Episode Reviews
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School’s out for summer! ūüėÄ I should¬†have¬†more time to blog now, but I might take a¬†break for¬†a few weeks. I haven’t decided yet because¬†I don’t wanna miss the trailer and/or premiere of World of Winx¬†(whenever that’s gonna¬†be). I’ll let you know before I go.

Last episode, while the Winx were in prehistoric Magix, Aisha bonded with¬†a Cry-Cry named Squonk. She decided to bring the little guy to the present. But he wasn’t the animal with the First Color of the Universe, so the mission continues.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

1. While the Winx are in class (I’ll talk about that¬†later), Aisha leaves Kiko and the Pixies on Squonk-sitting duty. Like all the other times¬†the Winx have asked for their help,¬†they fail. Cherie won’t stop¬†yelling at him. Kiko accidentally bonks him in the head with a ball, which makes him and Piff cry. Finally, the Pixie of Weather¬†can’t¬†take it anymore and tries to zap Squonk with¬†lightning! The little guy gets spooked and races¬†into the school to find his new mommy,¬†Aisha. The Pixies chase after him.
Hi, Pixies. Didn’t think you’d be in this season. Last time¬†the Winx found¬†new creatures to bond with, you guys went¬†on vacation. I guess Rainbow was going for a record¬†amount of cuteness, especially if you include the Mini-World animals.

Is it just me, or have the Pixies been useless since season three?¬†All they’ve done is be cute, cause trouble, fly¬†away from monsters, and dig a giant plot¬†hole. I wish Rainbow had left them out this time. They only show up in a couple more episodes, and what do they do? Cause more trouble and be cute some more. Nothing important.

The only thing I liked in this scene was Cherie losing her temper. I haven’t watched¬†much of PopPixie, but I know poor anger management was a hallmark of her character. When she gets mad, watch for stray lightning bolts!¬†Did we see that side of her last season? I think¬†she had a fight with Stormy, but anyone could get mad at¬†her. ūüėõ

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2. Meanwhile in Wizgiz’s class, the wee professor is teaching a lesson on Wild Magic, which he says is “among the darkest magical practices of Metamorphosimbiosis.” If it gets out of¬†control, it can make¬†any living thing go¬†savage.¬†He’s about to do an experiment when Squonk bursts into the room, leaps¬†into Aisha’s arms, and cries waterfalls of tears. She and Bloom apologize and send him away with¬†the Pixies again.
I’ll say it now: why are the Winx in class? Are they students again, or are they teaching assistants (or teachers)? It feels like Rainbow can’t make up their minds. Even at the beginning of the season, Faragonda suggested they’re not students when she said¬†they should set an example for the students. Yet¬†they’re taking classes? ūüėē

I’m gonna echo what other fans have said: they may be in some sort of graduate program created for them. They get to learn more about magic, but they still have teaching/teacher’s assistant duties. Plus, it looks like their adventures are affecting the school’s¬†curriculum. Wizgiz never taught them about¬†Wild Magic before.

Whatever’s going on, I love seeing Alfea classes¬†again. They were¬†always one of my favorite parts of the show. Also, kudos to whoever wrote the English script for this episode and to the actor who voiced Wizgiz. I loved his lines in this scene.

3. The¬†Winx visit Roxy to see if she’s got new info on Fairy Animals. She does (sort of). If Kalshara and Brafilius wanna find the animal with the First Color of the Universe, too, then whenever an animal’s in danger, it could be the one they’re after. Luckily, Roxy knows a way to detect when animals are in trouble. She’s created a universe-wise alarm system run by Yaffles, birds¬†who can sense danger to all species. One of the Yaffles senses something threatening the Magiwolves on Lynphea. The Winx decide to go¬†to Flora’s house to see if her parents can tell them what’s happening.
I skipped the scene before this, when Aisha was saying she¬†felt like meeting Squonk¬†was her destiny. Roxy brings this up again in a later episode. I couldn’t take it seriously at first because the Fairy Animals were so cutesy, but it felt more meaningful¬†when we saw their true forms. I bet that was the point. It was almost like Rainbow was saying, “They look silly now, but just wait…”

Back to Roxy’s scene. Poor thing. ūüôĀ She’s been demoted from potential seventh¬†Winx to mission control.¬†It doesn’t feel right.

