Guest Posts
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One of my regular readers, Will N., asked if he could submit some guest posts during my “break.” These will be about the Winx’s lives and how each girl has grown through the series. First up is the girl who started it all: Bloom. Take it away, Will.


Winx Girls: Life of Bloom

~ By Will N. ~

Long ago, a young princess was sent to Earth by her older sister for her own safety and grew up on Earth without knowing anything about her life, just assuming she was a regular girl with a fascination for fairytales and magic… Little did she know that she was a fairytale of her own. Since then, we’ve come to love her or hate her over the last 14 years, because even when all seems lost, she retains a cheery attitude and is able to bring whatever fun she has to share to life.

That girl…is Princess Bloom of Earth and Domino (or Sparks if you prefer). Ask her where she identifies as a person most, and she’d probably say Earth. She’s the one who started this all and the girl we know the most about. Why did this all happen? Simple…she was a girl with a dream to share her good feelings with everyone and bring them together to make the universe a better place with fun and friendship…

However, it wasn’t easy by any means, no matter how much like Mary Poppins she seems to be (minus making up extremely long words for being speechless, of course). First, she had to fight off an ogre to save her future best friend, Stella, that her rabbit Kiko alerted her about. If she had ignored Kiko…well, there’s a good chance that Stella would not be alive, and despite her not believing at first — even calling him crazy without actually saying it (“we can’t both be seeing things”) — well, at least not until a fire shield burst from her hand with a rather bold statement to distract the ogre.

From there, we watched Bloom not only learn to accept herself for who she was but convince her parents that she was something more (even though they already knew and faked denseness for her safety). As Bloom grew, she came to know seven very special friends and her older sister Daphne, even if she only formed the Winx with five of them. The five she chose were Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha (or Layla, as she is more commonly known), but she was also good friends with Mirta and Roxy too, as she is pretty much everyone’s best friend and she has helped them through their hard times and in return they helped her.

Bloom had a lack of magical confidence, to the point of almost denying her existance as a fairy at first. But her physical prowess was almost akin to Aisha’s due to growing up in a (then) non-magical realm, pretty much teaching Stella, Flora, Tecna and Musa how to defend themselves without magic in a small scope. Eventually, Bloom learned with the help of her friends to overcome those blocks and became the definitive leader of the Winx. Even if they occasionally get fed up with her, she’s the only one who everyone will actually listen to willingly because of her nature being well..something that no one in the magic dimension had ever seen before. And that’s also why that everyone is upset whenever she’s away because…it’s not every day someone with her personality shows up in Magix.

Bloom also learned a lot about herself on her own, too. She learned that not only was she a princess but that she was adopted. Shortly before that, though, she had discovered that she was the wielder of the Dragon Flame, the power of life itself — although she prefers making fireballs out of it, rarely using much life aspects on it unless there’s extreme dangers involved. Another thing she has come to learn is that she is never alone, having friends and family who care about her, including an older sister to be her guardian daily.

Unfortunately, she is prone to easily breaking down when she makes a critical mistake. And although she goes home to her parents to clear her mind instead of trying to fight through it, it sometimes has made things worse for her, causing random Trix invasions that she has to clean up. There was also that time that she temporarily was unwillingly turned into what people would be afraid of if any Kryptonian ever lost their temper: the Midnight Princess who has become affectionately known as “Dark Bloom,” openly using her raw dragon power against those she protected and cared about, giving Stella and Musa the most shock and thus causing tensions the following school year when an even closer connection popped up.

When it comes to her problematic-but-somehow-meant-to-be love life with Prince Sky of Eraklyon, it’s obvious that she loves him. But there are several issues that each of them haven’t agreed on since season three: trust between each other to the point that sometimes we can’t tell the difference between them and Musa and Riven. That almost makes Musa’s troubles less bad…(shudders). If only Bloom and Sky could learn that no matter what happens, even if someone like Diaspro is around to ruin it, that their love is true enough to overcome such things…or else Bloom should return that ring and heart-shaped necklace, thereby dooming the happy couple in spite of political pressure.

Bloom can also say that she, being of two worlds, is of both royal and common natures. Being born a princess to King Oritel and Queen Marion gave her status, but being adopted by Mike and Vanessa made her who she is today by instilling in her what is truly important: to care for those around her, even if it means potentially losing her life for them. This is probably what lead to her artistic talent and creative problem-solving knack. In addition to her personal challenges, she has also made some rather great magical achievements as well. The most notable feat of magic she has done is replicating the Dragon Flame to give to her friends after their magic was diluted to the point where it wouldn’t work. Until they could unlock Bloomix as like a flower, they would bloom. (:P)

Another impressive feat (however train-like it is) was having enough willpower to find a backdoor into Enchantix until she could properly earn it by merging with Daphne and letting Sky drive Oritel’s blade through both her and Mandragora when she restored Domino.

Next was kicking Icy off her high horse in a classic clash of opposites with a great comeback full of spunky Earth attitude. “You thought you got rid of me! Well, you thought wrong!”

However, her most impressive magical feat is combining her fairydust and creativity on the Agador box to return the stolen magic to their rightful realms, as she faked her demise causing a hilarious game of monkey-in-the-middle to take place. Valtor of all people should know what happens when anyone vile meets the Winx, even if he is formidable…it’s still a one way ticket to Omega or worse Light Rock Monastery. Although it worked, needless to say Stella, Aisha and Tecna were not too happy about that, to the point that Aisha almost refused to let Bloom execute this plan and made her promise never to do something that crazy ever again. And although she might have said so, her spunk makes one wonder whether or not she actually listened, as sometimes her craziness is the only way anything gets done.

