Though remember, its not Paul. It just feels like it because set up is...well similar to the ash and Paul set up. Except much more deep and it has a big twist at the end. Not to mention they're supposed to be older then ten due to Dawn competing in many competitions over the years, annnnnnnd...time actually passing. XD (She's a battler and contester in this.)
To be honest, since Dawn and ash are similar, I could go with ash and Paul. But then that's basically me rewriting the Sinnoh story. Which honestly...I..I dunno. It means half the story which twists and turns it...doesn't feel right. lol
I'll be honest here and say that part of the reason I want a female lead is because it makes the audience usually more sympathetic, especially with the Boy. And due to the Boy's really harsh criticisms, it crosses into "males shouldn't hurt females" territory.
...Which is a theme that I want to play around with extremely. XD
I'm a genderbending fanatic, shush up <3 xD...