OP’s Winx Villain Ranking

This one’s for you, Nicholas W.! Feel free to make post requests, you guys. I don’t mind at all. :)

Today’s topic: the Winx Club villains — “Magix’s shadows,” as Faragonda called them. Rainbow knows how to write good “love to hate” characters instead of boring evil masterminds. Fans love some of them as much as the Winx!

Here’s my Winx villain ranking, from worst to best. (Note: these are just the main villains from the TV show. I won’t include Politea, The Ancestral Witches, villains from the comics, etc.)

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6. TRITANNUS (SEASON FIVE)

*Sigh* What can I say that I haven’t said already? He was just…awful. Boring. Weak. An angsty teen throwing a 13-hour temper tantrum. (I think I have said that before.)

What was his motive, anyway? Did getting passed over for Crown Prince really make him so mad, he decided to take over the universe? If that’s true, no wonder Aisha called him a “psycho!” Or did the magic pollution make him crazy?

Was he even trying to take over the universe, or just the ocean? If the universe domination was his goal, he didn’t think things through. He had the power to turn anyone into a mutant, a perfect tool for building armies of followers. He also had access to a dimension connected to every ocean — thus, every world — that exists.

The plan should have been simple: invade all the kingdoms with legions of mutants. What did he do instead? Sit on a stone throne and raise the tides…in Andros. The water realm.

His defeat was just as lame as his plan. Bloom melted his trident, and his father banished him to Oblivion. He returned in Mystery of the Abyss, but he was nothing more than a puppet for Politea and the Trix.

Tritannus was a joke. I hope we never see another villain like him.

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5. SELINA/THE LEGENDARIUM (SEASON SIX)

A newbie witch with a magic book. Big deal. (And so 2008.)

Well, it could have been a big deal, but it’s ended up being “Monster of the Week” fodder. That’d be okay if the monsters were strong, but they haven’t been. Most of them are weak, too dumb to live, or — in the case of the Calavera zombies — both.

After episode 14, “Mythix,” the plot’s shifted to a series of story adaptations. It’s a cool concept, but like most of Nickbow’s ideas, it wasn’t executed well. Mythix itself has gotten in the way sometimes.

For example, “Queen for a Day” and “Stella’s Big Party” took characters and scenarios from “Theseus and the Minotaur.” But Theseus needed the magic thread to escape the labyrinth, which was built to be escape-proof. Stella could have teleported out at any time with her Mythix wand. If Nickbow had said the Winx couldn’t leave without finishing the story, those episodes would have made sense. Right now, it’s open for interpretation.

Back to Selina. I’m not sure she belongs on this list because she’s not the true villain of season six. You could say the Trix are, but they’re being used just like she is.

The real mastermind is Acheron, the wizard trapped in the Legendarium. Nickbow’s built him up as a shadowy “man behind the man” (er, woman), but will he live up to the hype? Knowing these writers, I doubt it. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

My Thoughts on Episode 6X20: “Stella’s Big Party”

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I was told there’d be cake!

Surprise! A new episode! I’m not sure if Nick added it on purpose, but we’ll take it. I just hope they don’t keep firing off new episodes without telling us, just to get the season over with. Our girls deserve more attention than that!

Anyway, six episodes left!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

620BAt the end of last episode, Stella was putting up with a whole lot of bull. But like most of these monsters, he’s a pushover. A Matrix jump and a couple blasts from her Mythix wand, and Stella not only beats him, but also knocks her crown out of Darcy’s grasp. Battle over! Time to get out of there!

Not if Darcy can help it. If she can’t have the crown, she can at least trap Stella in the Legendarium World forever. She leads the princess on a wild goose chase through the maze, getting her even more lost than before.

Stella’s just about to give up when Eldora appears in front of her. Instead of teleporting out together (which would have made sense, but it’s Eldora we’re talking about), she hands her a ball of magic yarn and tells her to unravel her way out. (At least it wasn’t breadcrumbs.) It works, of course. Stella escapes just in time.

Meanwhile in the throne room, Daphne and the Winx are fighting Stella’s now unwanted guests from Cloud Tower. You’d think five Bloomix and a Sirenix could more than handle a few newbie witches, but they almost get their wings handed to them. The battle ends just as the tide’s about to turn in their favor. The witches use a smokescreen to mask their retreat. Cowards.