Warning to all future Winx villians: just don’t ever go after any of her friends or family. Especially if it’s the one who is considered the weakest because that is just cowardly…and even the worst enemy that the Winx had wouldn’t stoop that low.

What do all of you think about Bloom, and what do you think might make her better?

TV & Movie News
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Many fans believed season six would be the last season. I was gonna write an article on why it’s probably not, but hearing it from Iginio Straffi would be much more convincing, right? 😛

So here it is, translated from an interview posted Friday on Corriere Adriatico:

We’re in full swing: it’s in preparation for Winx season 7, Prezzy season 2, a third film about witches, and also planning new characters. Everything’s going well at Rainbow Magicland, the amusement park near Rome. And in these first days of the year, we’re strengthening our offices in Asia, where we’ll soon be focusing our efforts.

There you go, fellow Winx fans. Now you can enjoy season six knowing this isn’t the Winx’s last adventure. 😀 (And those of you who hoped it would be, well…sorry.)

Credit to WinxClubRus for sharing this news first!

Video
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We’re done with the one-hour specials here in America. Season three will air in full on Nickelodeon starting next month!

Based on this trailer, Nick is treating Winx Club as a new show. 4Kids, you’ve officially been snubbed. 😛

Don’t let the Cinelume dub voices scare you. Why they keep using them in the promos, I don’t know, but of course we’ll hear the new cast in the series. (Some fans on YouTube were worried about that.) And rumor has it there will be some minor edits to the show—probably adding the new transformations and accounting for plot changes made in the specials. So maybe it will feel new!

Enjoy the trailer! (Uploaded by )

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This year will be a big one for the Winx and their “papa” Iginio Straffi. Here are a few things to expect:

Pop Pixie premieres in Italy (Monday)
It’s the pixies’ turn to cast a spell on the world like the Winx do. Pop Pixie premieres in Italy on RAI Due (which carries Winx Club) tomorrow, January 10th —technically today since it’s already Monday in Italy. 🙂 There will be 52 episodes, each 13 minutes long. The official website for the series went live not long ago. The show has already debuted in other countries like France, where at least one DVD is in stores (according to a report from Michael’s Winx Club). Iginio Straffi hinted in an interview at the possibility of bringing Pop Pixie to America. I bet that will depend on how Winx Club does on Nickelodeon.

Rainbow Magicland opens in Valmontone, Italy (Spring)
The theme park will have such goodies as 4D and 5D shows (what is 5D?), a life -sized replica of Alfea Castle, and 6-foot statues of the Winx  (according to our own TheEverydayMuser :)).

Winx Club premeires on Nickelodeon (Fall?)
The series will open on Nickelodeon with four hour-long specials based on seasons one and two, followed by seasons three and four in full. This probably means we’ll start seeing merchandise back in stores again this year! (You can only read the Sellout.it article if you’re logged into the site.)

Season five premieres in Italy? (Fall?)
A few sites I’ve found claim season five will begin in Italy this fall. An article from Entertainment & Licensing magazine mentioned “another production” (un’altra produzione) that would “emerge in 2011.” Assuming it was talking about season five, that may be our confirmation. I haven’t seen anything about the fall time frame, so we’ll call that a rumor for now.

I did find, though, this strange line in a La Reppublica article:

…le Winx dovranno affrontare la catastrofe petrolifera di New Orleans…

Translation:

“…The Winx will confront the oil catastrophe in New Orleans…”

It was formatted as a quote, as if Iginio Straffi himself had said it, and it was in parenthesis next to something about season five and six. I don’t know what to make of it except that it sounds like something Flora would lead the group to do. But would they really put something like this in a Winx Club season? How about in something like the Shanghai World Expo video?

Anyway, there’s a lot to look forward to! Keep it here for updates throughout the year!

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It’s official: Nickelodeon is the new U.S. licensee of Winx Club! They now own the rights to the series as well as the two movies and merchandise. In addition, they will be co-developing and co-producing the next—surprise!—two seasons! I didn’t know Rainbow was thinking that far ahead!

What about the existing seasons? From the article on Nick and More:

…Nickelodeon will introduce the series on the network in 2011 by airing four hour-long animated specials based on seasons one and two, as well as the episodes from seasons three and four.

Season five will follow in 2012.

So we will see season four in America, but which version? Will we start getting the “RAI English” dub or something new? My guess is that they might re-dub the entire series like Funimation did with One Piece after taking 4Kids’ license. But I’m curious about their international rights—Nickelodeon will own “pay-TV” (cable) rights in Australia, which previously got the 4Kids dub but has already aired Cinelume’s version of season four. Will that mean they’ll get two versions of Winx Club from now on?

I’m most excited to hear about the merchandise. I wanted to get my hands on an Enchantix or Believix doll. Maybe with this new deal, we’ll be able to buy them here. I also wonder if this means some previously unreleased types of merchandise, like CDs and magazines, will finally come here.

This is huge and wonderful news for us American fans! Now I just need to get cable. 😛

(Looks like Winx-FairiesMichael’s Winx Club, and Winx-Bakugan-Pokemon beat me to the punch. Be sure to visit them, too.)

Source:
Nick and More