Kairyu demolishing his opponent as to justify that Tsunbear was demolished.
I disagree with that. Despite what some say, contest battles aren't just about sparkles, but more so about negating your opponent's attacks, turning them against them and making them work to your advantage. We saw just that when Hikari was pretty much owning Dent in their battle. It's about making your opponent's power work against them, and that's been portrayed as the style that Hikari developed over the course of DP, which would be really effective against Kairyu, but it seems we'll be treated to Mammoo trying to ram the Pokémon that withstood plenty of attacks last time around and throw attacks at him as opposed to see Hikari do her thing.Not really. If I were in Hikari's place, I'd be more focused in attacking Kairyu instead of trying to 'woo' the audience. Contest style tactics would only lead to her demise since they are not the most effective moves.
No, first of all, Hikari might not train specifically to defeat dragons, but she fought against dragons several times, defeating Gabite twice. She's trained extensively in battles alongside Satoshi, she's fought in many regular battles against other trainers, both in tag battles with Satoshi or Kohei, learning from them. A lot of Satoshi's techniques in DP were adapted from her contests showing her style can translate well into battles. So no, I don't think it's undeserved to see her do well in a battling tournament with Pokémon she's trained and really turned into powerful Pokémon. Hikari isn't being made to look good in this episode, if anything the preview imply that she's underperforming a lot, not really using her style, her usual strategies that were very effective in the past, really being downgraded to make Iris' comeback look more believable, cause it doesn't look like Iris is going to outstrategize Hikari, but rather just do her usual routine of spouting out attacks, have her Pokémon be able to withstand a thousand hits without being affected and win with one or two attacks because her pokémon have so much more raw power than everyone else's. Point is, they downgraded both Langley and Hikari here to give Iris some undeserved achievement in making it to the semis to give Iris results while once against bypassing the process.You’d think that Dragonite, who already has been established to possess tremendous power, should be able to beat Mamoswine just as easily.