YMMV: Pokémon Live!

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Two Perfect Girls.
    • What Kind of Pokémon are You?, a song performed by a man representing Dexter, Ash's PokéDex.
    • Psyduck's cameos, which are used to change sets.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: You Just Can't Win for all the fans who would've liked to see Ash and Giovanni actually face each other. This was the closest they'd come to a fight until the Best Wishes series 13 years later. The song is made even cooler in context, as it takes place after MechaMew2 defeats Pikachu, so Ash tries to fight Giovanni himself.
    • Team Rocket's Rockin' (Double Trouble) is pretty damn awesome. As is Giovanni's Villain Song.
  • Evil Is Cool: Giovanni, Team Rocket, and even the Rocket Grunts completely steal the show.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "My Best Friends" is a little awkward since Misty and Brock have left the show.
  • Ham and Cheese: Darren Dunstan's performance as Giovanni is reminiscent of Raul Julia in the Street Fighter live-action film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Delia's reluctance to watch Ash grow up, since Ash in the anime is still 10.
    • "My Best Friends" is a little awkward since Misty and Brock have left the show.
  • HSQ: The last 15 minutes have, in rapid succession:
    • Ash and Giovanni facing off in a Pokemon battle. While short, this was the closest they'd come to a fight until the Best Wishes series—and in the anime their fight was even shorter.
    • Ash trying to fight Giovanni physically after Pikachu is defeated. Giovanni responds in kind.
    • The real Mewtwo showing up and saving Ash from MechaMew2's Hyper Beam, then attacking MechaMew2 with Ash's memories.
    • MechaMew2 gaining sentience and giving a touching speech about what it learned from Ash before putting Giovanni in a headlock and blowing itself up.
  • Level Breaker: Most of the songs are well-sang, and many are quite heartfelt, but as soon as the word "Pokemon" pops up, you can't help but laugh a little bit.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Giovanni orders MechaMew2 to attack Ash, a 10 year old boy whom he knows is the child of his ex-girlfriend, directly.
  • Only the Author Can Save Them Now: If Mewtwo had not shown up, there is no way that Ash would have been able to beat Giovanni on his own.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some viewers wanted Giovanni to win, especially since Team Rocket gets the best songs.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Again, it probably would have been just plain good if Pokemon hadn't been involved.