I heard Pikachu is done. Sad day.
Looks like your saying you can and will spend 100s of hours in this game as it is strangely addictive.
I think you're referring to the anime: Ash is done. The games are their own separate thing lol
I wouldn't put the word "good" in front of visuals, but the characters and enclosed spaces are definitely a step up from Arceus!
The reality is that the addition is actually the concept of "the right tool for the right job". This applies to other games, too: in Monster Hunter, I'd collect weapons and armors for loadouts for specific monsters/situations. In Genshin, you basically collect the characters because of their movesets and elements to combine with your squads. The addiction sets in when you realize you're basically preparing yourself for "any" situation, so you like to "have them all" (or at least as many as possible" so that you're ready to dominate hahaha