A few years ago, Rainbow released a new set of books about the Winx. Here’s what Aisha says about Nex in her book (my translation):
Self-confident and determined Nex appreciates my strong personality. He loves all kinds of competitions, just like I do.
- “Self-confident and determined” (Уверенный в себе и решительный): That’s obvious. Nex is no wallflower. The awkward part is these are positive terms. Confidence and determination are good things, right? Sigh. I guess this is another case where the Winx fandom’s perception of Nex doesn’t match Rainbow’s intentions.
- “Nex appreciates my strong personality” (Некс ценит мой сильный характер): We saw that in the show when he said Aisha is “no joke”. (His Italian line roughly translates to: “Wow! She means business.”) His character description — from a pre-season six MovieTele.it article — confirmed it, too (my translation): “Nex will be very impressed by Aisha’s strong attitude” (Nex rimarrà molto colpito dall’atteggiamento forte di Aisha). Bottom line: Nex loves Aisha for her personality.
- “He loves all kinds of competitions, just like I do” (Он любит разные соревнования так же, как и я): Assuming this means sports competitions, that’s obvious, too. They’re both athletic, and sports are what they bonded over.
They say you don’t get a second chance at a first impression, but I wish Aisha and Nex could. Maybe in the live-action Netflix show, Rainbow could redo the beginning of their love story — minus the love triangle this time. But I feel like Winx Club is the wrong franchise for this couple. The themes in their relationship could fill an entire show by themselves! (Their names mean “Life” and “Death”, for crying out loud!)
Aisha and Nex are a concept that’s too clever and full of potential to waste. They deserve better development and more appreciation. I wanna help make it happen.