Not tagging this, because it’s hate, but I really dislike Serena as a character. I’m fine with her game counter part; it’s what they chose to make her in the anime that makes me irrationally angry.
Serena in the games did so many things. She could’ve been anything, ANYTHING, and yet they went the Mary-Sue route by throwing her into Ash’s past…as a love interest, to boot. Was that really the only way to make her relevant?
My fear is, (stupid as it might be), that this will carry over further when/if Gary makes some kind of cameo appearance this season. It’s coming: Serena and Ash met at Professor Oak’s summer camp apparently, so there’s a good chance Gary will make some kind of return in relation to it. I just really don’t want Serena’s suddenly existing as not only part of cannon past but as a romantic interest to effect Gary’s character any. By which I mean: “Omg I remember you you’re so cute hey Ash you jelly cause I’m suddenly stealing this previously unknown person from our childhood?”
I don’t want a romantic conflict over Serena. I REALLY don’t want it to be between Ash and Gary. It would seriously lower my respect for the writers and the franchise in general.
And yeah, my stupid little Palletshipping heart would be crushed…I admit that. I feel worse for Pokeshippers, though, seeing as people are calling this the’new pokeshipping’.
I’m done, now, sorry. Shipping is serious business when you’re a loser.