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Foreshadowing in Accel World:
- Haru once says that "I want to fly up." Guess what Silver Crow's signature ability is...
- Notice how Chiyu's 'healing' ability depletes her target's special gauge? She's really reversing time, rather than healing them. On top of that, whenever she uses her ability, you hear the sound of bells, similar to those of a clock, and on at least one occasion clockwork gears are visible inside the cannon itself.
- As Rust Jigsaw is entering the net cafe at the end of episode 21 he passes by a poster of a character dressed as Snow White. Given who leads the Acceleration Research Society and that person's relation to Kuroyukihime (Princess Snow Black)
- When Crikin hands her the Mystical Reins Enhanced Armament, Black Lotus rejects it, saying she has no use for it. He insists, including mentioning some enemies that could be tamed with it( flying horses). Mana also suggests that she would soon have need of it. In the next to last episode, her Big Damn Heroes moment comes with her riding in on, you guessed it, a flying horse.
- In the first volume, Taku casually mentions Haru getting "the Chii special" for Lunch (the lunch that Haru had refused), even though he shouldn't have known about that. Chiyu later denies telling Taku about Haru being bullied, (something she'd learned about from Haru, but he insisted that she not tell Taku). Both of these foreshadow that Taku has a backdoor program in Chiyu's Neurolinker and is spying on her.
- When discussing her "parent"- the person who installed Brain Burst on her Neurolinker, which requires a close relationship in the real world- Kuroyukihime mentions how she utterly hates that person, but due to the nature of their relationship, she can't fight against them. When later talking about the three healer types- Chiyuri, someone who left the Accelerated world and the White King- Kuroyukihime says she doesn't want Haruyuki to get anywhere near the latter individual. As you can likely tell from Kuroyukihime's similar disdain for both individuals, they're actually one and the same, as White Cosmos, the White King, is Kuroyukihime's parent.
Foreshadowing in Another:
- The first minute and a half of the anime's first episode is a montage of seemingly random and unconnected imagery. They are actually subtle hints at things to come, from the various plot-important locations to several of the deaths.
- Also the early episodes have quite a few subtle hints that only make sense once we are told (or notice that they have very similar character design, but more likely the former) that Reiko and Ms. Mikami are the same person, and hint that she is the dead one.
- A minor one but if you look closely to Kouichi's hospital table in the first episode, the Stephen King book Mizuno points out to is Pet Sematary. Any King fan watching would know it was all about the consequences of trying to bring the dead back to life, a recurring theme in the series.
- Around the time Kouichi becomes the second "non-existent" student, Mr. Kubodera says that Ms. Mikami is going along with the decision in spite of how difficult it is for her. It's difficult because she's Kouichi's aunt.
Foreshadowing in Assassination Classroom:
- Nagisa was built up to have a lot of hidden talent. Confirmed in Chapter 41, which reveals that Nagisa has an exceptional talent for assassination. To be specific, his ability to hide such bloodlust that it scares trained soldiers.
- In chapter 28, Koro-sensei takes several students to see an American superhero movie, wherein the major Plot Twist involves the Big Bad being revealed to be the heroine's brother. At the end of the chapter we meet Itona, Koro-sensei's Ax-Crazy "younger brother".
- In chapter 67, Karasuma vaguely recognizes two of the mastermind's minions because he had seen them before in Takaoka's photographs of the soldiers he had previously trained, foreshadowing the mastermind's identity.
- The "Reaper" is holding a rose and a bouquet of flowers when he's first described by Lovro. He first appears to the students of Class E as an unassuming flower salesman, offers Kanzaki a rose, and sells them a bouquet of flowers for Irina's birthday before the story reveals his identity.
- In chapter 90, Koro-sensei says that the only ikemens (hot guys) in the class are Isogai, and himself. Come chapter 134, we see he was actually a fairly good-looking man.
- Chapter 128 is one long flashback of all the hints throughout the previous chapters foreshadowing that Kayano has tentacles like Koro-sensei and Itona. For example, Shiro says that the "monster" in Class E averted their eyes as soon as they saw him. Go back to Chapter 29 and read this page.
Foreshadowing in Bakuman。:
- Yoshida expresses some concern about how Moral Guardians will view PCP's "perfect crimes" during the serialization meeting. This comes up again as the reason PCP won't qualify for sponsors for an anime.
- Takagi points out that Nakai "looks like a stalker" while continuing to draw outside Aoki's apartment. While this initially seems to present him as a Determinator, in light of his demanding that Aoki become his girlfriend in exchange for him drawing for her, it goes to show that Nakai doesn't really respect her wishes.
- Similarly, while Nakai seems like a Nice Guy in his first appearances, he inwardly complains about Fukuda, and later badmouths Fukuda while talking to Mashiro. All this seems to indicate that Nakai isn't necessarily as pleasant as he first seems.
Foreshadowing in Black Butler:
- The revelation that Ciel Phantomhive has a twin brother has actually been given quite an amount of foreshadowing, with the help of panel direction, minor visual clues, and even certain dialogue much earlier on. Minor signs are Ciel saying that Ciel is already dead when flashing back to the traumatic ritual that summoned Sebastian, and hesitating to tell Sebastian his name, showing that he considered himself to be the extra and taking on his twin's name and identity, after his death. The Werewolf arc in Germany chose to go for some more overt indicators. Just taking a look at Ciel's dream when he's under the effect of the 'curse' gives a huge wink to the revelation.
Foreshadowing in Bleach:
- In the beginning of the manga, one of Ichigo's first hollow-hunting assignments deals with Orihime and her hollowfied older brother. Ichigo reveals his belief that a big brother is born first to protect the younger siblings that follow. This becomes significant during Ichigo's climactic battle with Byakuya where he berates Byakuya for failing to protect his younger sister Rukia.
- During the Soul Society arc, Rukia, Byakuya, and Ukitake are each struck by the physical and psychological resemblance Ichigo bears to the late Kaien Shiba. A couple hundred chapters later, it's revealed that Isshin, Ichigo's father, was originally a member of the Shiba clan. Ichigo and Kaien look alike because they are first cousins.
- In fact, Byakuya's comment about Ichigo resembling Kaien also foreshadows something else. He tells Rukia at the beginning of the Soul Society arc he understands her desire to protect someone who looks so like a man she misses keenly. It's only at the end of the Soul Society arc that the readers learn that Rukia is the spitting image of Byakuya's late wife Hisana, that he made a solemn deathbed promise to Hisana to protect Rukia, and that he was forced to disregard that promise until her false conviction was resolved.
- Yumichika's true shikai is hinted at in the Soul Society arc when he fights Hisagi, but it takes about 200 chapters to actually see it in action.
- During the fight between Uryuu and Mayuri we see a flashback of Uryuu talking to his father about Ryuuken's rejection of his quincy powers. When challenged, Ryuuken says only "I have no interest. You have no talent." When Ryuuken appears in the arrancar arc, Uryuu is shocked that his father does indeed have quincy powers. Ryuuken points out that he never said he ''lacked'' powers... only that he wasn't interested in using them.
