Must try one final time to revive interest in this ship before I decide to give up forever. For new people, this is the ship between Ash and Latias from the 5th movie, Pokémon Heroes.
Proponents of this ship agree that Latias kissed Ash at the end of the movie, while opponents argue that it was Bianca. However, the point of this thread is not to restart the argument of who kissed him and debate it with inconclusive speculation until someone cries. Let's just assume that it doesn't really matter WHO kissed Ash and focus on the fact that Latias in her true form (meaning we know it was her) and Ash showed each other much affection throughout the movie and even saved each others' lives (or at least from serious injury), several times throughout the movie.
This is also a thread to share your fan works of Altoshipping that you've created or have seen on the Internet and can point other Altoshippers to. We all know it's out there, especially me, since I have a huge folder full of the stuff.
I also wish to use my one fanfic plug here because it is relevant and I posted the story in the hopes that people might check it out as I update it every day. Perhaps you will rekindle some of that old Altoshipping love you used to feel, or if you never did, perhaps I can convert you. It's called True Love Never Fades and it's currently in the Shipping Fics forum. If you're too lazy to look for it, shoot me a PM, and I'll link you to it. (I'm not sure what the rules are on linking to other parts of the forum at this point. I've been scolded for it before, and other times have not.)
Now, what does everyone else think of this beautiful ship? Is it sweet, is it creepy, is it too canon, is it not canon enough? What drew you to clicking this thread?
Here are my thoughts on this pairing:
Latias seemed drawn to Ash from the very first moment she saw him. There were thousands of people gathered together to witness the Tour De Altomare that day; denizens and tourists alike. How come it was Ash who caught her attention? Did she feel something for him, perhaps know he was special and capable of something bigger than life?
She decided to help him win the race before big brother came and took her away. This showed a cute but mischievous side of her, an almost immature side that suggests she was more interested in being noticed than staying inconspicuous and being a nascent Guardian of Altomare. She also probably wanted to be noticed by Ash himself. However, she knew she'd get in big trouble and compromise the island if she did anything too risky.
Her kind heart was shown when she saved him from smacking into a brick wall, probably feeling guilty too that she was the reason he would have. As the movie progressed and she showed her kind heart again, turning on the water for Pikachu, she spotted Ash again and something drew her to examine him up close before running away.
Latias began to see Ash's true nature when he later saved her from Annie & Oakley. I think this was her first step in maturing. Her mild infatuation for him turned into a deeper more mature one. By the time she had him follow her into the Secret Garden with her, she was still intent on being playful, but she wanted to pile as much affection upon Ash as possible.
Later, as danger started to become imminent, as the Soul Dew and Latios were in jeopardy, she began to become a little more mature and started depending on Ash for support. She was no longer quite as playful and reckless as she had been and having seen evil in the world, I'm sure she began to trust and attach herself to Ash even more, knowing how special he truly was to her.
I think one of the most deciding moments of Altoshipping for me is near the end of the movie, shortly before Aerodactyl began chasing Latias and Ash. Ash had fallen into the water and Latias decided to gently push him along in the water on his back under the twilight. Despite being terrified about her brother's safety and her own, she still managed to look into his eyes full of trust and love and almost seem happy, as if they were the only two in the world for that one very moment. The whole scene just seemed very romantic and telling to me.
With the final scenes being her confused feelings over losing her brother and unsure of her new place in life, but leaning against Ash for support in her sorrow and (very likely) giving him that kiss, there has never been a doubt in my mind that Ash and Latias would make a wonderful pair. They complement each other so nicely and have such a deep compassion for each other and the world.
What about you? Any thoughts? Comments? Disagreements? Go ahead. I don't bite. ^^