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In 2001 during the year of the first released issue of W.I.T.C.H., I was a 12 year old girl still in the sixth grade and drawing anime style characters, such as Sailor Moon, terribly (I am self-taught in free-hand drawing and I have never took a drawing class). I didn't know of its existence until I saw a commercial about a new animated series called W.I.T.C.H. on the Jetix channel. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it because I was into "Digimon" ( and still am!). A few months later when it was mid-way through the airing of the first season, I got bored enough to watch an episode. At first, I thought that it was interesting and okay, but I wasn't entire hooked yet. A few weeks later after watching my first W.I.T.C.H. episode on television, my family took me and my younger brother to the nearby bookstore. There, I saw the American (slightly censored) version of the original comic series. At first, I thought that it was one of those silly comic adaptation from the animated series and didn't realized that it was actually the other way around until I did some research. I sat there in the bookstore reading the very first 6 issues compacted into 3 books and immediately saw how much of big difference it is from the animated series. I started to watch more episodes of the series, including the ones that I missed and I started to do some more research on its history. By then, I was officially hooked. I fell in love with its unique ways of story-telling and artistic style and I felt that there was a certain charm to it that I have never felt before.
After waiting months on end for the American released, I got impatient and went online instead. To my luck, I was able to find a gold mine of comic scans online and began to read those instead. After years of reading WITCH, I also began to notice the difference as it transitioned itself from one saga to the next. I noticed the changes in the art styles, then the story-telling, then the entire thing which, I admittedly think, is now crap (the changes, not the entire WITCH universe). What was once a magical experience, I find WITCH now somewhat tasteless and a shell of its former glory. There were some issues that I still think was good, while others were so terrible and childish that it makes me preferred its rival, Winx Club, more than itself (Yes, it's that bad). I am now very disappointed that WITCH isn't as great as it used to be, and I find myself criticizing some of its new issues even more. Some people might ask me, "If you don't like it, then why bother continuing to read it?" My only answer is because I can't find myself to hate it entirely. W.I.T.C.H. has been around for a while and I fell in love with it as a teenager. Although I do find that it lost most of its magical touch, there are still some moments which I thought was wonderful enough for me to continue reading.
After ten years, W.I.T.C.H. has changed greatly, but personally, I still find that it still has that certain amount of charm that I just couldn't discard easily. W.I.T.C.H. comics has been a great inspiration to me in more ways than one, and to this day I am grateful to it. After drawing countless works, I finally made a small switch to WITCH art style. Although not best at first (as I'm still learning) I suddenly find myself drawing my own W.I.T.C.H. fanart calendar series, started my very first fan-comic side story of C.H.Y.K.N. (WITCH's predecessors), and now I'm slowly developing my new idea for a full blown WITCH fan-saga (called WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria)!
Name: Galistar07water (or just galistar) Role: Guardian of Arts Age: 25 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Location: Southern California Occupation: Assistant tutor/Tutor in English and history Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: The Godfather, Inception, Titanic, The Lord of the Ring films, Beauty and the Beast, and many more... Favorite Books: A lot, too much to list What I hate: the Twilight series and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender Favorite Comic series: Disney's W.i.t.c.h. duh!
Current Residence: Southern California, United States of America Favorite music artists Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Adele, etc Favorite genre of music: A lot of types, okay? Favorite style of art: Too many to list MP3 player of choice: Walkman (I don't like iPods) Favorite cartoon character: I have too many to list Personal Quote: If an artist's inspiration lacks uniqueness, then his work shall lack rareness.
Favorite visual artistUm...the crew who drew W.I.T.C.H. comic series!Favorite moviesInception, Batman: The Dark Knight, and a bunch of others that I won't bother to listFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, W.I.T.C.H., Winx Club, H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Code LyokoFavorite bands / musical artistsToo many to listFavorite writersJ.K. Rowling, James Moloney, Cornelia Funke, Alyson Noel, Mary Hoffman, Alison Croggon, and more...Favorite gamesAge of Mythology for PCOther InterestsDraw, Read, study films
When the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment back in 2009, I was extremely skeptical of the marriage as the ideas of sweet and lovable Disney characters didn't seemed to mixed well with all bad-guys kicking superheroes that existed in the Marvel comics. However, I'm glad to say that my skepticism has been proven wrong as many Marvel Studio's films have been released by Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures these least few years. They've touched some familiar superheroes such as Captain America and Iron Man, as well as unfamiliar ones such as Guardians of the Galaxy. With the latter being such a big hit, it's time for Disney to continue that trend but through an animated medium. After the success of Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, Disney decided to dig into their Marvel vault to find any unfamiliar and rusty comic series and see if they can turn it into pure gold. Sure enough, they found an obscure story called Big Hero 6 created by a group called Man of Action (the same people who created the Ben 10 animated series).
