I recently started getting into Pokémon again and I just finished watching that....disappointing match (I'm still salty about it, but it was still good.) I started shipping Alain and Ash because of some maybe terrible subs in episode 37. idk, its just the way Alain was talking about way he liked the look in Ash's eyes or something. I know what he meant, but the way the subs were written, it sounded a lot gayer than probably intended.
And in every subtitled version of this episode I watch, around the 14:30 mark, he says something along the lines of "I'm obsessed with you" or "that's why I'm so obsessed with you". Like, who translating this? Is this legit, or does he actually say that? At first I thought he was saying he admired Ash and it was just mistranslated, but the more different subbed versions of this ep I watch, the more confused I get.
Though that is what really started this ship for me (slightly ashamed of myself), but then seeing little things like him smiling because of Ash and being able to be carefree for just a moment because of him just made my poor dark heart giddy on the inside. Its cute. :3
Though the more I look around, the more I realize that I'm probably the only one here who ships it. Which I can understand, since most of yall ship Ash and Serena. I ship it as well.
But I couldn't help but fall in love with this pair too. <3