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What has G4 meant to you?

Discussion in 'General My Little Pony Discussion' started by Loganberry, 17 October 2019.

  1. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    I've given this thread a deliberately fairly open subject line: you can interpret it however you wish, and you can write about both official stuff like FiM and EqG, and fandom stuff like music and fanfic. You can talk about past events, current experiences and your thoughts on the future. You can write at length or just say a few words. As long as it's related to G4 (and within UK of E rules, of course! ;)) you can say what you like here.
     
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  2. Wonderbolt

    Wonderbolt Honorary Pony

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    For me it’s meant a great fun enjoyable show which great story, characters and music.
    I wish I had been in for the whole time but only started watching the show in 2015.
    The fandom bit was great for the most part, and BUCK 2016 was one of the highlights of Gen 4 for me, but sadly the only event/meet up I ever attended, mostly due to geography (I feel like you guys in the South East and the West Midlands are the strongest areas fan wise!
    I associate it with other things I enjoyed from the 2010s like Adventure time, RWBY, Disney Star Wars era and the 3DS eras of Fire Emblem and Pokemon.
    It maybe represents part of the Zenith of my Geek period (am not as geeky now as I was back then I don’t think).
    Finally UK of Equestria is a key part of that period I’ve met many great people on here (some in person at BUCK other I have not).
    As more discussion comes in from other people I will add more points.
     
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  3. Candy Yunagi

    Candy Yunagi Wishes she could be a cat

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    I had been considering starting a thread like this, actually. Hold on to your horsefeathers, this could get long...

    So I basically found the show on Boxing Day 2015, late at night. With the festivities over for the day, boredom set in, and I was just mindlessly browsing the internet. I stumbled across the show, stared at it for a few moments, then moved along. I found it again a couple of times, and remembered hearing about this whole adult male following. "That's a bit weird, but I won't judge them for it", I thought, but then I felt this curiosity. I wondered why, surely there must be a reason. These pones do have anime eyes, so that's kind of cool. I concluded that there was really only one way to find out why. If I didn't like it, I never had to watch it again. Maybe it'd be okay, but I didn't think I'd go as far as to call myself a fan.

    So I watched the first, which ended on a cliffhanger, of course. So I thought I might as well find out what happens in the second. I'd heard that it took a slower pace and more relaxed tone after that, so I watched the third to sample the slice of life side. Incidentally, I was really tired by the time I got to Applebuck season, so, ironically enough, Applejack's sleep deprived hallucinating actually creeped me out a bit, in my dazed state. So like AJ, I called it a night :p. It's hard to say exactly when I realised I liked the show, but probably around the time I finished season 1 soon after. I remember watching with one hand over the mute button, and the other over the minimise button, ready to hide the show at a moment noticed, terrified of the embarrassment if I got caught.

    I did eventually stop and think "wait, why am I freaking out over this?", and so I decided just to let my family "catch" me watching it, bought a couple of plushies and such. This was around spring 2016, the start of a horrible, horrible year for me. Before I knew what was happening, I started spiraling into depression, mostly out of frustration at being mostly housebound because of my anxiety. I don't think I should go into any details here of how bad things were by August, but the point is that ponies helped me through it. I was quite delighted to find that season 6 was coming, after being afraid for a while that I'd found the show too late. I suppose that's probably why I remember that season more fondly than a lot of people. But anyway, I spent that year watching the fandom from just outside. It seemed like a pretty nice place, but all this talk of being a community, even a family? I thought it was fair enough if people felt like that, but it seemed like a bit of an exaggeration. There was an experience I had which made me realise I had to get my depression under control, and that's what I spent that autumn doing. My anxiety got worse, but I managed to beat my depression over a few months, with some help from the show and the fandom. That's when I started to truly feel hope again.

    While I'd been considering it for a while, seeing Rainbow Rocks actually inspired me to take a risk and buy my own electric guitar, to see if I liked it. Needless to say, I loved it. The first song I tried to play was the rhythm part of Awesome As I Wanna Be, which I still play like that once a year, as if to track my progress. The first song I actually taught myself was Perfect Day For Fun. I mistakenly thought MLP songs would be among the easiest possible, but they kind of weren't :p. But at least they are mostly quite short. This was about the same time as I joined here, actually jumping into the fandom online. I can't even tell you guys how scared I was when I made that first post introducing myself. I thought reviewing episodes would be a good way to express myself regularly, so that's what I did. I was still really scared reviewing Celestial Advice, but I was fairly comfortable by around Secrets and Pies. I also heard about the MLP Movie coming out that October near the beginning of the year. I remember thinking how I'd love to go and see it, but I'd never be able to do that on my own in time. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but I decided to practice being somewhere near the cinema, and being in public alone, even though that was still really quite scary for me. It took several months, but when it came out, I went to go and see it with absolutely no problem. The film will always have a special place in my heart for that reason, along with Rainbow and Off To See The World. It proved that I can push my anxiety back, and I'd discovered a strategy for confronting bigger fears.

