Aww first of all I’m disappointed you didn’t like Black and White, the 5th gen was my second fave in almost all aspects. ;w; But everyone has different opinions… I think Ash and Clemont are able to develop a close relationship (at least closer than that of Brock, Tracey, Max etc) because there is less of an age gap between the two of them. Clemont and Ash are learning together at the same level, so they probably feel like they can relate to one another better and that in turn fosters a closer relationship as compared to Ash’s past relationships with Max, who was quite younger than him, and Brock who was older. I personally think it’s really sweet. As Gary is Ash’s rival, their relationship (imo) isn’t the same as those of companions traveling together, so that’s a different topic entirely. That’s just my opinion of course, though. I’m glad you’re enjoying the X and Y series!