Top 10 Amourshipping (Ash and Serena) Moments in Pokemon
What is Amourshipping?
Normally, when fans ship a particular couple, they simply blend the names together. However, the Pokemon series disregards the norm, and dubs the pairing of Ash and Serena (from the X and Y anime) amourshipping. Amour means love in French, and since the Kalos region that Ash and Serena explore is based on France, the name fits well enough.
To an aged fan like myself, no series will replace the original Indigo League adventures, but I was pleasantly surprised by Ash's X and Y Kalos journeys, especially since his relationship with Serena was explored further than any other Pokemon girl—even Misty. His battling was also at a peak, and the animation was nice, making it arguably the best recent season. But with hundreds of episodes chronicling Serena's crush and Ash's usual obliviousness, which instances reign supreme? These are the ten best amourshipping moments in Pokemon!
10. Ash's Response to Serena Calling Him Stubborn
Episode: A Race for Home!
While Serena normally gushes over Ash, when he questions why he first raced on a Rhyhorn (in a prior episode) rather than a Skiddo, as Serena's mom recommends for beginners, Serena curtly points out that was due to Ash's insistence upon racing.
But rather than get worked up or deny his stubbornness, Ash surprises Serena by responding with a compliment, saying thanks to her efforts, he successfully managed to ride the Rhyhorn despite being a novice. In the thumbnails above, you can see how this kind response disarms Serena, changing her expression from defensive to surprised to smiling with a blush. Hey, even Ash isn't always clueless with women.
9. Ash (Almost) Professes Love to Serena
Episode: Battling at Full Volume
Pokemon trolled us big time with this one. Ill with a fever and essentially sleepwalking, Ash stumbles towards Serena, then collapses and grasps her (boy this sounds like a fanfic). Serena blushes and asks Ash what's wrong, as he states "I...I...Iron Tail."
Although it looked for a second that Ash was about to tell Serena he loved her, his subconscious mind had only been thinking about Pikachu's Iron Tail attack. Even Ash-Serena fans like myself can admit that was an amusing fake-out, and Serena's intense blushes and internal thoughts reveal just how jittery Ash's actions made her. Later in the same episode, Serena actually dresses in Ash's clothes and pretends to be him to prevent him from having to battle while sick, yet another sweet moment for the pair.
8. Ash Asks Serena to Travel Together
Episode: Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
Here's a subtle but significant amourshipping clue. After seeing Ash on tv and finally catching up to him to return his handkerchief, Serena's a bit unsure about what to do next. In a first for the Pokemon anime, Ash asks her to accompany his gang, stating that her support and advice has already proved useful. Bonnie quickly agrees, and Serena happily accepts, placing a hand over her heart.
It's also noteworthy that Ash seems nervous (uncharacteristic for this season) while asking Serena to join the group, indicated by his tone and the way he scratches his cheek.
7. Shauna Teases Serena About Her Crush
Episode: Tag Team Battle Inspiration!
Here's more brief, but still adorable, Asherena (Serenash?) evidence. During a chat with their Kalos rivals, Ash stops Tierno from giving him advice about an upcoming Pokemon gym, wanting to experience the challenge for himself fairly. Hearing this, Shauna comments on Ash's optimism, then quietly asks Serena if that's why she likes him so much.
Serena tries to play it off by pretending Shauna's referring to how Serena likes Ash's mindset (platonically), but Shauna isn't buying it. Serena's hilarious facial expressions and desperation to hide any mention of her crush, especially when Ash asks what the girls are talking about, really sells this encounter.
6. Serena (Almost) Dances with Ash
Episode: Party Dancecapades!
Miette, Serena's rival in both Pokemon showcases and Ash's affection, scores an advantage when she beats Serena to the punch by asking Ash to attend an upcoming dance as her date. Serena's hilariously grumpy reactions confirm her jealousy, but at the actual event, Serena sees an opportunity to dance with Ash. With both dressed up in fancy outfits in an elegant atmosphere, the mood seems ripe for romance, and Ash extends a welcoming hand to Serena as she joyfully reaches back...
And then the dance ends. Darn it Pokemon, just give them their moment! We got trolled again, but even though the two were denied their dance, the build-up and jealousy still highlights Serena's affection. As icing on the cake, in this same episode, Ash and Serena tagteam to successfully defeat James and Miette in a battle. Plus, in an off-screen segment of an earlier episode, Serena helped teach Ash to dance, so they still had their dance, albeit in a more informal setting.
