This was a cozy episode. Something about slowing down to take a breather and recharge from the action/plot was nice to watch. Going back to Twinleaf really lent to the atmosphere and made you reflect on everything that’s happened so far. Definitely intentional; that scene with Ash talking to the kid and remembering his Heracross and younger days felt very warm and nostalgic.
It was cute to see Johanna meet Delia, and also to see that she printed out Dawn’s articles and pictures for the frame. She’s a great mom: hands-off enough to let Dawn come into her own but always supportive and caring. The battle between them was short and sweet but it showed of her skill well; Dawn’s too. I’m not crazy but that was the 3D camera right? Glameow and Umbreon dodging looked so good and reminiscent of it that I don’t think I’m mistaken.
I will say, Brock’s simping this episode was much more annoying than usual. I don’t really know why the gag was so prominent this time but yikes…that was bad.