Continued from where I was earlier on.
I was writing about how Cilan represents Black in BW, while Iris represents White, right? Something like that, at least. Further investigation proves this. Take the Museum Episode;
Throughout the episode, Iris bases her suspicions of a curse on the museum on her gut feeling, with no real basis to it. Cilan, on the other hand, insists on finding a factual, scientific way of explaining all the weird stuff that's going on. If you've played, or at least know the background of the BW games, Black is based on a futuristic version on Isshu, while White is somewhat rural and old-fashioned. Similarly, Iris and Cilan fit this to a tee. Iris is a natural "wild child", who prefers sleeping on tree branches and hammocks, and knows little about scientific knowledge at best. Cilan is a smart-dressed, sophisticated sommelier, who believes in cold, hard facts.This comparison is even more obvious when looking through the series.
Compare Cilan's idea of preparing a meal....
The last part of this comparison is Yin and Yang. For those who don't know, Wikipedia shall reveal all.
"Yin is female and yang is male. They fit together as two parts of a whole. The male principle was equated with the sun: active, bright, and shining; the female principle corresponds to the moon: passive, shaded, and reflective. Male toughness was balanced by female gentleness, male action and initiative by female endurance and need for completion.
Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, feminity and nighttime.
Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime."
Yin is the black and Yang is the white. Watch Cilan and Iris through Best Wishes and tell me he doesn't act feminine and she doesn't act tomboyish. The Yin and Yang idea also fits the idea of Cilan and Iris being Black and White respectively, along with what they represent.
But of course, this isn't all bad. In fact, I'd say it's a great move by the series' writers to introduce two new travelling partners with different personalities, but teriffic interactions. This is even better for Wishfulshippers, in fact---Yin completes Yang, and Yang completes Yin. Squee.
Just like this example here. Yes, it's official artwork.
Wishfulshippers rejoice, your relationship has been further solidified.
Now just to start wondering why Misty and Brock were chosen to be Ash's travelling partners in Kanto....