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Season seven ended last Sunday in the U.S. I don’t care. ūüėõ It might still be a year until Rainbow starts promoting season eight, and who knows when World of Winx is gonna premiere. (April’s halfway¬†over, so so much for that rumor.) Plus, Nick Jr.’s¬†re-airing season seven weekdays at 11:55 a.m. EST. I still have time to talk about it before it becomes old news.

Speaking of Nick Jr., kudos to them for airing the whole season in three months. Say what you will about¬†the move ‚ÄĒ I’m still not 100 percent on board with it¬†‚ÄĒ but they’ve treated Winx Club better than Nick ever did. Remember how long it took Nick to finish season six? Oh, wait ‚ÄĒ they didn’t. Nick Jr. did.

On the last episode (that I reviewed), Brafilius stole Roxy’s Stone of Memories, which means¬†he can now travel through¬†time. Roxy thinks the animal from the Digmoles’ riddle is a¬†Cry-Cry, the most ancient Fairy Animal species. The Winx go to prehistoric Magix (without her) to see if she’s right.

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1. Roxy’s upset about losing her Stone,¬†but¬†the Winx cheer her up. (Um…that’s it.)
I could have skipped this scene, but I brought it up because¬†I didn’t like the way some fans reacted to it. The word “crybaby” started floating around. Yes, she’s sensitive. Yes, she overreacted.¬†But can’t we be a little more sympathetic? ūüėē

Winx or not, she’s the youngest member of the group. She looks up to her friends and wants to prove herself, but that dopey dog got¬†the best of her. And to be fair, this causes a lot of headaches for them for the rest of the season. She¬†probably thought the Winx would be mad at her. (Of course they weren’t.)

2. After lying to¬†his sister¬†about how he got the¬†Stone of Memories, Brafilius goes back in time to prehistoric Magix. The Winx’s Stones activate when his does. Roxy tells them what he overheard from her:¬†the Cry-Cry is the oldest known¬†species in Magix, so it may be the animal from the First Color of the Universe. She and the guys wish the Winx luck on their mission. Aisha assures Nex she’ll be back before their date tonight.

Ugh! Every time Brafilius is on-screen, all he does is waste¬†run-time! I¬†know he’s supposed to be comic relief,¬†but he doesn’t have to do a full clown act¬†every episode.¬†I can’t stand him! He has a few interesting moments, but 90 percent of the time, he’s just annoying. Even Knut was more bearable than him! ūüėē

I’m not gonna talk about Roxy being demoted again. It is what it is. If she’s somehow still a Winx, she’s clearly not one in this season. (There goes¬†my theory.)

As for Aisha and Nex, it’s official: they’re dating. I guess that explains how they greeted each other last episode.¬†Maybe he didn’t say “hi” right away because he knew he was gonna see her later. ūüėõ

Is it just me, or do the¬†couples not go on¬†dates¬†much anymore? Tecna and Timmy had their “first date” (yeah, right) in season five, and Stella and Brandon had their makeshift pizza¬†date at Alfea in season six. That’s…it. ūüėē

What’s happened¬†to the romance¬†in this show? So what if most of these couples have been together for years? That doesn’t mean Rainbow can put their relationships on auto pilot for the rest of the series. We need to see they’re still in love. They need to act like real couples.

Isn’t¬†that why Daphne and Thoren’s romance¬†was so awkward? They went from “just met”¬†to married in one season, we never saw them date (“The Anthem” doesn’t count), and the first time we saw them kiss was at their wedding! That’s not enough for convince us they’re in love.

Aisha and Nex definitely need¬†more development. I’ll talk about that when I¬†get to their date.

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capture_005_24012016_142519_817Guess what? The Winx get Butterflix in this episode! Gasp! What a shocker!

Sigh. Why does Rainbow tell us when the Winx are gonna get their new forms now? Just look at these titles: “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), “Sirenix” (5X13), “Mythix” (6X14), and now “Butterflix.” Bloomix was the exception, since not all the girls earned it in the same episode,¬†but we knew someone was gonna get it in¬†“Bloomix Power” (6X04).

