Interesting thing I found out yesterday from my communications major brother:
In Japan, the reason why such series as Super Sentai and Kamen Rider are so great, isn’t because Japan is just better, its because the TV industry over there makes those shows for kids and their parents (ie takes them seriously). As a result, the industry puts more money and effort into the show’s visual, acting and writing.
How does this relate to MLP?
Both MLP and Kamen Rider are derided in the West for being childish, even though the shows have serious writing and are enjoyed by adults.
This of course begs this question from me:
Why is it, that in the West, such things as cartoons or tokukatsus are labeled as childish even though they are thoroughly enjoyed by adults and in other cultures or time periods, they are seen as things everyone can enjoy?