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#1 Post by Howard Beale » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:24 pm

Not the bit that plays behind the credits, I'm talking about those lovely episodes that wrap up a series. That answer all the questions, that leave you satisfied and pretty damn chuffed that you sat through eleventy-nine odd episodes. Those episodes.

Or I would be if it wasn't for the fact that most anime series' have absolutely no idea how to wrap things up convincingly and satisfyingly.

Of course, I'm exaggerating a little but it does seem that for every great ending (yer Cowboy Bebops and yer Azumanga Daiohs) there's always a handful of duff ones that either end on a damp squib rather than an explosion, fail to tie up any of the loose ends or just try to do too much, too little and too late (yer Evangelions (arguably, since I do love the series' ending) yer .hacks//signs or yer Escaflownes respectively).

So what does everyone think? Are the majority of anime endings good or bad?

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#2 Post by Ryu Soma » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:19 pm

From my personal experience, most of anime endings leave alot to be desired, loose ends left right and centre and your left wondering what happened to this or with those etc. See i'm the kind of guy that like's a series wrapped (unless a sequels on the way), and this can get very annoying.

Another thing I have found some anime series' end and then carry on in the manga format (for example Air Gear and Genshiken) so your left thinking wtf, what just happened, whats going on, where the hells the ending etc, unless you have read or are reading the manga.

Also there are those endings that tie evrything up in a little 5-10 minute OVA which never see the light of day in the UK, that really pisses me off.
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#3 Post by Captain Kuchiki » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:36 pm

Pani Poni Dash had a terrible ending..
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#4 Post by kodama » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:58 pm

I've always considered it to be one of the quirks of Anime. The possibility that you may start in the middle of a story, rumble on for a while, then finish what seems like three quarters of the way through.

Planetes = Example of good story told from start to finish

This Ugly yet Beautiful Life = Somewhere in the middle, writers wrote the outline on the back of a fag packet, then forgot to expand on it, so bunged in a load of fanserve. Only needs to run to about 6 eps

Jinki:Extend = Even the script writers had no idea WTF was going on. As for the OVA WHYYYYYY?

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#5 Post by Ryu Soma » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:01 pm

Ah yes Jinki Extend, the product of 1000 monkeys on 500 type-writers :lol:
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#6 Post by Project-2501 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:16 pm

Captain Kuchiki wrote:Pani Poni Dash had a terrible ending..


DIE!!! Seriously, the ending was GREAT! (not that I've just finished watching it or anything) Everything about PPD was GREAT! Maho!

Jinki:extend, no story, no plot, no flow but it has one important thing...

Aoba and Rui in bed ;)

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#7 Post by Howard Beale » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:25 am

Back when I first watched Perfect Blue I was massively disappointed with the ending. After watching it a few years later in the original Japanese (I only had manga's good ol' dub only video back in the day) and realizing the importance of Mima's final line I did have a little bit of a "So that's it" which did change my opinion on the ending somewhat. Although, I still think the ending is pretty contrived and ties things up a little too neatly to be really convincing.

My favourite kind of bad endings have to be the cop out ones that wrap things up with a load of pretentious talking and then just replay the first scenes of the first episode. Big O was the biggest culprit and Wolf's Rain's final few minutes are frustratingly vague given the brilliance of the rest of the OVAs.

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#8 Post by Captain Kuchiki » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:04 pm

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DIE!!! Seriously, the ending was GREAT! (not that I've just finished watching it or anything) Everything about PPD was GREAT! Maho!

I really did enjoy Pani Poni Dash, but I personally thought the ending was just stupid...it was probably something the writers thought of while having not slept for several days, while drunk. It wasn't an ending I think the series deserved. Was nice to see AN:UK air like 4 episodes in one night, just to end it before their downfall ^_^


and Kodama, I agree with you on This Ugly, it did seem they just threw in fanservice to make the episodes....all in all the story could have probably been told in a feature length movie...but oh well, the fanservice was nice, not a single female character in that show kept their clothes on throughout.
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#9 Post by Project-2501 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:31 pm

Captain Kuchiki wrote:not a single female character in that show kept their clothes on throughout.


Even the young one ;)

PPD was nice and ecchi but you only got ONE panty shot, and it was from the side when Watanuki's skirt zipper broke.
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#10 Post by LeeDless » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:45 pm

That's because it aired on TV Tokyo, no nudity allowed on there. :(
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#11 Post by Project-2501 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:48 pm

At 1:30am! And they whined about ACs 9pm start... :el:

There are some really good shots of them in bikinis, bunny outfits etc.. Just no panty shots.

Funniest scene has to be in ep 25 where they are all in bunny girl outfits and Himeko is rubbing herself against Rei's boobs :safesex: Almost as funny as 'boob missiles!' :)
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#12 Post by kodama » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:12 pm

Seeing as how this thread died after falling into an ecchi offshoot, I'm going to revive it and nominate Wolf's Rain as a decent series spoilt by some wobbly writing in the middle (4 filler recap eps with a tiny amount of new plot in) that leads to them completing the series with a group of OVAs that could have easily fitted into the series if they'd had a strong hand at the editing machine.

Talk about depressing ending though :cry:
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#13 Post by Captain Kuchiki » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:16 am

To Love Ru

WHAT THE HELL? The point of the series was Rito to become the number-one man in the universe so he was deemed worthy to marry Lala, however, he has a crush on Haruna Sairenji. So, how does it end? Lala calls off the wedding just as they are about to marry, uses her 'Bye-Bye Memory-kun' to erase everyone's memories of her...only to turn up to school next day, to find out her invention failed. Eerm....yeah...

Not to mention they had loads of stuff from the manga they could have adapted, instead of those random anime-only episodes that epically failed...and what was up with that Kyoko episode?
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#14 Post by Roostophe » Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:10 pm

^ Whoops, I've just gone and spoilt it for myself.

Hang about...I don't seem to care too much.

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#15 Post by The Shady Badger » Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:40 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Fruits Basket yet. I had to double check to make sure the last episode really was the last episode.

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