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How should G5 be Like in Opinion Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832033

Let the Talk begin

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832034

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I think the question could be, "What was special about G4 that can be duplicated or bettered in G5?" Some answers:

1. Mythic sensibility. Horse-goddesses of Light and Darkness that control the heavens and the kingdom of dreams. The Lord of Chaos. Three horse races corresponding to the threefold divisions of Indo-European society: magic-wielders, warriors, farmers. The mythologies of the world raided for imaginary races and monsters.

2. Horse sensibility. On all fours, all the time. All things handled with hooves, mouths, or magic. Some traces of horse behavior, like RD bucking and snorting in the ropes, or AJ's reliance on kicking.

3. Strong character resolution. Thanks to Lauren Faust, the main pony characters were archetypally distinct: the Nerd, the Tomboy, the Goofus, the Hard-working Homebody, the Diva, the Shrinking Violet. The characters and their qualities were masterfully voiced by the VA's.

4. World-building At the beginning of the show, care was taken to keep the technology pre-electrical, driving the writers to come up with ingenious substitutes for phonographs, electric lights, and so on. There was a (fairly) consistent map with gradually expanding boundaries. A lot of fans followed the show partly to learn more about the world.

5. Embodiment. Unlike previous generations of MLP, the G4 ponies had biology and life histories. They fell in love, got married, and gave birth. They caught diseases, broke bones, and bled when cut. They sweated, urinated, and pooped. They were born, grew old, and died.

6. Earnestness and sincerity.. Contrast, say, Spongebob or Animaniacs. Enough said.

As the show wore on, a lot of these virtues faded. New characters with no particular personality [for example, the Student Six] were introduced in flocks and herds. Both gods (Celestia) and demons (Discord) tended to migrate towards the mean and lose their mythic force. The world and the culture lost their focus and consistency. Ponies started walking on three legs while gesturing with a fourth. Slapstick and fighting increasingly displaced more thoughtful and interesting sorts of plot-driving conflicts.

For G5, Hasbro ought to get and try to hold an imaginative director who can pick up all these dropped threads and impose a new vision of equal or greater clarity and force on the show.
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AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832035

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You had to go and ask that.

Now Hasbro isn't going to do anything we can rely on to reflect what we lost with G4

Read it and weep for what won't be happening.


tl:dr They've totally scrapped the G4 Mane 6 and will use all new characters and locations. Worst of all, we have to wait over a year for it.

The ride is over.

Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832037

Darron Nefcey should head G5

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832038

Hey, mods! Delete this shit.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832039

Is that some of the cheesiest of pizzas?

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832040

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Huh? It appears to be some sort of porn laced with malware.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36832043

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Thanks, mods. Back to the thread...

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