Yes, she has the strongest connection with¬†animals, but wouldn’t that¬†have been more useful out in the field? Think of all the times her magic could have helped them.¬†For example, in “Mission in the Jungle” (7X11), she could have calmed down the tiger cubs. Or maybe¬†she could have broken the Wild Magic spell possessing¬†the poachers.

I think¬†that’s why Rainbow sidelined her. They couldn’t make¬†an animal-themed season without the Fairy of Animals, but she couldn’t be too involved or she’d upstage the Winx. Almost everything they did this season, she probably could have done herself.

That’s my issue with transformations that are based on one of the Winx’s powers. It makes sense for them to exist, since the Winx aren’t the only fairies with these¬†power sources. But when all six (or seven) of them can do what normally only one of them can do,¬†suddenly that girl isn’t special anymore.

Plus, you wonder why she needs that transformation. Did Flora need Sophix? It may have been the Gift of Wisdom, but it was nature-based. Did Aisha need Sirenix? She’s already a good¬†swimmer, and she already draws power from the oceans. All she got out of the deal was a “special” spell and a key to the Infinite Ocean. And the biggest question of all:¬†why on Earth did Bloom need Bloomix? It wouldn’t even have existed without her! ūüėē

Anyway…

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Even if I hate the¬†purpose of it, Roxy’s threat detection system is cool enough. It makes me think of a¬†Mega Man X game stage select screen. Roxy’s like Alia, detecting Mavericks loose in a remote area and sending the Maverick Hunters out to¬†‚ÄĒ

Okay, I’ll stop. My nerd is showing. ūüėõ

4. When the Winx reach Flora’s house, they see her parents ‚ÄĒ Rollos and Alyssa ‚ÄĒ¬†taking care of a pair¬†of Magiwolves. After Bloom accidentally gets Alyssa off on a tangent about plants (like mother, like daughter), Flora tells her parents why they’ve come. Rollos says the Magiwolves are being infected by spores from mutated fungi. The two Magiwolves the couple healed offer to¬†lead the Winx to where the mutation began.¬†Before they leave, Rollos gives Flora some¬†magic orchid seeds that can cancel¬†the mutation.
Those of you who’ve watched the 4Kids dub, do you remember how they made Flora a hippie? (Her catchphrase was, “Peace out,” for Pete’s sake. ūüėē ) I’m starting to think they had the right idea. Look at this house! I know Lynpheans would wanna live in harmony with nature, but something about this place¬†screams “counterculture” to me.

And these are her parents?

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We first saw Alyssa last season in “Mythix” (6X14).¬†She didn’t come off as eccentric to me, but I guess I was wrong. Her husband’s much crazier,¬†but not all the buds have bloomed up there for her, either.

Don’t get me wrong. I like them both. They’re just…different than the other Winx’s parents. Still, I’m glad we’ve finally met them.

5. The Winx don’t get far before a squeaky voice stops them in their tracks. It’s Flora’s little sister Miele. As always, she wants to tag along, but Flora won’t let her. She’s still nervous about what happened to her when Lynphea College got attacked. The other Winx agree, and they leave Miele behind.
Flora, how long are you gonna do this to her? Yes, she got captured by the Treants, but she still proved she’s a capable fairy.¬†Heck, she got knocked out of the sky fewer times¬†than you do!

I think the¬†“no, Miele” routine is getting stale. It made sense in season three because¬†she was just a kid, and it made sense last season because¬†Flora hadn’t seen her in a while and hadn’t seen what she can¬†do. Now I think we’re pushing it. I don’t get why Flora still doesn’t¬†believe in¬†her.

In fact, why is she so overprotective of her? Being an older sister myself, I can relate, but you have to let your younger siblings make their own choices¬†at some point. They’ll never grow if you don’t. (I hope my brother and sister don’t think I coddle them like this. ūüôĀ )

If Rainbow’s gonna keep this up, I think they need to give Flora a reason to act like this. Did something happen to Miele when she was little that made Flora so protective? Otherwise, she’s just smothering her. It’s not sweet anymore.

