Don't get what people disappointed about with Illima. He's pretty much how he was in the games, the perfect student. So why's his character a problem now?
I actually liked this episode. First off, Ilima should be in the Olympics with that perfect dive. Also can anybody tell me what caused Ash and Pikachu to fail their first dive? Also, nice to see Ash and Ilima bond over their decision to not evolve their Pokémon (Pikachu for Ash, and Eevee for Ilima). And this episode confirms that professor Kukui will be building the Alola league, but not now, so this episode is not filler. I actually like that they may be showing how a league is created, which adds to the lore of Pokémon.
I also kind of liked this episode. Sure, Ilima's character isn't particularly realistic and he is flawless, but the episode also takes that to the extreme by making fun of that very fact with all the legends and stuff (like the Komala opening its eyes for Ilima legend) and actually acknowledging it instead of hiding it and pretending he's just another guy (like Ritchie from OS). As a side character who's maybe going to show up a few episodes now and then in the league I think it's fine. He shouldn't become part of the main cast though, the gag'd get old really fast.
That said, this episode did remind me that not actually showing Ilima at the league in XYZ was a missed opportunity. It'd have been great to have Ilima there and competing, maybe losing in an early round to Alain, but showing off a Z-Move in the process, just to hype up the next generation. They also did that with Blaziken in the Johto league.
As for the Extreme Evoboost, I kind of like it like this. Eevee summoning the actual evolutions instead of them magically appearing is fun, and it also keeps the option open for more evolutions for Eevee in the future.
I'm apparently in the minority here, but I didn't really mind how Extreme Evoboost was portrayed. Yeah, it would have been much, much cooler if Eevee had summoned mirages of its evolved forms, but having the actual evolved forms gather to lend Eevee their energy was a little more realistic, and maybe that's why the writers went with that.
At least the games showed he isn't that perfect and you could defeat him.
Given the way the Kalos League was handled, I would've been happy if Ilima was one of the various background characters who were competing & then show through one of the flashback montages that he lost to someone like Remo or Astrid (ex- Ilima's Smeargle losing to either Mega Absol or Mega Garchomp).That said, this episode did remind me that not actually showing Ilima at the league in XYZ was a missed opportunity. It'd have been great to have Ilima there and competing, maybe losing in an early round to Alain, but showing off a Z-Move in the process, just to hype up the next generation. They also did that with Blaziken in the Johto league.
Haha you just said exactly what I was thinking. After learning that Ilima participated in the Kalos League, it even annoyed me more that everyone including the fangirls were going gaga over Ilima, especially when the Kalos League finalist was present there himself.
I just hope now Ash-Greninja comes back and unleashes the wrath of the Orange Shuriken(which was a failure back then) upon Ilima's Pokemon in the League and sweeps him six to zip.
he could've been there at some other time, we don't know the XYZ->SM gap
I know it wasn't in the same league either. I checked the first episode in the Kalos league and the board showing the competitors did not even show Ilima's face so they couldn't even have met during that league. I also believe that there was no discernable gap between XY and Sun and moon to the point that there would be a league after the one Ash participated in.