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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Fatherhood}}'' episode "The Birds, Bees, and Bindlebeep" ends with Norma announcing to Arthur that she is pregnant with their fourth child and Arthur freaking out about it, because of the show's abrupt cancellation the story was never concluded and the child's gender was never revealed.
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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up.

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' pulls this Chapter 44 of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' offers a flashback of Annie and Mikasa about to square off in a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally training fight, causing all the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest others to gather flock around them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in excitement over who the episode itself, there hasn't winner will be. We're never told however, as that's where the flashback ends.
** WordOfGod later confirmed they had
been a whisper of a new season in so equally matched the six years since instructor had to follow any of this up.interfere and call it a draw.



* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' had a mostly-satisfying ending, but never addressed the fact that Izaya was still in possession of Celty's severed head. This is mostly due to the fact that the LightNovel [[OvertookTheManga series the show was based on is still running in Japan]], leaving the writers without a proper ending to adapt. With a second season currently airing, however, it's possible that this will eventually be resolved.

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* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' had a mostly-satisfying ending, but never addressed ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' covers the fact that Izaya was still in possession of Celty's severed head. This is mostly due to Golden Age arc... and then it ends during the fact that Eclipse. Since the LightNovel [[OvertookTheManga series begins with a scene set ''after'' the show was based on is still running in Japan]], leaving Golden Age arc, it means ''the series never got out of the writers without a proper ending to adapt. With a second season currently airing, however, it's possible that this will eventually be resolved.flashback''.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The manga was cancelled midway through its Final Arc as a result of Kubo's increasingly worsening health since 2010 that leaves him bedridden with increasing frequency; he only kept going for as long as he did as a result of an inspiring letter that he received after the death of a terminally ill child who had enjoyed reading Kubo's manga while bedridden. Many established plot threads were abandoned in order to wrap up the final battle in time for the manga's fifteenth anniversary. These include, but are not limited to, the Ishida family's true history, the reveal of several Bankai, the fate of Captain Komamura [[spoiler:after losing his human form, the exact nature of Yachiru's existence as Kenpachi's Zanpakuto spirit (as well as the rules of Zaraki's Bankai), and whether or not Nel was able to rescue Grimmjow, Yoruichi and Urahara from Askin Nakk Le Vaar's poison prison]].
* Mari's fate in the ''Manga/BlueDrop'' anime after [[spoiler:her loved one Hagino dies]] is never addressed, not even in the [[DistantFinale huge time skip]] at the end of the series. This is especially egregious, since [[spoiler:Hagino]] sacrificed herself to save Mari's life, so it would at least have been nice to know how Mari dealt with it.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' actually resolved its main premise, but several subplot threads were apparently lost in the rush or deemed less important somewhere between seasons as the staff had to alter their original plans due to an [[ExecutiveMeddling unexpected time slot change]]. They include the true nature of Suzaku's superhuman abilities, C.C.'s real name and, perhaps most frustratingly for several viewers, any sort of official explanation for the Geass.
* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' had a mostly-satisfying ending, but never addressed the fact that Izaya was still in possession of Celty's severed head. This is mostly due to the fact that the LightNovel [[OvertookTheManga series the show was based on is still running in Japan]], leaving the writers without a proper ending to adapt. With a second season currently airing, however, it's possible that this will eventually be resolved.



* The original TV ending for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' didn't resolve much, and in fact the English edition has a hilarious Easter Egg where Spike Spencer, the English voice actor for Shinji, complained (in-character) about the sheer number of dangling plot threads that were never addressed. Many of these ended up being answered in TheMovie finale, ''End of Evangelion''.
* Also see ''Anime/VariableGeo'', and how it ''doesn't'' resolve the whole deal with the tournament it's centered upon.
* The ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' anime cuts off the second half of the story, leaving the entirety of the dragons -- where they come from, why they're here, everything -- hanging, the GovernmentConspiracy that's seemingly studying them, and the 'villains' that needlessly kill people with them and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans talk of making a better world]] vanish off the face of the earth -- mind you, they were [[DesignatedVillain so badly characterized]] nobody cares much anyhow. And wraps it all up with a ShootTheShaggyDog ending.



* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' OvertookTheManga, and the manga seems to in turn have overtaken the LightNovels on which it was based. The [[AuthorExistenceFailure death of the original author]] didn't help matters. Bottom line is that the ending of ''Trinity Blood'' anime failed to wrap up ''any'' long-running plot threads whatsoever.
* Parodied / {{lampshade|Hanging}}d (like a bazillion other tropes) in ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''. Onsokumaru and another character have an ominous conversation about Shinobu's hidden destiny. In the last episode the characters realize they forgot all about this plot thread and hastily construct a MagicalGirl story to cover.
* Mari's fate in the ''Manga/BlueDrop'' anime after [[spoiler:her loved one Hagino dies]] is never addressed, not even in the [[DistantFinale huge time skip]] at the end of the series. This is especially egregious, since [[spoiler:Hagino]] sacrificed herself to save Mari's life, so it would at least have been nice to know how Mari dealt with it.

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* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' OvertookTheManga, and the manga seems to in turn have overtaken the LightNovels on which it was based. The [[AuthorExistenceFailure death of the original author]] didn't help matters. Bottom line is that the ending of ''Trinity Blood'' anime failed to wrap up ''any'' long-running plot threads whatsoever.
* Parodied / {{lampshade|Hanging}}d (like a bazillion other tropes) in ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''. Onsokumaru and another character have an ominous conversation about Shinobu's hidden destiny. In the last episode the characters realize they forgot all about this plot thread and hastily construct a MagicalGirl story to cover.
* Mari's fate in the ''Manga/BlueDrop'' anime after [[spoiler:her loved one Hagino dies]] is never addressed, not even in the [[DistantFinale huge time skip]] at
At the end of ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', [[TheHero Daisuke]] has been permitted to leave Judoh and go off on adventures, and [[LoveInterest Kyoko]] tells him IWillWaitForYou (but only for three years), and he promises to come back. Off he goes, RidingIntoTheSunset and...that's it. Where did he go? What did he do? What became of Kyoko? And [[TheRival Clair]]? And the series. This is especially egregious, since [[spoiler:Hagino]] sacrificed herself others? The world will never know. It appears to save Mari's life, so it would at least have been nice a SequelHook, but that sequel never materialized.
* ''Manga/KareKano'': Everything was left hanging. EVERYTHING. The play that they built up for 6 or 7 episodes never happened, there was no culture fest, and the only way
to know how Mari dealt with it.actually understand what happened between [[spoiler: Tonami and Sakura ]] in the final episode was to read the manga.



* ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' suffers this in GeckoEnding form. It's a mystery series, and its main mysteries are "What are the Blade Children?" and "What happened to Kiyotaka, Ayumu's older brother?" The anime never answers either of these questions, as the manga hadn't yet by the time it finished production. An offhand comment by Kanone might or might not imply that Kiyotaka is dead in the anime continuity, and another compares the Blade Children to cuckoos, but that's it. The manga did ultimately end up clarifying all this.
* Most of ''Anime/{{Piano}}'' is about Miu composing a piece for her piano recital. At the big moment, the story simply cuts off when Miu starts playing, without stating how the recital went or what happens between Miu and her love interest afterward. Sure, the main point is [[ComingOfAgeStory Miu's decision about her music and her life]], but it would have been nice to get some more closure.
* A particularly infamous example of this is ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''; the anime version, already criticized for being stuffed to the brim with {{Filler}} that had absolutely no bearing on the original manga plot, concluded a full ''three years'' before the original manga did, cutting out roughly a full third of the overall plot. For those without easy access to the manga (which, as a note, did not finish officially releasing in English-speaking countries until 2006, ''ten years'' after the conclusion of the manga in the original Japanese), this was kind of a huge kick in the pants.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' actually resolved its main premise, but several subplot threads were apparently lost in the rush or deemed less important somewhere between seasons as the staff had to alter their original plans due to an [[ExecutiveMeddling unexpected time slot change]]. They include the true nature of Suzaku's superhuman abilities, C.C.'s real name and, perhaps most frustratingly for several viewers, any sort of official explanation for the Geass.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' does this ''twice'' at least in America- first, the series ends with only a bare acknowledgment of how the war ended, then they made TheMovie which takes place after a TimeSkip, doesn't explain the war's end either, and ends on its own cliffhanger (it was meant to be the first part of a movie trilogy which was never finished). The first hanger was only resolved through information which is [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Japan-Only Sega Games]]. The last episode of the series even has the audacity to introduce ''new'' subplots just to intentionally leave them hanging.



