Jen A. Blue is a third-generation geek and lifelong animation buff. She has a degree in English from George Mason University, and lives in Baltimore, where she is studying to become a therapist. She is proudly trans, gay, and Jewish, and starting to be pretty Buddhist, too. Her favorite pony is Fluttershy, her favorite captain is the Sisko, and her favorite Doctor is Peter Capaldi. You can find more of her writing and videos at JenABlue.com.
This is the journey from Crown to Kingdom.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's fourth season explored what happens after the Hero's Journey is over. This collection of essays looks at how the show tries to answer that question, and the curious resonances that result between its attempts and two real-world mystical traditions, all connected by a crystal tree.
Whether they’re tracing depictions of the apocalypse from their roots in the ancient Near East to hit anime of the 90s and 2000s, exploring the ways in which certain mecha and magical girl shows equate trauma and heroism, or just trying to figure out why Utena turned into a car, the essays in this collection combine an accessible style with literary analysis to present anime in a new light!
This third volume of essays adapted from the blog My Little Po-Mo combines a critical study of the third season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with analysis of both licensed derivative works and a selection of fanworks to explore these questions and the show which inspired them.
A critical study of the hit 2011 anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica, covering the original television series, three spinoff manga, and the film Rebellion. From Buddhist belief and paper theater to Walpurgisnacht and the commedia dell'arte, this is a must-read for fans and scholars alike!
This second volume of essays in the My Little Po-Mo series combines critical analysis of the second season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with ethnographic examination of its fandom, with a focus on what might be called the "dark side" of the latter. Sex, death, and chaos, handled as only a children's cartoon can!
Now fully revised and updated! This first volume of essays adapted from the blog My Little Po-Mo combines a critical study of the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with ethnographic examination of its adult fans to explore questions about their motivations and experiences, along with the show that inspired them.