I don't think James's tendency and care for Inkay was any different than what it is with Mareanie now, if not more meaningful. How many times did James actually cry for Marianie once he realized its love for him?
I wouldn't say May didn't have a goal at the beginning. She only had one that didn't fit her, and she changed it over the course of events.
As for the question, I am fine by either as long as character development is handled well.
I watched Sword Art Online last year and I thought the art-style would fit Pokémon the series well. The lines aren't as sharp as XY or anything before it, but not as soft as SM either. Also the illustrations could be used in advantage of the Pokémon series as well. I remember that time when one...