- Uryuu's brief use of Letzt Stil against Mayuri, when he starts absorbing reishi so rapidly that he destroys surrounding buildings. It's the first mention of "reishi enslavement" as a Quincy capability. Fast forward 400 chapters, and the evil Vandenreich has a modified form of Letzt Stil called Vollstandig capable of the same feats but without the one-time-only drawback...
- The manner in which Uryuu performs "reishi enslavement" is comparable to how "Old Man Zangetsu" absorbs Ichigo's hollow spirit into himself, serving as a hint to the true nature of the old man in black.
- In the Soul Society arc when Choujirou is ordered to attack Ichigo, he states the name of his zanpakutou, Goryoumaru. An old-fashioned reading of the kanji for "goryou" is "lightning". Hundreds of chapters later, it's eventually revealed that his bankai gives him the power to control the weather to produce lightning as a weapon. During the zanpakutou arc anime filler, the anime team asked Kubo to design the zanpakutou spirits, so Goryoumaru is actually seen using lightning-based powers, also foreshadowing the eventual reveal.
- At the end of the Soul Society Arc, Ukitake quietly gives Ichigo a badge meant to mark him as a sanctioned substitute Shinigami. Yet, Uryuu thinks something is off about the situation and the Mook guarding Karakura Town doesn't recognise it. The Chekhov's Gun takes a long time to fire: The badge is a spy device and Ichigo is only the second person one to receive one, after Ginjo Kugo.
- Shinji's first appearance in the storyline (his first appearance in the manga is actually on the Chapter 1 cover) has him walking upside down in the sky drinking water as if he were right side up. In his introduction to Ichigo's classmates he mentions backward writing is a particular talent of his. More than 200 chapters later, the reader learns his zanpakuto's ability allows him to flip the perception of its target so all directions are reversed.
- There's a lot of foreshadowing throughout the series of the late revelation that Ichigo is part-quincy and the corollary that his sword's iconic form and "Old Man Zangetsu" are manifestations of his quincy powers, not his shinigami powers; the inner hollow is the manifestation of his shinigami powers.
- When Ichigo first escapes the Shattered Shaft, there's a shot/panel of Tessai looking spooked at the sight of Ichigo's zanpakuto. This is never addressed, but it makes sense in the context of the later reveal: Ichigo shouldn't have a zanpakuto at that point because he never got a blank blade to imprint it on. The blade is made from his quincy powers.
- During his fight against Kenpachi, at one point Old Man Zangetsu pulls Ichigo into his inner world. The imagery of this is very similar to the shadow-hiding technique the Vandenreich use. In his inner world, he has to fight a strange lookalike of him for the privilege to wield Zangetsu. The lookalike calls Ichigo "partner" when it arrives and during their fight it berates him for not knowing anything about Zangetsu. This is because the lookalike is his inner hollow, the actual Zangetsu. After the scene ends, back in the outside world Old Man Zangetsu halts the bleeding of the stab wound in Ichigo's chest; after the big reveal hundreds of chapters later, Ichigo muses that this was done using the quincy technique Blut Vene. Later, when Kenpachi flares his reiatsu in preparation for their final clash and it forms a skull behind him, the image in Ichigo's answering flare resembles a hollow mask. The old man has to pull on Ichigo's shinigami power to match Kenpachi.
- When Ichigo asks his inner hollow where Zangetsu is, the hollow repeatedly claims it is Zangetsu. Later in the meeting it explains that it grew stronger than the old man, so whereas before the old man could decide whether to let the hollow manifest, now the hollow was the one in the dominant position. However, it's also more literal than that: the hollow is Zangetsu, the manifestation of Ichigo's shinigami powers, and the old man lied when he called himself that.
- When Ichigo uses the Final Getsuga Tenshou, he briefly changes appearance and has an extreme power boost, then loses all of his spiritual power. That's because it's his Letzt Stil, the quincy technique Uryuu uses against Mayuri.
- The chapter wherein Uryuu is first properly introduced has a a title page◊ where Ichigo (the shinigami) is right side up and Uryuu (the quincy) is upside down, symbolizing their mirror-image relationship. This recurs on the title page of Chapter 189, wherein both boys are struggling with choices about their powers and their values. This imagery takes on a whole new meaning when the reader learns that the Vandenreich's shadow dimension actually exists underneath Seireitei.
Foreshadowing in Bokurano:
- When the pilots get into Zearth for their first battle, they see their respective chairs, created based on where they sit in their own homes. The group immediately notices a crib, which Maki erroneously assumes is hers- she'd already found her actual chair, and notes in an aside that she'd thought that one was hers. Kanji asks if Maki is pregnant, and Maki, annoyed, says she has a little brother on the way. Chizu actually is pregnant, and the crib is for her unborn baby.
- Immediately afterward, Machi claims Maki's actual chair to cover up the fact that she doesn't actually have one.
- Kako notices one of the chairs looks like it's from school, and immediately assumes it belongs to Ushiro. When Ushiro remains silent, Kako wonders what kind of life he lives. It turns out that Ushiro's father is a school teacher, and that the chair actually belongs to Kana Ushiro, Mr. Ushiro's biological daughter- Ushiro is probably staying silent to cover up the fact that he isn't in the contract.
- In the anime, Waku has a vacant expression on his face immediately before falling off the robot, showing that he'd died before he fell, some time before the kids learn that piloting the robot will kill them.
- In the anime, when the group is discussing what to do after Waku's death, Chizu notes that as long as they keep quiet, it's highly unlikely that they'll be blamed for his death, considering how many other people died during the battle. This foreshadows that she's planning on killing someone when her turn comes up and making her victim look like collateral damage.
- During Kodama's battle, the group notices that the enemy robot is much more careful about not damaging the city than Kodama is. This foreshadows that the other robots are also piloted by humans fighting for their respective universes. It's possible that the pilots of that robot didn't know that they were in another universe for that battle.
- Sasami, noting that Koyemshi comes when the children call for him, asks them to summon him. Machi and Anko try, to no avail, but Koyemshi comes out when Kana calls him, saying "When a cutie like her calls me, I can't play hard-to-get, can I?", much to the other girls' annoyance. This foreshadows that after Kokopelli's battle, Kana summoned Koyemshi and had him enter her into the contract.
- In the anime, during Nakama's battle, Zearth ends up somewhere the Self-Defense Forces can't reachnote , despite the fact that battles usually take place near the pilot's location. This foreshadows how some battles take place in other universes.
- During the anime versiono of Chizu's battle, after Machi gives Chizu a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! to get her to fight and atone for causing Kako's death, Chizu asks Machi if she also intends to fight and die. Machi hesitates, since she's not actually in the contract.
- Moji's battle has two clues that the enemy robots are piloted by humans, depending on the version. In the manga, he notices that the "sweet spot" on top of the robot looks just like Zearth's cockpit. In the anime, he pulls a risky gambit to trick the robot into revealing which of its halves has its weak spot, something that would only have worked on a thinking human.
