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W.I.T.C.H. is an animated television series based on the Italian comic book series of the same name. Like the comics, the series follows five ordinary girls: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin who become endowed with magical powers and become the "Guardians of the Veil". However, in the second season, when Kandrakar lowers the Veil, they become the "Guardians of the Infinite Dimensions".

Summary

The Guardians must save Meridian from the evil sorcerer Phobos and his faithful companion Cedric, who are searching for Phobos' twelve-year-old younger sister; the long-lost princess of Meridian. It is later revealed the princess is none other than Cornelia's best friend Elyon Brown, and the Guardians are then set out saving her from Phobos.

When Meridian is freed from evil and Elyon takes the throne, a new mysterious sorceress named Nerissa frees Phobos's top henchmen and reforms them as the Knights of Vengeance. Once the Guardians learn more about the sorceress and her evil plan of reuniting former Guardians, they are able to defeat the Knights only to have even stronger and more powerful Knights of Destruction, plus the five old Guardians attack them.

The Guardians chief ally is Hay Lin's paternal grandmother Yan Lin, a former Guardian herself, and the one that taught the girls about their magical destiny. They are also helped by Caleb, a heroic soldier from Meridian, leader of the rebellion against Phobos, and Blunk, a frog-like goblin creature (known as a Passling) who takes things from the human world to Meridian (and vice-versa), humorously mistaking everyday objects for other things or items of value. Matt, Will's boyfriend, accidentally learns about Meridian and when he sees all the trouble on it going on, he learns how to become a warrior to help them. They are also helped by the Oracle, leader of the Universe in Kandrakar, who was the one who chose the Guardians.

Production

For Season 2, SIP Animation brought a new studio to animate the series. SIP Animation completed the full production of W.I.T.C.H. Season 2 around September 2005.

Opening Sequences

The UK and US versions of the show have two different opening sequences.

The UK version shows the girls and their powers in a "story version" with unique footage for the openings, while the US version shows action clips from some episodes and scenes from the W.I.T.C.H. demo reel. In the US, Season 2 didn't get a new opening because Disney wanted consistency when they aired Seasons 1 and 2 simultaneously. This doesn't apply to the UK Season 2 opening sequence, which did get revamped with new scenes. The US theme song entitled "We Are W.I.T.C.H.", is performed by Marion Raven. From episode 14 onwards, a new version of "We Are W.I.T.C.H." as the show's opening sequence, replacing the "demo" version. In the USA theme song, Irma Lair's Guardian outfit is first shown with a teal shirt and purple skirt, which are the true colors, but then later in the song, her clothes switch colors.

Episode list

Main articles: Season 1 and Season 2

Season One: Episodes 1-26

  1. It Begins
  2. It Resumes
  3. The Key
  4. Happy Birthday, Will
  5. A Service to the Community
  6. The Labyrinth
  7. Divide and Conquer
  8. Ambush at Torus Filney
  9. Return of the Tracker
  10. Framed
  11. The Stone of Threbe
  12. The Princess Revealed
  13. Stop the Presses
  14. Parents' Night
  15. The Mudslugs
  16. Ghosts of Elyon
  17. The Mogriffs
  18. Walk This Way
  19. The Underwater Mines
  20. The Seal of Phobos
  21. Escape From Cavigor
  22. Caleb's Challenge
  23. The Battle of Meridian Plains
  24. The Rebel Rescue
  25. The Stolen Heart
  26. The Final Battle

Season Two: Episodes 27-52

  1. A is for Anonymous
  2. B is for Betrayal
  3. C is for Changes
  4. D is for Dangerous
  5. E is for Enemy
  6. F is for Facades
  7. G is for Garbage
  8. H is for Hunted
  9. I is for Illusion
  10. J is for Jewel
  11. K is for Knowledge
  12. L is for Loser
  13. M is for Mercy
  14. N is for Narcissist
  15. O is for Obedience
  16. P is for Protectors
  17. Q is for Quarry
  18. R is for Relentless
  19. S is for Self
  20. T is for Trauma
  21. U is for Undivided
  22. V is for Victory
  23. W is for Witch
  24. X is for Xanadu
  25. Y is for Yield
  26. Z is for Zenith

The Guardians' Powers and Abilities

Each Guardian's powers and abilities are fueled by Kandrakar, transmitted to the Heart via the Aurameres (the orbicular physical representations of the Guardians' powers and abilities). The Aurameres grant the same powers to each of their guardians; for instance, any powers and abilities held by Irma would also have been possessed by Cassidy.

