I'm only on Akala Island so far, but I am greatly enjoying the story. It's more cinematic and truly feels like a brand-new adventure. I also am liking the interplay between Lllie and Nebby. This is shaping up to be the most entertaining Pokemon story so far, and most of my fears (so far) are alleviated. Haven't encountered Ultra-Beasts yet, which is my most hated thing in Pokemon to date... I am surprised, though, at how early Cosmog and Type: Null are introduced.