Next season, I wanna be surprised again. I wanna see the Winx in a now-or-never situation and not know if they’ll get a new power or not. It’s more suspenseful that way.

Anyway, let’s look at episode 7X03: “Butterflix!” Don’t forget the Winx are still in the past. When I say Faragonda, Kalshara, etc., I’m talking about their younger selves. (I just don’t wanna put “young” in front of their names each¬†time.)

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. The Winx and Roxy promise to help Faragonda find her¬†Digmole. In Wizgiz’s classroom, teacher’s pet Kalshara shows off by turning into a bird, which Bloom recognizes¬†as the thief who stole the last Digmole from The Alfea Natural Park. Wizgiz kicks¬†Faragonda out and dismisses Kalshara for¬†good behavior. As they head back to their dorm, Kalshara convinces her that by reading the Tome of Nature, she can figure out where her Digmole went.
I’ll save my thoughts about these scenes for later.

2. Faragonda sneaks into Mavilla’s office while she’s away¬†and steals the Tome. The headmistress’s pet lions almost catch her, but she uses her magic to turn them into harmless widdle cubs. D’aww! She heads back to her dorm.
Faragonda snuck¬†into her future office? That’s ironic! Nothing stood out to me about this scene, except…the Pelletfly’s joke! “Wait for the beak?” It cracks me up every time! ūüėõ I love puns, and the delivery was perfect. Kudos to Mavilla’s voice actress!

3. According to the Tome of Nature, Digmoles live in the Valley of Fruit. Faragonda starts to feel guilty and wants to put the book back, but Kalshara “promises” to return it for her. The¬†future headmistress believes her and leaves to find the Winx. Kalshara rips out a page, uses the spell on it to enter the Fairy Animals’ Hall, and absorbs the Wild Magic stored there.

Oh, Faragonda! You’re so naive! Never trust someone who does something fishy, then tells you to trust them! ūüėõ

I wasn’t impressed with the Fairy Animals’ Hall scene. We’re just three episodes in, and we’ve already seen two, new secret rooms? And why should¬†a bubble of Wild Magic be so easy to get to if it’s so dangerous? Alfea has a lot of safety issues!

4. Without the Wild Magic, all the Fairy Animals at Alfea¬†go nuts. Faragonda thinks¬†this is her fault, but before¬†she can tell the Winx what she did, Mavilla shows up holding¬†the Tome of Nature. Busted! Just then, Bloom sees the bird Kalshara turned into in Wizgiz’s class flying away. The Winx, Faragonda, Roxy, and Mavilla decide to head to the Valley of Fruit to “restore order to the Fairy Animal world.”

What¬†did the Digmoles have to do with this scene? Yes, now we know Kalshara was after them, but Faragonda didn’t know that, so why would she suggest going to the Valley of Fruit? I think it would have made more sense if someone ‚ÄĒ maybe Bloom ‚ÄĒ had¬†said, “Let’s follow Kalshara and see where she goes.” Otherwise, it seems like Faragonda was only thinking about her own problems.

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5. Kalshara finds Brafilius asleep¬†in the Valley of Fruit. Against his wishes, she uses a diamond laced with Wild Magic to turn him into a dog. While he’s stumbling around chasing Digmoles, our heroes show up. Brafilius uses his new powers to summon the Giant of the Valley to capture the little Fairy Animals, and Roxy and the Winx transform to save them. Meanwhile,¬†Kalshara tries to attack Mavilla. Faragonda turns her into a cub and tries to cage her, but Brafilius snatches her away with his hat and disappears.

I liked it¬†when Kalshara turned Brafilius into a dog (before he started chasing the Digmoles). Sounded like he didn’t wanna be involved in her plans anymore. I wonder if he’s still mad at her for¬†this on him.

One question, though: did he have magic powers before he became an animal? I’m guessing he didn’t. That might explain why he couldn’t use them well.