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6. The Magiwolves lead the Winx to a creepy-looking area of the forest, where the giant mutant fungi are. Since the Magiwolves are too scared to go further, the Winx continue on their own. Flora sees something watching them. She tries to point it out to the others, but it vanishes as quickly as it appeared. 

As they keep walking, she¬†remembers Wizgiz’s lesson. The fungi could be possessed by Wild Magic! Sure enough, they start trying to trap the Winx! The girls transform and fight back, but the fungi are resistant to their spells because Butterflix¬†magic¬†‚ÄĒ the essence¬†of nature ‚ÄĒ can’t hurt¬†nature itself. One by one, the Winx are captured and slowly drained of their magic energy. Flora remembers the orchid seeds her dad gave her, but before she can use them, she gets¬†captured, too!

The extra-long Butterflix sequence¬†almost killed the mood, but this was still a good¬†scene. There was a twist here I liked, too.¬†Remember last review when¬†I complained that whenever it’s one girl’s time to shine, the others get¬†put out of commission? Rainbow made it look like Flora would be the hero, but she couldn’t escape, either.

Let’s be honest, though: it was predictable. Miele foreshadowed it before they left: “But what if you needed me, and I wasn’t there?” Plus, every time Flora tells her to stay behind, they end up needing her.¬†So while I’m sure most of us saw it coming, it was nice to see the Winx fail for once because it¬†reminds us they’re not perfect. (Thank goodness because perfect characters are boring.) Read the rest of this post

Opinions
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So, about that season seven premiere…

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Yeah, I’m annoyed, too. The waiting game’s getting unbearable. I hope Nick Jr. fixes those so-called¬†“technical issues” soon. Wouldn’t it be sad if World of Winx premiered in the U.S. first? (Great. I bet I jinxed it. ūüôĄ )

At least this give me time to wrap up¬†my season six reviews. Sorry for the lack of posts these¬†last few months. I just finished floundering through another semester of college. Now I’m working on a custom¬†template for the blog, and I hope to have it ready¬†it by early January.

I could use a break from coding and color scheming, so let’s talk about the best and worst episodes of season six. For me, the worst¬†were easier to choose. I enjoyed many of the¬†episodes, but none¬†of them stood out to me. In the end, I picked two I liked a lot¬†and the one I felt¬†was obviously #1. (You can probably guess it already.)

Let’s start with the three worst episodes,¬†so we can end on a positive note. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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IMG_3181I guess this was the “tie up loose ends before the final battle” episode. Nickbow resolved two main plots and two sideplots, but they dug a plot hole as big as a crater along the way.

(Note: you’ll notice¬†I put more screenshots¬†in this review. As long as someone’s mobile device doesn’t break when they try to load the page, I’m gonna do this¬†from now. I think it’ll help organize¬†my thoughts better.)

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

The next target in the Trix’s conquest is¬†the Magic School for Forgers, run by someone we haven’t seen since the first movie:¬†Hagen the blacksmith. Still as proud and brave as ever, he refuses to bow the evil trio.¬†Unfortunately, they overpower him¬†and steal the source of the school’s power: the Magic Steel. Now, one school remains: Alfea!

Our nerd couple, Timmy and Tecna, are still¬†preparing for the inevitable attack. They finally figure out how to get the¬†Spectrographic Localizer to work. It was simple. All they had to do was set the Spectro..sensitive..Potenti…ometer…thingy. Yeah.¬†ūüėõ

While they’re downloading it, Daphne and the other Winx ‚ÄĒ minus Stella ‚ÄĒare trying to solve their Rumpelstiltskin problem. What can they trade to him to get the Legendarium Key back? The professor suggests they search yet another hidden room: the Alfea “Underfloors.” It’s full¬†with magic artifacts.¬†(Was basement not a cool enough word? ūüėõ )

