Musings & Rants
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Did World of Winx turn out exactly how you thought it would? Not for me. The final product barely matched my predictions. Thank goodness my lame ideas didn’t come true, but I was surprised (and disappointed) by a few things that did (or didn’t) happen.

Here are five of my expectations that weren’t met:

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1. The guys would be in it.

You can’t blame me. They’re in every season, even if they don’t play major roles. I thought they’d have their own side story in World of Winx like in season four.

I also made up a suitor for Musa who’d turn out to be a spy for the Talent Thief. He’d pretend to fall in love with her to get close to the Winx. I named him Cole. Don’t ask me why. 😛

Anyway, I hope the guys show up next season. It felt weird not seeing them around, although at least it gave each Winx more screen time.

2. Ace would be a villain.

I’ve mentioned this before. I thought the reality show would be a front for the Talent Thief’s kidnapping operation. What better way to attract talented kids? Ace and the crew would be in on it. Eventually, he’d eventually figure out the Winx were spying on him, and they’d have to fight him.

So much for that. He was just your typical TV host character. The closest he came to being a villain was in “Dangerous Waters” (1X10), when he was under Smee’s hypnosis. We could learn more about Ace next season (if he’s back), but for now, he doesn’t seem to be tied to Tinker Bell.

3. The talents would be real kids, and the show would feature segments about their lives.

I came up with this soon after Netflix added a description to the show’s page. We were trying to guess why they categorized World of Winx as a reality show and were talking about kids auditioning for it. Guess someone at Netflix (or Rainbow) confused the show within the show for the actual show. 😛

Anyway, I thought each episode would follow a random kid’s life, narrated by the Winx who shared their interest (i.e., Aisha for sports, Musa for music, etc.). Near the end, an enemy would try to steal the kid’s talent, and the Winx would protect them. That sounds boring. I’m glad I was wrong.

4. The enemy organization would be a human crime syndicate.

This was before we found out the Talent Thief was Tinker Bell. I thought World of Winx would be a more typical spy story with the Winx busting into an underground compound to free the kidnapped talents. Could the Talent Thief still have been a magic being? Sure, but I didn’t think she’d be a fairy! (Or a pixie. I still don’t know.)

I also expected more common action scenes like car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and escapes from the enemy’s lair. Instead, Rainbow focused more on the fantasy aspects like Dreamix and World of Dreams. Oh, well.

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5. The Winx would create the reality show.

I know I just said I thought the Talent Thief would create WOW!, but I had other ideas, too. In one of them, the Winx would create the show to lure the Talent Thief to them. Yes, that’s using the talents as bait. But since the Winx actually did that (poor Naoki), I don’t feel guilty anymore for coming up with this. 😛

That’s my list. What were some of your expectations for World of Winx? Did they come true?

Episode Reviews
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IMG_4502I know, I know. I’m extremely behind on these reviews. They take a while to write, so I started feeling overwhelmed. Plus, I always feel brain-fried and spacey while I’m in school.

Sorry, guys. Thanks for being patient with me. I’ll still review the whole season, but I won’t be anywhere near done when the last episode airs. (A lot of you have seen it all anyway, so maybe that’s okay.)

This review’s gonna look a little different to you. I’m trying to find the format that works best for me so I can churn these out faster, but still get most of my thoughts out. Let me know what you think.

When we — I mean, I — last left our heroes, they’d just gained the Butterflix power — everyone but Roxy 🙁 — and returned to the present. Now if I mention Kalshara, Brafilius, or Faragonda, I’ll be talking about their present-day selves.

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. Kalshara interrogates the Digmole (again), and Brafilius tries to help by casting a spell to make it speak human language. But the little guy still won’t talk.
At the risk of sounding like broken record: Why does Kalshara need Brafilius? She even used her own magic in this scene to move the Digmole’s cage. He’s useless.

Every now and then, he does something interesting, but most of the time, he’s just comic relief. I’d be okay with it if he were funny, but he’s not. He’s just silly. I wish Kalshara were the sole villain this season.

2. Meanwhile at Alfea, the Winx have brought a group of Digmoles to Faragonda’s office. Roxy casts her vocalization spell on them, and they give the fairies a riddle: “Amongst the many, find the animal with the first color of the Magic Universe. This is the only way to obtain the Fairy Animals’ Ultimate Power.” Searching for said animal will have to wait, since today’s the grand opening of The Alfea Natural Park. Unfortunately, the party planner, Stella, forgot all about it.

Wait a minute. Did the Winx changed time? Digmoles were nearly extinct, and now they’re everywhere. Did saving them from that giant change their fate? And were Kalshara and Brafilius the ones who nearly wiped out their species?

It’s also possible they were never extinct, and the Winx now knew where to find them. I doubt that, though. Anyone who’s studied Digmoles would know to look underground. Why would they have looked for them all this time?

I’m not sure which of my theories is correct — or if they’re both wrong. All I know is the Winx changed something. Bloom said it herself. Why would Faragonda trust them with the Stones after that? Clearly, they can’t handle the responsibility.

