Sure! This is actually something I thought about a lot in regards to Shinji and his Pokemon. Because he treats his Pokemon different yes but they still all have a close bond, except for Chimchar but that’s because the two of them didn’t have a good marriage. And that’s where it gets really fascinating.
Shinji wouldn’t think much of him when they first meet, might even look down on him, I’m sure he doesn’t understand what a sommelier even is. They’ll battle and Dento will do one of his tastings commenting on how it may not look like it but the bond of him and his Pokemon is very strong and they all mix perfectly together. Shinji will win, his team pretty much destroys Dento’s. But listening to him, he gains some sort of a respect for him, after all he’s the first person who didn’t look down on his training style and even said for him and his team its a great marriage. As a sommelier Dento understands each trainer has their own style and way of bonding.
Then with both of them having mutual respect for each other, Dento can match Shinji with Pokemon that’ll take his style well, preventing another Chimchar
Actually this brings an interesting question, how different would it be if Dento was there instead of Takeshi? With all the Pokemon mismatches in DP and all…
I definitely think that Ash would’ve been educated on the matter a lot sooner if Cilan had been there rather than Brock. Paul would’ve also recognized the incompatibility between himself/his methods and Chimchar sooner as well (though I think Paul might’ve still been stubborn about it and went on trying to see if he could trigger and control blaze, but not for as long as he did in canon).
Also, the trade for Buizel and Aipom might’ve happened ALOT sooner, because Cilan would’ve noticed that cross-interest between battles and contests far earlier than Ash and Dawn did (who only realized it after Zoey pointed it out).
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"you’re an adult now"
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