Serena (Pokémon)

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Pokémon character
Serena from Pokemon XY.jpg
A cosplayer with Serena outfit
First appearancePokémon X and Y (2013)
Created bySatoshi Tajiri
Voiced by
OccupationPokémon Performer
FamilyGrace (mother)

Serena (セレナ) is a fictional character from Pokémon series. She first appeared in the video games Pokémon X and Y which was released in 2013. In the anime she first appears in Pokémon the Series: XY as Ash's traveling companion in the Kalos region.

Design[change | change source]

Serena character was designed by Ken Sugimori and Atsuko Nishida for the video game series.[5] While the anime and movie was designed by Toshihito Hirooka,[6] and for manga by Satoshi Yamamoto.[7] Her name comes from the French word serein, meaning "calm" or "peaceful".[8]

Serena's voice actor is Mayuki Makiguchi for Japanese, and Haven Paschall for English.

Appearance[change | change source]

Video games[change | change source]

Serena first appears in Pokémon X and Y as a playable character if the player chooses, and also as a rival if player chooses a male character, Calem.[nb 1][9]

In Pokémon Masters EX, she appears as a Pokemon Trainer and forms a sync pair with Fennekin and its evolutions Braixen and Delphox.[10] She also appears alongside Calem as a Pokémon Trainer trophy in Super Smash Bros.[11]

Anime[change | change source]

Serena first appeared in Pokémon the Series: XY's episode "Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!"[12] It is known that she already knew each other with Ash Ketchum when they both attended Professor Oak's summer camp in Pallet Town. During the event, Serena lost her way and fell in the forest before being helped by Ash. Since then, she has had a crush on Ash and when Ash arrived at Kalos, her original intention was to return the handkerchief he had used to bandage her wound. Serena then chose to make a career as a Pokemon Performer after attending Sycamore summer camp. She has a dream to become a Kalos Queen. After Ash finished the event in the Kalos League, Serena then decided to continue her career by going to Hoenn. Before parting, she gave Ash a kiss as well as revealing her feelings that were stored all this time.[13]

Serena is back in a cameo appearance in Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series. She encouraged Chloe to attend the Lilycove City Pokémon Contest.[14] Just before Ash, Chloe, and Goh departed for Vermillion City, she briefly reunited with Ash where they both shared their respective goals to each other. She also promised to support Ash in World Coordination Series.[15]

Other appearance[change | change source]

In Pokémon Adventures chapter X & Y, a female character named Y or Yvonne Gabena is loosely based on Serena.[16]

Serena appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction and Hoopa and the Clash of Ages manga, serving the same role as in the respective movies they were based on.[17][18]

She appeared in Pokémon Evolutions anime web series on episode "The Visionary".[19]

Reception[change | change source]

As Ash's only female traveling companion in the anime who kissed him on lips,[nb 2] Serena received mixed responses. Scott Wilson from Sora News found it 'disgusting' because both Ash and Serena in the anime are both 10 years old.[22] Meanwhile, Comic Book's Megan Peters considers Serena to be one of Ash's best travel buddies, if not his greatest.[23] Levana Jane from Game Rant depicts Serena as a female figure who developed very differently from Ash's previous friends who appeared in the anime.[24] While Laura Gray of Screen Rant wrote that Serena in the video game is a different and separate character from Serena in the anime.[25]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Calem and Serena are the standard names given to the male and female player characters, respectively. The character not chosen by the player appears in-game as a rival.
  2. Two other female characters who have kissed Ash are Melody in Pokémon: The Movie 2000 and Bianca, who is the incarnation of Latias in Pokémon Heroes. But both of them are not main characters and neither of them kiss Ash on the lips but only on the cheeks.[20][21]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pokémon Star Haven Paschall Discusses Serena's Departure and the Kiss Scene". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. @JackieLastra (July 5, 2020). "I'm so excited to announce I voice the newest trainer in #PokemonMasters! I've been a huge fan of Pokémon since it first aired so this is a dream come true to be a part of that world. I hope you guys get a chance to play her and win all the battles!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Serena Voice – Pokémon Masters". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  4. Carvajal, Rocio (7 April 2022). ""Pokémon": se confirma el regreso de Serena a la exitosa franquicia". Aweita (Anime, Manga y Comics). Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  5. "ONM Blog: Trailer of the week: Pokemon X and Y". Official Nintendo Magazine. 19 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  6. "Title of the 2015 Summer 'Pokémon' Movie Announced - 'Pokémon the Movie XY:The Archdjinn of Rings: Hoopa'". Tokyo Otaku Mode News. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  7. Escámez, Javier (9 November 2016). "Entrevista – coloquio: Hidenori Kusaka y Satoshi Yamamoto, mangakas de Pokémon (Interview with Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto, Pokémon manga author)". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  8. "Serein". Cambridge Dictionary. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  9. Aureli Diaz, Franco (29 August 2022). "Pokemon Game Timeline Breakdown". The Game Haus. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  10. Kwok, Derik (30 June 2020). "Pokémon Masters: Is it Worth Rolling for Serena & Fennekin?". The Digital Crowns. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  11. Bozzi, Alex (30 August 2022). "Super Smash Bros Ultimate: guida ad arene e scenari (parte 9)". tuttoteK. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  12. "Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin". The Pokémon Company. 8 May 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  13. "Till We Compete Again!". The Pokémon Company and Sky UK. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  14. "アニメ『ポケモン』ルチア登場! コハル&イーブイがコンテスト参加へ 【第105話場面カット公開】". (in Japanese). Oricon News. 7 April 2022. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  15. Valdez, Nick (12 April 2022). "Pokemon Shares Major Update on Serena's Life After Traveling With Ash". Comic Book (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  16. "Serena Pokémon (Anime)". Elite CafeMedia Tech. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  17. Luster, Joseph (27 January 2015). ""Pokémon The Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" Manga and DVD Arrive in February". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  18. Whritenour, Jacob (27 February 2016). "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Coming to DVD, Receiving Manga Adaptation". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  19. Valentine, Evan (17 December 2021). "Pokemon Evolutions Moves Forward with Episode 7: Watch". Comic Book (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  20. "Pokémon: revive todos los besos que recibió Ash en más de 20 años (Pokémon: relive all the kisses Ash received in more than 20 years)" (in Spanish). Depor. 15 August 2022. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  21. Switzer, Eric (19 September 2021). "In Pokemon Heroes, Ash Smooches Latias And Becomes A Dad". The Gamer. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  22. Wilson, Scott (1 November 2016). "Is Ash no longer 10 years old?! Serena kisses Ash in latest Pokémon episode". Sora News 24. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  23. Peters, Megan (7 April 2022). "Pokemon Is Bringing Back Serena and Fans Are Freaking Out". Comic Book (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  24. Chester-Londt, Levana Jane (20 August 2022). "Pokemon: The Dawn of a New Era". Game Rant. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  25. Gray, Laura (12 April 2022). "Why Pokémon X & Y's Serena Is Completely Different From The Anime". Screen Rant. Retrieved 8 September 2022.