As expected, YouTube users have been posting clips. I just re-watched the premiere episode, “I Cacciatori di Fate” (The Fairy Hunters). Of course, since it was in Italian, I barely understood a word, so I’ll comment on what I saw instead.
First, the animation style is different. You know how Rainbow used cell-shaded 3-D models in parts of the earlier seasons? Well, all the animation looks like that now. Think 4Kids’s Chaotic season one but smoother (and less 2-D). In fact, it’s so smooth that the characters’ limbs look like loose hinges, but it kinda increases the fantasy aspect.
The soundtrack has changed completely. The new songs are more elegant and enchanting than before. The theme song is now the one in the trailers. I don’t know the name of it yet, but I’ll find out when I can. You can see the opening at the bottom of this post.
Now for the episode itself. Again, I’m summarizing based on what I saw.
The Winx return to Alfea, where the current students treat them like celebrities. (Even Amaryl, believe it or not.) They meet the students who now live in their old dorm. One of them, Clarice (I think), doesn’t seem too impressed with them.
Faragonda takes them to a special room linked to her mirror. In it are pictures of the evil beings in the Magical Universe. There, Faragonda also tells them about the Believix, a transformation beyond Enchantix. Bloom wanders and finds a picture of a random group of wizards. Faragonda won’t tell her who they are. (More secrets.)
Later, the Winx show off by “teaching” a class and completing an obstacle course. Clarice, however, sabotages Flora’s turn using a magical ball that causes part of the course to explode. Clarice frames one of her roommates, Alice, who gets expelled. (Wow, the Winx did worse things than that and only got their powers revoked!) As she is leaving, she sees Flora outside, who (I think) was mumbling about how Alice didn’t seem like the type to do something like this.
Suddenly, the wizards from the picture appear in the courtyard. (These are the “Fairy Hunters,” of course.) Flora is defeated before she can even transform. (This is not her day!) Alice alerts the other Winx. They battle these intruders but are beaten easily, especially Bloom. The wizards vanish.
Faragonda takes the Winx to that room again. She gives them a book and (I’m assuming) asks them to deal with the Fairy Hunters, which is probably how their mission to find Roxy begins.
Wanna see everything yourself? Click on the links below to watch the episode. Remember—it’s in Italian with no subs!
Season 4, Episode 1 1/3
Season 4, Episode 1 2/3
Season 4, Episode 1 3/3
As promised, here is the new opening. Enjoy!