- In the anime version of Maki's arc, Tanaka becomes somewhat uncomfortable after hearing Maki complain about Jun abusing Kana. It's quite possibly because she, Jun's mother, feels somewhat responsible for him turning out that way after she left him behind.
- In the anime, when Daichi starts worrying about what will happen after he dies, Ushiro chides him for not living up to his big talk about duty and responsibility. Tanaka then scolds Ushiro, saying that "Everyone's scared." She's his mother, and she knows that her son is going to die.
- In the manga, Machi describes her brother as an incredible jerkass who treats everyone besides her like dirt. This is a fairly accurate description of Koyemshi.
- Seki mentions that Tanaka used to be a delinquent when she was younger. Later on, Kana notes that Jun's biological mother was a former student of Kana's father, who left him to care for her baby and disappeared. All this foreshadows that Tanaka is Jun's mother.
- Soon after Katari is shot and killed, the remaining pilots wonder if they'll be targeted by assassins. Machi gets killed by one before her battle.
- Death Note takes this to the next level. In the first episode, Ryuk tells Light "When you die, I'll be the one writing your name in a Death Note". In the last episode, Light survives several gunshots, only to be killed by Ryuk writing his name in the Death Note.
- In D.Gray-Man, way back in the first volume, the gatekeeper can't decipher if Allen was human or not. They eventually wrote it off due to Allen's curse. However the curse only affects Allen's eye, not his whole body.
- The Joker card. While it first leads up to the destruction of Allen's Innocence, it also foreshadows Allen's complete and more powerful Innocence, Crowned Clown.
- In the anime, the Finder Allen and Kanda were traveling with was doing a tarot reading and at one of the key points, ends up with a Joker. One that happened to resemble Allen.
- The Joker card. While it first leads up to the destruction of Allen's Innocence, it also foreshadows Allen's complete and more powerful Innocence, Crowned Clown.
- Digimon V-Tamer 01 is constantly foreshadowing future plot developments because the aversion of Deus ex Machina, Only The Author Can Save Them now and Contrived Coincidence are very important to the development Neo Saiba's relationship with his sister Rei, as well as Alias Three and his goal to make a better world.
- In episode eight of Digimon Adventure, the group stays at an abandoned mansion. While there, TK notices a picture of an angel, and explains to Patamon that it's a benevolent guardian, comparing it to the digimon themselves. At the end of that story arc, Patamon digivolves into Angemon and gives his life to protect TK.
- At the end of Episode 1, the narrator in the Japanese version says: "it was the beginning of the longest, and shortest, summer vacation they had ever had", foreshadowing the fact that time used to flow differently in the Digimon world until the defeat of Apocalymon.
- There were eight beds in the mansion, already foreshadowing the eighth child Hikari long before she was even mentioned.
- In Digimon Adventure 02, there's a couple minor hints as to who's really behind everthing. Look closely at the Digimon Emperor's eyemask. The design on the bridge looks a lot like the wings of a bat, and resembles a more elaborate design on a certain vampire's coffin. Sure enough Myotismon is behind everything.
- Two from Digimon Savers. When Touma is formally introduced to Masaru's mother and little sister, he's briefly saddened, but develops a sort of crush on them almost at first sight, and approaches spending a day out with them the way some men might plan a marriage proposal. While the episode includes a brief flashback to his own mother, confirming he has issues with her, it's a good twenty episodes before we find out that he also has an Ill Girl little sister that he dotes on. A subtler one is from episode 8: When he reveals that he planted a listening device on Yoshino, assuming that she'd ignore orders to back down from a target she was too close to, Touma adds that "To deceive your enemies, you first have to deceive your friends." Halfway through the series, Touma pretends to betray the group in order to get close to and betray Kurata, who's holding his sister hostage.
- Dragon Ball Z pretty much foreshadows Goku's first transformation to Super Saiyan all throughout the Namek arc.
- There are many, many examples in Dragon Ball. Including:
- From Goku's first transformation into an Oozaru and him turning to normal after his tail is removed, Oolong asks if "he's some kind of space alien". Turns out he's a member of the Saiyan race.
- In the beginning of Z, Raditz when he arrives on Earth makes reference to the Galactic Market which he's a mercenary for. The good guys then have to face off against the head of the organization, Freeza.
- The first time the "Super Saiyan" is mentioned, it's between a conversation between then-introduced characters, Vegeta and Nappa as they head off to Earth for the Dragon Balls to grant them immortality. It's mentioned again once more sarcastically by Vegeta describing Gohan's resilience in the same saga, and in the Namek saga, the Great Elder asks Krillin if a Super Saiyan was the one killed Kami, before learning his actual nature. The term is used far more frequently as a plot-point after Vegeta suspects Goku became one after curb-stomping Recoome, by Vegeta, Ginyu and Freeza, until Goku finally achieves it facing Freeza.
- Piccolo becoming less evil, and allowing the people he killed (Raditz) to pass on. While it shows he is changing into a Noble Demon, it also ominously notes that his life may end soon.
- King Kai noting that if Vegeta was at Krillin's mercy and was killed, it wouldn't "[destroy] the roots [of evil]". He was likely referring to Freeza.
- Nail notes Piccolo is one of two beings (Kami), and remarks that if they unite again, he'll be more powerful than Freeza. Piccolo does this later and is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Imperfect Cell.
- Freeza tells Zarbon that he may need to call the Ginyu Force to Namek. When Zarbon ask why, Freeza mentions that he had a "premonition" that a single Saiyan may come to challenge his power, and even has the possibility of defeating him. Interestingly, he wasn't talking about Vegeta. It's likely it foreshadowed Goku (or alternatively, Future Trunks).
- Ignoring Future Trunks' message, looking back on it, it can even be implied that Bulma and Vegeta may get together when she offers him a place to stay alongside the Namekians in her home, although at first sight it would be simply her being a decent person as an Earthling would be. She even describes a dream she had to her then-boyfriend Yamcha about Vegeta being a decent guy to her. Of course, this is just a few episodes before Trunks appears. Going back even further, at the beginning of the Freeza Saga during the time Bulma, Krillin and Gohan are traveling to the planet Namek to find the dragon balls and wish their friends back, Bulma asks about Vegeta offhandedly, surprising both Krillin and Gohan. During the middle of the Freeza Saga, Bulma is shown dreaming about Vegeta. Before they leave the planet and return to Earth, Bulma flirts with Vegeta a little bit to convince him to go to Earth with them.
- Kami being reluctant to fuse with Piccolo to observe if the artificial humans are really as evil as Trunks claims they are, and observing a new evil developing (Cell). Turns out he was correct. Not only are they not as evil, Cell is and then some.
- After their fight, Goku notes that Majin Buu is more of a Manchild than an evil monster. Buu is redeemed after the Enemy Without is destroyed by Goku, who decides to spare his life.