6. The Winx’s spells aren’t working on the giant¬†because it’s protected by nature. Roxy and Aisha come up with a plan: attack its arms to¬†free the Digmoles¬†and¬†let them defend themselves. It works. The Digmoles dig the giant to pieces!¬†The magic that protected it is released onto the Winx, and they become Butterflix fairies!¬†Faragonda lets her Digmole go, and Mavilla thanks the Winx¬†for helping her realize the Fairy Animals should be¬†free. She decides to erase the memories of everyone at Alfea so no one can abuse these animals again.

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capture_004_19012016_164019_866What a random¬†title! It doesn’t tell you anything about the episode! What fairies are we talking about? Roxy? Young Faragonda? The Alfea students from the past?

I think Rainbow couldn’t think of a name, and they came up with this at last minute. Why not something like “A Trip to the Past” or “The Stones of Memories?” At least those explain something. ūüėē

Anyway, here’s my review of episode two!

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

1. Kalshara intimidates the Digmole to get him to tell her how to find the Fairy Animals’ Ultimate Power.
Once again, why does Kalshara need Brafilius? He was even more useless than he was last episode! She could have gotten the Digmole’s cage down herself!

capture_003_19012016_163544_5542. The Winx and Roxy meet with Faragonda about the Digmole abduction. Faragonda’s worried because all Fairy Animals have special talents or secrets that could be dangerous if misused. Now, they’ll never know the Digmoles’ secret because that was the last one alive. When Roxy says¬†offhandedly¬†they can’t go back in time to find more Digmoles, that gives¬†Faragonda an idea. She takes the fairies to another secret room in Alfea ‚ÄĒ¬†The Hall of Memories ‚ÄĒ and gives each of them a Stone of Memories, which can send them back in time. But she warns them: don’t change the past.
The Stone of Memories isn’t new to the franchise. It was introduced in comic #100 (appropriately called “The Stone of Memories”). Time travel has been done before, too.¬†The Winx went to the future in comic #60 (“Future Adventures”).

When we learned this gimmick would be used in the show, the fanbase went crazy. But it may have been for the wrong reasons. I’ll save those thoughts¬†for a later post.

Everyone got excited when Roxy got a Stone, too. Does that mean she’s a Winx now? ūüėÄ Nope, not so fast. It gets stolen two episodes later. Way to dash our hopes again, Rainbow.

3. The Winx and Roxy land at Alfea in the past, and Fairy Animals are everywhere! The students are holding their annual¬†exhibition, but a familiar-looking girl accidentally wrecks everything. Some of the animals run away, including her Digmole. Our heroes intervene¬†and save her. But while they’re in the woods, a herd of Deerbeetles come after them. Luckily, another student jumps out¬†of the trees and orders them to leave.
This was the action part of the¬†episode. There wasn’t a lot¬†fighting, but it still felt chaotic. I liked how the Winx didn’t get involved right away. After all, they weren’t supposed to be there, and any wrong move could change to the future.

capture_059_11012016_080401_2944. In her office, the current headmistress, Mavilla, scolds the girl who ruined the exhibition. Turns out she’s Faragonda, the headmistress the Winx know and love. When Mavilla thanks the Winx for saving the day, Roxy makes a comment about how the Fairy Animals belong in their natural habitats. Mavilla says their animal care techniques come from The Tome of Nature, an encyclopedia on Fairy Animals.
Two things bothered me about this scene. First, every season since four has had a magic book that played a role in the story:

  • Season four: The Book of Fairies, which told the Winx how to use their Believix powers and where to find certain Earth Fairies.
  • Season five: The Sirenix Book, which guided them on their quest to earn Sirenix.
  • Season six: The Legendarium, which the Winx spent all season trying to find a way to lock forever.

Now we have a new one: The Tome of Nature. I know Roxy ends up with it somehow because she had it in the video Rainbow posted last year. My guess: the Winx will find it in the Magic Archives like they did the Sirenix Book.

What’s with all the¬†books? Is this Rainbow’s indirect way of encouraging kids to read? I hope they don’t add another to the bookshelf¬†in season eight or WoW.

