86 comments posted
FoldabotZ's avatar
FoldabotZ
Novice Brony
@Newman134
Definitely. Like I said, have optimism and hope in the future. Change is good, it means we’re progressing into the future. Even if the show ends, the friendship adventures of the Mane 6 and their friends will continue on off-screen and in the hearts and works of the fans both new and old. No doubt, because of it’s popularity, G4 may continue on in new toys and comics(that are explicitly set in the cartoon’s continuity, becase the current comics take place in like a parallel timeline that branched off at a point after season 2 but that’s another story).
Newman134
@Background Pony #8F71
and smile because you know you can always come back and rewatch at any time
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Background Pony #8F71
Like the old saying goes: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@Background Pony #E411

it might die during g5 if Hasbro fucks it up and turns it into a dumpster fire
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@FoldabotZ
are you sure
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
FoldabotZ's avatar
FoldabotZ
Novice Brony
@Newman134
The G4 fandom may shrink a little but it will never die. Take the G1 of the Transformers, 32 years have passed since the original cartoon ended but until now it remains to maintain one of the larger fanbases of the overall Transformers fandom. The cartoon ended but it’s one of, if not, the most important and influential version. Heck, new toys and comic based on G1continue to be made because how popular it is and fanbases of other versions of Transformers(like Beast Wars, Movieverse, Animated, Prime) overlap that just makes the entire fandom strong.

Star Wars for example, too. The Original Trilogy is 41 years old now yet Star Wars is still one of the most popular franchises that everyone knows, combined with the Prequels and the Sequels and everything in between. The DCAU, which ended a more than a decade ago, is still popular today because of how influential it was.

As for girls toys supposedly not being popular for long, how about Barbie? It’s over 50-60 years old and it’s still here. All these continually being made with a lasting fanbase are testaments to the enduring popularity and influence these franchises have. The same will be for Friendship is Magic, as it’s popularity and fanbase will continue on for years to come well after the show has ended.

Have faith and optimism for the future, because true legends never die and G4 has become a legend to join the pantheon of franchises I just mentioned.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
GaruuSpike's avatar
GaruuSpike
The End wasn't The End - Found a new home after the great exodus of 2012
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!
Magical Inkwell - Wrote MLP fanfiction consisting of at least around 1.5k words, and has a verified link to the platform of their choice

Thanks, everyone!
I have high hopes for G5. It won’t explode like G4 did, but we’ll still get some new fans and glorious artwork. A fresh start.

All I ask is that all of you not be so negative and critical of it this time. That’s what soured this show for a lot of people. Just stop letting other people make your opinions for you, attempt to strengthen your ability to suspend your disbelief, and enjoy G5 for what it is.

That first one is pretty important; STOP LETTING OTHER PEOPLE MAKE YOUR OPINIONS FOR YOU. I greatly enjoyed seasons that other people didn’t like that much because I watched them alone with zero input from the fandom (S6, S8). It helped me not take it so seriously and overall improved my experience, giving me fond memories of those seasons.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
PumpJack
Artist

Hell, stuff of Evangelion still shows up every now and then. The end of a series doesn’t spell the end of a fandom by any stretch.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Background Pony #E411
@Newman134
Dead? If Hasbro can get G5 out in time, the fandom will shrink but it won’t die. Will the fandom die during/after G5? Who knows.

Theres always going to be dead parts of a fandom. If there wasn’t a MLP wiki, I’d be willing to bet cold hard cash that no one here could name a G2 MLP character that didn’t reappear in G4.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@CHAMELEON_BREEZE

but the G4 community is shrinking and will eventually be Dead. Assuming G5 densest come around and prove itself to be good, which i have no faith that it will.

I dont think mlp and any girl toy franchises were designed or intended to be recognizeable or popular for a long time.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
CHAMELEON_BREEZE's avatar
CHAMELEON_BREEZE
I'm back.
There will be G4 content after G4 ends.

I promise.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@ShadeTheRaven

There’s also G5. thugh you need to be cautious on that one.

you looking forward to getting the box set for the entire series when it does come out?
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@Aknes
it’s just that this Generation has already lost it’s novelty and has fallen over to the mundane and hasbro knows that.

it’s just that you can always come back to a complete series at any time and also. you looking forward to getting the box set for the complete series?
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Aknes's avatar
Aknes
Totally agree with you on your major point, this is only the beginning of a different era of the fandom, not the complete end.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
ShadeTheRaven's avatar
ShadeTheRaven
That is very well said. I joined the fandom shortly after season 1 finished (A friend got me into it), and I’ve still been following it here and there. I’ve been a bit slow on watching episodes at times, and there are some parts of the fandom that have been in part responsible for why I slowed down on watching it (Got tired of seeing all the porn pop up for the most part ^^; ), but I can say that I’ve enjoyed my time with the show, and I still plan on enjoying it even after the final episode airs. There’ll still be the comics to look forwards to, so it’s not gonna be entirely over :)
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@FoldabotZ
though why does it seem and will seem to shrink at this time?

And the last part, that is only if hasbro can do the future gens right, which im not countign on them. G4 would likely go down as the xenith point in the franchise , it was the highest point in the franchise and everything made after it went downhill or lives under the shadow of G4.
FoldabotZ's avatar
FoldabotZ
Novice Brony
@Newman134
The fandom will be the same if not bigger when the G5 fans come in. The thing is that fandoms never die, they grow and change. Look at the fandoms of DC and Marvel and any other property that changes through the years, they’ve only grown larger. In the case of the Transformers fandom, it’s very large just as large as MLP. It’s only divided by specific versions of the Transformers: the G1 fans, Beast Wars fans, Movie fans, and Prime fans for example and those different groups still increase even long after the original series ended and will overlap when they’re a fan of more than one version. The same is for the MLP fandom, with G1, G2, G3 and 3.5, G4(FiM), and the incoming G5. Fandoms don’t die, they grow and change. There will always be G4 fans long after it’s ended, because G4 has become one of the most beautiful important versions of MLP and will continue to influence the next versions.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@Background Pony #E411
if you can reply back. des that mean that someday and even by the time G5 does come out, if it does this community will have gotten so small, that it’s pronounced dead?

I really feel like i shouldn’t have joined since its never a good thing to be part of a dead fandom given how empty those places are
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Newman134
@Background Pony #E411

I am considering going solo and beign independent of the fandom. any problem with that?

i wonder how big it will be when G5 starts rolling, if ever.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Background Pony #E411
@Newman134
Oh I’m keeping my chin up. You guys do good work, applause all around.

But lets be real. I’ve seen the stuff from 2012-2014, the community was FLOODING content back then compared to now. The party isn’t going to stop the day season 9 ends, but the community has obviously been shrinking for years.
Posted Report
Link Quote Reply
Comments86 comments posted