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22nd Dec '16 11:28:28 AM WhosAsking
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* The ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' anime begins and ends with the same narrator, Mikado. The second special ends with an insecure and excited teenager arriving in Ikebukuro, just like Mikado in the first episode.

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* The first season of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' anime begins and ends with the same narrator, Mikado. Mikado, saying the exact same words. The second special ends with an insecure and excited teenager arriving in Ikebukuro, just like Mikado in the first episode.episode: only now the roles are reversed, with Mikado giving the newcomer reassurance.
4th Oct '16 1:24:05 PM iowaforever
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* The Panzer IV from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' ends up in the same condition it was found at the beginning of the series. During the tournament it is upgraded several times, first with a high-velocity cannon and later with armor "skirts". During the FinalBattle against Maho's Tiger, the extra armor is shot off, the cannon is shot in half (reducing it to the size of the low-velocity gun it started with), and the right track is torn off (that track had been missing when the Panzer IV was first discovered).
27th Aug '16 5:53:46 PM GoldenDarkness
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** The first episode of ''XY'' has Ash staring his Kalos journey in Lumiose City, while the final major story arcs [[spoiler:(the Kalos Pokémon League conference and Team Flare's plot)]] take place in Lumiose. Extending it further, the first place Ash visits in Lumiose is the Gym, where in the end [[spoiler:Team Flare sets up shop and launch their plot against Kalos]].
27th Aug '16 7:24:10 AM Nikumubeki
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** Back when Akira Toriyama had just started the series out, he was originally planning to go up to only the Fortuneteller Baba arc, and as a result put a few notable book ends in it. Namely, Goku winds up encountering the soul of Grandpa Gohan, the man who gave him his dragon ball and unintentionally set him out his adventures in the first place, and once again fights his first enemy Emperor Pilaf. Of course, thanks to its popularity the series would continue long after that wrapped up.

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** Back when Akira Toriyama had just started the series out, he was originally at one point planning to go up to only the Fortuneteller Baba arc, and as a result put a few notable book ends in it. Namely, Goku winds up encountering the soul of Grandpa Gohan, the man who gave him his dragon ball and unintentionally set him out his adventures in the first place, and once again fights his first enemy Emperor Pilaf. Of course, thanks to its popularity the series would continue long after that wrapped up.
23rd Aug '16 10:14:56 PM _ballerina_
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** additionally, Maou and Emi meet in the human world for the first time when it starts to rain on the sidewalk and he gives her his umbrella and bikes to work in the rain. After the credits in the last episode, Maou is unhappily facing the rain again, but this time Emi appears, and offers him her umbrella, which he accepts.
22nd Aug '16 4:44:24 PM ultimomant
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** The final chapter featured [[spoiler:Ichigo's son first meeting Rukia's daughter in a similar way Ichigo and Rukia first met in the first chapter.]]

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** The final chapter featured [[spoiler:Ichigo's son first meeting Rukia's daughter in a similar way Ichigo and Rukia first met in the first chapter.]]]] The final chapter shares its title with the first: "Death and Strawberry".
19th Aug '16 7:17:00 PM ultimomant
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* So far, most of the major ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' arcs end with [[spoiler: Ichigo and Rukia parting ways.]]
** The Aizen MythArc dominated the story significantly. When it was closed in the anime, the opening sequence featured images from the first season playing in reverse, closing on the first scene from the anime. [[spoiler:This [[SpoilerOpening also foreshadowed Ichigo's (temporary) retirement]]]].

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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So far, most of the major ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' arcs end with [[spoiler: Ichigo and Rukia parting ways.]]
** The Aizen MythArc dominated the story significantly. When it was closed in the anime, the opening sequence featured images from the first season playing in reverse, closing on the first scene from the anime. [[spoiler:This [[SpoilerOpening also foreshadowed Ichigo's (temporary) retirement]]]].retirement]].]]
** The final chapter featured [[spoiler:Ichigo's son first meeting Rukia's daughter in a similar way Ichigo and Rukia first met in the first chapter.]]
1st Jul '16 7:03:17 PM nombretomado
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* In Naoki Urasawa's ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'', the next-to-final scene is a recollection of the first, but from a different viewpoint.

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* In Naoki Urasawa's ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'', ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', the next-to-final scene is a recollection of the first, but from a different viewpoint.
31st May '16 9:10:00 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The third movie open with a recap of important anime scenes like Keroro being discovered by Fuyuki and Natsumi; then ends with [[spoiler:Dark Keroro being discovered by ''Space Fuyuki and Space Natsumi''.]]
26th May '16 9:09:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the first confrontation with a villain features Ed announcing that he's going to show Cornello why he's a third-rate charlatan nowhere near the Elrics' level. At the end of Chapter 107, after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching the crap out of an]] EldritchAbomination [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu that just ate God]], he tells him to get up because "it's time you learned why you're not in our league!" [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Heads exploded.]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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first confrontation with a villain features Ed announcing that he's going to show Cornello why he's a third-rate charlatan nowhere near the Elrics' level. At the end of Chapter 107, after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching the crap out of an]] EldritchAbomination [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu that just ate God]], he tells him to get up because "it's time you learned why you're not in our league!" [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Heads exploded.]]



* This is done somewhat in ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai]]'', though not at the very beginning and end. In Matsuribayashi-hen, we see Takano Miyo walking through the woods in the rain, trying to escape from her {{Orphanage of Fear}}. In the last episode, she's again walking through the rain in the woods, this time running from her former subordinates who've turned against her. It also clearly shows her missing a shoe in both scenes, in case the audience didn't put it together.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
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This is done somewhat in ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai]]'', Kai'', though not at the very beginning and end. In Matsuribayashi-hen, ''Matsuribayashi-hen'', we see Takano Miyo walking through the woods in the rain, trying to escape from her {{Orphanage of Fear}}. In the last episode, she's again walking through the rain in the woods, this time running from her former subordinates who've turned against her. It also clearly shows her missing a shoe in both scenes, in case the audience didn't put it together.



* The Hidan & Kakuzu arc in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' begins and ends with Shikamaru playing Shogi and discussing Konoha's ChessMotifs with his opponent.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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The Hidan & Kakuzu arc in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' begins and ends with Shikamaru playing Shogi and discussing Konoha's ChessMotifs with his opponent.


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* The anime for ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' starts with Ririka turning ten. It ends on her eleventh birthday. [[spoiler:She commits a HeroicSacrifice on her birthday.]]
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