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Cliffhanger: Anime & Manga

Resolved Cliffhangers:

  • Even anime has done season-ending 'hangers, with The Big O and Zoids Fuzors, not to mention a cliffhanger of truly staggering size at the end of Season 1 of Code Geass (mentioned in detail below).
  • The anime Code Geass ends its first season on a particularly high Cliff Hanger: the rebellion is collapsing, the entire school is being held hostage by a student with a bomb, the Anti-Hero's identity is revealed to his now bloodthirsty former best friend, and the situation devolves into a rage-filled Mexican Standoff... just to fade to black in time for a single gunshot.
    • Let's be perfectly honest here. Code Geass has a very, very, VERY nasty habit of leaving cliffhangers at the end of every single episode, at least in the first season. The season is basically a 25-episode cliffhanger, ending with a scene that quite often leaves viewers screaming at the top of their lungs at their screens.
    • They also had a bad habit of the next episode beginning after the cliffhanger is resolved, and then drawing it out until a flashback shows how it actually ended.
    • And then comes the second season, where Every. Damn. Episode. Ends with a cliffhanger of cosmic proportions and every second one is a Wham Episode, to boot.
  • Parodied in the first episode of Magical Project S, which ends with the then-faceless Pixy Misa saying "you'll have to wait until next week to see who I am".
  • When D.N.Angel was put on a hiatus by its writer, fans were left hanging for two years in which Daisuke was setting off to find his kidnapped love interest's twin sister, and gets offered by his morally questionable rival for help. Fans were left waiting for two years until the manga was started up again and the arc was resolved.
    • After completing the aforementioned arc and even getting through another one, D.N.Angel is once again put on an at least six month hiatus with the completion of Part 1...with the massive cliffhanger of Riku finally seeing Daisuke (and Satoshi) transform, and asking if he's Daisuke...or Dark. And that's not even covering the stuff that still needs to be answered after that single chapter.
  • In True Tears, one of the driving factors for following the story asides the depth of the characters and the compelling love story are the constant cliff hangers on the end of each episode. Several of these tend to shake up things quite a bit.
  • Naruto is pretty infamous for this. One chapter even ended mid-sentence during such.
  • Bakuman。 is pretty much a cliffhanger in every chapter. Especially when the characters are up for serialization.
  • The Transformers Cybertron episode "Search" ended with Overhaul dangling from a cliff above a valley of lava.
  • Bleach often ends with cliffhangers, especially when one character launches an attack against another. More often than not, the attack is non-fatal (and often, completely ineffective), and the next chapter shows why.
  • Several episodes of Death Note, particularly the second-to-last one when Light has Mikami write all his enemies' names in the Death Note, end in cliffhangers.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler manga started out the current arc with one, and still hasn't resolved it. Leaving the fans to try and figure out how the pieces are going to connect. Doesn't help that the last arc gave us the starting of it, but leaving things vague enough for us to not realize that it was going to be left as a cliffhanger.
  • Zig-zagged in the anime adaptation of Berserk. The very first scene of the anime takes place a few weeks after the events of the Eclipse with Guts waiting for Godo to prepare the Dragonslayer. After the opening credits, the scene flashes two years later when Guts has a well-established reputation as the Black Swordsman. After defeating an apostle, the rest of the series reveals how Guts became the way he is in the present, starting with his first encounter with soon-to-be Big Bad Griffith. In the last episode, during the climax of the Eclipse, we see Guts screaming in rage and agony at the sight of the demon lord Femto raping Casca just as the credits role in. Although the very last scene reverts back to the very first scene, it is still left unclear as to how Guts managed to make it back from the hell dimension alive or whether Casca survived her ordeal and the viewers are still Left Hanging on this detail as Guts walks into the distance as the Black Swordsman, which is where the anime ends.
  • Used very very frequently in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan. Especially in the second half of the series, more episodes end with cliffhangers than not.
  • The Pokémon Special FireRed and LeafGreen chapter ends with one of these.
  • While the (classic) Pokemon anime has several multi-part episodes, its first series finale, denoted by the text "Next Time, A New Beginning!" instead of "To Be Continued...", qualifies. Ash is approaching Hoenn with his Pikachu taken sick as a side-effect of Team Rocket's latest capture attempt. Starting the next series in the following episode was likely done A: To emphasize May's role as the new Deuteragonist and B: to invoke this Trope, as Ash said his goodbyes to his Johto crew in the previous episode; it's just him and Pikachu to start this one off.
  • Every chapter has a Cliff Hanger in Bitter Virgin. The readers are even left hanging on the last chapter to how the relationship will end up.
  • The Giant Robo OVA ended on a great, gaping "To Be Continued". While the main conflict is resolved, it's implied that Big Fire still had a few more tricks up their sleeves.
  • Episodes 5 and 10 of Popotan: the former ends with Mai and Mea being left behind when their house jumps forward in time five years, the latter with Keith incapacitating Mea and making the house travel to its final destination.
  • One of the things that makes Doki Doki Pretty Cure different than any other Pretty Cure series different are the cliffhangers. If nothing plot-relevant happens in an episode, the episode will end in a plot-relevant cliffhanger. This is how the show makes every episode tie into its Myth Arc. Of course, some plot relevant episodes have cliffhangers, as well.
  • Subverted in one episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, which ends with Nozomu getting hit by a wild streetcar right before the credits, with The Stinger showing a dramatic scene with all the students waiting in the hospital during his operation. Then in literally the last 5 seconds of the episode, Nozomu can be heard protesting the ending of the episode, and the next one goes back to normal as if nothing happened.

