- Jan 26, 2011
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Fair enough, I apologize for that. With that said, you seemed to miss the point of my post. Serena didn’t need to have a crush on Ash to be inspired by him, but they chose to handle it like that anyway. I already wrote in great detail on why that’s important to me. A girl in real life had a crush on me for a similar reason, and also looked up to me. I just feel like looking at Serena falling in love with Ash to make him look like a cool protagonist who gets girls is what feels sexist to me, because it makes the crush seem shoehorned when there is truly depth to it.I know you said you wouldn't reply to me, but since you're basically calling me out for making a sexist comment, I feel I should have the right to respond.
Reading your comments on Amour, the actual romance behind it - that is, the tension between two people attracted to one another and how they act on it - is irrelevant to Serena's overall character growth. Ash inspired her to try live her best life, but that isn't something that's inherently romantic. Ash inspired Clement in a similar way, but you didn't see Clement crushing on Ash, did you? No, it was only the female character who manifested romantic feelings, and that's completely deliberate on the director's part.
When you see his other prominent Pokemon work (Power of Us) and read his comments on how he likes to portray Ash as a character, it's completely believable he'd include these shipping elements to reinforce that image. It's even more believable given how common this is in fiction in general. It's popular convention because people like it and I don't think there's anything wrong or even sexist about admitting that. Swap the genders round and the logic remains the same.
And to be clear, I have zero issues with Ash and Serena as a prominent relationship in the show. I just find the shipping part of it arbitrary.