- Also with regards to Buu there is a possibility in one of Fat Buu's comments to Babidi. While dancing around in mockery of Babidi's injuries, he chants "Never normal, never normal, can't go back, can't go back!" In later episodes, Buu goes back to "normal".
- During the match between Kami (as Shen) and Yamcha, Yamcha asks what is Shen, to which he jokingly responds "Who knows? Maybe I'm an alien". Similarly, when Shen/Kami and Piccolo are speaking in a weird language (actually Namekian), Bulma wonders if they're aliens.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods:
- Beerus puts off the destruction of Earth until his Servile Snarker retainer Whis finishes his meal, and this is Played for Laughs, but it does leave one wondering why someone with such a Hair-Trigger Temper would do that. It's because Whis is actually much, much stronger than Beerus and Beerus knows it, so he pretty much has to let Whis do whatever he likes.
- When Beerus and Whis arrive on Earth, the latter notes that there are five saiyans currently on the planet; Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, and Goten. However, shortly afterward we see Goku training on King Kai's planet, leaving viewers wondering if this is a mess-up. Whis is correct in his count; Videl is currently pregnant with Pan.
- Sena's test number for the Deimon test entrance exam was 21.
- Way back in the earlier chapters, Agon predicts that Ojou would make it to the top 4 at best. Ojou got 3rd in the Kanto tournament, and 4th overall.
- A random member of the Dinosaurs suggested "they should just aim for 3rd", which is what Hakushuu ended up getting.
- During the game against Shinryuuji, Monta catches a ball thrown by a fan without even turning around, foreshadowing his later move "the Devilbat Backfire" which wouldn't officially appear until the game against Ojou.
- The biggest since the first chapter. The aura of Igneel is often shown in Natsu's battles. During the battle against Faust, we also see the aura of Metallicana and Grandeeney. In the Fighting Festival arc, Natsu and Gajeel can't pass through the barrier around Fairy Tail. Chapter 400 reveals that Igneel was in Natsu the whole time (the reason they couldn't pass through the barrier is that it forbade anyone over eighty to exit and they had centuries-old dragons inside them.
- In Chapter 24, Mirajane mentions that there are only five wizards (only S-Class members) allowed on the second floor. She only names four. But since the master is the one doing the allowing, who is the fifth one? Well, in chapter 25 we clearly see her on the second floor without trouble from anyone. She gives Laxus an angry face when he teases Fairy Tail that those who left for an S-Class mission without authorization would likely die. An angry face he claims "he hasn't seen in a long time".
- It's anime-only, but in an early filler episode, Natsu switches bodies with Loke, and comments that being Loke feels strange. That is because Loke isn't human.
- If you notice the cover for Chapter 197, Edolas Lisanna isn't part of the Edolas Fairy Tail guild waving goodbye. Why is that? She's actually Earthland Lisanna!
- In the lead-up to the Edolas arc, Gajeel expresses his desire to have a talking cat partner like Natsu and Wendy have, and the anniversary of Lisanna's death is approaching. At the end of the Edolas arc, an exceed follows the Earthland group home, and Lisanna shows up while Mirajane and Elfman are visiting her grave.
- The anime adds in a scene where Gajeel's action figure has a place on its stand for a small cat. The Natsu/Happy and Wendy/Carla figurines are sold in pairs, so they figure that Gajeel is eventually going to get a feline companion.
- Natsu telling Zalty (Reitei Lyon's dragon) that he smells like he's wearing women's perfume. Zalty is actually Ultear in disguise.
- Episode 117 is titled "Thunder Crashes", and there's a thunderstorm over Sirius Island and astraphobia (fear of lightning) running rampant among the Fairy Tail wizards present. When our heroes' battle with Master Hades takes a turn for the worst, and Hades is about to finish Natsu off, Laxus makes a Big Damn Heroes moment, surprising both wizards by jumping down in-between them, to the unpleasant shock of Hades and joyous relief of Natsu's team.
- The last page for Chapter 234, a seemingly out of place page with a boy, who resembles an older Romeo, staring at the sea; he appears again in Sirius Island arc's ending marking the beginning of a 7 year Time Skip, the year is X791, this date could be seen in the boy's next appearance on the newspaper next to him.
- The cover photo of Chapter 325 has Yukino with angel wings, which fueled speculation that her sister, Sorano, is Angel from Oracion Seis. Chapter 365 has Jellal refer to Angel by her first name: Sorano.
- Silver's name foreshadows that he's relevant to Gray's storyline.
- There are hints that Natsu is E.N.D. throughout the series.
- Natsu is not affected by Curse Magic, which is fatal to humans. Him actually being a demon mitigates it quickly.
- E.N.D. is stated to be a flame spirit.
- Zeref asks Natsu, oddly, if they meet for their next fight, would it be Natsu facing him or E.N.D.? Seeing as he's Etherious Natsu Dragneel, this probably hints to a Superpowered Evil Side.
- In Fairy Tail Zero, readers may notice that no one besides Mavis responds to what Zera says or does, and Mavis even has to introduce her to Yuriy. Zera is an Imaginary Friend, so no one besides Mavis can hear her.
- Fullmetal Alchemist does this quite often, usually with things said in passing by the homunculi. "Human Sacrifices" indeed...
- Madame Christmas of seems like a strange name when you remember that Christmas or Christianity are not in the manga version of FMA. Of course it makes perfect sense when it's just a nickname based off her real name of Chris Mustang, who is Roy's foster mother. That explains how he became such an amazing flirt.
- In episode 11 of Brotherhood, a wanted poster with Greed on it appears near the end. Guess who appears two episodes later.
- There's a particularly chilling example in the last arc. In Chapter 94, Hawkeye gets a minor scratch on her neck during a fight with Envy. Then in Chapter 100 she is mortally injured in the same place.
- Remember Lust's curse to Mustang as he killed her? "I long for the day your eyes are twisted in agony". Well... Mustang ends up blinded.
- In his fight with Lan Fan, Ed uses a decoy (in the form of his detached right arm) to defeat her and references getting the idea from animals who are trapped sacrificing a limb. Later on, Lan Fan is hunted by Wrath and forced to chop off her arm. In fact, it is heavily implied that Lan Fan actually took the idea from Ed's trick.
- Ling and Greed are the only two characters to go around without shirts. Minor foreshadowing? Maybe.
- A better example of foreshadowing for Ling's fate occurs soon after his introduction: Ling is seeking immortality and is interested in Al's soul being attached to armor. Guess who else shared these same traits and was killed off in the chapter right before.
- There's also the part where both of them hate people messing with their henchmen. Really, they were tailor made for one another.
- When Ling sees Ed perform alchemy without a circle, it looks to him as though Ed is praying to God. Later, we find out that Amestrian alchemy is powered by a Satan-like Homunculus who actually absorbs God, only to eventually lose control at the apex of his power and receives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown sans alchemy courtesy of, um
- Some people, really, such audacious thoughts... Guess what Father is planning to do.
