Happy 15th Birthday! Thank you for being so awesome! :)
Trip is a bad rival. We all know it, he probably knows it too.
But I cannot help but to be intrigued by his character for some reason. We all know that he's a Cheren stand-in for BW and that's primarily the reason what gets me really interested in his character in the first place. He has an interesting design, I like the fact he takes pictures which is a rather amusing quirk of his, but most of all - he has so much potential to develop as a character (albeit, so far unused potential).
I'm happy Iris defeated Cabernet.
At the end of the day, Cabernet showed development with her battle skills while Iris once again proved that she and Excadrill make a great team. I just wish Cabernet would be nicer, Langley matured - why can't she? :/
These were quite fun episodes, indeed. Along with somewhat of a slow introduction in the first episode, I found Ash's Zuruggu to be the gem of the Donamite debut as I highly enjoyed his antics as well as his battle development. Zuruggu is one of those Pokémon that are super awesome but don't get as much screentime as other screenhogs which, out of nonexistent respect, I shall not name. (damn annoying otter)
I also adored Kibago's sparkling eyes, so much bromance! :')