"A little while ago, my teacher and mentor Princess Celestia sent me to live in Ponyville. She sent me to study friendship, which is something I didn't really care much about. But now, on a day like today, I can honestly say I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the friendships I've made with all of you. Each one of you taught me something about friendship, and for that, I will always be grateful. Today, I consider myself the luckiest pony in Equestria. Thank you, friends. Thank you, everypony!"
-Twilight Sparkle, 'Magical Mystery Cure'
Six years ago was the originally intended and yet highly controversial series finale of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' in which Twilight Sparkle became the Princess Of Friendship to all of Equestria...and now six years later, the announcement has finally been made that Season 9 will be the final season of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'. We may have known about this for a couple years now since the Great 'Leak-ageddon' Of 2017, but we now have official confirmation at last after months of disbelief...and it just feels like everything is coming together. Before you all start angrily typing away on your keyboards, allow me to explain...
About a month or so after the coronation of Princess Twilight Sparkle, I officially joined the My Little Pony fandom after my sister Marble Archer said to give it a chance by binge-watching all three seasons of the series before the premiere of the fourth that same year...and not only were the characters compelling and the storytelling among some of the best I had seen in a cartoon for a really long time since the days of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender', but I also felt myself grow socially and maturely as a person through the adventures of Twilight Sparkle and her friends. It sparked the creativity among so many people among the community whether it was in animation or music which led to the debut of my very own YouTube channel in July of that same year-My Little Engine Productions before being rebranded as True Blue as of last year
Throughout these past six years in the fandom, I have made so many wonderful friends and met so many incredibly talented people who helped make what was such an impactful show on the lives of so many people possible whether they voice or write for the series and I have even gotten to attend BronyCon annually for the past four years ever since 2015 where I have gotten to meet some of my closest friends in the fandom whether they are content creators or cosplayers as well as the people who helped make 'Friendship Is Magic' possible including the voice behind my personal favorite Twilight Sparkle herself.
However, the good times that we have shared would soon come to an end since the leaks of Generation 5 came out in 2017 and it had been announced this past year during the closing ceremonies that this year's BronyCon would also be the last one...and boy did everypony take the news hard with the amount of hugging and tear-shedding that went down once the news broke, but what people need to think about the most when handling the situation for both BronyCon and the series finale of 'Friendship Is Magic' is what this entire generation of the series has given us from the friendships that have been forged to the memories that have been shared throughout the years. I'm not saying that everyone isn't allowed to be upset about both BronyCon and 'Friendship Is Magic' coming to an end since events like these can effect people differently since the world of My Little Pony has meant a lot to some people...while this chapter of 'My Little Pony' may be coming to an end, a new one is just beginning-there are still plenty of other conventions around the world within the fandom to attend and start new traditions among friends whether it be BABSCon or Everfree Northwest.
Everyone grows and matures over time, but there are plenty of new conventions within the fandom making their debut like with Vanhoover Pony Expo and HarmonyCon...and let's be happy that BronyCon and 'Friendship Is Magic' aren't ending due to drama or negativity since we need to thank those who have helped make the series and convention we've come to know and love possible for putting their heart and hard work into making something truly memorable for everyone whether they be staff members of guests from the series or the community. While BronyCon and 'Friendship Is Magic' may end physically, it will last forever in spirit and mind.
With all of this in mind, we Bronies and Pegasisters need to come together and make this final year of 'Friendship Is Magic' the biggest and best year yet in order to help what was a legendary generation of 'My Little Pony' go out with a bang...and as our magical equines once sang, 'things may come and things may go, some go fast and some go slow, few things last-that's all I know, but friendship carries on through the ages'. I'm True Blue, and friendship is magic...