I like how Pikachu demolished two pseudos in the Kalos League. Not as good as beating a legendary/mythical but still cool.
They really shouldn't have done that with Iris though. Sure she is not a fan favorite but not making her cameo is just wrong(running out of adjectives here ). If smh Serena cameos in Alola then some people will be really salty and I won't blame them for that.
I watch the new episode every Saturday cause by then the subbed version is usually up. That way I can stay with the Anime while still speculating on the possible future events.
I think they won't reference much from the past. Ash knows about old Pokemon and I think that's the most we will get now. It would be nice to see old characters once in a while too but I guess GF wants to move on.
Ah yes the SM Anime is nice till this point. The battle against Hala was quite intense and enjoyable. It looks like they didn't reset Pikachu this time.