Where’s Stella? She’s in her¬†boutique helping¬†a customer. Just as she’s¬†jazzing up her look up with some peacock feathers, Griselda comes in and catches her.¬†But to the princess’¬†surprise, she’s not angry about her business. She loves it! She wants some feathers, too, and she¬†wants to tell everyone in the school about Stella Couture! ūüėÄ

(Was anyone else creeped¬†out by this scene? I mean…it’s Griselda!¬†Stone-faced Griselda! She never gets excited about anything! ūüėĮ )

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Bloom comes to get Stella, then Daphne, the Winx, and the Pixies¬†head to the Underfloors. Inside are all the treasures a dwarf could ask for. The three that catch their eyes first¬†are the statues of the Champions of Alfea, the strongest fairies in history. Everyone starts looking for something to trade, and as normal, the Pixies ‚ÄĒ specifically Chatta ‚ÄĒ cause some trouble in the process. (Pixies… ūüôĄ )

Meanwhile, the Trix gather their students¬†in front of the dragon skull once more. Using all the power¬†they’ve stolen from the magic schools, they cloak them with the same invisibility spell protecting Cloud Tower. They waste no time flying to Alfea and beginning their attack. Faragonda, Wizgiz, Palladium, Eldora, and Griffin create a barrier around the school, but the witches burn it down¬†like it’s made of paper.

It’s up to the kids to save the day again.¬†Palladium races off to call the Specialists and Paladins, while Daphne and the Winx suit up for battle!¬†Of course, it’s hard to fight an enemy you can’t see. Bloom, Stella, and Flora get knocked out of the sky, but their boyfriends¬†show up just in time to catch them. (Geez, that was fast. It’s like they live at Alfea. ūüėē )

Tecna takes care of the¬†invisibility¬†spell. With the push of a button, the Spectrographic Localizer brings Cloud Tower and the witches out of hiding. That doesn’t sit¬†well with them, so they retreat. ūüėõ

Selina¬†watches all the action through Griffin’s Magic Eye. As soon as she sees Bloom, she remembers her own goal: stealing a spark of her¬†Dragon Flame. Now’s the perfect time. Acheron, soon you’ll be free from your prison of paper!

“Selina, who are you talking to?”

Oops! Icy¬†almost catches her. As usual, she comes up with a good excuse to throw the Trix¬†off her scent. Why are they here? Because it’s time for phase¬†two of the battle.

While¬†Faragonda’s praising¬†the gang for fending off the first wave,¬†the Trix appear. For once, they’re not here to fight. They’ve got¬†a proposition: instead of an all-out war, how about a duel between the strongest witch and fairy? The strongest fairy’s Bloom, of course, and she’s more than¬†ready¬†for the challenge. Bring it on, Icy!

Nope. It’s not Icy she’ll be fighting. It’s her childhood friend: Selina.

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The young witch can’t wait, but first, she leaves something¬†to keep Bloom’s teammates¬†occupied. Summoned from the Legendarium, the Champions of Alfea come alive and rise up from beneath the courtyard. Looks like the Trix never meant to play fair, after all!

At last, Selina and Bloom meet again.¬†True to her nature, the fire fairy tries to talk things out, but her old friend’s not listening. She’s the first to attack. Fine. Let the duel begin!

Meanwhile, the¬†Champions of Alfea turn out to be just as tough as¬†their title¬†suggests. Their attacks overpower the Winx’s spells, and the guys can’t even get close enough to hit them. Poor Musa ends up getting a shower. ūüėõ

Nex comes up with an idea to beat the Water Champion. He draws her attention, while Aisha attacks her from behind. It doesn’t work. Aisha hits her, but she recovers right away.

For a moment, the two of them don’t seem to care. They’re too busy praising themselves for their teamwork ‚ÄĒ and making goo-goo eyes at each other. Hmmmm… ūüôā

Once they snap out of it, they ask Eldora and Daphne for advice on how to beat the Champions. Neither of them have any, but Daphne remembers an interesting detail from the legend: the Champions were so strong, they refused to bond with the Pixies. That gives Aisha an idea. Maybe they can use Pixie bonding to defeat them!