When the Guardians transform, they change form and grow wings, which help them fly through the air. Using the Heart of Kandrakar, a Guardian can create an Astral Drop, a duplicate of herself, when the words "Spord Lartsa" (Astral Drops spelt backwards) are said. Also the Guardians can combine their powers and abilities together and create a concentrated beam of mystical magical bright pink-colored glowing energy as seen in the first episode of the series. In the second season since the removal the Veil, the Guardians can travel across other worlds and planets by opening whitish-blue oval-shaped portals called folding, with the aid of the Heart of Kandracar.

In order to travel to another place in the same world, each Guardian can teletransport. Teletransporting is a difficult power and ability to learn and one can materialize into another solid object if not careful enough. Also if a Guardian teletransports while not connected to an Auramere or a Heart than they will drain their life force which will greatly weaken them.

The Guardians can also become one with their dragon (or in Will's case, the nymph Xin Jing) and literally become one with their element all the while vastly significantly strengthening and increasing all of their powers and abilities to innumerable uncontrollable levels; which makes them one thousand times stronger and one thousand times more powerful than if they had multiple Hearts. However this is risky and rather dangerous because it costs them their humanity (both their human form and the memory of their human life) and they could be easily controlled and enthralled.

Also, it has been shown that if a Guardian uses her elemental powers and abilities and is not connected to an Auramere, it will drain their life force which will weaken them enormously. This may be why Nerissa aged so much faster than the rest of C.H.Y.K.N..

A Guardian can also become a Quinto-Guardian. A Quinto-Guardian has all of the powers and abilities over all five elements: Water, Fire, Earth, Air and Quintessence including the individual powers/abilities. A Quinto-Guardian can also gain the amazing power and ability to summon ice. The only known Quinto-Guardians are Cornelia (granted briefly by the Aurameres) and Nerissa (by using her Seal). However it is, believed that Will has the potential to become a Quinto-Guardian, as she is the wielder of the Heart of Kandakar and since the heart has the ability to tap into the powers of the Aurameres, Will could do the same but by focus, the powers on to her rather than to her other fellow guardian. If this is true, then the same could be said for Cassidy who also wields the heart of Kandakar for a brief period of time. 

The Hearts

The Hearts are the sources of mystical energy for the worlds they come from. They can be represented by a jewel, a talisman or a living being. Prominently featured in the series is the Heart of Kandrakar, a pendant that allows W.I.T.C.H. to transform. Over the course of the series, it is revealed that Elyon Brown, Queen of Meridian, is the Heart of Meridian, and Lillian Hale, Cornelia's younger sister, is the Heart of Earth.

Planets

Various planets play an important role in the W.I.T.C.H. series. Earth is the home of the Guardians of the Veil, later the Infinite Dimensions while Meridian, Kandrakar and Zamballa are mystical planets that are introduced as the story progresses and the evil forces get stronger. Nerissa also briefly visited a place called Aridia, a desert realm in an attempt to steal their Heart (an unnamed male rock giant). But her attempt failed when the Seal of Nerissa signaled that the other members of C.H.Y.K.N. were freed from her control.

Production

Two seasons were produced, both of which adapt plot elements from The Twelve Portals and Nerissa's Revenge comic arcs. Each season consists of 26 episodes, creating a total of 52 episodes. The first season was produced by For season 2, SIP Animation brought a new studio for production. SIP Animation completed the full production of W.I.T.C.H. Season 2 around September 2005, and it premiered in the United States, Canada and the UK in June 2006.

Cancelled Third Season

In early 2007 producers of the W.I.T.C.H. TV series, were planning on making Season 3, based on the Ari of Arkhanta Arc, but was cancelled, due to criticism of the second season of the show. Clues of a planned Season 3, can be seen in the last episode of Season 2, Z is for Zenith. There have been many complaints and petitions about the cancelled season. Among the most active is the online site "Save W.i.t.c.h. For It's Third Season" at petition online.

Intro sequences

The UK and US versions of the show have different theme songs. The UK introduction shows the girls and their powers in a "story version" with unique footage for the opening, while the US version shows action clips from some episodes and scenes from the W.I.T.C.H. demo reel. In the UK version, the opening theme is "W.I.T.C.H." performed by Sabrina. However, the US opening uses a demo version of the song "We Are W.I.T.C.H" until episode 14 when it is replaced with a version sung by Marion Raven. While the footage and theme are unchanged for the remainder of the US series, in the UK version the opening sequence of the second season is changed to incorporate the new plot developments and characters.

