Actually, I just thought of something. Why did the animators go through the trouble of updating the OP with Shinji's "full" team a few episodes before he'll release one of his pokemon? I guess whether or not Hikozaru will be on his side after he releases it will determine who it stays with. If they updated his team now, they'll update it again if he's losing the pokemon for good.
Pretty cool, although I was really hoping for Magby > Magmar > Magmotar for Ash, since it's really offbeat and could have been interesting. Oh well. I wonder who will evolve first, Turtwig or Chimchar?
I approve of Cacnea going to a Gym Leader, too.
I wonder when the Pokehunter J will turn up again.
Probably when Butch and Cassidy show up again.
At least Chimchar has a personality, which will certainly add to Ash's team which was honestly been quite dull this saga.
now the question is, when is Dustox gonna go? Probably when Jessie makes a capture, whenever that is.