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I've been thinking about this for a while, since for some reason a lot of people didn't seem to like Iris, (I wouldn't know myself, I only watched about 35 episodes of Best Wishes so I didn't see too much of her), and view Serena as a "relief."
But this is what I don't get, Serena has largely been used for nothing other than shipping and fanservice in the anime. Her two major episodes, the Rhyhorn ep and the Pokevision ep, were about shipping and fanservice respectively.
Now here is something completely creepy.
Someone somehow wrote a story on fanfiction.net about Ash having a childhood friend named Serena, who was friends with Ash and Gary as young kids. In the story Serena becomes Ash's childhood friend. Ash helps Serena in the story and picks her up by the hand after kid-Gary bullies her. He even describes her hair as brownish (in the anime its very dark blonde). They even meet Serena's mother in the story. Eventually Serena's family moves out
I have still yet to actually watch any XY episodes of the anime. The only reason I know what's going on is I read through the forums and I see people post pics/animated gifs on various tumblrs of certain scenes. I do like what I've seen of the group dynamics though.
On top of that, I really didn't watch much of Best Wishes at all. I think I only watched maybe 35(?) episodes of BW overall, mainly because the saga depressed me for rather obvious reasons. I did try to see the important
Seriously, what the hell? The reason why so many regular users on the forums are gone now is because they've all moved from forums to tumblr's. Now I have to lurk all these goddamn different tumblr blogs just to interact with them instead of everyone easily posting in one place like a forum.
Seriously. And people still have these misinformed opinions on things that I have to debate about them with on these random tumblr blogs instead of on forums for everyone to see. Now only a small
Anyone else notice this?
With Misty and Iris, Ash is the rookie of the group, his battle skills are lackluster, he tends to have weak or underdeveloped pokemon teams, and he does poorly in battles and is made fun of in the group. Of course with Misty this actually made sense, as Ash WAS a rookie back in Kanto so you understood why they were doing it.
With May, Dawn and now Serena....Ash seems mature and competent, he is shown to be a skilled trainer, his Pokemon teams