    To be honest, my biggest reason for joining here instead of any other brony sites was that I'd have a fair chance of meeting some people in person. Socialising online was always meant to be a stepping stone to socialising in person. So I focused my attention on trying to get to a meet somewhere. After I eventually deducted that Leicester would be closest, I spent another few months "preparing" myself for that. I'm sure any of you guys who met me during those first few months will remember how scared and awkward I was at the start. It took a while for me to even start to come out of my shell, and even though I still struggle a little bit, I'm working on it, and I think I've come a fair way. Being in the fandom in person, as it were, has helped me a whole lot, and while it didn't happen straight away, I have started to realise just how much my anxiety is starting to lose its hold on me. I didn't think I'd make it to UK PonyCon 2018, either, and I was planning to leave that for 2019. But my stars somehow aligned, and it was held in Nottingham, where my brother lives. So with some help from him, I was able to make it, and I'm still so, so glad I did. Remember when I said I'd thought those claims that this is basically a community were exaggerated? They really, really weren't.

    After a couple of years with my guitar, I thought I'd try taking what I'd learned about playing other people's music, and applying it to start writing my own. I had written a few little things before, but they were more proof of concept than anything. So I started working on a few Pony inspired instrumentals, but left them ambiguous enough that a non-fan could probably relate, as well. In the meantime, I've basically been growing my confidence, and tackling my anxiety one problem at a time. I suppose this year has been a bit less eventful, but UK PonyCon 2019 was a whole other thing. I made new friends quite easily, and to my surprise, I was actually talkative. Like, I was basically as much myself as I am around my own family. But aside from all of that, it was also my first weekend away by myself, and it was a resounding success. I find it quite amusing that when I found the show, I never thought I'd call myself a fan, and there I found myself at a dedicated pony convention dressed as Lyra Heartstrings :p. I have come down from the high of the con, but I'm pretty sure the confidence it gave me remains, and I feel like the sky's the limit right now.

    I find that the characters were always the biggest draw for me. and I do feel like each of the mane six taught me something over the past few years. Applejack taught me that persistence, honesty and hard work are not to be underestimated. Fluttershy taught me that it's okay to be scared, and that pushing through it is one of the greatest forms of strength there is. Pinkie Pie taught me that every day is something worth celebrating, and that it's okay to let some of my craziness out sometimes. Rarity taught me that if I love how I look, that has more of an impact than you'd think on how I feel. And to stay creative. Rainbow Dash taught me that sometimes faking confidence until you make it can be the best strategy, and I think I'm learning to speak my mind more, with some filter, of course :p. And Twilight taught me that with amazing friends by my side, nothing is impossible. And so did all of you.

    I know it was a common phrase many years ago "came for the show, stayed for the fandom". Well, I guess now it's our time to prove it. I'm not gonna lie, I am a bit afraid of losing all this. Of course I wouldn't wanna lose all the friends, the human contact and the good times I've had and end up alone again. But thinking with my logical head, that's not gonna happen. If all of us really mean what we say, there's no reason for us to go anywhere, because we do have an amazing community in each other. In this world, it's so important to spread love tolerance, friendship and positivity, so we gotta keep this going. The show had taught us so much, but I think we've also taught each other a fair bit. There's no way I wanna stop now, and I know I'm not the only one.

    TL;DR version:

    The show helped me through depression, and I've made amazing progress with my anxiety thanks to the fandom. Rainbow Rocks helped me find my own love for music, and the Movie will always represent the time I started to really fight my anxiety back for me. I've made some wonderful friends in person, and both my times at UK PonyCon blew my mind, growing my confidence even further.

    So remember, Friendship is Magic. No, really. If all of that isn't magic, I don't know what is. I love you guys <3.

