In summary, I love this episode.
Kotetsu: Hey, Ash--What's your goal as a pokemon trainer?
Ash: I'm aiming to be the greatest pokemon master.
Kotetsu: I see! I'm aiming to be the greatest pokemon champion!
Ash: I won't lose out to you as a pokemon master!
Kotetsu: Me neither!
Ash: Let's keep it up!
And Marlon did look a little odd, but whatever. At least his mantine is cute. It could've had a little more Wishfulshipping in it, but the Daikenki-Ferrothorn-Riolu cuteness is taking over my brain good.