I'm curious to know your opinion on how BF reflected its predecessor series, BESIDES the obvious dub change, replacement of Misty with May, Max, and Hoenn characters, and the introduction of contests to Kanto. Personally, I don't think BF gave off the same essence that Kanto had in the original series- and that's not just for the "nostalgia factor." I didn't like how they created even more towns and cities that we'd never even heard of before this, without really referencing the other anime- and game- exclusive locations that were introduced in the first season. I was sort of disappointed when Ash and Brock failed to relive their scary memories in Lavender Town, or went back to visit any of the old gym leaders. Although I enjoyed many episodes of BF, I just didn't get that "Kanto" feeling again. I still felt more of the "Hoenn" vibe, even with it being an entirely different region.
What do you think?