Second, I feel like Roxy’s remark about the animals came out of nowhere. I get why she wouldn’t like them living at Alfea, but she didn’t act upset about it until this scene. In fact, she seemed impressed at first ‚ÄĒ at least that these animals were so tame.¬†Why was she suddenly mad about it? Read the rest of this post

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Season seven’s finally here! ūüôā Yes, we’re one of the last countries to get it, but maybe this was the best time. With WoW and other cool¬†things that could happen this year, this is a good way to kick it off.¬†And we don’t have to¬†wait for the digital copies. The first two episodes are already on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video!

Let’s¬†talk about what’s changed this season. Some fans think Nick’s not involved in the show anymore, but that’s not true. They’re not co-producing it¬†or dubbing it anymore, but they’re still Rainbow’s broadcast partner, meaning they have the rights¬†to air it on their channels. The new voice cast¬†was picked¬†by DuArt Film & Video, the studio that dubs Pok√©mon. Some of the actors are¬†veterans from the 4Kids Winx years, but they’re¬†playing other¬†characters. (See this post for more info.)

Before I start the review, I have a confession to make. I’ve already been spoiled on a few major plot points, but I hadn’t seen¬†a full episode until now ‚ÄĒ just loose¬†scenes here and there. I haven’t watched the whole¬†Tynix sequence, either, or heard the song. The fanbase went¬†nuts over it, so I wanted to savor that moment when we get there.

Everyone ready? Here’s the first review of the new season!

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EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

1. As the Winx are sneaking into Alfea past curfew, a pair¬†of students run¬†out of the woods with a giant, purple monster chasing¬†them. Bloom nearly gets crushed! Luckily (or unluckily), Faragonda arrives and shrinks the creature down to normal size. She summons the Winx to her office and tells them about the Alfea Natural Park, which she created to house endangered Fairy Animals. The grand opening’s next week, and she wants them to plan a party for it.

These scenes were charming to me for some reason.¬†Not much happened, but just seeing the interactions between the Winx and hearing Faragonda talk about the park was enough to keep my attention. It felt a bit¬†like old-school Winx Club. ūüôā

2. Wearing Stella’s new tourist line, the Winx and Kiko¬†meet up with Faragonda, the two girls¬†from last night (the keepers of the park), and Roxy, along with the now-tiny Kangourmet. Faragonda knew¬†the Fairy of Animals would¬†be sure to get it back home safely. The park’s guarded by a magic barrier, which only those¬†with fairy magic can cross.

The barrier scene felt like a throwback to season one, when Bloom first got to Alfea. I don’t know why the Winx were¬†scared to enter (they have fairy magic ūüôĄ ), but maybe Rainbow wanted us to be¬†impressed by the barrier. Too bad I wasn’t. Of course, someone was gonna break in. How many has Faragonda done this, and it hasn’t worked? ūüėõ

3. The Winx, Roxy, and Kiko explore the park. Musa dedicates a song to the animals (because that’s what music fairies do, I guess). Roxy lets the¬†Kangourmet go.¬†Along with the way, the fairies come across a Digmole…that¬†gets snatched up¬†by a bird of prey!
That escalated quickly. It was so sudden, I didn’t know whether to be shocked or laugh. ūüėõ I liked it, though, because it broke the silence in a big way. Play time’s over, Winx!

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4. The Winx transform and chase after the bird, but it’s¬†too fast for them. It escapes through the barrier, which means it must have fairy magic.¬†The fairies report the break-in to Faragonda. Meanwhile, the bird ‚ÄĒ who’s really Kalshara ‚ÄĒ returns to her lair with the Digmole. This is just step one of her master plan: to create an army of Fairy Animals that will obey her every command.

Why didn’t the Winx go through the barrier to catch Kalshara? So what if she got outside the park? They have wings, too. It felt like they just gave up. ūüėē

And why does Kalshara need Brafilius? She has magic, and he’s a bumbling idiot, so why can’t she lock up the animals herself? I bet that’s¬†never gonna get explained. Read the rest of this post

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Finally! The last episode of season six ‚ÄĒ which, by the way, premieres¬†Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. EST on Nick Jr., followed by the premiere of season seven at 10:30 a.m. EST.¬†We’ve waited a long time for this, haven’t we?

