I know this is probably overkill since I literally just jumped into this fandom but oh well. As I have mentioned a few times before, I don't really like Serena. And I'm not talking about the gameverse Serena, I think that one is pretty adorable. But the anime version, from what we have seen so far, is so dissatisfying that I want to cry.
There's a lot of character development-related reasons why I dislike her, but that's not something I'm going to get into right now. A part of the distaste, however, does come from her design. It just bears a glaringly noticeable resemblance to Dawn's, right down to the color scheme of her outfit. It wouldn't have bothered me so much if her overall character was more unique, but it's...not.
One thing I liked about all the main anime girls before Serena is that they all seemed to represent different types of girls. Misty, among other things, represented the youngest sibling, while May, also among other things, represented the eldest sibling. Dawn and Iris didn't have siblings, but they still represented vastly different types of girls--Dawn is the feminine fashionista girl, while Iris is the Native American-ish wild nature girl.
All of those are totally cool types of girls, but then... Serena comes along and she's...another fashionista? What? Why? Did they just run out of different types of girls to represent? They could have made her something totally new, like a country girl, or a tomboy girl, or a punk rock girl, or a sporty girl, or a gamer girl...so many other types of girls, and yet they went with a second fashionista? Why? Is this just what Japanese people think French people are like?
Ahem, anyway, I decided to make her more of a country girl for this redesign, since I think it makes for a more interesting and unique Serena. Kalos is based on France, and France has plenty of countryside. Plus, it might make for a fun dynamic between the characters on the show, with Clemont and Bonnie being the city kids, Serena being a country girl and Ash being somewhere in between.
I'm not going to go and say that this is the best Serena ever or anything, but there's a whole lot that can be done to make the character more interesting, even as simple as changing her background a little. Because as she is, she just seems like...nothing new or interesting at all. So...yeah, if you like Serena the way she is, that's fine, but I'm going to stick with this one, at least for my drawings.
Judgmental comments in 3...2...1...
Serena, Pokemon (c) Nintendo/Game Freak
Art and redesign by moi