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As a fan
I've played the games since they came out when I was 10, the perfect age to start as a Pokémon trainer. Out of the main series, I've played Red, Yellow, Gold, Ruby, and Diamond. Generation II is my favorite series of games, and I like Johto more than any other region. I really wish they would remake it for the DS.
I follow the anime series, but I find Ash to be a very boring character, so that is probably my least favorite aspect of the franchise. I have never actually purchased a volume of Pokémon Special, but I love the art and storyline.
I'm not a huge battler. Instead, I'm really interested in the characters and how they are portrayed in different canons, especially the Gym Leaders and Elite Four. My favorites are Morty, Brawly, Volkner, Wallace, Cynthia, and Jasmine.
I think all ships have their merit, but I particularly like the BL ships ShigeSato, Silver x Gold, and Morty x Falkner. Even still, I think Ash and Misty are made for each other, and I also think Silver and Jasmine would be extremely cute together. I'm split between Steven x Wallace and Wallace x Winona. Oh well! I love speculation.
My knowledge of Japanese is limited mostly to common sayings and katakana, so I use the following sites to help with translation: