I wish they would dump the ash/pikachu character in favor of this as the main show direction. I realize though that is a lot of financial security for them. Wings feels like early days of pokemon or digimon when the animation/voice acting/character development was strong/developed and less... "child proofed". The alola setting was better but I still can't stomach how bad the writing and bland ash is as a main character combined with the show's non-existent stakes.
Hoping this series is a continued trend!