Unresolved Cliffhangers:

  • X1999: Is Kamui really dead? No one but CLAMP knows, since the series has been on hiatus since 2003.
  • The end of The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk has Neeba and Kaaya abandoning their parties to climb up the heretofore unknown upper half of the tower. Even after the second season has started, no one knows what's going on with them and some of those left behind.
    • Except that later in the season, both parties team up and eventually catch up to them.
  • At the end of the first season of Sekirei, Minato manages to help Haruka and Kuno escape, which was the focus of the last portion of the season, but the Sekirei plan/battle has just begun, and the ending shows a bunch of loose ends which have yet to be resolved. The main Big Bad and game master even mentions the game is far from over. Fortunately Season 2 has arrived, and covers the next portion of the series.
    • So it is now a resolved cliffhanger?
  • The last episode of the English dub of Tokyo Mew Mew ended this way. Why? 4Kids was planning to continue it, but they didn't, due to "no merchandise tie-ins", possibly either due to companies not finding the concept of the show interesting, the molds for the Japanese versions of the toys not being able to find anywhere, or the most likely reason, Zakuro's weapon being de-crossed so it wouldn't offend non-Catholics.
    • The official reason is that 52 episodes was seen as too short by merchandise-companies. 4Kids would have had to have produced at least another season themselves.
  • Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart has a cliffhanger in episode 5, when Cure Black and Cure White fought together with their new companion Shiny Luminous against Circulas. The battle just began. But the next episode starts in the next morning, Circulas was fine, the girls were fine, nobody knows what happened in this battle and how it ended. There were also no flashbacks.
  • The anime (the English Dub, at least) of Bobo Bobo Bobobo ended 64 episodes in, with the narrator cliffhanging the intense, epic final battle on the horizon... then, to the horror and shock of the entire cast, says it's the last episode that will be aired.
    Everyone: This is how you're ending the show?!
  • At the end of the second episode of Mighty Space Miners, the mining colony on the asteroid Toutatis is in serious trouble: the accidental detonation of an orbiting nuclear warhead has sent Toutatis on a collision course with Earth, and instead of evacuating the colony, the Corrupt Corporate Executives on Earth who financed the enterprise have remotely activated another set of warheads they had previously hidden on Toutatis, which will destroy the asteroid and everyone on it in 36 hours. Only two episodes of this OVA were ever produced, and the cliffhanger is never resolved. (The eventual solution may have involved the miners ejecting the warheads into space in a specific direction and using their detonation to deflect Toutatis away from Earth.)
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl, Chapter 22. Kimihito has a Yandere dullahan's Sinister Scythe around his neck... end of chapter. Making matters worse is the announcement of being on break next month, meaning an extra month of waiting for a resolution.


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