* FetishRetardant: If a female is in a fanservice-y pose (in the splash pages or otherwise), expect her pose to require a rubber spine or her body to have misshapen parts.
* HypeBacklash: It was hyped as a DarkerAndEdgier Pokemon manga in comparisons to the others but when it came out a lot of people were turned off by the FetishRetardant, HotBlooded protagonist, and especially the ''lack of actual Pokemon''. Even the people who stayed usually see it as SoOkayItsAverage.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Ryouga taking the Akebo head on like a man, followed by the akebo shattering on impact with ryoga's body.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Putting aside the knee-jerk reaction to the premise, people faithfully read on...and generally found it to be underwhelming, but not horrible.
* TearJerker: The "Mother" chapter. [[spoiler:Karuta finds out that his mother had died after he brought the medicine for his village.]]