And you’ve waited a long time for this review. Sorry, guys.¬†ūüė≥¬†I’ve had a hard time adjusting to my school schedule. (So glad this semester’s almost over.)

Let’s wrap this season up, shall we?

Episode Highlights

1. The Winx (minus¬†Bloom) are still fighting the Great Lizard Spirit. Selina wants to help, but thanks to Acheron’s spell, she’s powerless. Suddenly, a surge¬†of energy bursts¬†out of¬†the Legendarium, restoring her magic. This means Bloom defeated Acheron!

The only thing I liked was when Selina got her power back. The visuals were pretty cool. (Confession: I like the new animation.) I’ll gripe about the rest of this scene later.

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2. Bloom’s fighting the Trix in the Legendarium World. After a few¬†minutes, Icy freezes her Mythix wand and knocks it ‚ÄĒ and her ‚ÄĒ¬†to the ground. Since they’re stuck forever, they plan to have fun¬†torturing¬†Bloom¬†for the rest of their lives. They trap her in The Cage of Sorrow, a magic sphere that slowly saps¬†her energy.

Wow! This was a decent fight scene ‚ÄĒ definitely the best that’s taken place in the Legendarium World. The pace was faster, and Bloom didn’t let herself get hit like she did when she fought Acheron. (Seriously, she could have dodged those fireballs.) She even taunted Stormy and Darcy when she hit them!

Is this “safe” to air on Nick Jr.? ūüėē I can see¬†the tweets already:

  • “Bloom’s¬†a bad¬†role model for little¬†girls!”
  • “This show’s too violent! My four-year-old doesn’t need to see this!”

Sigh. ūüôĄ

IMG_37583. Selina figures out¬†the Lizard Spirit’s secret: it’s fueled by the magic the Trix stole from the schools. She¬†goes in¬†Cloud Tower and releases the magic¬†from the dragon skeleton. The schools get their energy¬†back, and the Lizard Spirit dissolves.

I’ll talk about Selina later, but here’s something that bothered me about this scene: the Lizard Spirit got beaten by an instakill gimmick.¬†Most of the monsters in this season did. Are the Winx not allowed to attack till the monster’s¬†dead anymore?¬†ūüėē

4. Drawing on the power of love and friendship, Bloom gives¬†herself an energy boost. She breaks out of the Trix’s cage, traps them in bubbles, then¬†teleports out of the Legendarium World.
Winx Club¬†went Sailor Moon on us! ūüėõ This isn’t the first time a Winx has used emotion to boost her power,¬†but I’m sure it’s never happened like this before! I couldn’t take it seriously!¬†Is it just me, or are we starting to see more anime influence¬†in this show?

5. After Bloom and Selina make up, Bloom tries to lock the Legendarium. The Key won’t turn! Turns¬†out not just anyone can use it.¬†It¬†has to¬†be Selina. Now that she’s helped them win, the Winx trust her with the Key. Acheron and the Trix are trapped in the book forever.
I liked this twist. Selina got to clean up the mess she made herself. Plus, hearing the Trix begging her¬†to let them out was pretty funny. ūüėõ (Are they really trapped forever? Maybe, maybe not. You know how tenacious they are.)

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6. Life¬†goes back to normal. Selina returns¬†the¬†Legendarium to Eldora and asks to be her student¬†again so she can become a better fairy (yes, fairy). Griffin goes back to being¬†headmistress of Cloud Tower. The Winx and the guys attend¬†Daphne and Thoren’s¬†wedding, where the happy couple finally gets hitched without a hitch.¬†
So¬†obligatory party at Alfea. Except this time, it’s a wedding at Domino Palace. Congratulations to the future king and queen of Domino.

Really, Nickbow? You had Kiko catch the bouquet? ūüėõ I guess the Winx aren’t marrying their boyfriends¬†any time soon.

My prediction: wait till the final season. The¬†couples will say “I do” at Alfea, and Rainbow will try one more time to make us think Bloom and Sky aren’t meant to be. He’ll go missing, Diaspro will try to¬†steal him¬†(for the millionth time), Erakylon will be attacked, etc. (Note: I’m making this up!¬†We’ll see if I’m right.) Read the rest of this post