Arright, hear me out: this is not to discuss whether or not the Black & White anime is a reboot. We all should know by now it's not, and is in fact a continuation of the series.
However, I feel BW is so often disconnected from the previous series, usually disregarding continuity and not maintaining consistency with Ash's character, given his great number of achievements to this point... it often aggravates me. Most of us hated it when Ash's Pikachu, despite the power-down, had just recently taken down a Latios and then loses to a new trainer's untrained Snivy, right? Well, what if the previous series never happened? What if Ash was not a seasoned trainer who had seen hundreds of Pokemon species, as well as legendaries, participated in five regional League Conferences (even winning one, being a semifinalist in another), and didn't conquer the Battle Frontier? He'd actually be relatively close to Trip's level, and the rivalry would actually make sense. Most of Ash's actions in the series would make more sense, wouldn't they?
Really, had it not been for the silent cameos of Ash's accomplishments in his room, Team Rocket's presence, and Oak mentioning the other regions in the beginning of the series, it would have felt like this was a real new beginning, wouldn't it? A beginning where Ash never traveled through many regions, never caught a bunch of Pokemon, and never met Brock, Misty, Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, or Paul (just nix the part of the one episode when Oak namedropped Tracey). He could have met Team Rocket for the first time after the plane landed and their conflict would be relatively unchanged.
Really, with some edits and omissions, I think BW easily could have been a reboot/alternate universe series. If it were truly disconnected with the series, much like how Unova is disconnected from previous regions, it would probably at least be a more bearable series. I at least wouldn't be so inclined to compare it unfavorably to previous series, since it would be clear that BW isn't connected to that canon.
So I ask you all, what say you? Do you believe BW would be a better series if it were a genuine reboot? Feel free to offer examples of how the series could easily be more disconnected from its predecessors, though I think the only meaningful reference to the past series was Looker appearing, but since those episodes he was slated to appear in are shelved indefinitely, I don't think there's much to discuss there. Only other thing would be Ash already having Pikachu, but I think it's easy to fabricate an AU scenario where Ash has already picked out his Pokemon and simply hadn't journeyed off yet before his vacation. Or, go ahead and say why BW is just dandy as it is being in continuity with the series and wouldn't fare better as a reboot.
Also: Try to avoid the topic of replacing Ash himself with another protagonist. There are already other topics dedicated solely to this concept and we don't need redundant discussions of how exhausted/worn out Ash's character may or may not be.