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  4. Robshi

    Robshi Young Dragon

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    It's been a bright, optimistic and funny show that I've really enjoyed. G4 has introduced me to conventions as BUCK 2014 was the first proper convention I'd ever been to, and was a lot of fun. BronyScot continues to be a highlight of my year and I'm getting very hyped for the convention this year. What really makes these conventions so fun is the warm and friendly community that this show's fandom has. You guys are great!
     
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  5. Recurrent Trotting

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    I got into G4 for the netty sharpness, music and memes, mixed with innocence. The show deals with the typical serious kid-stuff in a standard fantasy setting but paints the rainbow in neon, daring you to enjoy the emotional pitch with the absoluteness of its intended audience, but against the nuanced background that an older kid or adult needs to fully enjoy those emotions (again).

    Soooo what does it mean to me? As great as Pony is as a thing to watch and listen to and such, I don't think that's the thing that was most meaningful. Rather, because G4 pony's appeal proved so broad, and because of the internet, the platform G4 provided for so many people to produce and engage is what I will remember. It encouraged me to reach out to people over something I enjoy and happily immerse myself in something. For the last 8 years or so nothing has come along that could do that, and that is not because cute, serious, kid-fantasy awesomeness has been lacking (Steven Universe is so good you guys :p ) but because G4 and the fandom around it created this feeling of openness and welcomingness that made it a pleasure to join and stay.

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  6. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Since I started this thread, I think it's about time I wrote something here!

    I'm one of those for whom this show and its fandom have genuinely changed my life -- and far, far for the better. I did have friends before, some of whom I still count among the best friends I could imagine -- but MLP has expanded their number greatly. I've met a lot of wonderful people through this fandom who I would never even have known before -- the downside of course is that they've met me. :p

    Getting serious for a moment, I suffered a very traumatic bereavement in early 2013, just a few months into my time in the fandom. Not only did an episode of FiM turn out to be the first time I truly felt happy after that, but the sheer kindness and care that people here (including right here on UK of E) showed me was incredibly touching -- and it was this which confirmed that this fandom really was "home" for me. I'd spent a few years in the furry fandom and I'd met some fine people there, but it was never home to me in the way this fandom is. Yes, as we all know, the fandom has its problems and unpleasant members like any other fandom does. But I really do feel that, in general, it's a nice place to be, somewhere I feel safe and happy.

    Which leads me on to conventions. Before BUCK 2013, I'd never been to one. Not even one of the MCM sort. And here I am with nine pony conventions under my belt, and fully hoping to add to that number next year. Again, it's that feeling of "home" that's done it -- once I'm through registration, I'm in a place where everyone understands, where nobody is going to think less of me for hugging a Fluttershy plushie (well, unless they think it ought to be Rarity or something :p). It's a place where I can feel completely comfortable in a way that -- thanks, social anxiety! -- I often don't in other situations.

    Now, cons only happen occasionally -- so meetups help no end to fill in the gaps. I'm so lucky to have been a part of the Worcester meets from the start six years ago, since I think Pigasus has created an outstandingly good meet, and I'm proud to have played a small part in keeping them on the road. As I said above, I've met quite a few really good people through this fandom -- and plenty of them are people who I've met because of the Worcester meets. As with cons, this is an area where I wasn't especially social before Pony, but now I'm always looking forward to the next meet. (23rd November, btw!)

    On top of that, I was never really much of a modern animation fan before G4 MLP, so things I've watched since (eg Gravity Falls and Steven Universe) are also indirectly down to MLP's influence. But that's an extra. The core is the show itself and the extraordinary fandom it spawned. I don't think something as special as that is going anywhere any time soon -- which is good, because I certainly don't intend on doing so either! If you'd told me a decade ago I was going to say this I wouldn't have believed you, but it's true: My Little Pony changed my life. :)
     
  7. F.I.N.E.

    F.I.N.E. Less than 50 characters.

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    I haven’t been as involved in the fandom as others in this thread, but I do identify with this, as well as rekindling my love of manga/anime.
     
