( I love Nessa's design but that's a topic for a different thread in a different location lmao )
Yeah I agree. We've only seen two females and neither of them would really fit the "role" of being the male female protag. And we don't have anyone for the male role either but it's still way too early to tell seeing as we've only seen a few characters still. Maybe once we see at least most of the gym leaders (since at least one gym leader is always a companion) we'll have a better idea of who could possibly be a companion.
With the way things are looking for Galar and pokemon SwSh right now regarding the pokemon community's response to all the bullmuk Game Freak has pulled, it may well be another situation where the Anime does better than the games. Sort of how XY games didn't really hold up that well, but the anime was great. Maybe the creators of the Anime will see all the backlash regarding the games and give more effort into creating a better anime. Although what I really hope they don't do is take the rivals from the game. I seriously cannot handle another smily-all-the-psyducking-time rival without any tension.
i mean. maybe we'll get something like DP and they make a rival and then still have the game rival as a secondary rival like that did Barry. I suppose it depends on what they think the rival for the game will do for Ash when it comes to storyline purposes.