* Due to the GeckoEnding of the anime, ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' didn't end well. [[spoiler: Did Sumire and Lucia die? Though, it is greatly [[{{WMG}} suggested]] that they did survive, and that all Lucia did was [[CoolDownhug hug]] Sumire.]]
* ''Manga/KareKano'': Everything was left hanging. EVERYTHING. The play that they built up for 6 or 7 episodes never happened, there was no culture fest, and the only way to actually understand what happened between [[spoiler: Tonami and Sakura ]] in the final episode was to read the manga.
* At the end of ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', [[TheHero Daisuke]] has been permitted to leave Judoh and go off on adventures, and [[LoveInterest Kyoko]] tells him IWillWaitForYou (but only for three years), and he promises to come back. Off he goes, RidingIntoTheSunset and...that's it. Where did he go? What did he do? What became of Kyoko? And [[TheRival Clair]]? And the others? The world will never know. It appears to have been a SequelHook, but that sequel never materialized.



* The anime of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' covers the Golden Age arc... and then it ends during the Eclipse. Since the series begins with a scene set ''after'' the Golden Age arc, it means ''the series never got out of the flashback''.

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* The anime of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' covers the Golden Age arc... and then it ends during the Eclipse. Since ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' does this ''twice'' at least in America- first, the series begins ends with only a bare acknowledgment of how the war ended, then they made TheMovie which takes place after a TimeSkip, doesn't explain the war's end either, and ends on its own cliffhanger (it was meant to be the first part of a movie trilogy which was never finished). The first hanger was only resolved through information which is [[AllThereInTheManual All There In The Japan-Only Sega Games]]. The last episode of the series even has the audacity to introduce ''new'' subplots just to intentionally leave them hanging.
* The ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' anime cuts off the second half of the story, leaving the entirety of the dragons -- where they come from, why they're here, everything -- hanging, the GovernmentConspiracy that's seemingly studying them, and the 'villains' that needlessly kill people with them and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans talk of making a better world]] vanish off the face of the earth -- mind you, they were [[DesignatedVillain so badly characterized]] nobody cares much anyhow. And wraps it all up
with a scene set ''after'' ShootTheShaggyDog ending.
* The original TV ending for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' didn't resolve much, and in fact
the Golden Age arc, it means ''the series English edition has a hilarious Easter Egg where Spike Spencer, the English voice actor for Shinji, complained (in-character) about the sheer number of dangling plot threads that were never got addressed. Many of these ended up being answered in TheMovie finale, ''End of Evangelion''.
* Parodied / {{lampshade|Hanging}}d (like a bazillion other tropes) in ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''. Onsokumaru and another character have an ominous conversation about Shinobu's hidden destiny. In the last episode the characters realize they forgot all about this plot thread and hastily construct a MagicalGirl story to cover.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up.
* Most of ''Anime/{{Piano}}'' is about Miu composing a piece for her piano recital. At the big moment, the story simply cuts off when Miu starts playing, without stating how the recital went or what happens between Miu and her love interest afterward. Sure, the main point is [[ComingOfAgeStory Miu's decision about her music and her life]], but it would have been nice to get some more closure.
* A particularly infamous example of this is ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''; the anime version, already criticized for being stuffed to the brim with {{Filler}} that had absolutely no bearing on the original manga plot, concluded a full ''three years'' before the original manga did, cutting
out roughly a full third of the flashback''.overall plot. For those without easy access to the manga (which, as a note, did not finish officially releasing in English-speaking countries until 2006, ''ten years'' after the conclusion of the manga in the original Japanese), this was kind of a huge kick in the pants.



* ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' suffers this in GeckoEnding form. It's a mystery series, and its main mysteries are "What are the Blade Children?" and "What happened to Kiyotaka, Ayumu's older brother?" The anime never answers either of these questions, as the manga hadn't yet by the time it finished production. An offhand comment by Kanone might or might not imply that Kiyotaka is dead in the anime continuity, and another compares the Blade Children to cuckoos, but that's it. The manga did ultimately end up clarifying all this.
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' OvertookTheManga, and the manga seems to in turn have overtaken the LightNovels on which it was based. The [[AuthorExistenceFailure death of the original author]] didn't help matters. Bottom line is that the ending of ''Trinity Blood'' anime failed to wrap up ''any'' long-running plot threads whatsoever.
* Also see ''Anime/VariableGeo'', and how it ''doesn't'' resolve the whole deal with the tournament it's centered upon.
* Due to the GeckoEnding of the anime, ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' didn't end well. [[spoiler: Did Sumire and Lucia die? Though, it is greatly [[{{WMG}} suggested]] that they did survive, and that all Lucia did was [[CoolDownhug hug]] Sumire.]]



* Chapter 44 of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' offers a flashback of Annie and Mikasa about to square off in a training fight, causing all the others to flock around them in excitement over who the winner will be. We're never told however, as that's where the flashback ends.
** WordOfGod later confirmed they had been so equally matched the instructor had to interfere and call it a draw.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The manga was cancelled midway through its Final Arc as a result of Kubo's increasingly worsening health since 2010 that leaves him bedridden with increasing frequency; he only kept going for as long as he did as a result of an inspiring letter that he received after the death of a terminally ill child who had enjoyed reading Kubo's manga while bedridden. Many established plot threads were abandoned in order to wrap up the final battle in time for the manga's fifteenth anniversary. These include, but are not limited to, the Ishida family's true history, the reveal of several Bankai, the fate of Captain Komamura [[spoiler:after losing his human form, the exact nature of Yachiru's existence as Kenpachi's Zanpakuto spirit (as well as the rules of Zaraki's Bankai), and whether or not Nel was able to rescue Grimmjow, Yoruichi and Urahara from Askin Nakk Le Vaar's poison prison]].


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** Although it has a definite ending, ''[=PK2=]'' was severely shortened over the original plans, so the conclusion is quite hasty and leaves no certainty about the future of [[spoiler:Everett and his daughters]], although one of the last issues of PKNA can be considered a DistantFinale to both series.
** ''Might and Power'' includes ''many'' of the plot threads left hanging to continue the story, leading to ContinuityPorn.
26th Nov '16 8:38:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''RumorsOfWar'' frequently ends a StoryArc without resolving all of its plot threads. This is generally viewed as intentional on the part of the author. Not that it's any less frustrating to be left wondering WhatHappenedToTheMouse

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* ''RumorsOfWar'' ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' frequently ends a StoryArc without resolving all of its plot threads. This is generally viewed as intentional on the part of the author. Not that it's any less frustrating to be left wondering WhatHappenedToTheMouse
24th Nov '16 1:54:18 AM LondonKdS
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* TheBBC's [[Series/TheTripods adaptation]] of John Christopher's ''Literature/TheTripods'' trilogy was left hanging at the end of the second series, which adapted the second book and ended with a massive cliffhanger. A third and final series had been scripted but was cancelled due to the same hostility to SF and fantasy among the BBC's leadership that saw ''Series/DoctorWho'' gradually smothered at around the same time.
18th Nov '16 5:16:01 PM Wyldchyld
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* Due to the [[ExecutiveMeddling sudden cancellation]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' midway through its Final Arc, many established plot threads had to be abandoned in order to wrap up the final battle within the alotted 6 chapters. These include, but are not limited to, [[spoiler:the fate of Captain Komamura after losing his human form, the exact nature of Yachiru's existence as Kenpachi's Zanpakuto spirit (as well as the rules of Zaraki's Bankai), the Ishida family's true history, and whether or not Nel was able to rescue Grimmjow, Yoruichi and Urahara from Askin Nakk Le Vaar's poison prison.]]

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* Due to the [[ExecutiveMeddling sudden cancellation]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The manga was cancelled midway through its Final Arc, many Arc as a result of Kubo's increasingly worsening health since 2010 that leaves him bedridden with increasing frequency; he only kept going for as long as he did as a result of an inspiring letter that he received after the death of a terminally ill child who had enjoyed reading Kubo's manga while bedridden. Many established plot threads had to be were abandoned in order to wrap up the final battle within in time for the alotted 6 chapters. manga's fifteenth anniversary. These include, but are not limited to, [[spoiler:the the Ishida family's true history, the reveal of several Bankai, the fate of Captain Komamura after [[spoiler:after losing his human form, the exact nature of Yachiru's existence as Kenpachi's Zanpakuto spirit (as well as the rules of Zaraki's Bankai), the Ishida family's true history, and whether or not Nel was able to rescue Grimmjow, Yoruichi and Urahara from Askin Nakk Le Vaar's poison prison.]]prison]].
30th Oct '16 9:05:52 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** Likewise ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'' ended with Agent Xero and Mole managing to reclaim the All-Seeing Eye but she loses her communication ring which the villains, who only know her by her other persona, Lacy Shadows, find on the floor.
** ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' seems to have ended this way. This means that we never find out how Clu managed to capture Tron and turn him into Rinzler, if Mara and Zed ever found out that Beck was the Renegade, if Beck ever proved to them that he did not kill Abel, if Paige ever underwent a HeelFaceTurn and joined Beck's side, and whatever happened to the uprising, Argon City, and virtually ''every single character in this show'' with the exceptions of Tron, Clu, Quorra, and Flynn.

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** Likewise Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'' ended with Agent Xero and Mole managing to reclaim the All-Seeing Eye but she loses her communication ring which the villains, who only know her by her other persona, Lacy Shadows, find on the floor.
** * ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' seems to have ended this way. This means that we never find out how Clu managed to capture Tron and turn him into Rinzler, if Mara and Zed ever found out that Beck was the Renegade, if Beck ever proved to them that he did not kill Abel, if Paige ever underwent a HeelFaceTurn and joined Beck's side, and whatever happened to the uprising, Argon City, and virtually ''every single character in this show'' with the exceptions of Tron, Clu, Quorra, and Flynn.
30th Oct '16 9:00:26 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ends in this manner, with all of the plot threads that had been developed over the last few years being abandoned in favor of an ending that had been planned out years ago.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ends in this manner, with all of the plot threads that had been developed over the last few years being abandoned in favor of an ending that had been planned out years ago. The credits released six months later do tie up a lot of them, though.
12th Oct '16 5:41:46 PM Tyk5919
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* ''ComicBook/{{Dinocorps}}'' ends with Jarek still alive and well, and a shot of several more Saurons still in cryogenic sleep. It's implied that Jarek had a backup evil plan, but no further issues have been published since then.
12th Oct '16 8:20:02 AM smalltime
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* ''Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion'' is about a group of kids battling aliens that have captured and hidden their parents. In the final episode, [[spoiler:just as the kids find where their parents were hidden, TheDragon gets there first and hides them somewhere else]].
12th Oct '16 7:59:10 AM smalltime
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* ''Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion'' is about a group of kids battling aliens that captured all the adults. The series ended after two seasons, with them never finding the adults.
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