Stella re-emerges in her room, where Brandon’s still recovering from Darcy’s attack. For once, he’s not happy to see her. He’s not sure he wants to keep dating a spoiled brat. Stella tries to apologize — after all, she was under a spell part of the time — but he’s not listening. He storms out just as her friends open the door to check on her.

Poor Stella. She knows she’s messed up big this time, and she has to make up for it. How about a heartfelt apology, complete with special effects and mood lighting? No. It’s gotta be grand-scale. She needs to say sorry to the whole kingdom, not just Brandon. This calls for a party! A big one! (Oy.)

Of course, the Winx are more than happy to help her prepare. On the menu: pizza, spaghetti, veggies, deviled eggs, cupcakes, punch, and, for Stella, some humble pie.

Cara, the Pixie pâtissière, is put on cupcake duty, so naturally the cupcakes are even smaller than she is. No worries. She can blow them up with her batter growth spell! Unfortunately, she overdoes it, and the cupcakes blow up for real. *Sigh* Pixies. :roll:

Despite the setbacks, the girls manage to have everything done by evening. Stella even helps, much to her parents’ surprise and delight. The whole court is treated to a feast in the throne room.

Brandon wants nothing to do with it, but Bloom drags him in anyway. Stella hands him a slice of pizza and apologizes again. She’s learned a valuable lesson: everyone deserves to be treated like royalty. Those words reach him, and he finally forgives her.

620CMeanwhile, four girls who weren’t invited to the party, Selina and the Trix, hatch a plan to wreck it. If it’s food we’re talking about, Selina knows the perfect party crasher: Gargantua, the greedy giant. He bursts into the throne room and starts cramming everything into his mouth — eggs, rugs, plates, you name it. Stella tells the guards to protect the guests and her parents. She and the Winx will deal with the monster.

Or try to, anyway. Their spells don’t affect him, and he doesn’t stop eating. All that hard work for nothing. Cara won’t even get to present the big cake she made for dessert. Poor baby. :(

Big cake? That gives Stella an idea! If you can’t beat him, feed him!

Cara lures Gargantua into the kitchen with a trail of cupcakes. Waiting inside is a three-tiered chocolate cake, the perfect size for his monstrous appetite. The giant grabs the dish and dumps the whole thing into his mouth.

Gotcha! The Winx use Cara’s batter growth spell to expand the cake right inside his stomach. He inflates like an air bag until finally…he explodes! (Into magic sparkles, of course. Rated G show. :P )

With the party cut short and the suns having set, Stella delivers her final speech as queen. She says sorry for everything she did and thanks her parents, her friends, and Brandon for standing by her side. The experience taught her being queen is harder than she thought, but she’s glad to have been given the chance.

620DThere’s still one piece of unfinished business: hers and Brandon’s anniversary. Bloom takes care of that. The next day, the couple enjoys private dining at a makeshift pizza parlor in Alfea. Très romantique. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Episode 6X20 Available on Nick.com

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Episode 6X20: “Stella’s Big Party” is up on Nick.com! Why didn’t Nick tell us? Do they think we don’t care anymore (news flash: we do!). Did someone on the site crew goof and put this episode up by accident?

Either way, watch it while you can! Who knows when the next one will be up!

I’ll watch it today and try to get a review up by the end of the week!

Una di Noi Winx’s 6th Anniversary

Yep! This blog’s now been around for six years! I can’t believe it either. :P

My life has changed a lot in the past several months. I quit my job last summer, and after some soul searching, I decided to go back to school. It’s taken some getting used to, but I’m starting to enjoy it.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, though, I haven’t written as much lately. I haven’t had time because of homework and projects. Good thing the semester’s almost over. :)

That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the blog. One of the classes I’m taking is Web Design, and as a personal project, I’m building a custom WordPress theme for season seven. I hope to finish it by the season premiere this fall.

As always, thank you for reading and supporting the blog. I’ve made mistakes over the years, but you’ve still stuck by me. I can’t even tell you how grateful I am.

Here’s to the rest of 2015 and beyond!

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My Response to “Afrogate”: Winx Club is NOT Racist

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Winx Club is racist.

