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By popular demand, you can now download episodes and movies from Netflix to your smartphone or tablet to watch offline. Only select titles are available for now. Thankfully, World Of Winx is one of them, along with Winx Club seasons one and two and the first spinoff, PopPixie.

The default video quality is “standard.” You can change it to “higher” in your app settings.

Is there a catch to all this? Maybe.

You may only get to keep the videos for a short amount of time. The first time I downloaded “The Talent Thief” (1X01) as a test, a message showed up under the runtime info that said, “Expires 48hr.” Strangely, it went away after I deleted the episode and downloaded it again. Might be a bug.

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No, this is still not one of my World of Winx reaction posts. It was gonna be, but I started off talking about this and found I had too much to say.

I feel like I haven’t been honest with you — or myself — these past couple years, so here comes the truth. I’m thinking about leaving the fanbase. Forever? I’m not sure. At least a few years.

No, I’m not tired of Winx Club yet. I’m tired of being surrounded by folks who’d rather look back than look ahead. Nostalgia has spread through the fanbase like the zombie virus, and I don’t wanna get infected.

When I say I’m looking forward to next season, I mean it. I’m looking forward. I don’t wanna dwell on what happened 3+ seasons ago — or even last season. If it’s got nothing to do with this season or the next, it’s old news.

This quote by Robert Tew sums up my feelings: “No matter how much you revisit the past, there’s nothing new to see.”

The past isn’t how things “should be” or “should have stayed.” It’s just how they were at one point in time. Yeah, it was great. So what? The future could be just as good — or better.

Here’s another way of looking at it. Seasons 2-4 were once future seasons. (I still remember the hype for them.) And Winx Club itself was once a future series that no one knew would be so successful. What if you hadn’t given it a chance? You never would have seen those moments you love so much now.

If you don’t stay open to something new and different — even if it’s not what you wanted — you may miss out on something better than you could have imagined. I learned that this semester.

When I was signing up for fall classes, I had my heart set on a specific professor for Business 101. I rearranged my schedule dozens of times just to make sure I’d be in her class. Why? She was the only professor I knew from the business department. I wanted to learn from someone I was already comfortable with.

I got into her class — but guess what happened? At last minute, they switched her out for some random adjunct. I was ticked. All that time and effort for nothing! Thanks a lot!

I thought about changing my schedule again, but in the end, I kept it the way it was. I’m glad I did. That random adjunct was the best professor I’ve ever had. He loved to shake the foundations of what you believe and really make you think, critically and creatively. I wish I could take his class again.

Anyway, back to my Winx dilemma.

Bottom line: I don’t wanna reminisce. I’m drawn to what’s new: new stories, new characters, new realms, and new concepts. That’s what I wanna talk about — how things are now and where they can go from here. This show still has so much potential.

That’s why I’ve decided to stay. I talked to some of my friends in the fanbase, and they reminded me I have a place here. You guys tell me all the time how much you love my blog, and I truly appreciate it. I’m glad my thoughts mean something to someone.

Expect a lot more posts about the future in…well, the future.

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Some fans have been asking for this, so here it is. I’ve listed the voice actors’ (seiyuu) names in western order: first name, then last name.

The Winx

All the Winx’s seiyuu tweeted about their roles to spread the word about the show! Nice to see they’re excited about being part of the Winx franchise! 🙂

Bloom: Lynn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lynn_0601_

Stella: Eri Inagawa
Twitter: https://twitter.com/greentea_senbei

Tecna: Sanae Nakata
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sai1199

Flora: Rie Suegara
Twitter: https://twitter.com/suzygara

Aisha: Arisa Shida
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARINKON_DX

Musa: Yuri Noguchi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuri_nogu

Confirmed, But Not In The Credits

The seiyuu who voiced Vincenzo (the chef talent) and Lorelei also tweeted about their roles.

Vincenzo: Takuya Inagaki
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gakky1105

Lorelei: Ikumi Sato
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_KISSTHEFUTURE_

Unconfirmed

Ace and Margot’s seiyuu were shown in the credits — not sure why for Margot, since she wasn’t that important — but I’m not sure if I found the correct people. Japanese names can be tricky to translate. I’m pretty sure I’m right, though.

Ace: Masamichi Kitada

Margot: Bibi

There you go. If I find anymore, I’ll let you know! 🙂

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No, this isn’t one of my reaction posts. So sue me. I had to share this with you. 🙂

In case you hadn’t heard, World of Winx has an official Japanese dub. Why is that a big deal? For starters, it’s the first time anything Winx-related has been dubbed in Japanese.

Second, Mr. Straffi has wanted this for years. In a 2009 interview on ItalTrade.com, he said breaking into the Japanese market was his next goal. It took about 13 years to get Winx in there, but he finally did it. Talk about a dream come true!

Does this make Winx Club an anime now? 😛 (Just kidding. Or am I?)

Anyway, here’s the official Japanese dub of the opening and Dreamix theme:

OPENING

DREAMIX

All I have to say about this song is it makes “Tynix” sound like Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” My heart was pounding as I was listening to it. “Heller Als Licht” (Brighter Than Light), which has been my favorite Winx song for years, may have some competition!

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The World of Winx trailer! Finally! Feels like we’ve been waiting forever!

Was it worth it? Not really, at least for what we got. I was disappointed by how short it was (where were all the scenes Michael showed us?), and it left me with more questions than answers.

I’ll get to those soon. First, here are my general thoughts and reactions.

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New Characters

We only saw three new characters: the host of WOW!, a kid the Winx were chasing, and another kid they kept having to save from crocodiles. I like their designs, especially the crocodile bait kid. 😛 He looks adorable. I wonder if he’s that “Evans” person voice actress Alyson Rosenfeld mentioned on Twitter. (She voiced Miele in season seven.)

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The other kid looks like a cross between Nex and Helia. Is he one of the Lost Boys, or is he one of the talented kids? I’m not sure why the talented kids would run away from the Winx, but that thought popped into my head. What if not all of them wanna be saved?

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The host reminds me of the host from “Miss Magix” (1X12). I know they don’t look alike, but his personality seems similar. (It’s just your standard cartoon host persona.) His voice sounded similar, too — at least based on the 4Kids dub. Season seven had some 4Kids Winx veterans in it, so who knows? This could be the same actor.

In the video description, Rainbow said his name’s Ace. If they mentioned him by name, does that mean we’ll be seeing him a lot? That would make sense, since he’s part of the reality show.

But I don’t trust him yet. It’s because of my theory about WOW!‘s true purpose. We’ll see if I’m right or not. Read the rest of this post