What's so wrong with Top 16? That makes him the sixteenth best trainer to travel the Isshu region that saga. That's a pretty great accomplishment in and of itself. I myself would feel honored to make Top 16 even if I had made the Top 4 just a year earlier.
It's not a reboot.
They're just doing similar events like giving him three starters again and all that, but it's just a new season and he still has all of his experience from his other journeys. It'd be plain stupid to actually make him end up worse.
The writers have actually said this, or all the fans think so?
i don't think there should be a 6 gen. i think they should just go back to first legue and just go through the cycle again. but then again they might go up to 7 gens to have all 7 continents.