ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

Nobody ever forgets their first, and we shan't soon be forgetting Ash's.

In the most recent episode of the 's XY&Z series, our baseball-capped hero finally sealed the deal (and lips) with long-running romantic interest, Serena.

This will-they-won't-they drama has been going on for a while now, with the twosome's friendship dating all the way back to their childhoods.

They actually met thanks to verified Casanova and accomplished matchmaker Professor Oak, who ran a Summer Camp in Pallet Town they each attended.

Serena & Ash, even younger
Serena & Ash, even younger

In order to appreciate just how significant this moment is, you need to know about something called AmourShipping, or SatoSere in Japan.

Originating from the French word "amour", meaning "love", AmourShipping refers to the belief that Ash and Serena belong together. Romantically, that is. And so you can imagine the community's feverish delight in finally seeing these star-crossed trainers come together. Well, technically speaking, no one really saw it...

Ash's first kiss proves too hot for TV

There you have it!

Yeaaah... so anyone else feel like they didn't quite get what they needed from that off-screen smooch? Luckily, the AmourShipping community is here to show us exactly how the steamy encounter went down.

Fan artists draw Ash's first kiss

Much better.

Oh, and then there's this...

I do love the Pokemon community, for all their unbridled enthusiasm and investment in the show.

Now Ash is officially a man, what other milestones will we see checked off in this young boy's life?


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