped off everyone" in one of my history of anime books. (Shinji's an expy of Nadia, the battery power countdown is Ultraman, the whole damn genre steals from Tetsujin 28go, I can keep going.) Finding an original anime these days is difficult. It's self-referential as hell. Of the last 20 or so anime series I've watched, none of them showed much in originality. Doesn't mean I didn't find them enjoyable. I love HOTD because it's basically an animated version of a good Romero zombie flick, before Romero started to suck.
I'm a guy of a certain age who's liked cartoons longer than many ACen posters have been alive. That doesn't make me better or smarter than anyone else, but it does make me fairly jaded towards cartoons and anime. I went into watching MLP not expecting to like it at all. I was drawn into the series for one reason: I found it funny as hell. I watch shows for entertainment, not to feel edgy or to analyze it. MLP is a cute, harmless cartoon, and I don't really give a categorical damn if it's not "creative" or "original." It makes me giggle, and that's all I require if I'm in the mood for a good laugh. Given that I was bedridden with pneumonia when I started MLP, trust me, a laugh is what I desperately needed.
I'm terribly sorry that you don't like MLP, Kirby, but as far as I'm concerned, that's your business and none of mine. I think I'm more sorry that you've got nothing to do but get on a topic started by fans of the show and look down your nose at us for not liking the same things you do.
Mother of Celestia, it's a effing cartoon with talking ponies, Blazing Saddles references, magic, and barfing dragons. It's not something to get worked up about if a lot of people like it.
Ben Da Mad Irishman
"Hell, I think Akira sucks"