Movie

An animated Movie was planned by the producers of the TV series, SIP Animation, Jetix Europe, The Walt Disney Company, France 3 and Super RTL but was never produced. This was mostly due to criticism the TV series received from the second season of the show, that had also resulted in the cancelling of the show's planned third season. The Movie's plot was planned to take place between the Second and planned Third Season. The Movie was planned to be called, W.I.T.C.H. The Movie: The Guardians Of The Magic.

Reception

W.I.T.C.H. received little notice from critics. Common Sense Media, one of the few outlets to review the series, noted that the show is "an animated fantasy-adventure series for tweens", and gave it 3 out of 5 stars. 

In 2005, the series, received greater recognition, and was gaining popularity. The first seasons plot was given high positive reviews. In 2006 however, The series began to received more negitive reviews by criticis, mostly due to what the critics, described as, poorly planned story plot, for the second season. Critics, claimed the while, the first season also differed from the original plot of the comics, the first season did not differ far from the comic's storyline, in comparison to the second season. The series also faced problems from rival series Winx Club, which had been gaining greater popularity, as it's series went on. Eventually, W.I.T.C.H. lost out to Winx Club, leading to the TV series being cancelled before the released of the already planned 3rd season.

In 2006, Joey Paul Jensen was nominated for the Casting Society of America's Artios Award for Best Animated Voice-Over Television Casting.

W.I.T.C.H. DVDs

W.I.T.C.H. has been released on DVD in Europe, Australia, the Philippines (both in DVD and VCD versions, which is currently in the first season), Brazil, and Malaysia currently spanning 3 volumes, each containing episodes of season 1. They each come with 2 art cards featuring one of the W.I.T.C.H. girls. The DVDs together only contain the first 11 episodes. Volumes 4, 5 and 6 are planned to be released on the 3rd September 2007 for Region Code 1 and 2 and on the 17th of October for 3 and 4, which could see the rest of Season 1 on DVD. Two box sets have been released in the United Kingdom and Russia: the first box containing volumes 1, 2 and 3. The second contains volumes 4, 5 and 6. The complete first season has been released as a set in the United States.

Trivia

  • For season 2, SIP Animation brought a new studio to animate the series.
  • In the episode "M is for Mercy", a few scenes involving Shagon and W.I.T.C.H. fighting each other was censored in the UK version, but was left alone in the US Version. Reason was because it showed abusiveness, when the girls were being violently beaten up by a boy. Though by doing this, illiminates important materials for the plot of the scene, and the episode. Also, the UK version was cut due to 'taunting' on both Shagon's part and from the girls.
  • In episodes "R is for Relentless" and "V is for Victory" of Season 2, Usagi Tsukino (Serena in the English Dub) from Sailor Moon, dressed in her school uniform, makes two cameo appearances, first in the lunch line and then walking through the corridors of Sheffield Institute. Obviously showing the shows inspiration from Sailor Moon.
  • The American first season dvds have "It Begins" and "It Resumes" as two separate episodes, rather than as the combined vesion aired in th US. The opening narration in the aired version is also absent. Two brief scenes not originally in the version aired are present on the dvds. In the UK, six DVDs containing all 26 episodes of Season 1 were released, but never Season 2.
  • W.I.T.C.H. was planning of making Season 3, based on the Ari of Arkhanta Arc, but was cancelled, due to criticism. Clues of a planned Season 3, can be seen in the last episode of Season 2, Z is for Zenith. There have been many complaints and petitions about the cancelled season. 
  • A man resembling David Xanatos from Gargoyles , appears amog the people in the the streets in the final episode of season 2 "Z is for Zenith". Interestingly, Joathan Frakes who played David Xanatos, was considered for voicing Victor Doomstadt one of the planned villains for the planed-intended Season 3 of the tv-series. However, The tv-series was cancelled before, production.
  • In the television series, all of the guardians can fly whereas in the comics, only the air guardian can fly until Hay Lin grants her friends this power to save their lives.
  • There are many Lord of the Rings film series references throughout the series.


