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But even then, why even bother? My Little Pony jumped the shark to me because of the Naruto/Bleach levels of power creep within both Twilight and Tirek. It used to be about friendship, but it abandoned that notion entirely for the sake of that one fight scene.
Even the bronies jumped the shark! By liking the fight scene but hating the Rainbow Power and Rainbow Castle, they're implying that MLP should just become DBZ, Bleach, and Naruto from now on, where it abandons its roots to turn Twilight into an overpowered savior of the universe, and her friends into disposable extras who might as well be murdered to demonstrate each new villain's power levels.
As a result, I came up with one, ridiculous conclusion: The fans want MLP to toss aside everything that made it good in the first place, including the friendship motif, just to turn into Dragon Ball Z, whereby the main-protagonist becomes an overpowered savior of the universe, while her supporting cast all get reduced to nearly non-existent extras. And as I think about that conclusion, it almost makes me wonder as to why they liked that fight, when Naruto and Bleach are suffering miserably for the same reason the Twilight/Tirek fight succeeded, and have to end as a result.
Seriously, look at Naruto and Bleach and compare it to One Piece. The first two Shonen Jump manga are suffering because they're falling for the same traps and pitfalls that made up My Little Pony's Season Four finale. But when you look at One Piece, at the very least it limits its own main-protagonist's powers and abilities, while giving tons of spotlight and focus to his own pirate crew.
People probably grew accustomed to this crap, so as a result they probably wanted the same thing to happen to Twilight's friends: Get them all murdered by Tirek to demonstrate his power levels, so that an overpowered (if not Mary Sue-like) Twilight Sparkle could be the only one to stop him with her alicorn magic.
So how can Twilight's friends getting murdered for the over-empowerment of Twilight herself be related to Evangelion's ambiguous downer ending?
Therefore, everyone secretly wants Twilight's friends to be murdered to demonstrate Tirek's power levels, as well as to make Twilight even more godlike, like the way Krillin's death turned Goku into a god on the level of Frieza.
Not only that, but people hated the Rainbow Power but liked the Twilight/Tirek fight scene. As a result, they're unintentionally implying that Twilight's friends should in fact be murdered to demonstrate Tirek's power levels, and to give Twilight a more meaningful character arc.