I started the new arc today (I’m trying not to rush the story too much, to savor it) and I feel like this storyline is making me appreciate Blue a lot more.
The guy really acts like a leader of the whole Kanto region, giving orders and organising all the Gym Leaders and Elite 4 members for the assault on Team Rocket. He’s taking to the front line and making sure to protect the junior trainers… Even Lance defered to him.
Blue felt very much like what a Pokémon League Champion should be IMO. Champions are, as far as we know, basically the Head of State of their region. Red might be the Strongest Trainer Ever, but Blue has obviously grown into a much better leader!
All the while remaining his cocky self… Smell ya later!