Aisha and Nex in Winx Season 9: What If They’re Not a Couple Anymore?
Posted On November 19, 2021
So, Winx season nine looks like a reboot of the series, after all. (I still think it’ll be aimed at preschoolers, but I won’t talk about that again today.) Naturally, since Nex wasn’t in the first several seasons, the big question is: will Rainbow keep him around?
Of course, the Winx fandom hopes the answer is “no”. They’ve pretended Aisha and Nex weren’t a couple for the past several years. I was sad (but not surprised) when I discovered after I stop posting on Instagram, hardly anyone has posted about this couple since.
The fandom is obsessed with Nabu, so they’d be happy to see him come back and never see Nex again. If that happens, it’ll be like that phrase repeated in The Princess and the Frog: “You got what you wanted, but you lost what you had.”
Anyone can write a basic fairy-tale couple with a “charming prince” as the love interest, and anyone can invoke clichés like destiny and soulmates to sell their relationship. Disney has been doing that for decades. It works because the audience doesn’t have to think — just feel. (Once you start thinking, most of those love stories fall apart.)
But it’s not easy to write an authentic couple with a deeper message to their love story. Aisha and Nex have all the elements. They just don’t have the right writers to bring them together.
I’ve said it before: Winx Club is the wrong story for this couple. If Rainbow throws Nex away, maybe it’ll be a blessing in disguise. I’ll finally get to prove my point without worrying about how this show might screw things up.
The Pursuit of Better Stories
My continued goal is to build a new audience for Aisha and Nex who can appreciate the ideas and dynamics woven into their relationship. That’s where AishaAndNex.com comes in. It’s not a Winx blog — it’s a storytelling blog revolving around this couple.
My inspiration isn’t Winx Club anymore, but other more intriguing stories. Anime creators are master storytellers. (Well, some of them.) And people like Matthew Mercer of Critical Roleand voice acting fame astound me with their creativity.
The Crit Role players are amazing, too, with the backstories and quirks they come up with for their characters. For example (without giving too much away), one character from campaign 2 was a grave cleric, a cleric who directs souls to the afterlife and helps the living cope with death. A central part of his character was how he liked to drink homegrown teas, which he named after the people buried under the tea plants!
When another character complained about him “cultivating dead people for good tea”, he replied, “Aren’t we all?”
Morbid? Maybe, but it was an interesting contrast with his gentle (and somewhat naïve) personality. Winx Club could never pull off a character like him.
The best part? The player made up that quirk on the spot. He didn’t plan it.
I wanna be that kind of storyteller. And I don’t just wanna tell cute or emotional stories. I wanna tell meaningful stories.
The Winx fandom doesn’t think that’s possible with Aisha and Nex, but that’s because Rainbow failed this couple. And even if Nex is in Winx season nine, this couple still won’t reach their full potential. If the last 10+ years have proven anything, it’s that Winx Club can’t handle Life or Death.
So you’re craving better stories, follow me to AishaAndNex.com. I haven’t posted there in a while, but knowing what might be on the horizon, I’ll get back into the swing of it just in case.
Also, I’ve bought a domain for a separate blog for my Winx reboot. Well, actually two domains: winxwings.com and winxretelling.com. I haven’t decided which to use yet. ? Which one do you like more?
Aisha and Nex will be a couple in this retelling, of course, but unfortunately, they’ll still be bound to the rules of the Winx universe. I don’t wanna change so much of the story that it might as well have nothing to do with Winx Club. (*Cough* Fate: The Winx Saga! *Cough*)
Bottom line: even if Rainbow breaks this couple up in Winx season nine, their love story will continue. And I promise it’ll be better than anything this show could have ever come up with.