Since Season 4 of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" will air tomorrow, I think this is a good time to tell you a story how I started liking "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" and became a fan what you call "Brony."
It was in 2011, May 20-ish (when MLP:FiM is still in its first season), I was doing the usual, surfing the internet for something good to watch. I was using an old dysfunctional laptop and there was a random commercial pop-up about "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." I can't remember everything but I know I wasn't convinced at first and I find it as a little girls' show and there were few other ads in promoting MLP. Until I saw Tara Strong's (one of the greatest voice actress) name as one of the casts of the show, I was surprised but remain calm, I read at the show's summary and so I gave it try, by watching a few first episodes. I think that's exactly what I told myself, "Just a couple of episodes."
Just to let you know, nobody convinced or coerce me to watch, I watch on my own will; not like there was anyone close to talk with at the time.
I saw the "Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria..." introduction, I was fascinated. A land based on mythology, where two god-like princesses rule and to the punishment of Nightmare Moon, but that was the start.
I watched the first two episodes "Friendship is Magic" and I was intrigued, it speaks of love and friendship in a world of fantasy. But I didn't go straight to loving the show completely, I give myself time to understand the show; so I watched more episodes.
Though I begin loving the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," I wasn't ready to become a Brony and some part of brain is still resisting to the MLP. I already knew about the fandom called Bronies and the fact the majority are males from teenage to young adults. I was suspicious, like how there are so many older boys fell in love with a show designed for little girls. My main suspicious that MLP has a subliminal message; theoretically, a message in a media that get people's attention unconsciously. I don't call myself a Brony until one month from the time I started watching. I spent the time looking arts in Equestria Daily and research MLP.
Eventually, I realize this is the show I need, I've always wanted to see world of fantasy with love and friendship and other nice things. It was right after I've watched Mortal Kombat (2011) video game, I realized I'm tired of watching 'boy stuff' with violence and people tear each other apart. I needed watch something nice. In Winter of 2011, I watched Sailor Moon. MLP reminds me of it since they both about love and friendship.
MLP is one of the few cartoons on TV that uses traditional 2D animation and no craziness. And I wonder if I can redraw MLP through Illustrator.
In conclusion, I like "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" because it's cute, loving, and very addicting no matter how much I resist. But I don't jump on the bandwagon immediately until I researched the whole thing. And it suits my needs of cartoon watching: love, friendship, fantasy, funny, good stories, 2D, and talking animals.