Very nice banner! It's great that this thread is still going!
Originally Posted by SakuraBlossom
To everyone else: Hey guys. I've been lurking this thread for quite a while and I've actually made a few posts here a few times though I never really gotten "into it", if you know what I mean. I have watched the anime since the very beginning since I was a child and have seen every arc. Of all pairings, I find Ash and Dawn to be the best combination because of how much they have in common and their interactions. From Dawn's cheerleading during Ash's gym battles to Ash being visibly upset after Dawn lost the appeals the 2nd time, their tight bond is undeniable. And of course, High Touch! really reinforced that notion. This is something I don't see in other pairings. I always saw Ash and Misty's relationship as a younger brother/older sister relationship (probably b/c I watched the Kanto arc as a child). Ash and May's relationship gives me the impression of a tutor/student relationship (they would still make a good pair, though). For Ash and Iris.... eh. I always felt that Iris was just... there. And lastly, Ash and Serena's relationship is severely one-sided (I also think these two would make a good pair, but Ash is just incredibly dense).
Personal ratings of the anime
Orange Islands: 7.5/10
Battle Frontier: 8.5/10
Diamond & Pearl: 8.5/10
Best Wishes: 3/10
XY: 8.75/10 (Subject to be changed)