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A while back before the Pokemon XY anime even aired, I wrote this lengthy post about why I think a potential romantic interest between Clemont and Serena would offer an interesting narrative for the Pokemon anime. I based this off of two potential character dynamics I saw based off of what information we had at the time. Namely, the familial relationship between Clemont and Bonnie and the surrogate sisterly relationship between Serena and Bonnie.

We’re now ten episodes into Pokemon X&Y. We’ve learned a great deal about our characters that previously wasn’t available to us at the time. I’m still not going to argue that Clemont and Serena is a guaranteed direction that the narrative is taking. However, a lot of what we learned so far offer more puzzle pieces that seem to neatly fit this certain perspective, particularly the characters’ established goals and motives that have been revealed so far.

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Pokemon Anime 25 Day Challenge!

Day One: Favorite Character

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Clemont/Citron (XY The Series)

I love this nerd. He makes me smile. I have always had such a thing for blonde haired boys with glasses. I love his inventions as well. I was never one for science, but I’m always rooting for him, hoping he becomes the strong trainer he saw in Ash. ^^

The first time I saw Clemont, I never really gained the affection I have for him. Once I got to XY030, that’s when I fell in love. His personality is so much better in the anime, and I like the fact that his eyes show through his glasses. Clemont cares for Bonnie deeply, even though she embarrasses him. 

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I know that once XY ends, and Ash leaves Kalos, it will be such a tearful goodbye to me. Clemont will always have a place in my heart. 

I can’t wait for the gym battle between them! ^^

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It had been a while since the last time I’d felt that moment of “This is a character living in a world of Pokémon, who loves doing what s/he does, totally embraces it together with a Pokémon, and both of them are moving forwards”!

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Corni felt instantaneously real: she pops out of nowhere, immediately gets to the point and her way of speaking is nice and not at all taunting nor provoking; she is a destroyer, a fighter and is enthusiastic, dynamic and excited; she is used to victories (“I found a trainer! I’ve decided, you’re the 99th!”) but doesn’t rub it in Satoshi’s face, doesn’t boast about the proofs of her victories in her notebook (she seems just genuinely happy to have seen and battled so many Pokémon!) and immediately offers a berry for Pikachu when Rukario defeats him; she has her little quirks (hyperactivity, jumping all over the place, so you really have to follow her?) but is totally engrossed in what she does (she knew that Serena and Citron were trainers so she immediately starts thinking about which of them she should challenge next), is pretty quick to think (she is the one to point out to Team Rocket in disguise that Rukario can’t Mega Evolve without a Mega Stone), and above all, and it’s becoming a rarity, she is totally invested in Pokémon.

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And she has a very good behaviour with everyone! To Satoshi, she admits Pikachu is strong but points out that he still won’t be able to win in the Shara Gym (Satoshi had said he wanted to challenge it) and then reveals she is the Gym Leader – meaning it was totally objective, not boasting. She compliments Citron’s food, makes a nice comment about Serena’s Pofflés, and she stops eating to let Eureka see her glove more clearly as soon as Eureka shows curiosity.

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Actually, while Corni wasn’t boasting, Satoshi did leave a little rude impression (his “Thank you” was a little stiff when she gave the berry; he was anxious for Pikachu but still… not gentle) and showing off a little. Corni was really fond of her memories when explaining how she grew up with Rukario, how they played, laughed, had fun together “like siblings” and that Rukario is now her “soul partner” – that it was because of this that she knew that Rukario was waiting for her to come. She was very emotional when explaining it and her tone and the pictures really conveyed it. In comparison, Satoshi saying he understood her intuition (Serena was dubious about it, calling it a “just a feeling”) because he had the same relationship with Pikachu sounded a little artificial and stiff at that moment – certainly not as tender.

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Corni understands the core principle of her relationship with Rukario – that everything comes from the “bond” you share, and for once… you could really feel that Rukario was a sentient being she sees as separated from her and at the same time almost a part of her. I felt way too often, in XY, that Pokémon were kind of… pettified, and subpar to their humans in terms of agency, decisions and right to shine. Corni, for her part, constantly searches for Rukario’s eyes and asks for confirmation. They decided the thing about beating 100 trainers in a row, they decided they would become stronger with their own efforts (that’s Corni’s rebuttal when Team Rocket wants to “help” in Mega Evolving Rukario; in comparison, Satoshi isn’t exactly pleased but says nothing). They’re equals even for trivial details (Rukario was the one to carry the backpack, but Corni didn’t complain and just took it when he was kidnapped). Corni manages to find Rukario, but Rukario did his/her best to protect Corni’s glove in return, and puts up a fight (guiding Pikachu) to get them out of the cage: it was really simple, but it left the impression than the Pokémon was as awesome and caring as the human, that they were both able to do things on their own and still preoccupied about each other.

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Rukario and Corni are a team, Corni is well aware of it (she tends to say “atashi-tachi” a lot when talking) and that felt really refreshing!

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