That’s the latest charge against the show. It stems from a scene in “Miss Magix” (1X12), where a dark-skinned girl has a meltdown over her hairdo, which looks like a normal afro. A writer for a blog about black natural hair called it “a clear-cut case of racism and ignorance” and “yet another attempt to impress upon little Black girls that their natural beauty is a ‘catastrophe.'” (Full post here.)

Good grief.

I’m not gonna try to defend this scene. It’s been done already, and the critics aren’t listening. No matter what we say, the problem’s still the same: this looks like an afro.

But I don’t agree the scene is racist. Calling it that implies the insult was intentional, and we don’t know that for sure. The blogger claims she does, but was she at Rainbow when they wrote the script? No. Neither were we.

All she knows is she’s offended. She’ll never know if this was meant to be offensive. She’s just guessing and reacting like we are. The difference is we know enough about Winx to give Rainbow the benefit of the doubt. She barely knows anything about it. (Did you see version one of her post? She really skimped on the research. Screenshots below.)

Now her readers think the whole show’s racist. Some have said they’ll never let their kids watch it. One even slammed the fans who defended it, saying they have “no concept of right and wrong.” Wow.

Those readers and that blogger don’t know what they’re missing. In reality, Winx Club is one of the least racist, most diverse, and most progressive cartoons on TV.

Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

More “Adult” Winx Spinoff, Progress on a Live-Action Movie

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Credit goes to Do You Believix? blog for sharing this before me!

On January 8, Cineconomy.com posted an interview with Iginio Straffi where he talked Rainbow’s future plans for Winx Club. Here are some of the highlights (translations mine):

A More “Adult” Winx Spinoff?

Interviewer: “What projects are in the pipeline?”
Mr. Straffi: “One is a “spinoff” series on the world of the Winx, with more adult graphics, the kind of stories more suited for a somewhat older audience.”

Interviewer: “The little Winx are growing up?”
Mr. Straffi: “In a sense, yes, but actually the Winx are already older than their audience. Let’s say we’re aiming to raise the age of their viewers.”

Looks like Rainbow’s thinking about the older fans, after all! The article doesn’t say if the spin-off is World of Winx, the series coming to Netflix next year, but it may be. We’ll keep our eyes out for any more information!

Progress on a Live-Action Movie

Interviewer: “Then the live-action film. Where are we on that?”
Mr. Straffi: “There’s interest from the production companies in Hollywood. Currently, we’re at the screenplay phase.”
Interviewer: “What audience are you aiming for?”
Mr. Straffi: “Here too, we’re aiming for as large an audience as possible.”


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Thoughts on the Season Seven Trailer

Season seven’s trailer debuted Friday on the Winx Club YouTube channel! Haven’t seen it yet? Voilà! Enjoy!

What did I think of it? It was…underwhelming.

Like many fans, I expected something epic after last season’s trailer. That one was the best yet. It set the right mood for the season, showed just enough of the plot without spoiling everything, and teased us with gorgeous scenes and cool fights. (Too bad the season didn’t live up to the hype. Blame Nick. :P )

This trailer was nowhere near as good. It just felt like a longer version of the promo.

THE NARRATOR

She ruined it for me. I couldn’t stand her cutesy voice, and her comments made the show sound cheesy and generic. Plus, we were already thinking some of the things she said, so she didn’t need to talk. Who can’t tell Brafilius is an idiot? And of course, the Winx are gonna win! They always do! :P

I wish one of the characters had narrated again. Last time, it was Bloom. How about another Winx? Or Faragonda?

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BACK TO ALFEA?

The Winx are late? For what?

Please don’t say class, Rainbow! Don’t make them students again! You undid that retcon in Mystery of the Abyss (Stella says they’ve graduated). Did you change your mind, or are the movies a different canon after all?

I don’t mind that they’re still at Alfea. It’s one of my favorite places in the show. But since season four, it’s felt more like a clubhouse or command center than a school. Is anyone learning anything? Where’s Wizgiz? We barely see him anymore. :?

I want Alfea College back. If the Winx are teachers, show them teaching. If they’re students (Heaven forbid), show them studying. (Roxy, too. I wanna see what she’s learned. :( )

THE NEW VOICE CAST

Goodbye, Nick cast. I’ll miss you. :(

We heard some of the new voices: Bloom’s, Stella’s, Brafilius’s, Kalshara’s, and Faragonda’s. Here’s what I thought of them.