At least this was a small change that didn’t wreck history, and they figured out what Kalshara and Brafilius are after. I love seeing Roxy use her magic. She learned that vocalization spell way back in season four (though it was weak). Last season, she perfected it with Griffin the crow, and now she can use it easily. It’s nice to see how far she’s come as a fairy. 🙂

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3. The party in the park starts late. The Winx say hi to their boyfriends. Newly-single Musa feels left out of the love, but Bloom cheers her up in time for the grand opening magic show.
Hi, guys. Glad you could make it. I think this is the latest first appearance in any season. Rainbow really is pushing them into the background. 😕

They’re wearing their season five outfits again — except Nex, of course, who’s got a brand-new look. I think it suits him. I love how the Specialists are in sneakers, but he’s in hiking boots, proving he’s the outdoorsy, athletic guy in the group. (Reminds me of Aisha in season two.)

I like his outfit now, but when I first saw it…I cracked up! The jacket, the necklace, the metal bracelets, the earrings (which he had all along). Can you say “cliché?” 😛

Search Google, and you’ll find tons of anime “bad boys” rocking this look. I’ll give you one for free. Last November, a movie called Digimon Adventure tri. — Saikai (Reunion) premiered in Japan. (Yep, I brought up Digimon again. I love that series.) Take a look at one of “bad boy” Yamato’s (Matt) new outfits. I guess he and Nex shop at the same store. 😛

I have something else to say about Nex, but I put it under “Other Thoughts.”

Along with a new main character, we have two relationship changes this season. Aisha and Nex are officially a couple, and Roy has disappeared. I still hear complaints about it, mainly from the fans who hate Nex, but…they’ll get over it. 😛

I mentioned the other change in the scene recap: Musa’s now single. Rainbow stepped on MuRi fans’ hearts again when she said she and Riven “weren’t made for one another.” You know I agree with her, but the shippers are still in mourning and waiting for him to return. (Wow, that sounds familiar.)

Things got worse a few episodes later when Orlando was introduced. Poor guy. I’ll have lots to say about him when I get to those reviews. Here’s a preview. Because the fans just saw him as a threat to MuRi, they overlooked the most important aspect of his character. I can’t believe no one mentioned it all this time. I’m disappointed.

4. The Winx ask the guys to help with their mission. Meanwhile, Brafilius sneaks into the park using the Digmole’s magic to cross the barrier. But thanks to his clumsiness, the Fairy Animal escapes from him.

Something dawned on me as I was writing this. If Brafilius knows the riddle, that means he and Kalshara finally got the Digmole to talk. Either his spell worked (not to give him too much credit), or they did something cruel to the little guy. Or both. Let’s not think about it. 😛

5. The gang finds a large, sleeping tortoise. Other Fairy Animals live alongside it and create a magic lullaby that keeps him asleep. Because it’s old and has a dark shell, Tecna thinks it might be the animal they’re looking for. (She thinks the riddle means the universe was once covered in darkness.) But waking it up would disturb the balance of nature. As they’re trying to figure out another option, the Digmole finds them. Under Roxy’s vocalization spell, it warns them Brafilius is in the park. Bloom wants to fight him. Roxy thinks they should focus on the mission and let the Fairy Animals protect themselves. Since the two can’t agree, Roxy leaves the group to do her own thing.

Did this tortoise look familiar to you?

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No, they’re not exactly the same. But my point is this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a giant tortoise with an ecosystem on its back. Like I said before, Fairy Animals aren’t a new concept in this show. They’ve always been around. Rainbow just ignored them until now.

Moving on to Bloom and Roxy’s fight — wait, was that a fight? It didn’t feel like a big enough deal for Roxy to react the way she did. Then again, we know she can be stubborn and hypersensitive sometimes. She stormed off once in season four, too, so this wasn’t out of character.

But why didn’t anyone go after her? They talked about it, but no one moved. Did they want the dopey dog wizard to find her? 😕

You could argue they got sidetracked by what happened next, but they had a few moments before it started. Even then, one or two of them could have gone looking for her. Clearly, the writers just wanted her to end up alone.

6. Brafilius uses the gem on his hat to analyze the tortoise. This wakes it up, and it starts shooting energy beams out of its back! The guys go into attack mode (as usual), but the Winx wanna use a gentler method to calm it down. They transform and protect the guys as they gather the animals that ran away during the chaos. Bloom uses her special spell, Freedom Enchantment, to help them restart the lullaby. Soon, the tortoise falls asleep again. 
That was random. I know the Winx have to save the day each episodes, but this just felt unnecessary. I don’t think they all needed to transform. Bloom could have handled this herself.

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7. Elsewhere in the park, Roxy’s looking for the oldest animal. She comes across a Highedgehog, an ancient creature but not the most ancient. Her next guess is an extinct species called the Cry-Cry. She decides to travel back to prehistoric Magix to find it, but before she can activate her Stone, Brafilius uses his hat to steal it and the Digmole! Roxy finds the others and tells them the bad news.
Let me gets this straight. First, Roxy — the Fairy of Animals — doesn’t get Butterflix because…the writers said so. Then one episode later, she gets her Stone of Memories taken, which means she can’t join the Winx on their missions anymore.

