My opinion and views of the Terracotta Contest, ribbon and "A full course tag battle"
First off, we have one of AdvanceShippings most important hint: The split ribbon. The ribbon is pink, white and yellow in colour.
Sounds innocent enough?
Lets get into detail with the colour sceme:
Pink is symbolic of pure love
The most romantic color is pink
White can represent reverence, purity, simplicity, peach, humility, youth, winter, snow, good, cold, clinical, and sterile
Basically 'Pure' (Yes, I do understand that white could also mean death, but it doesn't fit the scenario)
Yellow can symbolize joy, happiness, optimism
What do we get if we added it all up?
Pure, happy love.
Awesome right? There's more:
In Eastern Cultures (Eastern = Japan), Pink and White are favourites for a wedding. Yes, you heard me, pink and white symbolizes a wedding. I have no idea of what a 'wedding' means to you, but to me, its represents the 'joining of mutual love' (Yes, joining, gettit?)
Isn't that all good news to us?
Yes? Good. Keep on reading. The significance of the ribbon halves
You, as AdvanceShippers must know the 'famous' phrase "Two halves make whole". BUT. Don't you find the strange that the writers even created the whole 'split ribbons', if they didn't want AdvanceShipping to be pushed? In my opinion, the ribbons symbolizes how they're apart of each other. It shows that how much Ash had affected and influenced May, and how May brought out a side we haven't seen from him.
Who understands? Anyone? You can ask questions ^^"
Anyway, with previous parting 'gifts' only Ash got the memento, Gary and Misty got nothing from him. Speaking of Gary, they both had part of a broken Pokeball, and Ash has been chasing Gary for a LONG time. Maybe he's going to chase May as well? xD *shot*..Ok, bad joke. *ahem* So, the significance that they both get something from each other, is certainly great ^-^
You know what? Sometimes I hate my vocabulary. *sigh* On with the show. "A full course tag battle"
The famous ribbion joining scene we had in "A full course tag battle!" is one of the best and most favorited hints. You see, one of the biggest things I realized, was that the ribbon was actually followed up
. It wasn't ignored like - I beg the pardon of any PokeShippers reading this - the handkerchief Misty gave Ash. When Misty went to visit him, there was no mention of it. None. The only other one that was followed up, was the Halved Pokeballs that Gary and Ash had. Gary lead an important role in Ash's life, which is suggesting, that so does May. Seemly more so than Misty (I'm not bashing, just stating my opinion).
Now, notice the extreme close up of the ribbon? Where it zooms in, and all you can see are the hands? The ribbon flashes, it glints in the..."Pretty" lights. This suggests that Ash/May are actually taking CARE of their split ribbons. They didn't throw it into their pockets and left it there, they actually took care of it. Also note how both Ash and May were able to produce them so easily.
Another thing I noticed was when Dawn was commenting on the beautiful scenery, May ignored her and directly asks Ash if he still had his half. She asked him at night, where the stars are out and while Dawn was watching them. A romantic - beautiful - location. With Dawn there, it *could*
be a subtle way of telling Dawn
to get her paws of May's Ash
that she had feelings for Ash. Dawn appears surprised that Ash entered a contest - More so that he won one with May. There is one, small detail most people tend to skip over: "Ash has told me all about you!"
I'll leave you with this: Why wouldn't Ash tell Dawn about his ribbon half?