Is it just because I saw the whole first season (well, it was the 4Kids version, but still), or did it seem like they were trying to cram way too much in a hour? It doesn't give any time for any characterization for the other members of the Winx Club, for example. If you went by these specials alone, you couldn't tell that Flora was a Shrinking Violet
or that Musa was a bit of a tomboy
. In the first special, we did get little inklings of their personalities (such as Stella being too lazy to help out with the cleaning and Tecna being utterly clueless as to how to use a mop and a bucket), but not enough to make them stand out, as they were "blink and you'll miss it" moments. Because of the time limit, they're merely Bloom's friends.
Which leads to another thing: The emotional impact of Bloom leaving Alfea in the second special was really dampened by rushing things. In the series, you were shown all the adventures Bloom had with the other girls and how her relationship with them developed, which gave you a reason
to feel sad when she decided to leave. This all happens off-screen in the special, but without seeing it for yourself, it's hard to feel any emotional connection. To sum it up, the specials are telling instead of showing
due to time, and they suffer from it.
Oh, what's with Bloom mentioning Charmix when she transforms? O_O Is that what the normal transformation is called now? What will happen when they summarize season 2? Are they just not going to bother? ...Well, since there are only going to be four specials, I guess the last one will be season 2, so I guess they're just going to scrap the original concept of Charmix.
One good thing though was that they actually mentioned that Daphne is Bloom's sister. I don't think 4Kids did that.
edited 1st Aug '11 10:39:44 PM by Angewomon
Talk to the hand.