I have seen a lot of different ways of looking at the pokemon world. Most of them are rooted in the various canons this franchise has. Some think there is only one canon: the main game series itself, as all others were based on it. Others have no specific system they follow, and have their own personal version.
I personally think all the interpretations are valid, as they had to be approved at some point. Of course, this could also mean that pokemon can be interpreted any way you want. Mine is a variation of the anime, only it follows the type alignments more closely, and is allowed some mature themes. Normally, this means that everything is not sunshine and rainbows all the time, but before you think I went all grimdark, it's not that edgy. It's will tug at your heartstrings, but being an optimistic person, things always turn out okay in the end. (Although I am one to also believe in the naughty kind of mature themes as well)
Please do not use this thread to debate on who's interpretation is more correct. I am just curious what others think.