I do like this little thing they put at the end of the Gym battle with Clemont’s statement and how it contrasts with what he says in XY003, and both times it preceded a group hand touch.
Waaay back in XY’s beginning Clemont sought to travel with Ash as way of learning to become a better, stronger person, someone more assertive, more confident and jusst all around a more capable guy. He figured he needed Ash’s bravery to learn that.
And now, when all’s said is done, Clemont asserts himself back into the group as a vital member who has to watch Ash and be the brains to his brawn, basically he now believes that he needs HIM instead of the other way around. It’s a great way to show how far he’s come and represents a new chapter of Clemont’s growth if that was their intention.
XY001 was sweet already, what with Citron being interested and the two boys ALREADY HAVING HAND CONTACT THAT WAS QUICK WHAT THE HELL. XY002 with Citron moving forward when Satoshi was taking the lead was a real piece of candy. XY003 and Citron telling Satoshi how he ~INSPIRED~ him tasted like candy, too. And it never stopped. XY009 was the sugary frosting with fluffy vanilla cream and cherry on top. So, “pretty quickly” and thanks to canon interactions (thank you animu).
THEY’RE ADORABLE. SO SO ADORABLE. It’s pretty rare to have Satoshi be seen as a reference by another boy his age (or more or less)? And it’s super cool in that case, because it’s not a mentor-student relationship either: Citron is already experienced, is a really good trainer from the start (Horubee was newly caught!), has his responsabilities, his occupations, etc. Actually, I’m surprised to see a relationship involving Satoshi that balanced and peaceful, more about inspiration than tutoring in a way or the other?! And it’s super-refreshing?!
what makes me happy about them
CITRON CITRON MAKES ME HAPPY It’s dynamic! They both shower each other with compliments! Citron obviously was impressed (moved: emotionnally, and in the sense that it makes him go forward) by Satoshi, but Satoshi is also so glad and proud and excited about so many things about Citron! And in their dynamism: Satoshi has no problem being a little pushy to Citron to make him push back (XY009, when their discussion about Citron’s gym was becoming a little angrier), Citron doesn’t live in Satoshi’s shadow either. They’re both supportive of the other, they just like being around the other, Satoshi is (proportionally) awfully touchy with him and I can’t help but feel happy for Citron. Also:
what makes me sad about them
The fact that when talking about them, most of people feel the need to say they’re “brotp” or “just friends” and, yeah, like what you want, but the formulation still sounds really really heteronormative to me given the circumstances surrounding Serena. But that’s maybe because I only see Satoshi being able to have demi-romantic/demi-sexual attractions in general -> the fact they are close actually interests and reinforces the ship for me.
things done in art/fic that annoy me
Where are theeeeeeeeey
things i look for in art/fic
Their existeeeeence (and probably Satoshi being totally smitten AND IT’S SUCH A NEW THING, WHAT IS THIS ALIEN CONCEPT, SATOSHI, YOU REALLY LEARNED FROM DENT DAMN)
Complicity, natural closeness, fluuuuuffff, geekery, support, healthiness in general?! (I would be interested in seeing Citron’s mechanical arms in use, tho.)
who i’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other
Nearly anyone?! Satoshi is already my bicycle, and I think nobody would be able to hate or despise Citron, he is just too perfect (-> though a part of me is thinking that nobody deserves him.)
my happily ever after for them
Citron still being a Gym Leader and Satoshi discovering a new Pikachu robot every time he visits (their) home.