- Greed's first words. Really...Greed: Ooh, cool! He really is empty! Nice to meet ya, kid. I'm Greed. Wanna be friends?
- Go watch any, or all, of the openings to FMA Brotherhood. One would notice that they all have a close up of either Roy's face and eyes. In some he looks directly at us. That coudn't mean anything right?
- The initial filler episode of FMA Brotherhood has Isaac McDougal asks the Elric brothers, "Do you know what shape this country is in?" In episode 35, Ed realizes that this was meant literally. Amestris is in the shape of a transmutation circle With the points of the circle quite literally marked in blood.
- The first anime had major foreshadowing for the manga:
- Mustang's defeat of Pride in the final episode has a lot in common with his defeat of Lust in the manga. Both homunculi impale him with their respective weapons during the battle, and both are ultimately killed by Mustang burning them with his bare hands until their regenerative abilities are exhausted.
- At the end of the anime, Mustang loses an eye. Guess what? In the manga he goes completely BLIND.
- Riza Hawkeye emotionally shoots Archer to death after thinking Roy is dead. She does the same in the manga to Lust but it doesn't work in the latter case.
- Even tiny things as Ed's Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa hairstyle looking eerily similar to his hairstyle in the manga's final arc, and the earlier cameo of Ling in the crowd foreshadows manga events in various ways.
- In "Created Human", a supposedly sleeping Bradley is already aware of the Elric's investigation into Laboratory 5, which started hours ago, and Hughes' rescue mission for them, which Hughes just authorized minutes ago, and decided to personally accompany them to the site of this corrupt institution. Hughes takes a lingering glance, immediately finding his story suspect. This would further Hughes' investigation into Bradley, which concluded three episodes later, and lead to the reveal that Bradley is the Homunculus Pride, which was revealed eighteen episodes later.
- The same episode also teases the relationship between Ed, Envy, and Hoenheim of Light, their shared father.
- Ed posits that Shou Tucker's transformation into a talking chimera that retains his name couldn't have been done by him at the level of skill then known. This either gives Five-Second Foreshadowing to the abundance of Red Water in the facility, or, as Ed's further hypotheses suggest, there's a far more skilled alchemist out there, which would be Dante.
- Upon escaping the lab disguised as soldiers, Lust, Envy and Greed walk past the disguised Sloth, who tells them "Good work, 'troops.'"
- Greed's long term imprisonment in the sealed room of Lab 5 and Gluttony's fear of the otherwise empty room foreshadow the transmutation circle used to paralyze and kill homunculi.
- A minor (and perhaps easily missed) one occurs in Future Diary, showing the students with the top grades; Yukiteru, the main character, places firstnote , and Yuno Gasai places second. In the Survival Game, they are designated the First and Second future diary owners, respectively.
- Look closely at the first opening. It hints at all twelve diary holders identities, as well as who survives.
- Listen to the lyrics of the second opening, which have extreme plot points inside its lyrics. Also, what's with all those blue characters? They don't survive the games, including the twelve diary holders, Yukiteru's friends, and 8th's orphans (whom are represented by burning candles, showing that she outlives them), and even Deus himself. Yukiteru, the winner of the games, is in color. Yuno, who regains her memory in her third body, and Minene, who survives through Deus's power but survives, are gray-scaled, because they lived on even though they lost the games.
- The opening narration to Haruhi Suzumiya foreshadows a lot of the upcoming plot, and one fact that is so spoilery that it can't even be mentioned on this page.
- Additionally, both Yuki and Mikuru give Kyon cryptic warnings that, after the fact, seem incredibly obvious.
- In the first (chronological...chronological discounting Time Travel) episode, we get some foreshadowing for the second season. Impressive considering they weren't sure there would be a second season at the time.Haruhi: Have I met you somewhere before? Like, maybe in the past?
Kyon: Not that I know of.
- A few months into Kyon's subjective future, he time travels to the past, where he helps Loli Haruhi draw a giant symbol on the school quad at night. She didn't get a good look at him, but obviously this hasn't happened for him yet.
- Also in the same episode:Taniguchi: She drew this weird giant symbol on the school quad! Snuck in at night to do it!
Kunikida: Oh yeah, I heard about that. It looked like one of those Nazca drawings.
Kyon: And she did all this herself?
Taniguchi: No doubt!
- Same as the above—Kyon was the one who drew the symbol, under Haruhi's directions. She didn't actually help at all.
- Yuki is reading Hyperion when Kyon first walks in. A major plot point of the first two books in that series is a computer intelligence that has started creating Artificial Humans one of which is murderously violent and another that is very helpful and honest and in the second half of the Hyperion Cantos God (okay, Jesus) turns out to be a Genki Girl that drags a helpless boy along on her adventures that potentially threaten the entire world.
- Koizumi makes a few off-hand references to the student council before they become a plot point. In Live Alive, he mentions that he heard about Haruhi's "big activity" from them, and during Day of Sagittarius, when Kyon assumes the student council has finally come to shut down the club, Koizumi mutters "You're right, that hasn't happened yet..." We eventually find out he engineered the election of a new student council president, one who would be able to act like the enemy Haruhi was expecting.
Foreshadowing in InuYasha:
- Naraku gives Sango a choice: steal Inuyasha's Infinity +1 Sword for him or he'll kill her brother. He then tries to kill her with it, something he shouldn't be able do since it's protected by an anti-youkai barrier. Later, we find out that Naraku isn't a youkai. He's a hanyou, just like Inuyasha: hanyou aren't repelled by the barrier which is why Inuyasha can use it.
- As a result of the same scene, Sango warns Inuyasha's group that if Naraku ever gives her the same choice again, she'll make the same decision again (betray friends to try and save the life of a loved one). In the Final Battle, Naraku gives her the same choice (kill Rin to save Miroku's life) and, true to her earlier warning, she does indeed make the same choice again (fortunately, Kagome saves Rin's life just in time).
- Another throwaway comment, this time by Toutousai. When Inuyasha first masters the Kaze no Kizu while fighting Sesshoumaru and it's revealed at the same time that Tenseiga has chosen Sesshoumaru as its true master, Toutousai mutters to himself "Whether Tenseiga lives or dies will depend on Sesshoumaru's heart". It takes hindsight to show us just how significant that statement proved to be.
- Early in the manga, the concept of daiyoukai is introduced when it's revealed that the killer of Inuyasha's father was Ryuukossei. Inuyasha's father stabbed Ryuukossei through the heart, but it only sealed him, not killed him. When Bokusenou tries to explain Inuyasha's Super-Powered Evil Side to Sesshoumaru, he struggles because Sesshoumaru's so powerful he's never been cornered into a desperately life-threatening situation. Towards the end of the manga, Sesshoumaru is finally put into the desperate situation when Magatsuhi, the most powerful youkai evil in history, thrashes him and stabs him through the heart. It neither kills nor seals him, instead unlocking his true power. Sesshoumaru promptly surpasses both Magatsuhi and his own father, achieving Daiyoukai status in the process.
