MLP:FIM has one of my favorite artstyles, so I don’t mind seeing show-accurate vectors. I especially enjoy them in any “what if” scenarios. I will say, G5 characters look a bit off in G4 style. Not bad, just off.
I guess my vent about the show is how magic draining villains became overused - Tirek started it and it felt fresh, then Storm King and Cozy Glow did it (I’m not sure whether to qualify Starlight since her cutie de-marking does limit one’s magic, and Chrysalis does weaken you when she feeds on your love) and I thought that oughta be enough. Then the real Grogar turned out to be another magic thief, and to be honest, I would’ve preferred him just being an immensely powerful villain.
There is still a chance that Grogar will appear in the G5, and from what has come so far - I think that Discord’s disguise as Grogar was mild, almost kind.
Firstly; the harmony tree had been naturalized in something reminiscent of Ground Zero where the Everfree forest was at its thickest. The Everfree forest - with the largest magical reservoirs in all of Equestria with dark and evil magic that has never been explained in the G4 - has been eradicated.
Secondly; Equestria’s collapse had happened “recently”, with subsequent collective amnesia, the song in C3 was an attempt to recall a folk memory related to the legend of the Mane 6. All indications are about 150 years, from 100 to 200 years. Zipp said “no one remembered” - Izzy said “no one knows” how the magic disappeared.
Thirdly; the IDW comics revealed that someone had inflicted grotesque and near-fatal wounds on Discord - a magical spirit who represents chaos in physical form. In the cover of the IDW #6, Twilight was in a battle with something unseen, and things aren’t going well for her.
Fourthly; Canterlot was in ruins, the ponies and non-ponies had fled and abandoned everything and everyone, which suggests enormous trauma in the first generation after the collapse.
Fifthly; all the monsters that were a permanent part of the G4 - we now know that they were created by Grogar who is the father of the monsters - and their leader - have completely disappeared, which suggests that they may have had a role when the magic disappeared.
Sixthly; what has been learned so far about the Unity Crystals and the magic in the G5 makes it clear that it is impossible to remove the active magic without activating a mechanism. Only Twilight could have done that, and it could only have happened under the utmost desperation, when she had nothing to lose.
And last but not least are the clues that the Wishing Star is Twilight Sparkle.
More and more it becomes clear that an unimaginably formidable and powerful enemy had attacked Equestria and triggered the collapse that could be world-wide, who was able to defeat Discord and fought Twilight in a stand-off. If it’s Grogar - he’s done it without the bell, which isn’t the source of his magic, but a tool. He shook, frightened and terrorized the Ponykind who first wanted back what they had lost, then split into irrational fear of each other.
More and more evidence suggests that Grogar - if it is him in the G5 - may be the most dangerous and formidable of all enemies in the entire history of the Ponykind. Maybe the G4 writers chose to change to Discord because Grogar is too scary for the younger children, there is a persistent rumor that they want deaths to emphasize Grogar’s evil, when the script for the S9 is being prepared.