Yes, animation has started as of a day ago I think.
It's going to have another 26 episodes, the team says it'll undoubtedly be even more awesome than the first, there will be *some* sort of recurring villain, Weird Al could potentially make a cameo appearance, Derpy's background appearances were planned out ahead of time instead of being last second edits, non-Nightmare Luna will return with the same voice actress, and it'll start airing some time in the fall (People keep saying December, but I'm betting it'll start before then like the first season).
DVDs of the first season are planned, along with more marketing toward bronies.
Finally! We'll see more Luna! I wanted to see more of her. XP
So last night I was talkin with Leoshi, and I stumbled upon an idea that may quite possibly help him on something I'm not sure I can share with you all yet. I thought of a pony that had to do with an Eclipse. Originally it was supposed to be just a Unicorn. I then thought, wouldn't it be as powerful as someone like Princess Celestia and Princess Luna?
An idea smacked me in the face.
I can have Eclipse be both a unicorn and a pegasus, and in order to do that, it would had to have some relation to Celestia and Luna. So I changed the name a bit and decided to name her Princess Eclipsys. A cousin to Celestia and Luna. I also thought at the time to have a king named Nova and yadda yadda, but I'm not going that far into the royalty of the cosmos.... Anyways, if Eclipsys is as powerful as them two, is she in Equestria?
Another idea smacked me in the face.
For awhile I've been trying to think about a place that my band pony, Yang, is from. I originally didn't want him to be from Equestria. When I thought what the name of the place would be called for Eclipsys to rule, I looked at the name, Equestria. I looked at a word in the name. Quest. So I tried to form a name that had to do with something like a quest. First I thought of Adventure/Venture (doesn't really have a punch to it...), then I thought of Journey (even worse! DX), and finally, Chronicle (now THAT'S more like it!). Equestria ends in an A, such does Celestia and Luna. So since Eclipsys ended in an S, I thought of the name Ochroniclys.
Having all that said. My band pony, Yang, is from Ochroniclys. Under the rule of Princess Eclipsys.
Oh, and here's what I thought up for what Princess Eclipsys