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"To Be Continued..."

Discussion in 'Pokémon Animé Discussion' started by the1stpkmnfan, Mar 27, 2013.

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  1. the1stpkmnfan

    the1stpkmnfan Your Big Buff Bro

    This might strike y'all as a very peculiar question, but I've gotta be honest here: What do you think when you see the text "To Be Continued" at the end of episode episode.

    Normally, these words are used to leave us in suspense, and ponder what's going to happen next. "To Be Continued" has been addressed in over 700+ episodes of the Pokemon anime. When I feel no suspsense at what's coming up next, the words lose the meaning. That's my own opinion though. Even when there's a huge Part 2-3 arc going on in the anime, "TBC" fits that moment. Unfortunately, when I do have a peak at what's to come (thanks to the internet), the less I feel suspenseful.

    Some other questions to think about:

    Do you also think the people running this show want us to be in suspense after every single episode? Do these words even affect you when watching the show? How about when other TV shows use this text; is it more appealing when they dont' use "TBC" as often?

    It sure does get my attention when other TV shows pull out the infamous TBC at times.

    Now let's check out the alternative text of the show: "Next Time... A New Beginning!". The animators add this after every generation finale. These words did appeal to me when viewing the finale of AG and DP. As for BW, it was more underwhelming (since BW and BW2 were split into parts).

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  2. moneylesswario

    moneylesswario Shudo's Powerhouses

    I don't think it's supposed to be suspenseful, really, although I do agree it's lost its meaning, but for a different reason: It keeps going on and on.
  3. *=Pichu=*

    *=Pichu=* I love the Internet!

    I think it's good, it kinda like gets you ready for the next episode.
  4. CyberCubed

    CyberCubed Banned

    Probably because when you stop to think about it, the anime is really just a 750+ part multi-parter...
  5. sandy ketchum

    sandy ketchum Well-Known Member

    Its one of the things that stays the same since the beginning.
    its just a way of telling you there is still another episode coming up.
  6. Blessed

    Blessed Well-Known Member

    It's been happening since the get-go. It doesn't mean anything now to be honest unless the ending of an episode ends in a suspenseful way.
  7. Dew Watatsumi

    Dew Watatsumi Water Type E-3

    This started since the beginning, Just letting you know of a new episode
  8. fitzy909

    fitzy909 Just another guy

    it's basically just telling you that there is going to be another episode. it's fairly pointless i have to say, but they have used it for so long i think that everyone is used to it.
  9. *=Pichu=*

    *=Pichu=* I love the Internet!

    I wonder if in the very last episode EVER, there will be "The End"?

    That would be sad :(
  10. MidnightMelody

    MidnightMelody Degrassi Student

    TBH Unless it is a suspense episode that leads into the other I never notice it for some reason.
  11. ☭Azimuth_055☣

    ☭Azimuth_055☣ Thou enraged?

    Basically what I was about to say.
  12. Once again, I agree. :D
  13. adamfitz

    adamfitz poké-lover

    It has started from the get go
    But I do feel the suspension in some episodes
    For example those few episodes with meloetta and the trio along with TR
  14. pacman000

    pacman000 Well-Known Member

    It means that Ash's adventure continues after the current episode, even if the current episode's plot is complete. I like it. I will admit that the phrase would make more since if the episodes were a bit more connected. The show doesn't need a plot arc for that to happen; just introduce the next episode's complication at the end of the current episode. That worked for Lost in Space.
  15. PurpleTitan

    PurpleTitan King of Unova

    In the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers Of Time And Darkness special, the words To Be Continued meant absolutely NOTHING, as it never was continued. I wonder why?
  16. lovesun

    lovesun New Member

  17. Canada

    Canada Banned


    I remember you, you're that guy who was sigged by Street Comedy.

    I think it's good


    Anyway, why are we supposed to care? The To Be Continued is there because the next episode continues off it. Doesn't matter if it's there 700 times. >_>
  18. P-body

    P-body Aperture TestSubject

    It's in the end of every episode besides the season finale one. It basically means Ash's adventures continue in the next episode. :p

    I'd agree with that. It'd be like beating a Pokémon game too and never playing it ever again.
  19. LizardonX

    LizardonX Banned

    A half baked effort to show that despite nothing of note happen in entire filler ep it's still Pokemon.
  20. fitzy909

    fitzy909 Just another guy

    i guess it's just to get people interested and 'hoping' something interesting will happen next episode. it makes fillers seem like they really matter as well. i guess if the anime ever finishes it will be replaced by 'the end' and the narrator will say 'as the journey ends' or something similar. however, that will be a long time from now.
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