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Happy New Year!

2016 is finally over! Thank goodness! What a rough year! I’ve got some personal scars from it, but I won’t talk about that here.

Each December, I usually make a list of what to expect from the Winx franchise in the new year. I’m a bit behind, but it’s just New Year’s Day. It’s not too late for it.

The problem is I don’t have a lot of news this time. I’ve heard some unconfirmed things, but…they’re unconfirmed. I’ll just list a couple things I know are gonna happen. We’ll have to wait and see about anything else.

1. World of Winx premieres in Italy on RAI Gulp (January)

Since Netflix isn’t that popular in Winx Club‘s motherland, Rainbow’s airing the spinoff on RAI Gulp instead. It’ll premiere this month. Italy may be a couple months behind, but maybe being the only country that gets to watch the show on TV will make up for it.

2. World of Winx season two premieres on Netflix (Q2 — April, May, or June)

That’s according to the flier Michael got at the Licensing Expo last year. Let’s hope it doesn’t get delayed a dozen times like the first season did.

That’s all I know. Sorry, guys. Here are a couple things I’ve heard, but like I said, they’re not confirmed.

1. Tsumanga Studios releases new apps?

According to WinxClubRUS, Rainbow renewed their partnership with Tsumanga Studios — the makers of Winx Fairy School, Sirenix Power, etc. — through 2019. They’re apparently working on a World of Winx-inspired app. Since the whole series should be out by summer, the app will probably come out this year, too.

2. The fourth movie premieres?

I’m definitely not sure about this. I vaguely remember an article about it, but I couldn’t find it again. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. Don’t quote me on it.

We may be in for a lot of surprises this year — good surprises, I hope. Once again, Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for another magical year for Winx Club!


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Musings & Rants
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And we’re back!

I criticized WoW a lot in part I, didn’t I? Don’t worry. I’ve got plenty of good things to say about it, too.

If you don’t mind, I’ve got one more complaint. It’s not the only other thing I didn’t like, but I don’t wanna spend this post ragging on the show again. Let’s end on a positive note this time.

My last gripe (for now) is about the animation. I don’t mean the art itself. The backgrounds were gorgeous, and I liked seeing the Fairy Couture style come to life. I didn’t think the Winx’s expressions would look good — because I don’t think they look good in the stock art, to be honest — but I was wrong. (This Tecna face will be burned into my memory forever.)

What I didn’t like was the movement. Rainbow’s improved a lot since they tested this Flash-esque style in a couple episodes of season four. Everything was still wobbly and marionette-like in seasons five and six, but season seven was a big improvement — not perfect, but visibly better. Read the rest of this post

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World of Winx.

Yeah, I know. “About time, OP!” It’s only been about a month and a half since it premiered!

Sorry, guys. If you need an explanation, see my post from a couple weeks ago. Also — and I hate to play this card again — I’m a college student. The semester just ended last week. I’m finally free again — at least for about a month and a half.

Enough excuses. Let’s get started. What did I think of WoW season one?

I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it kept me hooked (pun intended) long enough to binge-watch all 13 episodes from 3-9 a.m. the day it premiered. I’ve never done that before with any show. (I regret nothing.)

What kept me from loving it? One thing was knowing it’s not canon. Boy, does it show! I’m not sure it fits into the main timeline at all!

The Winx are friends with Roxy (or at least Bloom is), but she’s not being hunted by The Wizards of the Black Circle? And she still works at the Frutti Music Bar? But she knows she’s a fairy, she’s good with her magic, and she can already transform? (She said something like, “If only we had our wings,” in one episode.)

And in episode one, Tecna said the Winx had already been on Earth for months. Where’s Love & Pet? Where’s their band? And no one knows they’re fairies, but Earth has magic again?

Why is the room spinning?

I guess it doesn’t matter. WoW‘s a spinoff, so it doesn’t have to follow Winx Club‘s timeline. The most it can be is an alternate season five, but even that’s stretching it a bit. In the end, it’s just a nice, little distraction for older fans. It’s not worth fussing over.

If we’re gonna pick it apart, we’d have to do it to PopPixie, too. Pixies have transformations, The Tree of Life has yet another function it doesn’t have the main show, Digit and Zing are boys — forget it. Read the rest of this post

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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.