Yeah, I was kind of confused too, although my initial thought was "Wait, are they including a nonbinary Pokemon character? Because if so awesome."Scratch this - I just found out that Bede is not an old lady rival, and is indeed a young boy.
Considering they are no longer doing the national dex, I think this is going to be the new normal for Pokemon games going forward. We're going to get the list of Pokemon, which will include some new ones and some classics, and some of the classics will have regional forms in order to make them unique.It's nice to see they're doing Forms. Thought that was one of the most interesting aspects of Alola.