Have I written about this before? ?
Anyway, WinxClubComics has translated comic #131: “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test). If you haven’t read it yet, don’t worry. I’m not gonna spoil too much.
This comic is tailor-made for Aisha and Nex. For starters, if she were dating either of her other love interests, the story wouldn’t make sense. Why? Because it’s a meet-the-parents plot, but her parents knew Nabu and Roy before she did!
Nex is truly Aisha’s guy. He’s the only one she brought into the family herself. But I’ve talked about that already.
Today’s post is about another reason this story is perfect for Aisha and Nex: it echoes how the Winx fandom reacted to them (and to Nex). It’s almost like Rainbow predicted it.
(Note: I’ll use my own translation of the comic for this post, but I might change a word or two for clarity’s sake.)
“Not Right For Aisha”
The story opens with Aisha, Nex, and the Winx having dinner with her parents: King Teredor and Queen Niobe. Nex tries to impress them with a midair cake-slicing trick, but it ends with a cake on their heads and egg on his face. Teredor is furious. After he orders the Paladin to sit down, he tells his wife, “That young man is nothing but a show-off. He’s not right for our Aisha.”
Not right for Aisha? Nex is just a show-off? Hmmmm…where have I heard that before? Or rather, where have I not heard that before?
Teredor is like most of the Winx fandom. Nex made a bad first impression on them, so they wrote him off right away as the wrong guy for Aisha. Now, everything he says and does is filtered through the horn effect: emphasize the negative, ignore the positive. (More about that here and here.)
But Bloom and Stella defend Aisha and Nex. They tell the king that the couple is “fantastic” and “made for each other”. Niobe agrees. “They seem so happy together!”
Aisha chimes in, too, when Teredor questions if her boyfriend can protect her. “Nex is not my bodyguard! We…we love each other!”
Bloom, Stella, and Niobe are like Aisha/Nex fans. We support the couple because we see how they’re compatible with each other, how well they work together, how they can help each other become their best selves, etc. As for me, they’re my favorite Winx Club couple. I love their relationship and the symbolism weaved into it.
Teredor decides to test Nex. If he can slay the last Melusina in Andros, the king will acknowledge him as “a warrior worthy of Aisha.” Aisha tries to convince him not to go, but Nex has made up his mind. He wants to prove himself — not for his own vanity, but because he wants to earn her father’s trust.
Have you noticed that’s a theme with Nex? He always has to overcome someone’s negative opinion of him. It makes me wonder…is Rainbow doing this on purpose?
Think about it. His name means “death”, right? Death scares us. We hate it. Our natural instinct is to avoid it. That’s how most characters, including Aisha, have reacted to Nex at first.
Maybe that’s why he’s so bad at first impressions. Rainbow writes him that way because no one would react positively to death right away. Nex always has to make himself look bad at first, then later the other characters find out he’s not as bad as they thought.
In other words, they can’t accept death right away. They have to make peace with it — or in this case, him. Nex wants to prove that Aisha is safe with him, and he loves her with all his heart. I’ll let you read the comic to find out what happens.
Wait…Aisha is “life”, right? How could Life be safe with Death? I’ll talk about that another day.
If the Winx fandom is Teredor, will they give Nex another chance, too? What will it take for him to earn their trust? I don’t know. Part of me think it’s too late.
It would be better if Rainbow gave Aisha and Nex their own story that has nothing to do with Winx Club. They need a better setting for the writers to explore and expand on the concepts in their relationship. Maybe a different audience will fall in love with this couple.
But while they’re stuck in this show, Rainbow could at least try to boost their popularity and repair Nex’s reputation. I hope that by the end of season eight, the fandom will have warmed up to these two.