What do I say about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?
It's a warm, funny, and relaxing show not afraid to tackle real issues. It has a character for everyone to relate to personally, as well as situations that accommodate for those feelings too. Everyone has presence, motivations, personality, etc. to make them feel alive. Most of us wouldn't have ever thought that we would enjoy a show about pastel ponies as much as we did. The show is only a fraction of what "MLP" means to me, though. The fandom itself is what makes this show shine as bright as it does.
I became a fan of the show after watching my very first episode Dragonshy, yet I didn't really get sucked in until I learned about Derpy's appearance in The Last Roundup. I never had seen a series be so dedicated to its fans, so I decided I'd look into it. I was greeted with open arms by the very people on these forums. It was the first time I took an active role in any fandom, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
I was going through a downward spiral of depression, anger, and sadness. I was just looking for a way out of dealing with the stress of my familial problems (since resolved). On these forums I found people to talk to, I found people who cared. I loved it. So why am I leaving?
Well, I have responsibilities now that I didn't before, but that's not the entirely why I'm making my departure now. My biggest reason is simply due to lack of interest in terms of discussion. My interests have shifted immensely, and, with my ever-growing attachment to the anime industry becoming clear, I feel like I've lost the spark to continue with the show. So why'd I come back at all?
Well, I came back to give you guys a proper send-off after seeing Tommy Oliver's video on Appleloosa's Most Wanted. I wasn't angry offended by what I saw; I was just reminded of the times I've had on here. That was when I decided I needed to confront the issue of my year-long absence head on. You all deserved a better farewell than what I had given you.
So here it is. It's just me pouring my heart out about how much MLP means to me, how much my time in the fandom means to me, and how much these forums mean to me. You've all helped me grow both emotionally and mentally. You made me a better, more complete person.
I learned how to be more confident in my opinions, while still being respectful. I learned I wasn't alone in the world. Even while writing this I learned that this place holds many dear memories to me. It's full of wonderful people, willing to help or console someone at the drop of a hat. This all just made everything so much harder for me. I'm not too upset anymore, though. After all, this isn't "Goodbye forever," it's more of a "Farewell for now."
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will truly cherish every moment I've had on here, as well as those whom I've had the pleasure of conversing with. I wish you all well, and this has been Dry Colt signing off of his blog and the forums for the final time.