Thursday, 9 July 2015

Bad news: not only is S6 *not* coming this year after all, but... looks like there'll be a mid-S5 hiatus as well. Hasbro seem to have made an almighty mess of their own PR tweeting, and their latest update says:
Correction! Second half of #MyLittlePony #FriendshipisMagic season 5 is coming later this year. #HasbroSDCC Forgive us, we got nervouscited
Sigh. I should have guessed it was too good to be true. If there's a bright side, though, there will in fact be more time for fanfic!

End of the world? No, of course not; we all (I hope) have plenty of interests outside watching the show, and indeed outside the wider fandom. But this is a My Little Pony blog, so I'm damned if I'm going to take a wider perspective. That's not what this thing is for.


  1. Hmmm. I think I see the point of this from a marketing perspective. It takes a while to make these episodes, and they probably want to keep the product in people's minds while they work on new ones. However, from a storytelling perspective, this is pretty irritating. I mean, we're in the middle of a cutie map story arc, and possibly a recurring Starlight Glimmer arc. Cutting that in half and making fans wait several months for resolution is just lame. It smacks of a department that is run by numbers and statistics rather than artists. It's no big surprise that it would be the case. I mean, most companies are. It's just frustrating to see in action and makes me wary of future decisions.

    1. What I think is particularly poor is waiting until now to announce the mid-season break. That means either: a) they knew, but didn't feel like telling us; or b) they've only recently made the decision. The first is rank bad PR; the second is potentially more concerning, as it suggests things aren't going as well as Hasbro had hoped. I can't help wondering whether there may be trouble brewing between Hasbro and Discovery Family, given DF's distinctly unimpressive handling of the show (compared to Hub's).

  2. A hiatus?

    (though this is exaggerated)