W.I.T.C.H. (TV series)
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Media
W.I.T.C.H. · TV Series · Video game · W.I.T.C.H. issues · Music From and Inspired by W.I.T.C.H.
Issues
Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve Portals · Arc 2: Nerissa's Revenge · Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds · Arc 4: Trials of the Oracle · The Book of Elements · Arc 6: Ragorlang · Arc 7: New Power · Arc 8: Teach 2b Witch · 100% Witch · Ladies vs W.I.T.C.H. · Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: Halloween · Issue 002: The Twelve Portals · Issue 003: The Dark Dimension · Issue 004: The Power of Fire · Issue 005: So Be It Forever · Issue 006: Illusions and Lies · Issue 007: One Day You'll Meet Him · Issue 008: The Black Roses of Meridian · Issue 009: The Four Dragons · Issue 010: A Bridge Between Two Worlds · Issue 011: The Crown of Light · Issue 012: The Challenge of Phobos · Issue 013: I Know Who You Are · Issue 014: The End of a Dream · Issue 015: The Courage to Choose · Issue 016: Nerissa's Seal · Issue 017: Don't Close Your Eyes · Issue 018: Remnants of Summer · Issue 019: The Other Side of the Story · Issue 020: A Gust of Hate · Issue 021: Shadows of Tomorrow · Issue 022: A Broken Heart · Issue 023: Goodbye! · Issue 024: Trust Me · Issue 025: Water Shadows · Issue 026: Blackmail · Issue 027: Divided · Issue 028: So Close, Yet So Far · Issue 029:The Lesser Evil · Issue 030: The Chamber of Tempests · Issue 031: The Voice of Silence · Issue 032: Behind the Mask · Issue 033: The Greatest Gift · Issue 034: The Scent of Freedom · Issue 035: Mirrored Lives · Issue 036: Rebel Souls · Issue 037: The Dispute · Issue 038: Desires of the Heart · Issue 039: On the Wings of Remembrance · Issue 040: The Ultimate Secret · Issue 041: The Whole Truth · Issue 042: Beyond All Hope · Issue 043: Tricks of Light · Issue 044: Never Alone, Ever Again · Issue 045: Double Deception · Issue 046: The Power of Courage · Issue 047: The Sands of Time · Issue 048: New Horizons · Issue 049: Between Dreams and Reality · Issue 050: Forever Magic · Issue 051: Out of Control · Issue 052: The Eye of the Book · Issue 053: A Whole New Song · Issue 054: One More Hug · Issue 055: The Day After · Issue 056: The Riddle · Issue 057: The Isle Of Enchantment · Issue 058: Illusions · Issue 059: The The Fire Within · Issue 060: Earth and Air · Issue 061: The World Inside The Book · Issue 062: The Final Chapter · Issue 063: Arrival and Departure · Issue 064: The Screaming Man · Issue 065: When Hope Blooms · Issue 066: Reflections · Issue 067: On Your Side · Issue 068: The Dark Side · Issue 069: New Frontiers · Issue 070: Stop the Presses · Issue 071: Glimmers of Fear · Issue 072: The Green Ray · Issue 073: The Dark Summons · Issue 074: Whisked Away · Issue 075: As You Were, You Are Now · Issue 076: Earth · Issue 077: Of All the Stars · Issue 078: Fire · Issue 079: Water · Issue 080: Emotions · Issue 081: Air · Issue 082: Energy · Issue 083: Return to Kandrakar · Issue 084: Unique Movements · Issue 085: I Am You · Issue 086: In the Heart · Issue 087: A Cold Magic · Issue 088: Which One of You? · Issue 089: The Key to Summer · Issue 090: A Beating Heart · Issue 091: So Much More · Issue 092: No Longer Alone · Issue 093: It Comes From Far Away · Issue 094: The Settlement · Issue 095: Endless Tears · Issue 096: Here On The Heart · Issue 097: The Magic of the World · Issue 098: Sweet After All · Issue 099: A Dive in the Air · Issue 100: 100% Witch · Issue 101: A Rising Star · Issue 102: The First Day · Issue 103: That Which You Aren't · Issue 104: Another World · Issue 105: One Letter From a Dream · Issue 106: Zodiac · Issue 107: It Was Fate · Issue 108: A Father's Heart · Issue 109: Green Truth · Issue 110: Magical Moms · Issue 111: Teamwork · Issue 112: Early Days · Issue 113: The Long Kiss · Issue 114: Return to School · Issue 115: A Special Voyage · Issue 116: The Right Distance · Issue 117: The Best Party · Issue 118: All In A Day · Issue 119: Music In The Air · Issue 120: Lady Giga · Issue 121: Ten Years Later · Issue 122: Mathematically Possible · Issue 123: Lady Crash · Issue 124: A Puppy for a Friend · Issue 125: The Other Part · Issue 126: Lady Kimikal · Issue 127: Embrace · Issue 128: A Single Word · Issue 129: Away From the Heart · Issue 130: A New Friend · Issue 131: The Magic of Emotion · Issue 132: Together Again · Issue 133: Little Magic · Issue 134: Tomorrow · Issue 135: Summer Time · Issue 136: Sportingly Stylish · Issue 137: I Love London! · Issue 138: A Different World · Issue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Specials Core of Kandrakar · Cornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to Be · Elyon: Return of the Queen · Planet Boys · The Year Before · Orube Special · Two Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special) · Christmas Special 2004 · Christmas Special 2005 · Christmas Special 2006 · Caleb and Elyon - Two Destinies · Halloween Special 2007 · Witch on Stage

