This question really speaks to me. I’ve searched for the answer for so long and after all these calculations I’ve run and all these books I’ve read on the subject, the only conclusion that I have reached is “bagels”.
YOUR VIDEO ISN’T ANALYSIS.
There really seems to have been a bastardization of the word “analysis” within the My Little Pony Reviewers/Analyzers and day after day I see countless YouTube Bronies spouting off left and right that they “do analysis”. Unsurprisingly enough most to all of these videos have nothing to do with analysis and contain little to no analytical content. These videos end up either just stating facts and recapping events or pointing shit out and not connecting it to the topic of the video.
Here is a great breakdown of what constitutes a review/analysis etc. written by JackPHunter:
Talking about an episode, or bunch of episodes and going off of those to talk about the show further. May or may not contain score or recommendation.
Taking an idea about the universe of MLP and putting it to the test by reviewing available material.
Idea about how the world of MLP works based on factors other than the show material.
- Factors outside of the material means that it can not be proven, nor disproven to be canon. This can either be a fanfic as reference to explain, or it can be logical reasoning. If there is an assumption to be made that is not observable in the show, it’s a headcanon.
- You can make a video or text analysis supporting a headcanon, this will then take the idea and put it to the test. The video will then be analysis, however the idea presented will still be a headcanon.
Now, why is this important? You should be able to call your video whatever you want because you made it, right?
The audience comes to your video looking for an analysis and expecting you to analyze. They aren’t looking for headcanons or your biased view on an episode or a character in the show. Not only is this misleading but by misrepresenting the information in your media you are effectively besmirching those who put their heart into making an actual analysis.