From the beginning of the XY series Ash seems to have matured a lot. In the BW series they rubbed in the fact he was still a 10 year old boy, but now he seems to have grown (although probably not in age) in the way he thinks and acts. It also kind of seems obvious to me that Serena has developed a crush on Ash. Will Ash's seemingly increased maturity finally make space for a real relationship to develop or will they remain hints that will be ignored by (the oblivious) Ash? Do you think Ash will ever be involved in a romantic relationship? Will this be his chance? Would that make the series better/worse?