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Shout Out: Ashes Of The Past
  • Ash's Squirtle is a walking Shout-Out to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and all that it stands for. It is wonderful.
  • Similarly, the island of the Turtle Pokemon is home to the hidden village of the turtle.
    • Riolu's Aura Sphere that he uses in the battle for the Thunder Badge is hinted to be similar to the Rasengan, which reveals that Surge is definitely not a fan of the show.
      • Speaking of Riolu and Naruto, the former is can apparently water-walk through the use of Aura by using "modified physics" to keep the surface tension from breaking. Ash flat out called it ignoring the laws of physics.
    • Squirtle seems to be branching out in his inspirations. In Chapter 37, he starts going on about how "This mouth of mine is dripping wet! Its loud slosh tells me to--" before getting cut off.
  • Blast Burn is openly called a Hellbore.
  • Jessie's Cubone is a deliberate Expy of Archer from Fate/stay night, right down to the use of a Reality Marble.
    • One of the movies the characters help film takes this theme and runs with it, creating an entire Pokemon-based version of the movie adaptation.
  • The fight between Abra and Psyduck was inspired heavily by the fight with Zeruel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, specifically the rebuild (Word of God).
  • One suggested method of using TMs is to "apply directly to forehead."
  • Brock's Ninetales and Growlie reenact the famous Spaghetti Kiss date scene from Lady and the Tramp. Lampshaded when the waiter asks his boss why they're serving spaghetti when it's a sushi restaurant and where the manager and cook learned to play the violin and accordion.
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love? is adapted into the plot of the mermaid show Misty and the others perform at the Cerulean Gym.
  • During his Gym battle with Sabrina, Ash calls himself the "inner babysitter." Lampshaded when Sabrina asks if he stole that line from somewhere.
  • James' guidebook is published by Prima. For those who don't get it, Prima is a company that makes video game strategy guides, including ones for Pokemon.
    • And then it gets combined with Adaptation Name Change later on. It turns out that Lorelei (whose name became Prima in the English anime dub) wrote those guides and gives lecture tours under that alias, so as to keep her Elite Four career separate from her scientific one.
  • The Team that Ash fights Erika with is identical to the one that Red uses in Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and that fact is lampshaded in the author's notes and is noted to be fitting by the characters.
  • Jessie, James, and Meowth reference Agent Domino (from the Pokemon Mewtwo Returns movie) having an old team that was basically the Kuno family.
    • Riolu later uses the Flying Dragon Uppercut (or Hiryu Shoten Ha) against Ash during training, and later on uses a technique suspiciously similar to the Bakusai Tenketsu.
  • During the Fuchsia Free-For-All race at the Laramie Ranch, Pikachu and Squirtle combine Magnet Rise with jet propulsion from Water Gun to catch up with the other racers. The result? A speedy blue shell covered in electric spikes. When they crash into Dario after nearly everyone else has already passed him at the finish line, one of the judges recognizes it as something from "Marillkart."
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