The live action are from most popular productions today. While Disney Plus reviews its catalog with the intention of covering its best stories with live actors, Netflix does the same with the world of manga and animation. On this occasion, it is the turn of the animated television series from Italy, Winx club.
The story of a group of girls with magical powers, related to the world of fairies, comes to the platform with a first season that preserves the qualities of the original story. But, in addition, Netflix brings a modern and casual touch that is perhaps one of the highest points of the program.
The animated series was a resounding success during its first eight seasons, which began airing in 1991. By the last one (which arrived in 2001), the show had become a considerable audience and audience success. On September 2, 2010, the American television channel Nickelodeon announced that it would co-produce three extra seasons of the story. The new chapters quickly became a much more streamlined version of the original plot; for the premiere in 2019, the program was considered a worthy successor to the Harry Potter franchise.
And Netflix arrived
The Netflix adaptation essentially narrates the same plot of his version for television. A group of girls descended from the fairy world must grapple with their powers and their implications. All while trying to live together in a school dedicated exclusively to polishing the individual powers of each one.
However, the version live action put aside the perception of childhood from the original to focus on a more adult, dark and convoluted universe. Although history retains its link with the fantastic, Fate: The Winx Saga bets on the possibility of taking the premise to a much more contemporary structure. With obvious similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and of course, Vampire diaries (with whom he shares creator, Brian Young), the series is a look at the world of adolescence in the midst of extraordinary situations.
The plot reflects on magic, power, secrets and mysteries, without forgetting the fact that its very young protagonists struggle with the problems and circumstances of their age. To that, moreover, an obvious quality should be added: that of provide darkness and depth to essentially simple and friendly plots.
‘The Winx Saga’ and Sabrina’s long shadow
In the style of the recently completed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Fate: The Winx Saga takes the central characters to a new dimension, to bring a much more sinister meaning to their plot. The version has the ability to nuance and give verisimilitude to the idea about fantastic creatures, who deal with moral and intellectual conflicts.
Like Sabrina was, the protagonists of Fate: The Winx Saga They are powerful creatures, who are going through a moral crossroads that they must assume from the sense of mutual support. Of course, in the same way as in the animated series, magical creatures coexist in a world alien to humans and which, according to the argument, is on the fringes of reality.
A new Harry Potter in doors?
Comparisons to the world of Harry Potter created by Jk Rowling are obvious. But actually Fate: The Winx Saga is more interested in showing the dilemmas they go through its magical protagonists, who in a central mystery.
In Straffi’s universe, fairies have different powers that link them to either an element or a battery of psychic abilities of considerable power. Faced with each other, fairies could be a danger to the imbalance of the delicate border between good and evil. Thus,the main objective of the school is to allow coexistence and find that each of her students finds their potential.
Little by little, what they seem to be stereotypes that together support a history of interest. With a certain air to the recent success of Amazon Prime Video The wilds, the atmosphere in the series is directly related to the intellectual and physical audacity of each of the students.
A little teen drama? Well yes, but not bad
Of course, a series based on teenagers – whatever its context – will have a special interest in antagonistic relationships, friendship and even love. Perhaps that is the biggest failure of Fate: The Winx Saga. The notion about camaraderie and friendship has a more than evident relationship with a certain type of rivalry, which in another context could be funny. But that in a magical one and in which the powers can be a risk, it seems artificial and threatening.
However, the series has more good moments than bad. And furthermore, it is a conscious conception of the monstrous, the fantastic and the supernatural that is intriguing. If in Harry Potter the groups of students were an anonymous mass whose power was of no interest to the center of the argument, in Fate: The Winx Saga the mysteriousness of individual abilities is everything. And that without a doubt, is the element that sustains and allows us to confront new ideas in a general environment that could be trite in another way.
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