5. Ash Picks Serena Over Miette
Episode: Master Class is in Session!
Speaking of Miette, in this episode, Ash offers to cheer for both Serena and Miette during their upcoming performance. However, Miette points out that she might directly face Serena, asking who Ash would cheer for at that point.
Without batting an eye, Ash cheerfully exclaims he'd root for Serena, loyally supporting his longtime friend and causing even the confident Miette to wonder if Serena and Ash's bond had advanced since she last saw the couple.
4. Ash Compliments Serena's Outfit
Episode: A Showcase Debut!
Midway through the series, Serena resolves to become stronger and take her losses in stride. To complement her new determination, Serena cuts her hair to a shorter length and swaps outfits. When she presents her new attire to her friends, Bonnie and Clemont don't respond favorably, stating they miss her long hair.
In another moment of surprising social ability, Ash takes the chance to support Serena's new style, even calling her cute in the English dub. The moment gets extra adorable when Ash realizes that Serena incorporated the blue ribbon he gave her in a prior episode (at a romantic fireworks festival, no less) into her costume. Whether you prefer Serena's old or new clothes, this exchange had undeniable charm.
3. Serena Tends to an Injured Ash
Episode: Day Three Blockbusters!
In this episode, as the group travels through a forest looking for the ideal location to film a Pokevision segment as part of a summer camp challenge, the ground crumbles under Serena and she begins falling into a ravine. Ash reaches out to save her, but this only causes him to tumble down with her.
With Ash's ankle twisted, Bonnie and Clemont rush to get help, leaving Serena and Ash to have a personal conversation. Ash, who isn't upset about his injury, helps Serena understand she's got plenty of time to decide upon her ultimate goal, and she realizes how determined he is to fulfill his dream of becoming a Pokemon master, even calling him amazing as she bandages his ankle. Ash also smiles when he sees Serena's bond with Fennekin; if there's something likely to attract Ash to a girl, it's her dedication to Pokemon. In short, this was a lengthy exchange full of cute moments demonstrating the two trainers' affection for one another.
2. Serena Kisses Ash
Episode: Till We Compete Again!
From Jesse, Bianca/Latias, and Melody in the Pokemon 2000 movie, Ash has had several cheek kisses before, but until the end of the X and Y series, he'd never experienced a full-on lip smooch. As Serena leaves for the Hoenn region, she decides to go for it and gives Ash a brief yet full kiss, promising to encounter him again. Ash seems both surprised and happy, finally aware of Serena's feelings.
Although the camera didn't actually show the kiss, this was still a great conclusion for Ash and Serena, allowing the two to share a kiss after hundreds of episodes of agonizing build-up.
Ash Meets Serena (subbed)
1. Serena's Flashback to Summer Camp
Episode: Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
We've seen several instances of Serena fawning over Ash, but what caused her infatuation in the first place? A flashback reveals the answer as we see a younger Serena lost in a forest during summer camp (which she attended in Ash's residence of Pallet Town). After being scared by a wild Poliwag and injuring her leg, a younger version of Ash appears. Despite being only 6-ish at this point, Ash acts very reassuring and kind to the strange girl, tending to Serena's leg, offering her help standing, and guiding her back to the campsite.
Not only was this a beautiful moment (especially with the original Japanese music perfectly complementing the atmosphere), it means that Serena—not Misty—was actually the first of Ash's female traveling companions to meet him.
Which Pokemon girl do you prefer?
- 88% Serena
- 6% Misty
- 1% May
- 3% Dawn
- 0% Iris
- 0% Mallow
Future of Serena and Ash
Serena and Ash have lots in common, from their childhood acquaintance to their family life (seemingly being raised by a single mom) to their shared first kiss. Although Serena hasn't yet reappeared, she did promise to see Ash again after becoming "a more mature woman". Yikes, I'll leave you to interpret that statement as you please.
Although Pokemon may never give us an official ending, Ash and Serena's numerous displays of kindness towards one another, plus Serena's outright crush, lead many to believe they make the best pairing yet, and it's very possible they could end up together; in fact some fans think that two Alolan video game protagonists (shown above) look suspiciously like Ash/Serena children. But speculation aside, as we hope for an eventual Serena reappearance, vote for your favorite Pokemon girl and I'll see you at our next Pokemon countdown!
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