Ryan La Sala's boyfriend is the best. The reason? Well, La Sala, a graphic designer, YA fiction writer, and sometime Sailor Moon fan fiction writer would no doubt tell you it's more than just the fact that his boyfriend, Sal D'Amico,"is one of those effortlessly-attractive-no-matter-what people."
He'd probably also tell you it's more than just the super awesome gift D'Amico recently had commissioned and gave him for his birthday—though, the gift is pretty well the envy of every Pokémon fan in the Twitterverse.
This artist (r.jamez.the.v on insta) specializes in Pokémon and drag queens so like...all choices are correct. If anyone knows their @ on here, tag them for me! I couldn’t find them.— Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) March 29, 2018
At this point in time though, La Sala is torn—torn because there is seemingly no way he can top the gift he's been given.
I KNOW! I am so completely enamored with this, and so feverishly enraged that I didn't think of it FIRST. How do I manage this mix?? Where do we even GO from here??— Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) March 29, 2018
When La Sala posted it to Twitter, people went nuts for it—for more than one reason.
Some thought the couple was #RelationshipGoals:
haha, i love you guys!! all i can say is keep an eye out for more art of you beauties and your fabulous pokemon team.. 😘😋— hroki @ aegis owes me 4$ (@LiARCHS) March 30, 2018
Don't know. I think you're both rocking it. ^^ Many hopes you two have many many happy years together.— Minnow (@Minnow_WRA) March 30, 2018
Some got a bit...er, uh...emotional about it all...
Others commiserated, sharing Pokémon drawings of their own:
To La Sala's delight, there were even Sailor Moon fans that came through, too:
It is! Sal legit included a special note in his email to the artist about how much I love Sailor Moon. 😅😅— Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) March 29, 2018
But some only cared about the more controversial aspects of the artwork—like why the entire team was made up of ghosts and how could they even think of assembling a team like this without Gengar?!
I am a bit concerned about the number of ghost types on your team though...😂— Ms. Justina Ireland Says “Buy Dread Nation!” (@justinaireland) March 30, 2018
Oh my gosh you cannot imagine the amount of people who have personally told me that we shouldn’t have a full ghost team, but if we do we need to include GENGAR. As if we’d ever.— Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) March 30, 2018
I oppose your lifestyle choice. It think it's disgusting!— Richard Jay Hanscom (@RJayHanscom) March 30, 2018
Gengar should be on EVERY ghost team!
Cute pictures otherwise, though. ^_^;
AH!! GHOST TYPE TEAM!! What other two Ghost type Pokémon would you add to have a full team?— Sora – Now watching JSE (@sora_1326) March 30, 2018
Also, your boyfriend is a sweetheart and the artist is talented af. Much love to all of you!!
La Sala eventually came up with a plan to top D'Amico, if only he can get the attention of Pokémon Composer, Director and Producer, Junichi Masuda:
Wowsers this blew up. I have no idea if this is even possible, but I feel like the ONLY way I can get my bf something as cool would be to....— Ryan La Sala (@Ryality) March 30, 2018
Get us into the actual games✨ You all should tweet at @Junichi_Masuda (Pokemon's Producer) and let him know we'd be cute to battle 😬👀 pic.twitter.com/PMSKOeq0PG
Let's hope Masuda is as enamored of these two as we are—keep an eye out for La Sala and D'Amico hopefully soon-to-be training Pokémon near you.