Soooooo there seems to be some Japanese influence in EG
I'm Chinese and there's not much western cartoons here. All we got was Japanese ones.
One thing that surprised me when I first watched the show was that, despite Fluttershy being similar to a very 'popular' sterotype of shy girls, she wasn't made fun of in the typical way animes do. Actually, she doesn't even blush much, as opposed to those poor girls in Japanese animes. This was one reason I loved FiM: the writers showed respect to whatever personality these characters may have.
But during the transformation they had in the boss battle, I saw a shy face that I was too familiar with… Hmm, whatever, it's a nice way to say hello to the Japanese bronies, ain't it?