Unhappy Valentine’s Day

Today’s Valentine’s Day. I’m glad.

No, I’m not glad because it’s Valentine’s Day. I’m glad it’ll be over after this. I never enjoy this day — in real life or in my fandoms.

In fact, I dread Februaries in the Winx fandom. Everyone hates my favorite couple, Aisha and Nex, so Valentine’s Day is when the couple gets snubbed or bashed even more than usual. And it’s not just by the fandom. The creators of the show ignore Aisha and Nex, too, even though they’re a canon couple.

I have no one to celebrate my own love with and no one to celebrate my favorite fictional love with, either. Valentine’s Day sucks for me online and in real life. I wish this day was already over.

At least tomorrow’s my dad’s birthday. I’ll spend the day planning what to do for him.


Winx “Celebration” Day

It’s Winx Club‘s 14th anniversary. Today, the fandom will pretend they’re happy the show’s still around. Tomorrow, they’ll go back to complaining about what’s happened from season four onward and wishing Rainbow had ended it after the first movie. But maybe some false happiness for one day is better than nothing.

I don’t feel much like celebrating, though. Winx Club doesn’t make me happy anymore. I’m not talking about the show itself — I mean the experiences I’ve had because of it. Some of them are my fault, which only makes me feel worse.

I started my Winx blog around the time season four premiered. If I’d known things would end up this way, maybe I never would have made it.

Feeling Empty

Leaving the Winx fandom has left a hole in my heart. I’ve been a part of that fandom so long, it’s hard to let it go. But I have to. It’s just a constant source of loneliness and disappointment for me now. 😞

I need to get engrossed in something else — something that’ll take my mind off Winx Club. I don’t think that should be another fandom. I’m clearly not cut out for them. Maybe I should start a new hobby or something.

I’m Baaaack!

See? I told you this blog wasn’t dead! 😀

The truth is I’m taking a break (possibly a permanent one) from my other blog, Una di Noi Winx. I’ve been running it for almost nine years now, but I’m tired of the Winx Club fandom. I don’t feel like I belong there anymore.

The fandom feels like a record stuck on repeat — the same opinions, same types of fanart, same screenshots, same everything year after year. I hope something happens in the eighth season that shakes things up, starts some new discussions, and gives new perspectives on old topics.

I doubt it, though. This fandom tends to downplay or reject new ideas, characters, and whatnot. They worship all the old stuff and never re-evaluate it.

It’s like hoarding. The fandom keeps collecting new stuff (information, characters, etc.), but they don’t know what to do with it. So they pile it on top of everything else, instead of first organizing, rearranging, or throwing away some of the stuff that’s already there.

Anyway, I’ll blog here again while I’m gone from that place (however long that’ll be). I’ve still got some things on my mind. I may or may not mention Winx Club, but this blog was always multi-interest. Besides, I talked about it here before I started Una di Noi Winx.

But I’ve got other series I like, too: Digimon, Ojamajo Doremi, various other anime, Critical Role (still on the Vox Machina campaign), etc. Where else am I gonna talk about them? So pretty much, things are gonna be the way they were all those years ago.

I’m finally back in paradise.

“Winx Club” Dub Confusion

A lot of people are confused about the dubbing of Winx Club. People seem to think there’s only one English dub (the 4Kids TV one) and two versions of it with different voice actors—or something like that. I want to clear everything up now.

There are two English dubs: the 4Kids TV dub and “Rai English” dub.

The 4Kids TV dub, made by 4Kids Entertainment, aired in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Now it can be seen on 4KidsTV’s website, www.4kids.tv. This company is often criticized for modifying their shows into oblivion. Tokyo Mew Mew‘s dub, Mew Mew Power, and Ojamajo Doremi‘s dub, Magical DoReMi, are examples. Both shows were popular in Japan—especially Ojamajo Doremi, which had four seasons and two movies—but when their dubs came out, fans of the originals were so annoyed with 4Kids TV’s myriad of changes that Mew Mew Power lasted about half of its original run and Magical DoReMi only finished one season, mostly online. Winx Club, however, was more successful and ran all three seasons. It’s unknown if 4Kids TV will dub the upcoming fourth season.

The other dub was made in Quebec by a company called Cinélume. Commonly called the “Rai English” dub, it is said to be much closer to the original Italian version, with fewer cuts and scripts changes and more of the same terms and names, such as Domino as the name of Bloom’s home world (instead of Sparx in the 4Kids TV version). This dub is included on Italian DVD’s of the show and is the official English language version on www.winxclub.com. (The 4Kids’s site is referred to as “USA English.”) Also, as of now, only Cinélume has dubbed the movie, Secret of the Lost Kingdom. The Rai English dub airs in eastern English-speaking countries like Singapore, even though it is sometimes mistakenly called the European dub. It’s likely that Cinélume will dub season 4, but I haven’t heard for certain.

These two do have some overlaps. (Both renamed Aisha “Layla,” for example.) In season 3, strangely, the two scripts were almost identical. The reason could be that 4Kids TV might have rushed through their dub, as there are some inconsistencies with their version. However, in the dub of the movie, some of 4Kids’s terms were used (for example, Bloom called her planet Sparx). Will there no longer be two English dubs? We might find out soon. According to new information on Wikipedia (take it with a grain of salt), season 4 will premier in Italy on March 25.

The Winx are Coming Back!

Well, if you’re a true Winx Club fan, you’ve probably already heard this, but here it is again: there will be a fourth season and a second movie (around Christmas this year).

The fourth season has the Winx (from what I can tell) living together in Gardenia. The info I’ve found about the plot said something about evil wizards and the last fairies on Earth. There’s also a new girl named Roxy, who looks a bit like a cross between Chimera and Tecna. She has a dog named Artù. You can see them in this magazine scan. A lot of people have been calling Roxy “the seventh Winx,” but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. (The scan just calls her and Artù amici nuovi, “new friends.” Mirta was the Winx’s friend but wasn’t a Winx.)

Perhaps the biggest news is the new transformation. Looks like Enchantix wasn’t the end, after all. It’s called Believix, and according to this image, new dolls will be coming out in April in Italy. (I think April is when the season will premiere there.)

What else has been going on in Magix? Well, there’s a new site (or really a remake of the old site) featuring what appears to be an MMO game. It’s only in Italian right now—I’ve haven’t heard if an English language version will be made. There’s also a new Wii game called Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club. The major game review sites don’t seem to know much about it other than when it’s coming out in the UK (March 30, 2009).

Now, when will the states get it in on the new Winx Club action? Who knows? That’s up to 4Kids TV and what they want to do with season 4. There are still plenty of fans here, so I hope they won’t let us down!