I have a feeling that if Dento (and perhaps Iris) weren't Satoshi's travelling partners in Best Wishes, I wouldn't be as crazy over them as I am now.
Or maybe I wouldn't like the trio as much. Imagine a Satoshi, Hilda/Touko, and Brock/Takeshi trio. *shudder*
I wouldn't have minded seeing Cheren in the anime, though.
I guess Cilan alone was too hot for the anime to handle.