K dropped a few subtle hints throughout its episodes:
- The opening song showed Yashiro falling from the sky. It's significant, as he was thrown off the Silver King's blimp before the series started but has no recollection of how and why.
- Shiro lacks a cell phone, one thing that tells perhaps most about the owner - friends, acquaintances, personal information. It's because his memories are all fake and implanted by Neko.
- Shiro is highly competent, such as knowing how to pilot a helicopter, deducing information like a scientist would, and knowing exactly how to work flash bombs. It turns out that he is actually Adolf K. Weismann, a German war scientist during World War II...
- In episode 1:
- Kukuri said that she keeps an eye on Yashiro because it feels like he would disappear if she didn't. Later, she had no idea who he is, as his identity as a student was implanted in her head by Neko's memory manipulation powers.
- The robot reacted by saying, "You're too kind," to a supposedly invisible Neko (Kukuri couldn't see her). Later, it turns out that she isn't actually invisible. She just fiddles with the sensory perceptions of surrounding people such that they cannot see her. It doesn't work on robots, of course.
- In episode 2, Shiro looks at a flyer with the name "Marilyn" on it and tells Kuroh that his imaginary sister is named Mari. His own name, "Yashiro Isana", was made up on the spot and is based on a poster he saw as well, detailing a certain Isana Shrine (Jinja, which consists of the same kanji as "Yashiro").
- In episode 4:
- The cleaning robot in Yashiro's room didn't recognise him as a student and tried to clean out the "trash". He's not a student and is absent from Ashinaka High's records.
- The alibi photo which Kukuri found of Shiro had Shiro with his coat zipped up. He was trying to hide the bloodstains after Tatara Totsuka's death.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Foreshadowing in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
- Kaguya is introduced as being a daughter of the Shinomiya family, but it's expressly not said that she's set to inherit the conglomerate. It's later explained that Kaguya's brothers have more involvement in the business and are implied to be the heirs, and as such, that her own importance in the family is more tenuous and dependent on her compliance to their whims than it appears.
- When Kashiwagi and Tsubasa first hook up, Maki is depressed and Karen is looking at her with a "this won't end well" expression. About three years later real world time, Karen's spin-off reveals that she was responsible for the events leading to Tsubasa asking out Kashiwagi... while trying to get him to ask out Maki.
- At the end of chapter 12, Hayasaka asks Kaguya if she would bother with the whole Duel of Seduction if she were to truly find herself in love with someone, to which Kaguya stammers that she would confess instead. She swaps over to trying to confess within a day of admitting out loud that she loves Shirogane (and is ultimately the first to say "I love you").
- In chapter 14, Kaguya mentioned that her first kiss was with her infant nephew, and the accompanying photo in The Stinger shows that she was already at least middle school age. This is the first clue that she suffers from Parental Neglect, since one would have expected her to say that her first kiss came from her mother or father if she meant it in a platonic sense.
- When Ishigami is giving Shirogane advice in chapter 47, he tells him something to the effect of "there's no need for a man to apologize if he's done nothing to make him guilty." During the Sports Festival arc, it's revealed that he was suspended for months back in middle school because he refused to write an apology letter for attacking Ogino.
- Kaguya becomes uncharacteristically defensive of Ishigami in chapter 55 when the subject of his middle school fiasco comes up, stating to two girls who were badmouthing him that she judges people based on what she's personally seen rather than rumors. 34 chapters later, it's revealed that she already knew the full details of what happened to him in middle school (with the most important detail being that he was innocent) before he even joined the Student Council, and was the one who had the rest of the council look into the story in the first place.
- In chapter 58, Shirogane is shown buying "The official guide to the TOEFL test". Though it's later shown that he's been trying his hand at languages, in chapter 111, it's revealed that he's planning on attending Stanford.
- The Phantom Thief that stole the balloons during the Culture Festival left a calling card with the name Arsene on it. The name Arsene can be translated to "like a man", the same thing that Shirogane said when the Mass Media Club interviewed him, making it the first clue that he was the one responsible.
- The explosion of hearts during the anime's opening foreshadowed Shirogane's Grand Romantic Gesture in the manga, something that hadn't even happened yet by the time the first episode aired.
- Also in the opening, the newspaper Shirogane is reading has pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, hinting at him and Kaguya going to America.
- When Miko is talking to Osaragi about all the things she's done for Ishigami in chapter 103, the term she uses in the original Japanese alludes to broken bones. She would end up breaking her arm while trying to keep him from falling down the stairs after the Christmas party.
- When Tsubame invites Ishigami to come to her house for a Christmas party in chapter 140, Miko thinks that she's inviting him to her room for sex and accuses her of being a predator. While Ishigami never actually goes inside her room, Tsubame does offer to have sex with him once the party's over as consolation for turning down his Love Confession (though he ultimately doesn't go through with it).
Kannazuki No Miko
- Kannazuki no Miko has lots of foreshadowing, such as quick, very short flash-backs of the priestess ritual seen a few times. The whole first part of Episode 8 heavily hints that Chikane's ''up to something'', and watching the show several times will induce cringing during some seemingly perfectly innocent moments, such as Chikane commenting that she likes the color of Himeko's robes better than her own or even just Nekoko saying she doesn't like to get injections... There's also the fact that on the painting-thing of the Orochi, seen in the very first episode, the eighth head is quite obviously separated from the others and won't be seen at first glance.
Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple
- In the Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple manga, during the Rescue Miu arc, Kenichi and company join forces with a mercenary known only as John, who's presented as something of a buffoon but otherwise cheerful and optimistic. At one point during the arc, John shows a bit of Hidden Depths when he easily gives Kenichi a bit of math tutoring, while commenting that he's always had a talent for teaching other people. It later turns out "John" is a disguise for Saiga Furinji, Miu's Disappeared Dad and the leader of Yami's One Shadow Nine Fists; this particular group consists of Yami's top ten martial arts masters who are chosen for the group based on their ability to teach disciples properly.
Kill La Kill
- Kill la Kill:
- The on-screen reveal of Ryuko wearing Senketsu in the first episode is heralded by the song "Blumenkranz", which is later revealed to be the Leitmotif of the show's true Big Bad, Raygo Kiryuin, who, in episode 18, is discovered to be Ryuko's birth mother.
- The way the Elite Four address Satsuki is a big one. They never call Satsuki Kiryuin-sama/Lady Kiryuin and always refer to her as Satsuki-sama/Lady Satsuki. Episode 17 reveals they were planning on joining Satsuki in her rebellion against Ragyo, meaning they were indicating their loyalty to Satsuki, not the Kiryuin family.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
- In episode 3, Yuuno insists on Nanoha taking a break since she's pushing herself too hard. In StrikerS, it's revealed that she nearly got killed during the Time Skip on a routine mission because all her Training from Hell caused a Heroic RRoD.
