Why are you still a Pearlshipper?
I sense a lot of camaraderie between Ash and Dawn than other pairs. In my opinion, this is the only pair where Ash and the main female are depicted as equals. Throughout DP, it has been shown that they adapt some of each other's battle strategies into their own and that helped them overcome many obstacles.
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)