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YMMV: Latias' Journey
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The cast enjoys a quiet-before-the-storm party on the night before the final battle. Some of them go for more...involved celebrations than others. So anyway, Phanpy walks in on Uncle Brother Pikachu going at it with a Weavile. Traumatized, he runs to Aunt Corsola for help, and walks in on her right in the middle of Crawdaunt's massive orgy. You can probably imagine what happens next.
  • Les Yay: Misdreavus and Umbreon.
  • Love It or Hate It: You either love it because of the epic fight sequences, and acts of unbelievable badassitude...or you think it's the Agony in Pink of the Pokemon fandom.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Deoxys crosses this when he destroys an entire city, personally striking down the Pichu Brothers.
    • Ford has his partner Blaziken brutally torture Charizard, and turns Ash into Alpha Ranger.
    • Mariah nearly destroys May's psyche during their battle with her insults.
    • Dark Latios torments his sister, kills their father Ho-oh, kills Lady Ho-oh by ripping out her spine and eating her body, force-feeds Latias her father's genitals(!), and then repeatedly rapes her both physically and mentally until she becomes an emotionless killing machine.
  • OT 3: A particularly weird Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action example: Wobbuffet, Milotic, and Cacturne. You may now scrub your brain with peroxide.
    • If one recalls properly, it becomes fairly obvious that Groudon / Kyogre is really a case of Groudon / Kyogre / Groudon's awesome pants.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Refreshingly averted. Ash and Misty hook up quite early on, and their ongoing relationship is handled as a an integral part of everything happening around them.
  • Squick: The descriptions of the undead/mutilated Legendary Beasts. Ugh.
    • It gets to the point during the final arc where one of the ghastly settings is actually discarded as "kind of so-so as far as generic hellscapes go".
    • The final arc has no short supply of this.
  • Shocking Swerve: In the final chapter it's revealed that Mewgle had trapped everyone - and we do mean EVERYONE - in virtual reality so he could take over the multiverse. It winds up Retconning generally a lot of things. Some readers found that it gave more closure to the story, while others thought that it made everything worse, and that the author should have left it alone.
  • Show, Don't Tell: The natural consequences of the Infodumps. There's a lot of background information that would have been better in a flashback. Some examples include Lady Ho-Oh's Start of Darkness and Mewtwo's first encounter with Deoxys - thanks to the Infodumps, they're reduced to Offstage Villainy.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Latias and the Ghost King's relationship is the most complained about aspect of the story. From the very beginning of the story, Latias has been dreaming about marrying the Ghost King, even though she didn't know what he even looked like. Later on, she forgives the him for razing her hometown and murdering everyone in it in a childish fit of rage, because two out of the hundreds of thousands of innocent dead said they forgive him. And then Latias marries the damn guy! Many readers were not at all satisfied with the story's explanation and especially not the tacked-on revelation that Kyogre secretly made the Ghost King do it at the very end, and consider this a Wall Banger.
  • What an Idiot:
    • So you want to try to apologize to your crush for destroying her city, killing all her friends, and ultimately traumatizing her. You can't go anywhere, so you need someone to convince her to come to you. So you send out your most loyal servant...who is also the one who killed your crush's best friend right before her own eyes. Oh, and he's also a Jerkass, and would rather terrorize her for several days instead of just bringing her right to you.
    • Fearow's gimmick is that he eats other Pokemon and gets stronger from it. So what happens when his minions capture Latias? Does he immediately grab some bread and have a dragon-on-rye sandwich? Nope, he tries to rape her for no reason, which delays him long enough for Pidgeot to rescue her.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: There are some pretty fucked up moments in the story, and whether it's a good or a bad "fucked up" all depends on the reader. As mentioned on the This Is Your Premise on Drugs page when it still had examples:
    Latias' Journey is Pokémon tripping balls on every hallucinogen known. On meth. And PCP. And Rare Candies. While huffing nitrous oxide. And off its mood stabilizers.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Yes, Latias' Journey is based on the kid-friendly Pokémon anime. But it also contains Nightmare Fuel, intense violence, intense gore, horror, sexual situations, Gratuitous Rape, profanity, and philosophical/religious overtones.
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