- Precia's "parenting" methods are hinted at in episode 6, when a shot of Fate's back reveals that it's covered in welts.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's:
- The series gives quite a few clues as to the identity of the Masked Man (the Lieze sisters), though most viewers are unlikely to figure out their identity until the end due to the series hiding it with Fauxshadowing of it being Chrono's dead father.
- In episode seven, he uses a long-range bind on Nanoha, and then sneaks up on Fate (who was on a completely different planet at the time). The following episode establishes that something like that should be impossible, since the planets are twenty minutes apart from each other with the best available warp technology. This is the first clue that he's actually two people. The fact that Lotte mentions in the very same conversation that she and Aria specialize in close and long range combat respectively makes it even more obvious in retrospect.
- Shamal mentions the existance of disguise magic in episode 8.
- When they disguise themselves as Nanoha and Fate in episode 9, they get the colors of the Barrier Jackets wrong. This is because cats are colorblind.
- The series gives quite a few clues as to the identity of the Masked Man (the Lieze sisters), though most viewers are unlikely to figure out their identity until the end due to the series hiding it with Fauxshadowing of it being Chrono's dead father.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers:
- In the first episode, Subaru only calls out for her father and sister during the airport fire, hinting at the fact that her mother is long dead.
- There are a lot of things that foreshadow the fact that Subaru and her sister are cyborgs.
- Subaru is a walking Shout-Out to GaoGaiGar, the main character of which is a cyborg.
- Subaru's super strength and eyesight in the prequel chapters of the manga.
- Subaru was able to breathe in the middle of a burning building with only mild discomfort as a child.
- The two of them had a full power training match without the use of Barrier Jackets and neither of them were seriously injured despite Subaru being slammed into a tree.
- The zipper on Subaru's Barrier Jacket is a golden ring in the shape of a zero that is in front of a dark blue background, just like the roman numerals on the Numbers' outfits.
- When they go for a physical, the doctor is Mariel (an engineer who, in the previous season, had done work on Nanoha and Fate's devices).
- When Subaru and Teana are writing up their reports following the first battle against the Numbers, Subaru seems like shes going to bring something up (presumably on the fact that the Numbers were cyborgs), only for Teana to flick her in the forehead and tell her not to worry about it. It's revealed later on that Teana already knew that Subaru is a cyborg and could tell she was going to draw a comparison.
- Vivio has Ojou Ringlets, which hints at the fact that she's actually a clone of the Sankt Kaiser.
- Nove uses Rollerblades and has the ability to create magical roadways in the air, just like Subaru and Ginga (she even share's Subaru's voice actress). Turns out that she's a clone of Quint, just like them.
- When spending time with Vivio, Erio noted that artifical mages don't normally act the way she does. He knows this because he's also an artificial mage.
- The series was incredibly unsubtle about the fact that Nanoha would eventually adopt Vivio, dating all the way back to their very first interaction when Vivio mumbled "mama" in her sleep as Nanoha was giving her a stuffed rabbit.
- Likewise, almost everything about Agito hinted that she would end up partnering with Signum, from their magic color, to their Mana Conversion Affinity, to their titles (Signum is known as the Knight of the Sword and General of the Raging Fire, Agito is known as the Sword Spirit of the Raging Fire).
- ViVid Strike!:
- Rinne's Transformation Sequence has her basically covering her body in thorny vines, which hints at the fact that most of her actions are self-punishment.
Mahou Sensei Negima
- Say, remember how in the early chapters of Mahou Sensei Negima!, there was that Negi is a prince rumor that spread in Negi's class? Guess what's been revealed more than two hundred chapters later?
- Even better, the rumor is started by the Narutaki twins, both of whom end up married to princes in the epilogue.
- Not to mention this statue, which also appears in that chapter, is quite closely related to Negi's royal lineage. The mage just so happens to be Negi's direct ancestor, and the first Queen of Ostia.
- There's more. When Asakura first witnesses Negi's magic, she briefly wonders if he might be on a (genderflipped) version of a Magical Girl Queenliness Test, or that he may be a hero of justice or an alien. Negi was actually sent to Mahora as some sort of test, and as the above spoiler shows, he's technically a royalty, so the Magical Girl Queenliness Test thing was partially correct. And then there's Negi's quest to become a hero like his father, fitting the hero of justice one. Lastly, his mother was born on Mars, so he's also technically an alien.
- Even earlier, there was this, which is the first time Negi's father is shown. The foreshadowing part is what appears to be the shadow on the right side of his face, which shows up again here, and eventually revealed to be blood (spoilers). It's subtle, but that hint of blood is the earliest hint of the Genre Shift that the series would eventually undergo.
- The same page shows Nekane on the ground behind Negi, which becomes more significant in Volume 8 when we find out that she was petrified and her legs were shattered in Wilhelm's attack.
- Chapter 29 has a scene where Negi and Chao have the exact same expression and mannerisms when listening to Yue's explanation. In chapter 82, Chao claims that Negi is her ancestor.
- Chapter 74, when Mana and Setsuna are tasked to capture a ghost(Note: Sayo), Mana exclaims that "she cannot escape her demon eye!". Guess what is revealed 225 chapters later?.
- When Yue and Nodoka ask Negi if they could become mages, there's an imagine spot showing what they think it will look like. Some 140 chapters later, it turns out that their imaginations were spot on.
- And that image spot continues to foreshadow "more than two hundred chapters later" (seems to be a theme for Negima) as it may look a bit different, but we finally get to see Nodoka confident and wielding a magical staff.
- Back in the "School Festival" Arc, Negi questions Chao about why she has an insane technique that drains the body and soul for unbelievable power. Cue the next major story arc where he learns an insane technique that drains body and soul for unbelievable power.
- From the cover of Volume 3◊, look at the logo on Negi's shirt. It's the Ala Alba symbol.
- Chapters 164 and 165 seem like just a humorous interlude, and perhaps the silliest moment is when Makie goes into the confessional only to complain that she can't think of any worries to get off her chest. 133 chapters later, Makie is one of the only ones unaffected by a Lotus-Eater Machine, because she's so satisfied with her current life that the real world is her ideal world. Unexpectedly, Chisame is also unaffected, and suffers a Heroic BSoD at the thought of being just like Makie in that aspect.
- Ku Fei makes a joke about the number of Fate existed back in the day and shudders to think that there may be more. In Chapter 311, guess how many showed up.
- At one point, Negi, Nodoka and Yue head into Library Island looking for Nagi. They are stopped in their search by a dragon, who ends up drooling on Nodoka and Yue, prompting Yue to state will will one day get her revenge on the dragon. Different dragon, but many chapters later, Yue proves her worth during her Laser-Guided Amnesia by her role in taking down a dragon.
- One of the earliest ones was smack in the beginning of the cover page of the first chapter. The small space between Negi and Asuna clearly shows Zazie with long, sharp claws. More than two hundred chapters later we learn she is actually a demon.