  • Stella: No. Just no. Amy Gross did great as Stella, but I hoped Rainbow would recast Jennifer Seguin. No one played Stella better than her. This new actress sounds like a cross between them. I don’t like it.
  • Brafilius: He didn’t talk, but his grunts sounded dumb, so the voice fits. :P
  • Kalshara: Fierce, confident, and animal-like. Just what I expected. Thumbs up from me.
  • Faragonda: Is that you again, Kari Wahlgren? This voice doesn’t sound any different to me. Even if it’s not, it fits perfectly.
  • Bloom: The voice from the promo! Ugh, I really hoped that wasn’t official. :( It’s the second worse voice Bloom’s ever had. (The one from the RAI movie dubs is worse. Much worse.) Plus, she sounds a bit like Stella, so it might be hard to tell them apart when they’re not onscreen.
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Lassie’s got nothing on me…

THE FAIRY ANIMALS

I thought I wouldn’t like them, but I think they’ll grow on me. At least they’re more useful than the pets from season four, and they don’t look like upgrades of the Pixie Pets either.

Like every other season, each girl got her own “pet”:

  • Aisha’s: This animal was leaked last year in a Mystery of the Abyss article. It’s the only one I don’t like. What is it? It doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before. (I guess that’s okay since it’s a magic creature.) It looks like a baby, but it cried a tidal wave, so it might be stronger than it looks. It might have water magic.
  • Musa: A cat, huh? It’s okay.
  • Flora: This one seems to be the favorite. It’s beautiful. It looks like a border collie, which is one of my favorite dog breeds. I wonder what its talent is.
  • Stella: This one is the second favorite. Who doesn’t love phoenixes?
  • Tecna: A flying squirrel with circuit board lines on its tail? Are these animals from the Winx’s realms? That’d be a lot like the Selkies, but I like these guys better since they’re not all the same. You’d expect each realm’s wildlife to be different.

What about Bloom? At the end of the trailer, she encounters a unicorn at a lake. Everyone thinks that’s her pet, but I doubt it. The others’ pets are cuddly and portable, but that thing is huge. She can’t fit it in her dorm!

By the way, that was my favorite part of the trailer. It reminded me of the scene in Secret of the Lost Kingdom when Bloom saw Daphne at Lake Roccaluce (one of my favorite scenes in the movie). I love little moments of wonder like that. They make Winx Club even more charming. :)

I think this was a shout out to season four, when Bloom said she dreamed of riding a unicorn when she was little. Didn’t Musa say unicorns don’t exist? Scratch that from the show’s mythology. :P Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

NOT Knowing is Half the Battle

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Remember the new books coming out this spring? And the spinoff premiering on Netflix next year? And Rainbow’s new U.S. licensing agent? That means more Winx…right?

At least it sounded that way last year. But since November, the English business sites haven’t said much about Winx, especially its future in America. I’m starting to wonder if the comeback’s been cancelled.

Italian fans are so lucky. Every day, two or three sites report on Winx Club events, the new movie, new YouTube videos, or some award Rainbow just won. Plus, WinxClub.com Italia is updated frequently.

What do we get? A spotlight on a voice actor who’s moved on to bigger and better things. A rant about how vulgar and harmful Winx Club is, or how PreCure is better (not making that up). If we hear any big news, it’s only once a month — if we’re lucky.

You’d think WinxClub.com English would be a good source for news, but it’s not. Most of the time, they just post polls, videos, and craft articles. And it’s only updated once a week, usually only Wednesday.

The Winx Facebook page is worse. If they share news, it’s usually from Italy. But for the last six months, we’ve seen nothing but pictures. Cute, colorful pictures. :?

With all this waiting and guessing, it’s hard to stay hyped about this show. Take tomorrow, for instance. I’m excited for the Winx 7 trailer, but in the back of mind, I’m thinking, “Who cares if the season looks great? I don’t know if I’ll get to see it.” I know some of you are thinking that, too.

