Regarding Pokeshipping, I guess the reason why I did not think of this possibility was because I used the Chinese-subtitled Japanese versions (because I hate Ash's dubbed voice) and also because I did not watch much of the original series. There were some priceless moments in the original series (I am the flaming Moltres!) though.
The one thing I liked, however, about the DP series were the theme songs. They were the best theme songs in the entire anime, and have single-handedly pushed Sinnoh to my favorite region. I would have played Platinum again, but I don't like to use my flash cart again (I use it for distributions only), and
used sets are way beyond my budget*. It is also the reason I am starting to learn the basic parts of Japanese, even though I already know 3 languages and have Korean lessons lined up for me as well.
I found a reputable resaler (HK, closer to my country than America) who sold the entire Sinnoh set for 10 USD on eBay. I massively misunderstood the brutality of an eBay auction.I ended up paying 32 USD for the set. Worth it since I paid about as much for each Gen 5 version game I played, and around 9 USD less than what I paid for my SoulSilver game.