What was all the hype about her for? Wasn’t this supposed to be her big reintroduction to the show? She’s still a side character! Thanks for getting our hopes up, Rainbow! Read the rest of this post

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Okay, question: Timmy usually drives the Owl, right? How’d he get back here so fast?

A couple months ago, I realized I don’t talk much about the Winx’s boyfriends. Yes, this show’s not about them, but many of them have been around since the first episode of season one. I miss the days when they were more involved in the Winx’s missions. (Nowadays, they’re just…there.)

For the next week or so, I’m gonna share my thoughts about each of the guys. I mean Nabu and everyone in the above picture only. They may not be the only boys who’ve influenced the Winx’s lives, but the rest are just one-shot characters.

Here’s a little appetizer to get things started. Remember the “Things You May Have Forgotten About the Winx [and Roxy]” post I wrote four years ago? (Wow.) We don’t know as much about the guys, so I couldn’t come up with a “forgotten” fact for each of them. But here are few facts I did think of. Do you remember these?

  • Brandon is Sky’s assistant: Lately, the show’s treated Brandon like nothing more than Sky’s best buddy. But his job to protect Sky with his life; that’s the true reason they’re always together. How good is he at his job? Well…let’s just say he used to be better at it. 😛
  • Helia is Saladin’s nephew: Or grandson if you’re more familiar with the 4Kids dub. By the way, I think the last time we saw Saladin was episode 5X11. Where’d he go? I hope the poor old man’s not dead!
  • Riven dated Darcy: You didn’t forget this, did you? Oh well. 😛
  • Timmy and Tecna almost broke up in season two: For a good part of the season, Tecna felt Timmy was a coward and didn’t wanna be seen with him. She was really rude to him, too. (I’ll talk more about that when I get to Timmy.)
  • Nabu was a rich man: Besides Sky, Nabu was the only guy in the Boys Club who was born into the upper class. In episode 3X09, when Aisha’s complaining about her arranged marriage to him, she says all she knows is “he’s from the richest family in Andros.”
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I kinda feel sorry for the Nick era fans. They missed out on the “Brandon’s really Prince Sky” plot twist. 😛

That’s all for now. I’ll start off this series with my thoughts about Bloom’s boyfriend — er, fiancé? — Prince Sky. See you later! 😛

Musings & Rants
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Nick put up a preview of episode six, “A Fairy Found” (original title: “A Fairy in Danger”). In this scene, the Specialists, following Mitzi’s tip, catch Andy’s band and the Winx getting too friendly while painting the girls’ apartment.

WordPress won’t let me embed the video, so you’ll have to go to Nick.com and watch it yourself.

Now…I don’t want to start any “Nick ruined Winx” rants (you know I don’t agree with that statement), but this clip disappointed me. The main problems:

  • The script changes: Some of them made no sense. Like Stella’s “this place will be totally rockin'” line. The line in the Cinelume dub was also different from the original, but at least it kept the point that she was flirting. Nick’s version? Not at all. It almost like they tried to gloss over the issue.
  • Matt Shively (Sky): Ugh! Where do I begin? He’s just not a voice actor. Granted, he was great in Secret of the Lost Kingdom, but that must have been after they recorded this episode.

Yes, again, let’s not give up on Nick yet. But…sigh.

Here’s the same scene in the Cinelume dub (ends at 10:25). The scripts are pretty similar, but the moods are completely different.

Internet News
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For some reason, the show summary only mentioned Layla (Aisha) and Bloom. Now it’s been changed:

Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisah are best friends and the magical members of Winx Club. Whenever there is trouble, the Winx Club transforms into beautiful fairies with unique magical powers and protects the world from evil. With the help of “The Specialists,” a group of brave and dreamy boys from Redfountain School, the Winx Club help keep Magix safe and sound. Enemies like Lord Darkar, Valtor and “The Trix” (a trio of witches from Cloudtower Academy) constantly try to defeat them but they are no match for them. These gals may look like pretty pixies, but they’re not your average fairies!

Ignoring the “Aisah” typo, this is a much better description.

*UPDATE* Guess what? They changed it again! I’ve screen-capped it so we’ll have a record in case they don’t keep this one either. Here’s what it says now:

Something truly magical has happened to Bloom, an ordinary girl who discovers she’s really a fairy with extraordinary powers! Bloom learns to use her magical powers at the finest fairy school in all the realms, Alfea College. At Alfea, she meets her new best friends, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha, and forms the Winx Club. Together, they study hard in school, hang out at their favorite spots in Magix and go on lots of exciting adventures. When faced with trouble, they transform into beautiful fairies and save the world from all sorts of villains, like The Trix, a trio of evil witches. But for these six fairies, nothing can defeat their powerful magic and even stronger friendship. Get ready to feel the magic!

Hmmm…I definitely liked the last one more. But at least “Aisha” is spelled correctly! 😛