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As hints and evidence for ships are mostly speculation, this page may contain personal points of view.
AltoShipping is the belief that Ash Ketchum and Latias are a couple. It comes from the movie, Pokémon Heroes, and is named after its setting, Alto Mare. However, some Ash and Bianca supporters also choose to use this name for their Ship instead, though officially, the proper name for the couple of Ash and Bianca is MareShipping.
Hints between Ash and Latias
The following are hints which some AltoShippers believe supports the idea of Ash and Latias a couple. None of these points have been proven by Pokémon, so none of these hints are conclusive.
- In the scene when Latias is attacked by Annie and Oakley, Ash comes without his friends Brock and Misty (as he would usually bring them along) to help Latias and protect her. Ash soon helps Latias escape from Annie and Oakley's Pokémon.
- When Ash enters the Secret Garden, he meets Latias there in a human guise, which is identical to Bianca. Then, suddenly, Ash is attacked by Latios, Latias's brother. Latios is about to deliver the final blow when Latias runs out and protects Ash from being attacked any further.
- In the part of the movie where Latias looks for help, since Annie and Oakley have captured Latios, she specifically goes to Ash. She even slips into her human guise and hugs Ash, and cries on him when she asks for his help.
- When Latias grabs Ash's hat, Ash does not get mad at Latias, but rather just chases her playfully around to try and get it back, unlike the episode in the series where a Mankey stole Ash's hat and severely ticked him off.
- When Ash is attacked by the Aerodactyl, he jumps off his water vehicle and lands underwater. Latias checks Ash to make sure he is safe.
- At the end of the movie when Ash is about to leave, Latias runs up to Ash and kisses Ash on the cheek. While the possibility of it being Bianca is noted, the fact that she does not speak and is not wearing the white headband means that Latias is the more likely of the two.
- When Lorenzo stops Ash from being attacked from Latios, Lorenzo said that Latias must have taken a liking to Ash.
Hints between Ash and Bianca
AltoShipping is also uncommonly referred to as the relationship between Ash and Bianca, though noted above, its official name is MareShipping. There are some factors contributing to the belief of this pairing.
- When Ash is handed the picture of him and Pikachu, it is likely by Bianca, because it is unusual for anyone to give away someone else's art. It is also unknown if Latias is even capable of drawing, for canon does not support the possibility.
- Bianca's hat is left on the easel, so there's no true evidence that it was Latias who kisses Ash.
- When Ash sees Bianca and Lorenzo in trouble, Ash cries, "Bianca! And Lorenzo." Notice that he says Bianca's name first and with more enthusiasm, showing that he cares about her.
- Ash initially thinks it is Bianca first when Latias approached him, even after he knew Latias often took her form. Therefore, he was in a way looking forward to Bianca being there.
- Not long after Ash is kissed and his "lover" runs off, Latias is seen flying high in the sky, while Bianca is still by the water, seen painting.
|This article is part of Project Shipping, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each couple in Pokémon.|