There’s just one problem: most of the Pixies disappeared. Bloom said it’s as if they no longer exist in this dimension! Does that mean…they’re in the Legendarium World? If that’s the case, Aisha must go to¬†Pixie Village and enter the Legendarium World from there.

She heads off right away, but Icy blocks her path. Nex floats up next to Aisha and draws his halberd to knock the witch out of the way. Before he gets a chance, she shoots an ice beam right at him.

“Nex, no!” Aisha yells.

The Paladin doesn’t flinch. He bats the beam right back at her, sending her flying. That takes care of her. Now, it’s onward to Gloomywood! Nex decides to tag along.

Once they reach Pixie Village, Aisha stops to praise him for standing up to Icy. She was very impressed by his courage. Nex basks in the compliment for a second, then wishes her good luck with her mission. Cue second goo-goo eyes moment. ūüėõ

After promising to save the other Pixies, Aisha pulls out her Mythix wand and disappears into the Legendarium World. She arrives in a forest full of rocks, but there’s no one there. After flying around a bit, she spots something familiar: the Tree of Life, the tree that normally stands at the center of Pixie Village. It’s rooted itself here!

Before she can do anything, out of nowhere come the Gloomywood Trolls, the monsters the Pixies trapped under their village. Aisha’s not afraid. She beats them quickly, reducing them to bubbles with her Waterizing Ray. Piece of cake.

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Back to the Tree. She can hear Ninfea’s voice coming from it ‚ÄĒ the Pixies are trapped underneath it! Using her Morphix magic, she dissolves the new roots, and she, the Pixies, and the Tree return to the real world. Her tiny¬†friends race up to her and thank her for saving them.

Nex and the others find them. The Pixies are glad to see their friends, and he’s glad to see Aisha. ūüôā

But there’s no time to celebrate. The Alfea fairies need the power of bonding¬†to beat¬†the Champions of Alfea! Ninfea gathers all the Pixies in a circle, and they converge their magic and send it toward Alfea.

The energy pours down upon the courtyard. All the students gather up, absorb the power, and dissolve the Champion of Alfea with a wave of magic. The Trix have lost again! Time for them to surrender!

Not yet. The duel’s not over.

In between dodging and blocking attacks, Bloom keeps trying to reason with Selina. It’s no use. The young witch has tasted power, and she’s not giving it up.

Time to end this game. She summons two snakes to bind Bloom’s arms, then she sucks a piece of the Dragon Flame right out of her body!¬†Her plan worked. There’s no need to stay anymore, so she “forfeits” the duel and flies¬†back to Cloud Tower.

Bloom has no idea what just happened. All she knows is she won, which means it’s time for the Trix to leave. They’re confused, too. Selina’s got some¬†explaining to do!

When Bloom returns to the others, Flora gives her a hug to congratulate her on her victory. But the fire fairy doesn’t feel like a winner.¬†She just had to fight her childhood friend, and the duel ended with her just…quitting! What’s gotten into Selina?

Back¬†in Pixie Village, the Pixies celebrate their freedom. If it hadn’t been for Aisha, they’d have trapped in the Legendarium World forever. To Aisha!

After accepting cupcakes from Cara, Aisha and Nex turn to each other. The fairy¬†shyly admits how scared she was when Icy shot at¬†him at Alfea. The Paladin¬†smiles and takes her hand. Turns out he was worried about her, too, when she entered the Legendarium World. He¬†was afraid she’d never come back.

“And now you’re happy?” Aisha asks.

“Happier than you can even imagine.” ūüôā

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Someone else is happy, too, right now: Selina. With the piece of the Dragon Flame she stole from Bloom, she can finally accomplish her goal! Soon, Acheron will be out of the Legendarium and in the real world¬†‚ÄĒ with her! Read the rest of this post

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Part I of the “Children of the Night” mini-arc! Nickbow¬†could have combined these next two episodes into a full-hour, maybe as a new Halloween special. That would have been cool to watch!

Here’s my review! Remember: pretend I haven’t watched the next five episodes. No spoilers, please!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

capture_002_28052014_171735_315It’s open enrollment at Cloud Tower! Two prospective students get rejected for being friends, and another for looking too much like Bloom (I’m glad that was on purpose).

