This rewatch project of mine has made me take note on how many times a certain sentence has been used with different characters on different situations. The sentence?
“You are my goal.”
On the top of my head, I remember this sentence being used by Kengo, Shootie and of course Serena. Kengo said it to Hikari, Shootie to Adeku and Serena to Satoshi. I believe there were few other cases too, but I think those were COTD situations. But onto these three cases!
When Kengo said this sentence to Hikari, he said that he’s declared a war against her. And we know Kengo has a crush on Hikari, and that they’re childhood friends. So I’m pretty sure it had double meaning to it. I mean, Kengo does later on, after Grand Festival is over, fully confess his feelings to Hikari. Even if Hikari didn’t seem to fully understand.
When Shootie said it to Adeku, he meant it as wanting to beat him and becoming stronger than him. Adeku came into the conclusion that Shootie likes him. (I can’t find the episode where he said it anymore D: I’m pretty sure he did thou.)
I see a lot of people saying that with Serena, she only reverted back to a girl with a crush but I don’t think so anymore. I truly believe that when she said so, she not only confessed her feelings (why of course), but also basically told Satoshi that she wants to come to even terms with him, and not just be someone who is always on receiving end. Satoshi is strong, and a good goal when wanting to become strong. So, it’s actually similar to how Kengo said it to Hikari, without the war declaring part. Except Serena will aim to become as strong as Satoshi while having different career goal.
Sure, she also told him that next time they meet, she’ll be a more charming woman, but that can actually be meant in different ways. Althought I guess in this case this was the confession part really. And the kiss.
This is of course based on japanese version. In English dub, Serena says the following instead:
“You’re the kind of person I want to be!“
It’s another reason why I don’t see her japanese line as just a confession. The Goal line has multiple meanings, and I do believe in Serena’s case, it was used similarily as it was used with Kengo and Hikari.
I’m saying this as a neutral party. I like amourshipping, I find it adorable, but I looked at this from a non-amourshipper view, so I really hope no one will come bash this post. This is how I feel about the “You’re my goal“ line. :)