All it’d take to soothe my fears is a status update or a tweet — something like, “Catch season 7 on Blah channel this fall!” Quick and easy. And not gonna happen. :(

capture_006_26022015_163606_404Rainbow, Nick, Earthbound, Netflix — whoever’s involved with Winx Club — please keep us in the loop. You don’t have to tell us everything, but the silence is making us anxious. It’s even pushing some fans away! How can we get excited if the show seems dead?

We’re listening. Talk to us!

7 Things I Hope We Don’t See in Season Seven

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I’d normally write a post like this at the end of a season. But who knows when Nick will finish season six, and Rainbow’s gonna release the Winx 7 in two days. Might as well do this now. It’s not like I haven’t been thinking about it. :)

Voilà! The seven things I don’t wanna see next season.

1. The Winx Ignoring Roxy

This was on my list for last season (Winx 6), and I think I got my wish. Roxy showed up a lot more. She even got her own side plot: break the curse on Ms. Griffin. Plus, for the first time in ages, the Winx hung out with her and treated her like a friend.

Is this a sign? I hope so. Yes, I still want her to join the club (sorry, not sorry), but that’s not why she should be in this season. She’s the Fairy of Animals. Who could help the Winx with their animal-based mission better than her?

Also, I want my “Waiting in the Wings” post to be right. Season seven. Seven Winx. Makes sense, right? :P

2. Matching Transformation Outfits

All hope is lost for Butterflix. It’s another line of color-swapped, cookie cutter dresses with minor variations. But there’s (at least) one more transformation this season. Maybe it’ll be better.

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The Bloomix outfits looked great together and didn’t look like carbon copies of each other.

I wouldn’t mind if it’s like Bloomix or Mythix. Even though the Winx wore the same types of pieces — tiaras, wristbands, leggings, and short dresses — each outfit had its own theme, colors, and special touches. You could tell what each girl’s power source is by looking at her. (Except Bloom, of course. Does her Bloomix look say, “I’m a fire fairy,” to you? Maybe her wings do, not the rest of it.)

3. Too Much Earth

Rainbow, I live on Earth. I watch Winx Club to see other worlds, not my own. :P

If this has to be “Winx on Earth” part II, I hope they either A) go back and forth between Earth and Magix; or B) travel around the world like they did last season. But for the love of the Great Dragon, Rainbow, please don’t keep them at the rescue park all season. I’ll cry. Or fall asleep.

4. A Recycled Plot

I forgive Rainbow for reusing the “Trix take over the universe” plot. They didn’t do it because they ran out of ideas — they did it for the tenth anniversary to drum up nostalgia. It’s like an all-stars season of a reality show.

But it’s year eleven. Time to move on. A few throwbacks and Easter eggs are fine, but lifting whole plots will make the show feel stale.

I’m already a little worried about this season. Taking care of animals on Earth? Been there, done that in season four. Bonding with magic creatures? Seasons two and five all over again. I hope these are just elements and the overall season will be something new — or at least a twist on the old.

5. Passive Villains

How do I explain this?

Thanks to Griffin’s Magic Eye, the Trix knew where the Winx were at all times. Did they use that to their advantage? Yes, but not well. They’d just responded to what the Winx were doing. If they were looking for something, the Trix would try to stop them. If they were fighting monsters, the Trix stand and watch.

It was constant reaction and not much action, and it made the plot move slowly.

I hope Kalshara and Brafilius will be active villains. I don’t want them to wait till the Winx make a move. I wanna see the Winx react to them, not the other way around.

6. Another New Guy for Aisha

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Whoever she ends up — I know who, but I wanna keep this post spoiler free — she’d better stay with him through the end of season seven. This “new guy each season” thing makes her look flaky.

7. The Winx Acting Like Superheroes

Sorry, Mr. Straffi. I know that’s your angle for the Winx now, but I like them better when they act like regular girls. They’re cooler when they fight for what they believe in, not because they’re on a mission or everyone admires them. I miss the humility and normality they had until season five. They didn’t wanna be treated like stars or heroes (except Stella).

I want the old Winx back. No more concerts (please!), no more catwalks. Just a group of friends using their wits and skills to get out of dangerous situations. That’s my Winx Club.

Your Turn

Based on your reactions to the season seven promo, I know you’ve got your own lists. Share them in the comments!