JN is a reboot? He was on a world tour and has all those nice trophies shown at the beginning. And let's be real, Ash battling in the World Tournament where the big league champions are fighting is a step up from the usual regional Leagues, which is a logical progression from Alola Champion.
As for Journeys, it still promoted Galar... but had Goh be the advertisement with the Galar starters. Ash could have a Galar starter, but they choose not to. This actually freed up space for Ash to go completely unorthodox since it could have gone with Ash promotes Galar Pokémon while Goh catches everything else.
For the first number of weeks/months, idk - plenty of people expressed some worry that the anime was being a reboot: The Japanese title shorted back to Pocket Monsters, episodes at the time seemed more like a 'monster of the week' vibe, etc. It wasn't until later that people became aware that it was merely a continuation and their fears were put to rest - or their fears were instead replaced with rage that Goh has all the Galar starters, Goh catching Suicune, the lack of Serena, etc.
Yes, it promoted Galar, that's what the anime does, but there were plenty that wanted the whole 'Ash challenges Gyms across the region' ordeal after a season of Ash being stuck at a school.
But it was clear cut given several of the references and such this Journeys is less a "Galar season" and more a "Pokemon Go" season - with the bits of Galar being ultimately just being an event, like in Pokemon Go itself.
Lucario is also obvious given how many times Ash seems to have a close relationship to that line.
Yes, because we clearly need another instance of "OMG! GUYS! ASH HAS AURA POWERS!!! HE SHOULD GET A LUCARIO!!!"
What I mean about rightfully using is that Ash getting pokemon like Dragonite, Gengar and Dracovish, it's like how Paul caught Ursuring back in sinnoh, a pokemon several people felt was overkill since they thought he was a rookie until he revealed that he had traveled through the other regions like Ash had done and he was confirmed to be a more experienced trainer therefore Ursuring fit him(and that monster became one of his strongest fighters) with Ash winning the alola league and becoming a champion level trainer, he could only go up from there, and thus was given pokemon who fit someone who's as experienced as Ash should rightfully be when he's not under the thumb of the reset button we had to put up with for 5 regions starting from hoenn.
Sure Riolu and Farfetch'd needed to be raised but with the others pretty much combat ready so it didn't take them long to catch up.
I hope they continue this going forward into S/V if he stays around, regardless of if it's older or new pokemon.
Thanks for clarifying, I had gotten so sick of "Ash deserves Lucario because of his Aura powers in Mystery of Mew!"
That said, I'd argue that it's more due to this series being less focused on a specific region - see my whole bit about it being a "Pokemon Go Season" - as if Journeys focused entirely on Galar Ash would likely not be having Dragonite/Gengar/Lucario - because they would want to promote the new Pokemon and the new Pokemon only.