Characters
Will Vandom · Hay Lin · Irma Lair · Cornelia Hale · Taranee Cook · Elyon Brown · Lord Cedric · Miranda · Prince Phobos · Alchemy · Nerissa Crossnic · Caleb · Sandra · The Mage · Eric Lyndon · Nigel Ashcroft · Anna Lair · Matt Olsen · Ms. Knickerbocker · Joan Lin · Lillian Hale · Bess and Courtney Grumper · Napoleon · Susan Vandom-Collins · Cassidy · Martin Tubbs · Laurent Clubberman · Uriah Dunn · Chris Lair · Chen Lin · Halinor · Kurt Van Buren · Frost The Hunter · Tracker · Gargoyle · Sandpit · Kadma · Yan Lin · Julian · Theresa Cook · Aldarn · Jeek · Howard Hale · Dean Collins · Lionel Cook · Peter Cook · Raythor · Tynar · Elizabeth Hale · Blunk · Tom Lair · Eleanor Brown/Miriadel · Raphael Sylla · Tony Vandom · Andrew Hornby · Galgheita Rudolph · Herbert Olsen · Joel Wright · Thomas Brown/Alborn · Shagon, the Hate · Tridart, the Despair · Ember, the Pain · Orube · Shinobu Takeda · William Collins · Stephen · Edward Folkner · Mariko Takeda · Foreman Takeda · Erin Peyton · Mr. Huggles · Luke Pradd · Tecla Ibsen · Henry · Ardeh · Ari · Endarno · Maqi · Laura Steedson · Nashter
Episodes
Season 1: It Begins and It Resumes · The Key · Happy Birthday Will · A Service to the Community · The Labyrinth · Divide and Conquer · Ambush at Torus Filney · Return of the Tracker · Framed · The Stone of Threbe · The Princess Revealed · Stop the Presses · Parents' Night · The Mudslugs · Ghosts of Elyon · The Mogriffs · Walk This Way · The Underwater Mines · The Seal of Phobos · Escape from Cavigor · Caleb's Challenge · The Battle of Meridian Plains · The Rebel Rescue · The Stolen Heart · The Final Battle

Season 2: A is for Anonymous · B is for Betrayal · C is for Changes · D is for Dangerous · E is for Enemy · F is for Facades · G is for Garbage · H is for Hunted · I is for Illusion · J is for Jewel · K is for Knowledge · L is for Loser · M is for Mercy · N is for Narcissist · O is for Obedience · P is for Protectors · Q is for Quarry · R is for Relentless · S is for Self · T is for Trauma · U is for Undivided · V is for Victory · W is for Witch · X is for Xanadu · Y is for Yield · Z is for Zenith

Songs
We Are W.I.T.C.H. · W.I.T.C.H. (Theme) · Music From and Inspired by W.I.T.C.H.
Locations
Heatherfield · Meridian · Arkhanta · Zamballa
Groups
W.I.T.C.H. · Uriah's Gang · C.H.Y.K.N. · Knights of Destruction · Guardians of Kandrakar · The Runics
Objects
Heart of Kandrakar · Heart of Meridian · Heart of Zamballa · Aurameres · Seal of Phobos · Seal of Nerissa · Horn of Hypnos
Elements
Quintessence · Fire · Air · Water · Earth

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