The only one¬†who gets accepted is a fairy named Lazuli,¬†who has one of the cutest¬†outfits in this series. ūüôā Her special power: hair…cages? Huh? She’s the Fairy of…Hair? Yeah, Stormy’s right. That’s weird.

Let’s check in on the Winx.

Aisha’s gym is now open to the public! After coaching¬†Roxy through¬†the uneven bars, she leads her friends in a ballet routine to¬†“train their endurance.” (Rainbow, admit it. You just wanted to put them in tutus.) Stella ticks her off by calling a fashion timeout.¬†Here’s their¬†once-a-season catfight! Stella ends up stomping¬†out of the room, chased by Tecna and Musa. Flora goes¬†back to the greenhouse to research Eldora’s flower, while Aisha stays behind to keep “training.”

Aw, the Winx Club’s not the same without Bloom. ūüôĀ *Sigh* I’ll rant about this later.

The pixies see¬†the whole event, and they decide to go to Gardenia to cheer Bloom up. Then maybe she’ll come back and bring everyone back together! ūüėÄ Because the club can’t exist without her! (Oops! Sorry. Seriously, I’m saving this for another post.)

Aisha gets a morale boost¬†fron Roy and Nex, who challenge her to a skating competition. This gives us our first¬†Nex X Aisha cuddle moment. Yes, this made me happy. Judge me. ūüėõ

capture_003_28052014_175706_552At Cloud Tower, the Trix have¬†Selina unleash an attack on Bloom. Today’s tale is about the Vampires of Gladstock, a.k.a.¬†“The Children of the Night.” They¬†blend into a¬†crowd of¬†partygoers on their way to¬†Gardenia’s Goth Ball. (Must be Halloween.)

Meanwhile, Flora chats with the plants in the¬†greenhouse. A tendril tells her Eldora’s flower only grows in one place: Gardenia! That’s where Eldora lives.¬†Just like every other magical being on Earth. *Sigh* (I kinda accepted it with Roxy, but now we’re going overboard.)

Flora dashes¬†back to the dorm ‚ÄĒ and finds Stella and Aisha at each other’s throats¬†again. It must have really annoyed¬†her, because what she does next even shocks her friends. She yells at them. That shuts them up right away.

Now that she has everyone’s¬†attention, she shares her feelings¬†about her discovery. If Bloom’s in Gardenia, too, it must be a sign the Winx are meant to be with her. Stella and Aisha finally realize¬†why¬†they were fighting: they’re both sad because they miss Bloom. Awwww.

The pixies arrive in Gardenia¬†just in time to¬†see¬†the vampires headed to the Ball. They decide to follow them. Everything looks¬†normal at first ‚ÄĒ as normal as a creepy costume party would be ‚ÄĒ but then, The Children of the Night attack! They hypnotize all the guests and order them to eliminate their enemy: Bloom!

capture_004_28052014_185133_617Lockette fights back to protect her¬†bonded fairy, but she’s no match. Her fear triggers a magic link between her and Bloom, who transforms and swoops in to save the pixies. But even she’s not strong enough to beat these vampires on her own.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I had a¬†few¬†problems with this episode. I’ve¬†hinted at one of them: the¬†whole¬†“falling apart without Bloom” thing. Please. The dialogue also got a bit¬†Shyamalan-y at times, but that’s so typical¬†now, it’s not worth mentioning anymore.

Lastly, the title doesn’t¬†fit at all. It wouldn’t be the first time an episode’s had a weird title, but this one stands out to me. Why not “Children of the Night” or something like that?

Still, this was one of my favorite episodes so far. I liked the feel of it. These vampires seem like real threats; the show takes them more seriously than Selina’s previous monsters. And it’s nice to see some human-like creatures for once.

Next episode: “Shimmer in the Shadows.” The Winx arrive in¬†Gardenia to help¬†Bloom, but the Children of the Night capture them all…except Stella. I actually have seen this one already, and I absolutely loved it. Review coming soon!

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