YMMV: Ashes of the Past

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Quite a lot. As the Pokemon usually do not talk, and a number of them never really established a gender, interpretation can run pretty wild here. Usually Played for Laughs though.
    • One of the most notable in the series is Squirtle being a Kamina Expy, considering that Squirtle predates Gurren Lagann by several years (and had Kamina's sunglasses first).
  • Darker and Edgier or Lighter and Softer: Depends on where you look at. On one hand, there's The End of the World as We Know It, which makes the situation graver than the original anime. On the other hand, there are lots of Funny Moments that lighten up the story; even the Bad Future doesn't seem to be a gloomy waiting time for Sir Aaron and Arceus (eg Legendary Pokemon Three Legged Race). It also helps that Ash is essentially revisiting his past and, with the benefit of hindsight and stronger Pokemon, averts/downplays some of the more unpleasant moments in the original anime.
  • Mary Sue: There is a general view of Jessie's Cubone as this.