You've come such a long, long way,
and I've watched you from that very first day.
To see how you might grow,
to see what you might do,
to see what you've been through
and all the ways you've made me proud of you.
At long last, a new change has come.
You've grown up and your new lives have begun.
So go where you will go,
and see what you will see.
Decide what you will be, because now, you're free
to make your own destiny.
And with that, I think it's over. Two years, thirteen days in the making, and it's finally over. Thank you all for sticking with this as long as you have, for enjoying my work, and putting up with my salty remarks in the descriptions.
With that in mind, if you'll pardon me, I wish to make one last statement.
Over the past two years, some of my opinions on the show have wavered. Things that I mocked or balked at I've come to gladly accept, cringing at the ignorance of my past self. Others, that I at first liked or tolerated, I've grown to find distasteful or questionable. I will not go into any of them, because I have a request for the writers that overrides all that I have said before.
Stop writing the show for us fans.
Every time a season has ended, on Equestria Daily and, I imagine, other MLP fan sites, a poll would be put up for various prominent ideas in the fandom that they'd like to see realized in the show, and sometimes, in tiny little ways, those wishes would come true. Stop doing that.
I can't speak for the other fans out there, but I didn't come to love the show for any of its fan-pandering, I came to love it because I saw a show that, had I children of my own, I would be overjoyed to find them watching. A show that wasn't good for little kids, but great for little kids. That taught what I would like to teach them myself, rather than being a source of shallow drivel at best, or toxic garbage that they'd have to unpack later in life at worst.
I can already hear some of you mocking me, saying that it's up to parents to arm kids against bad ideals that our culture may throw at them, but I say that when you make something for kids, you are a parent. So the first step lies with you.
I would also ask you to stop writing for the corporate execs at Hasbro, but sadly, we live in a society were mass-reaching entertainment is driven by profit, and good content and profit do not always coincide as far as business folks are concerned. So do what you can.
Just write for the kids. Write for the kids who need to learn that Good does NOT mean Dumb, that the "gender boxes" are far larger and overlaping than what past generations would like us to think, that there are many, many ways to be a girl, and that none need be held as "better" than any other. Because in a society where the sexist undermining of the importance and respectability of women in comparison to men is still prevalent, we need works like this to drive such rotten, old-fashioned notions out.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a show for little girls. Please, make it the show they deserve, AND need. Lord knows this comic probably isn't.
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My Little Pony (c) Hasbro, Friendship is Magic was created by and assistants.
I gotta say I was looking for this comic for awhile now because I remember reading it before but then losing track of it completely. I am so happy I found it again and finished it now! It is such a lovely story and so interesting and very well written. I love it! Keep up the amazing work!
I praise you for the Celestia smack down! I always knew that pony needed to be brought down a peg. I love how you acknowledged no character was perfect, that lfaws are part of who you are, but can be overcome. Excellent moral.
I loved how you used a wolf, a predator, as a good guy. And acknowledged "I am a predator and could eat you". I'd love to see more of Nat's world.
Man, going back to this since I was in middle school. Still finished this in 2 days only during this self quarantine in house. That would be interesting if there was a story after this and based on Arofa Nahmat and more of her world or her universe. Man anyone hurt reading this comic this March 2020?
This was amazing, and while I personally enjoyed seeing Twilight transformed into an alicorn and the shenanigans of adapting to suddenly having wings, I genuinely loved how you handled her character. How you handled all the characters.
I cried, reading this, and maybe that's not saying much since I'm naturally emotional, but it's the mark of a great story.
You made me feel real emotions for fictional characters, and that's not easy to do. All I can say in response is thank you. Thank you for this story.
Thank you for making me feel, for making my heart race, for making me cry tears of both sorrow and joy, for making me smile and making me angry.
Thank you for pouring your heart into this work, for taking the time and committing the effort to share this all with me. For spending a part of your life on behalf of us, your audience.
Thank you, for an adventure I couldn't have had without you.
I read the whole comic, all the 136 pages in one night. I still can't believe I did read such amount of pages. I swear it didn't feel like I spent a long time reading. I was so into it, that time flew without me noticing it.
Really, this is worth reading comic. The plot, the art, the dialogs. Everything was well handled. I congratulate you for such amazing work
It's has been a long time since a reading caught my attention so deep like your comic did n.n
About your final statement here, I cannot be more proud of those words you said. Your level of maturity, the level you have to talk with your heart and not with your is very high. It is something only a few can achieve, and not because those few are special persons, but because the rest of the world doesn't realize the real potential, the real nature we human beings have to make this world a better place.
I'm almost 40 years old and yet, this series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to me in a moment in which I was just living for myself, I rarely cared about anything else. I was a mean person mind you, but I do admit I was kinda selfish a lot of times.
This series helped me in more ways than one. I met some amazing friends (some of them I got to meet them in person), I opened myself to more things. I discovered things about me I didn't know I could do.
I think that's the reason why it feels now like they're writing it for the fans. The attention the series got went beyond the main target it was aimed at, and now Hasbro has a bigger responsability, but then again as the saying goes, it is impossible to keep everyone happy. I agree they should write for the kids, but then again since the beginning the series wasn't like their previous generations in which all was all colours and flowers and happiness most of the times. In this current generation of My Little Pony they went on a different approach a very different I might add and take it from me since I know My Little Pony since Generation 1 :3
And I'm glad because I can say I learned a lot from it. My Little Pony: Friendship is magic may be a show for little girls, but at the same time it helped some of us adults to realize we can do even much more than what we think is our limits
So guess it wouldn't be just write for the kids, but write for the kids and adults (not adult situations of course lol). Write for all of us to keep learning through those lessons the characters share with us
If some of this doesn't makes much sense, I apologize. It is almost 5am here at the time I'm writing this, so maybe a few things may not connect one with the other, which I hope is not the case
I'm not about to geek out over this, and if I do, it won't be about the usual fandom crap. I'm not head-over-heels for this comic because it's dark. Nor because it centers around Celestia and Luna (though that is a nice change of pace).
It's because it makes you think; Think about the true nature of friendship, about the world around us, and about what it's like to hear something that's painfully true.
I must admit, it saddens me to read the comments section and only see things like "OMG LUNA" or "it needs to be darker."
I don't mean to be condescending, but I don't think you're seeing the big picture, which is ironic, as that's one of the prevailing themes of this story.
But my griping aside, I consider this a true masterpiece. It doesn't need a sequel, or a spin-off, or anything (except maybe a couple of grammar checks). It's amazing the way it is.