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Season 4: My Dear Friends by Esuka Season 4: My Dear Friends by Esuka

This took much longer to get up than I had hoped. With season 3, I took all the images and just threw them together, blending them a bit, but this time, I went back, cleaned up some of the images, fixed mistakes and whatever else. So yeah, it took some time.


Let's see, I said I'd give my closing thoughts on the season here, so what are they? Pretty obviously, the season was fantastic. There were weaker episodes, but no bad episodes. The new characters we got were entertaining, and while I'm not going to get my hopes up that we'll really ever see them again, that we got them at all is worth it.

But what really made this season great, I think, was the theme of it. And it wasn't a theme you could really grasp in its entirety until you had seen the whole thing. I mean, yes, we had the whole thing with the key, teaching someone else the value of their element of harmony, but the depth of that was subtle, but incredible powerful. As I was working on the image for the season finale, thinking on everything that got tied together by that episode, the lessons that weren't said but were no less present just kept coming. Especially for a kid's show, to leave things to interpretation like that is a gamble, and when it works, it's so powerful. I've seen some people say that anyone over the age of twelve should already know these morals, but I see middle aged adults go against them every day.

Now, if you're still with me this far down, I appreciate you taking the time. On my season finale post, there were a number of rather rude comments about people "bitching" about the rainbow power designs.

First off, Twilight would be disappointed. Shaming? Has the show taught you nothing?

I dislike the designs because I find them garish. They incorporate colors that aren't a part of the character's (well designed) palette, they had a plethora of cutie marks that are clearly meant to be easily printed, and while I get the flowing mane thing, it just comes across as inflated. The color thing is what really bothers me. There was a redesign that came across reddit a while back that, in my opinion, fixes these issues. Does Hasbro have an obligation to sell toys? Yes. Does that mean they have to slap together rushed designs rather than make something that's interesting and worth selling? No. That said, people seem to like them, and there's plenty of art and plushies and the like. If you like them, then power to you. We are all allowed our opinion.

Ok, ok, closing up. This season was fantastic. It was worth the early mornings and crummy breakfasts, no question. Many of the friends I have now, I met because of ponies, and while our interests have deviated, that foundation is still present. This show is crafted with love and expertise, and shows us (more than I think many people give it credit for) a way that we might better conduct ourselves. And it reminds us, especially with this season, to never be afraid of what might come next.

Until next time,
Esuka

Edit: Cheers to everyone coming over from EQD. I was so surprised to find it had gotten its own post, and I'm happy you enjoy it.
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ricardofr-200 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
Yeah I'm so glad I've found this comic again! I've made en dramatic dub of this but never found the original source so I never edited it :)
Love this comic so much!
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HeroofBergen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
This is awesome, I love Twilight as an Alicorn. That right I said it. 
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
... ^_^
Thank you for this!!
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
My God this is beautiful...
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chibitoothless234 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That was soooo beautiful how you put great art of all the season 4 episodes it is truly beautiful in my eyes.
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Dashie77 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
omg. that is the best thing i've ever seen!! Good job!
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dottiii Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing. 
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Requius76 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Amazing.
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the message here... as you say even those with more years or experience can forget this lesson, like the others.
Thanks for sharing :)
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lollipopflower Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*happy tears*
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mlp-and-smLunaLover Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
wow.
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beartone678 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
This is the most amazing Comic I have ever seen! Thank you so much for making this! I love you man.
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nessa191 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
AWWWWWWWWww
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MelodySArtist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:icontwilighthappyplz:: This is so amazing! I love it so much!
:iconpinkiepieplz:: This. Is. Sooooo GOOD!
:iconapplejackplz:: Ah thought apples were the best, but this... This is spectacular!
:iconrainbowdashhappyplz:: This is so AWESOME!
:iconfluttershyhappyplz:: Oh, my! This is the most beautiful thing I ever seen!
:iconrarityhappyplz:: Oh, darling! Look the style, it's so... beautiful!
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parisdiamond17 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This.Is.Awesome!
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TaraZuzu9649 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
love love love love love!!!!
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I'm just seeing this now, but I was looking forward to seeing what you would do for the end of S4. Very nice!
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Ph1n3a5and77 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since I left the fandom, I was gonna say this before I officially stopped watching the show.
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Miss-Manga1910 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job!
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Umbra-Nine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
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Razgriz470 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Amazing. I just noticed that Bulk Bicep's trail is one big "YEEAAHHH!"  That made me laugh.
Excellent work.
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RavenTwi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Wow, for a minute there, I thought that this was one of Jiayi's legendary "Season Sum-Up" comics like he did back during the first two seasons.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
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A beautiful summary of a fantastic season.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Cool
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw!!! This is veeery beautiful and wonderful!!! Love it!!! :heart: :love: :heart:
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Slickshadow330 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! This is cool ^^
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
This is an absolutely wonderful picture. You've captured so much of the season, the values and the lessons. Fantastic work!
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A--C-Y-N-I-C-D-O-L-L Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is the best thing I've ever seen from Season 4.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Wow! :D
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kacript Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Love it, a fantastic art piece for a fantastic season. Season 4 is my favorite season so far.
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LavenderRain24 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unbelievable and AMAZING!
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INVIIZZIBLE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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EspeCraft Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved the season finale, and loved this!
In fact,
Let me hug you! 
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Irregular-Entity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful rendition of the season. Great job.
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Kp3131012 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
BEATUIFUL!! Brings a tear to my eye, *wips tear away* Happycry 
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EchoOfTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
YES! :D
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HaloPrime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking forward to this <3!
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MissLuckychan29 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
EPIC!
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
:clap::clap::clap:
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Windspeed8 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
EPIC dude
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Bulbblesrdabae Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omigosh.... I started to tear up. This is beautiful. No doubt. Just... amazing.. AMAZING!
furrydreamclapplz 
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furriKira Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Try not to cry,try not to cry-

...Dang it...
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Bulbblesrdabae Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.. I'm so obsessed with the show and sensitive that I started crying. So your not alone. :') this picture brings tears to my eyes.
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o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Yay, I'm not alone!
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Bulbblesrdabae Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 I was hoping I wasn't alone too.. then I saw your comment.
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o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
/)*3*(\ I got noticed!
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Bulbblesrdabae Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:P
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Goremise Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
This is just beautiful :')
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