It really does make me appreciate this episode all the more in all honesty. It's really interesting to see what life is like outside of those who aren't focused on stuff related to pokemon, because it makes the world more relatable to us.
Also, I'm kind of surprised that there's debate on whether Mr. Mime is actually Ash's pokemon, since it's pretty clear that it has been from the original series (EP0064 to be precise), and has been in the care of Delia ever since until the new series.
I will admit, I am rather curious as to how this series will play out; like if he'll see more of Ash's past pokemon he captured since the base is close to home relatively speaking and the series will go back to old regions as well as Galar.
Yeeeah I think it's safe to say that Ash won't be going away, even after winning the Manalo conference.
Still, it is great that we can finally put the "Ash always losing at a championship" meme to rest now.
Oooh boy I think a lot of fans of this Eevee are going to be so sour at this episode xD Since they wanted Ash to capture Eevee.
Still, it would be interesting to see how it develops, and what it'll involve into as there has been speculation that it'll be used to showcase a new Eeveelution...
Something to keep in mind is that there is no guarantee that there will be an Alolan League at all. Keep in mind this series has already broken quite a few norms in both the game and anime department, so it isn't a stretch to assume that this is a possibility.