I understand that some audiences are turned off by the heroes' origins stories, but personally I enjoy them very much so long as they're done right. Mind you, some of Marvel's superhero sequels are better than the originals, but who doesn't love the beginner's story in Big Hero 6, especially when you have one heroine telling her friend, "Stop whining and woman up!!!"? She and her friends lived in a futuristic city that combines Tokyo and San Francisco together (San Fransokyo), however, the main protagonist of this film is a 14-year-old cocky robotic prodigy named Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). (Did Man of Action came up with the name Hiro for their hero or did they got that same idea from the television series Heroes?) Already graduated from high school at the tender age of 13, Hiro like to spends most of his days participating in illegal robot fighting club by humiliating his opponents with his deceptively smaller and cuter robot.
His older brother, Tadashi (X-Men Origin: Wolverine's Daniel Henney) wants Hiro to go to college but Hiro thinks "nerd school" is lame and a waste of time. Yeah, I think people who invented the internet and Facebook said the same thing or something like that. That is, until his brother showed him his college's robotic labs and introduced him to his friends the nerd team which consisted of adrenaline biker Go-Go Tomago (Jamie Chung from Once Upon a Time); the neat-freak laser specialist Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), who's oddly African-American in this film, but no one seemed to mind; chemistry-buff Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodrigez), who seemed to be the only person that pronounced Hiro's name correctly; and the comic geek and science-fiction fan Fred (Transformers: Age of Extinction's T.J. Miller), who turns out to be the son of a Stan Lee-liked millionaire. The Stan Lee cameo invoked the entire audience and I to laugh our heads off.
After seeing how cool and challenging his brother's university is, Hiro rushed home to invent something mind-blowing in order to get accepted. At the school's showcase, Hiro invented microbots that can join, move, and shape together with a cranial transmitter. This invention and power can practically turn you into kid-version of Magneto. Not soon after being admitted, a fiery explosion occurred and it tragically took the lives of Tadashi and Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell) who was going to be his teacher. Now lost and alone without his parents and older brother, Hiro recoils back into the loneliness of his bedroom above the cafe of his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph).
His older brother left behind his greatest and cutest invention, an inflatable health care robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit). I guess they were right because Baymax really does looked like a cross between the Michelin Man and the evil giant marshmallow monster from Ghostbusters. But Baymax is more than that because his plus-size and his big heart is what makes him so lovable! Anytime this robot is on screen, he does or say something that makes the audience love him even more. The way he gingerly moves around to avoid bumping into things to how he talks in slurs like a drunk when his battery is low is adorable. Even his failed attempt at a fluttering fist bump is an enjoyable running gag! Sadly for Olaf from Frozen, Baymax wins first place for being the most charming and funny and he tops Optimus Prime from Transformers: Age of Extinction for being the nicest and most noble robot of 2014. I truly believe that every adult and child would want their own Baymax: the children would want one for company and fun and the adult would want him for free personal medical care.
As lovable and sweet it is to watch Hiro interact with his new big-brother figure in Baymax, the film's plot becomes a little bit predictable when they and the four nerds stumbled upon the mysterious Kabuki-masked man who somehow stole Hiro's invention. Hiro believes he had something to do with the death of his brother and the professor. And so with their big brains combined, the five nerds and one robot came together to form their own makeshift Avengers team. None of these kids have superpowers, but when you have big brains, you can invent super heroes' suits and weapons that stimulates those abilities.
The plot may be blatantly predictable, but it makes up for it with its charming and lovable characters, beautiful animation, funny jokes, wonderful dialogues, and a meaningful message to kids about fighting the bad guys in a non-violent and pacifistic way. It's not about power but how you use your big brains to get the better hand. Last year, Disney is telling us a story about two sisters and the meaning of love and sacrifice. This year, they're telling us a story about two brothers and the meaning of justice and non-violence. Big Hero 6 is a fun, charming and absolutely lovable film with some of the most adorable characters. If Disney could make Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6 this great, think what would happen if they could find more hidden treasures such as W.i.t.c.h. But perhaps I'm thinking too much. All in all, Big Hero 6 is a wonderful film and I highly recommend that you watch it in theaters. Also, stay until the very end of the credit to see Fred's parentage (voiced by Stan Lee) and don't dawdle too long in the restroom or the concession stand, because you don't want to miss the short Feast film at the beginning. Feast is a disgustingly cute animated short and I would not be surprised if it and Big Hero 6 are both nominated for the Oscars next year.