The Unova League has already begun and even though we still have a few more months of Best Wishes, I think we could all say that Best Wishes took a lot of risks. Some of them paid off while others didn't live to their potential. So in this thread, I would like people to discuss what they think Best Wishes will be known for when all is said and done? Kanto was known for its humor, slapstick, emotion, etc. AG was known for giving us contests but what will Best Wishes be known for?
One of the things I personally think Best Wishes did better than any other saga was the handling of the villains. Up until Best Wishes, Team Rocket as an organization had only been well represnted in the Mewtwo Arc and a few of the arcs in Johto. From AG to DP TRio were the only representaives of TR and Giovanni was only seen in Meowth's fantasies. This season I feel that the pacing and handling of villains was excellent. TRio had a constant presence on the show like they always do but they didn't over do it like they have in the past. Giovanni was finally back as the main villain and we saw other members of the organization including the brilliant TR scientist Dr.Zager who was first introduced to study the Meteonite but later serves as a Commanding Officer to Jessie and James. We had the new and quite competent TR Agent Pierce who in my opinion could have been used more and we had Giovanni's secretary Matori who although she didn't have nearly as much screentime as the others still served her role well. The pacing was really good, all of their stories were well done and the build up to their several arcs kept me on the edge of my seat everytime.
Another thing I really like about Best Wishes is the fact that all of the main characters have rivals. This is the first time in the series this has happened and I feel it gives an extra layer to each of the main characters. For many of these rivals, their handling wasn't great but the rivals have given this show conflict which the show needed now since Team Rocket is not in every episode and great interactions. I feel that Trip was a new breed of rival. Yes, he does have some personality traits shared with Gary and Paul just like Burgundy does with Harley or Georgia does with Ursula but I think that Trip was a character first and a rival second and that is something I really admire about him. He may not be the most dynamic of Ash's rivals but his character is interesting and I think every episode he was in is worth while.
And of course you have the tournaments which gave us great character interactions and gave us battles we may have never seen otherwise. Cilan vs. Trip, Ash vs Burgundy, Iris vs. Burgundy, Stephan vs Bianca, etc. Even with their flaws, I feel like these tournaments were a great way for us to learn more about each of the rivals, continue to build on the great rival interactions between Ash, Iris, Cilan and all their rivals and gave us some great battles in the process.
These are 3 major things that stick out in my mind as things that Best Wishes has gotten right. What do you all think?