This was actually in the roundup where a good majority of analysis style articles go, but I figured I'd split it off. It is pretty enlightening to see how exactly Friendship is Magic is forseen in Japanese culture.
Fluttershy for example is apparently battling the top three positions with Cheerilee and Big Mac as best ponies. I don't think those two have ever come close to any of the mane cast in the USA/Western polls.
Anyway, go read it here, because its awesome.