  8. Bridle Timeout

    Bridle Timeout I Love Twilight Sparkle

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    I started watching the show properly just after the S3 finale, although I watched a couple episodes during the summer of 2011. After marathoning the then-existing 65 episodes in 4 days, I decided to check out the fandom since I had been marginally aware of it for a while. I found this site not too long afterwards, and although I’m not typically a “forum person”, I’ve been posting my nonsense here for over 6.5 years. :p

    Very soon after I started watching and joined the fandom, I went through a very stressful period at work and I think it helped me get through it by having something positive and amusing to watch when I got some time to relax. :)

    I haven’t had a chance to be as social and get out to meets as much as I did earlier on, as I work the night shift now and I don’t even know how active the local meet is anymore. I did enjoy the ones I went to though, and I even traveled a bit further afield to attend a couple meets in Birmingham and one in York. I do enjoy being able to see other pony fans at ConFuzzled and UKPonyCon though. (I likely won’t be at ConFuzzled next year, though I definitely plan to do UKPC. :) )

    I was a furry before I found pony, and although I’ve made some wonderful friends there, and don’t think my involvement with furry will ever completely stop, I do consider myself a brony first and a furry second. (Insert overused “bronies are diet furries” joke here. :p ) Although I have a lot of amazing memories, thanks to furry, I think my overall experience in Pony fandom has been more positive in a lot of ways, particularly lately as furry has changed quite a bit I think in the past few years.

    So yeah, that was probably a bit rambling and all over the place but the TL;DR version is that G4 MLP has meant a great show, great people to talk to, and a big collection of Pony merch. :p
     
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  9. Cloudane

    Cloudane Element of Mostly Excessive Verbosity

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    Wouldn't know where to start to give this kind of question justice!

    It's been 8.5 years of my life and shaped it in ways I never expected. The episodes have given me hours of much loved entertainment, thought provocation, laughs and emotions. Many tears have been shed with so many moving and heartwarming moments. Ponies have taken over my room, part of a shared room, my monitor bases at work, my t-shirts. I've reached some life milestones (some a bit private). I've made many friends, some have come and gone as we've found other interests and new lives, others I think will be lifelong, either way the memories are cherished. I've watched people make careers out of their creative abilities that they awoke when creating fan content and felt super proud.

    (ETA: Much like Logan I do have existing and great friends long before MLP and they still are. Making more doesn't make them any less)

    Heck there's just so much. I am just scratching at the surface here! I never expected MLP in any form to "mean the world to me" but here we are and here it does. I can't thank the creators enough.

    Though under a completely different team and everything, I look forward to seeing what G5 brings us for this next chapter.
     
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  10. Dekko DePony

    Dekko DePony Recognised Pony

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    The show has meant so much to me. It's been my go-to happy place when things has been rough or I've felt down.
    It's been a wonderful bright splash of color in a world that can sometimes feel so gray and dark. And I've made some friends online that I still stay in touch with today. I'm glad the show got 9 glorious seasons and a good ending. Even though I know that the fandom will still be around for a good long while to come (maybe indefinitely... I don't believe something as good as the Brony Fandom will ever go away)... it's still quite sad to think that G4 is no more.

    I also feel bad I haven't been around on UKoE and been quite inactive in the fandom for a long time, but even so my love for the show and the fandom is as strong as it ever was. <3
     
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  11. Eunos the Fool

    Eunos the Fool Proud Hater of Sparity

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    It's difficult to imagine how different my life would be or indeed what kind of person I would be right now if this show never existed.

    I joined in right at the tail end of Season 1, so wasnt quite there from the word go but close enough..

    I was aware of the shows existence back at the end of 2010 but dismissed it at first. I mean why would I a 26 year old adult Male at the time be interested in a show aimed at little girls?

    I will admit though that at the time the animation style did intrigue me. Like many curiosity got the better of me and decided to check out a few eps on You Tube. Eh no one ever has to know I watched this...Holy crap, this is actually pretty good.

    Next thing I know I'm hooked..

    I have the show to thank for getting me back into drawing...Something I kinda lost interest in but this show got me back to picking up a pencil again.

    There are people I know now that I wouldn't if this show had never existed.

    I have been to numerous conventions in and out of the UK, I have friends outside of the UK thanks to this show.

    Thanks to this show I make yearly trips to places like Ludwigsburg in Germany and even Glasgow in Scotland and even made it to Baltimore in the USA.

    I'm pleased to say I saw this show right to the end and I have no regrets.

    The show may be over but my love for it isnt.

    And 2020 I intend to keep the spirit of the show alive with a big art project that should last the whole year.
     
  12. Danishbrony2011

    Danishbrony2011 Honorary Pony

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    I started under the S2 opening when I was 38 and I had not been so happy about a show before. It was way back under the Bronycon, Canterlot Gardens, BUCK livestreams and on. I used my TV with build in Youtube to watch it back then.
     

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