My friends, I am happy to announce, the pony world Domination Continues! This April BUSHIROAD will be bringing the series to Japan Here is the teaser poster as well as part of the Japanese dub cast and the companies plans.
-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)
You can find the Japanese MLP work in progress website here!
So Soon We Bronies shall have conquered yet another country, but fear not otaku, you shall be allowed to continue as is, but know this, all your cat girls & moe's shall become slaves to the new equine overlords! MUHAHAHHAAA!!!!
But on a more serious note I do see some good stuff coming out of this such as
- Some High quality Pony PVC Figures & Plushies, as well as lots of other fun random merch *seriously Japan likes to put characters on things even more then we do*
- The show getting more international prestige gives Hasbro more reason to keep renewing it, akin to how Japan does simmilar things with Pokemon & Yugioh.
- In the past U.S. toons that have gotten big in Japan (ALA PPG, the original Transformers) have eventually gotten anime adaptions &/or Spin-offs. If MLP were ever to get such a treatment, It could be pretty fun to watch.
But theres also some cons to be had
- If they do get awesome merch, importing will be a pain. *To my wallet that is*
- Pony Doujinshi..... let us pray theres more fun SFW then NSFW.
But yes, Sufficed to say, we are one step closer to world domination. VIVA LA PONY!!! XD