The Pignite vs Herderier battle could be a good chance to show off Cheren's strength. I'm excited either way to see Cheren battle!
and yes the 'umph' factor like U said is dieing a bit! But that's normal, just like it was with BW2. This first bunch of episodes should be good and interesting so people catch up on the story! But all depends where they are heading with the whole story! It will be interesting to see where they are headed and if Ash will have a goal here . . .
Nah, with BW2, people still believed it was going to be 50 episodes long and whatnot.. They fell for the stupid marketing ploy..
Answer to all the bad things in the world: Give up on trying to make everything better. Hence, accepting it for what it is. YOLO! <- Click the link and daw.. -.-