Magical Girls Save the Day Once Again in Zodiac Starforce

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always loved magical girl anime. So naturally I was really excited when I discovered Zodiac Starforce. Which means I really want to make all of you excited about it. Right now there are five issues: four in the Zodiac Starforce: By The Power of Astra arc and 1 in the new Cries of the Fire Prince story

So why should you read it? I’m glad you asked *finger guns*

💛 If you love magical girls, why are you still here? Go go go!
💛 It’s a very diverse group of girls too!
💛 Different ethnicities, different sexualities and different personalities of course
💛 There’s an f/f relationship that’s major to the plot!
💛 Friendship!
💛 The art is beautiful and of course magical
💛 It skips the whole origin story of how the girls became magical girls (and friends), but it does so in a clever way – I was never confused (though now I want the origin story)
💛 While it’s definitely not as dark as Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, it does cover the darker side of being a magical girl
💛 But it’s definitely not that dark! I mean, it definitely gets dark at times, but overall it’s still a light and fun read
💛 Their ‘magical girl identities’ and powers are based on their zodiac signs, which I personally find really cool
💛 They have really cool weapons and magical powers
💛 Healthy romantic relationships!
💛 Realistic teen texts (there’s one convo between two of the girls that is definitely me and one of my friends)
💛 It’s funny!
💛 Did I mention the art and their outfits and hair I am in love
💛 It’s fun!

But my biggest reason why you should read it really is magical girls. I mean, girls who are often still feminine and girly (and they’re allowed to!) who kick ass? How could I not love that! How could you not love that?

Have you read Zodiac Starforce? Or any other magical girls comics that aren’t that popular that I should read? Or maybe underrated magical girl anime that I should watch? Let me know in the comments!

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What I’d Change In Winx Club (Besides Making It Gay™)

Winx Club was my life when it first aired here in The Netherlands. I think I was about eight and I lived and breathed Winx Club. I watched it over and over again, bought all the magazines so I could keep up with the comic, collected the stickers, we pretended to be the Winx at the playground (because I wanted to keep everyone happy I settled to be Kiko because everyone was already fighting over which fairy they wanted to be so yeah I played the rabbit omg is it weird to call my younger self Pure™) and I even got to see the musical (I still have the dvd and cd somewhere and I’m so tempted to rewatch it because nostalgia).

And you know what? I still love Winx Club. I haven’t seen it in years and I wouldn’t call myself a fan anymore, but I love what it stands for and what it meant to me as a child. It’s a show about six girls kicking ass and saving the whole magical universe. Do they sometimes need saving from the Specialists? Yeah, but they need to be saved by the Winx too (a lot if I remember correctly) and they fight side by side. Plus half of the Winx aren’t white and they all have their own unique personality (at least in the first seasons, don’t know what happened in later ones). They love dressing up and shopping and that’s never frowned upon. And Tecna being into technology? Yes please. I just really love this about Winx Club.

That said, it’s not perfect. And there are some things I’d love to change.

Realistic and Diverse Body Types

Okay so these aren’t exactly realistic right? Their waistlines are just… Kind of scary? Fun fact: I started to draw people like this because of Winx Club and my grandfather who can draw very well was just like ‘no’ (he was probably screaming on the inside). Other fun fact which is unrelated to the topic: I’m pretty sure I had this picture as a puzzle (now I want to puzzle). Anyway it’d be great if they could have more realistic bodies and if they weren’t all thin! We need more body positivity

Less Straights

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Bloom x Stella aesthetic I made I’ve decided that their shipname is Bella which means beautiful and this ship is beautiful so there you go perfect shipname

My title already gave it away, but if I were in charge of Winx Club I’d make it Gay™ (I’d apologise for the overusing of ™ but I’m not Sorry™). I’d make Stella and Brandon bisexuals. I don’t know if I made this up, but I remember there being an episode in which Stella and Brandon tried to get the most phonenumbers or something? So Stella and Brandon could easily get phonenumbers from the same sex as well and ta-dah everyone knows they’re bi. I also like the idea of Stella running into an old classmate (in case you forgot: Stella had already gone to Alfea the year before the others) and she’d casually mention to the others that she’s her ex when they ask her who that was. Also come on where are my fairy girlfriends and witch girlfriends? And fairies dating witches? (Mirta and Lucy thank you please). Also I headcanon Bloom as a lesbian (no one bring up Sky I’ll just bring up compulsory heterosexuality) and I’m trash for Bloom x Stella even though I’m also trash for Stella x Brandon (why were Bloom and Sky seen as the power couple of the show when that spot clearly belonged to Stella and Brandon) and I don’t ship Brandon and Bloom so polyamory is not an option here and I’m torn.

I have so many more headcanons, but let’s get to the next thing I’d change

Co-Ed Red Fountain

You know what's weird. The school is already called Red Fountain when it still looks like this, but the name doesn't make sense until the new building is revealed?

You know what’s weird. The school is already called Red Fountain when it still looks like this, but the name doesn’t make sense until the new building is revealed?

Okay I’ll accept that only girls can be fairies or witches (but omg trans and non-binary and genderfluid fairies and witches) but why are the Specialist only boys? Technically the fairies and witches fight too, but the boys use weapons which is seen as ‘for boys’ so it really bothers me. Thus Red Fountain would be co-ed and girls who’d rather fight with weapons attend it too. I think Aisha would love to fight with weapons as well, so she’d follow some classes there while being enrolled at Alfea (students of Red Fountain would be able to take classes at Alfea as well if they have magic) and there she’d meet her future girlfriend (Aisha x Nabu can still happen, I don’t remember the relationship that well since I only watched season 3 once). And just… Let girls fight with weapons please

Dark Bloom Would be Actually Dark

Okay she wouldn’t straight up murder people and rip off body parts, this is still a kids show, but I remember that Dark Bloom just… Didn’t do much? She laughed evily and attacked if Darkar told her to, but it was very anticlimatic (maybe this was only the case in the Dutch dub? I don’t know).

Don’t Reduce The Trix To Weak Servants

The Trix were so COOL in the first season. They were actual villains to look out for and then in season 2 and 3 they’re just reduced to that season’s villain’s servants and they were so lame. Especially when they were fighting for Valtor’s love just jsgjdfg. No. Let them be sly, calculating, manipulative, let them be the Trix.

What would you change in Winx Club? Let me know in the comments!

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