Mobile Suit GUNDAM and spin-offs
- Gundam SEED does this with incredible subtlety. It's pretty much seen in the first ending sequence, which is essentially a wide shot of all the important characters, namely the crew of the Archangel, the 4 ZAFT pilots, and Lacus Clyne. However, there is ONE important character missing. Mwu La Flaga. Lt. Raimus happens to be staring at a soldier's helmet and a dog tag on a cross. The kicker? The ruins of the Strike Gundam in the background. And that's THE FIRST ENDING! This was planned quite well.
- Rau Le Creuset is missing too.
- In the manga Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Battlefield of Pacifists, Heero teased that Duo came along with him on a mission, because he got into a fight with Hilde. Fastfoward to the Frozen Teardrop novel, Duo and Hilde are divorced.
Murasakiiro No Qualia
- In Murasakiiro no Qualia, the first few pages foreshadow the darker nature of the series, despite the lighthearted start.
- There's a short-term one from the Chuunin Exams- one of the Sound Genin tries to ambush Gaara at night (it goes exactly as you'd expect), and upon finding him awake, asks him if he ever sleeps. When Naruto fights Gaara at the climax of the Konoha Invasion arc (which occurs directly after the Chuunin Exams), we find out that no, Gaara never does sleep, for very good reasons. It's part of the reason he's so Ax-Crazy.
- In chapter 91, Gaara casually mentions Shukaku is more blood thirsty during the full moon. Over 350 chapters later, it is revealed the body of the creature the Shukaku was born from is sealed in the moon.
- On the title page of chapter 24, Sasuke is standing in a badass pose with snakes surrounding him. Guess who he ends up working for later on?
-  I Take Your Snakes And Raise You A Bird.
- The Rain Ninja in the Chuunin Exams seemed unduly interested in Naruto and Gaara. Turns out, the Akatsuki are based out of the Rain Village, and they are after Jinchuuriki.
- A really realllyyy long-in-the-coming revelation: when Itachi confronts Sasuke after the Uchiha Massacre he tells him to read the tablet below the Naka Shrine in the Uchiha household. Sasuke does as told, but his eyes are always blackened out when he does so. Some 300 chapters later we find out that the tablet was created by the Sage of The Six Paths himself and can only be read (partially) by the Sharingan and more fully by the Mangekyou Sharingan and Rinnegan. The foreshadowing? Sasuke actually unlocked his Sharingan for the first time during the aforementioned confrontation with Itachi, but he also saw Itachi cry shortly after that and could not cope or understand that, and so he repressed the memory along with his knowledge of activating the Sharingan.
- During Kakashi's bell test early in the series, Kakashi places a kunai on Sasuke's neck and tells Sakura, "Kill Naruto or else Sasuke is going to die". Hundreds of chapters later the same scenario is played out again in the back story of a major villain (except that this time it was for real).
- Itachi's parting words to Sasuke: "When you have the same eyes as I, come to me." Originally he was talking about Sasuke acquiring the Mangekyou Sharingan eye power, but now Sasuke has Itachi's eyes transplanted on him and he runs into a resurrected Itachi.
- Also, there are many foreshadowing related with Tobi and his real personality. In particular:
- During the fight between Deidara and Sasuke, he acts all goofy as usual until he gets away from the fight and mentally explains Deidara's C4 technique in all its details for the readers. It's the first clear hint of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
- There's also a case of foreshadowing by absence. He is never shown using the Mangekyou Sharingan, presumably because his eye doesn't have Madara's distinctive design, which in retrospect, was probably the strongest clue that he isn't actually Madara, then it was finally revealed in a Wham Shot showing it to be identical to Kakashi's Mangekyou... along the fact Zetsu kept calling him Tobi even after he started to claim he was Madara.
- A blink and you'll miss it moment basically foreshadows who he is. Early in Shippuden, Kakashi used Kamui on Deidara and it took off the man's arm. Tobi shows up with the arm but we don't see how or where he got it. Then we learn that Tobi can make himself intangible using some kind of ability related to his Sharingan. Of course he'd have Deidara's arm, he can go to the world Kakashi sends stuff in when he uses Kamui because he's Obito, who has the other Sharingan.
- Also at one point Kakashi attempts to use Kamui against Tobi, only for him dismissing it by saying "Don't bother, Kakashi, that technique doesn't work on me." Hundred chapters later we learn that the technique Kamui and Tobi's powers are connected, because Tobi is Obito Uchiha from whom Kakashi's Sharingan comes from.
- When he partially reveals his face to Sasuke to expose his Sharingan, you see it looks wrinkled, so you assume he's an old man. You would be wrong. Those are actually the scars from where Obito's skin streched and deformed from the boulders smashing half his face.
- Tobi's remark to Sasuke about understanding how confusing it is when "some weirdo takes you in and starts saying shocking things" suddenly makes sense when you realize that his second encounter with Sasuke paralleled how he met Madara.
- In the same scene, he somehow survives being set afire by an Amaterasu trap set by Itachi. He reflects that it was a good thing he kept some secrets from Itachi. Also, later, we see a repository of Sharingan in his laboratory but why does he need these eyes if he does not use them? This hints that he has another eye and the secret which he kept from Itachi is Izanagi.
- When speaking to Sasuke, his account of the warring clan era doesn't paint himself in a good light at all. Additionally, at the Kage Summit, he chuckles when the Kages accuse him of enacting the Assimilation Plot for the sake of his god complex. This turns out to be a hint of his Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with the real Madara.
- Itachi reminded Naruto not to bear the weight of peace all by himself, or else he would become like Tobi. After it is revealed that he was actually Naruto's parallel in Team Minato, it suddenly makes a lot of sense.
- When Naruto and Bee confront Tobi, he tries to persuade them to accept the Moon's Eye Plan by stating that anyone with a tailed beast sealed in them faces a life of despair. His witnessing of Rin's suicide due to having a tailed beast forced upon her led to the entire fiasco.
- Ever since Rock Lee and Guy introduced the eight inner gates and the lethal consequences of opening all of them people have been waiting to see it happen to one of them. Guy opened the last one in order to fight Madara, and his father Might Dai died from using Gate of Death against the original Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
- Also a very subtle one regarding resurrection Madara Uchiha on Fourth Shinobi World War and his actual role in the plot: Namely, the fact that he was a puppet on the strings of Kaguya and Black Zetsu. His resurrection and how he raised to become the next Sage of the Six Paths and enact the Moons Eye Plan at first look like the carefully orchestrated scheme from a typical Chessmaster Manipulative Bastard... until you look at it closely and realize that it hinges on what at first seems like a complete accident: He never planned to come back through the Edo Tensei. If Kabuto had not found Madaras corpse and resurrected him in order to blackmail Obito, Madara would have remained dead and his ambition would never have come to fruition, as Obito was planning to take the Moons Eye Plan for himself and never intended to bring back Madara in the first place. For such a manipulative Big Bad to enter the plot in such a coincidental way seems odd, hinting that his resurrection was actually arranged by somebody else.
- The first hint that there might be something suspicious about his resurrection happens during Hashiramas recollection of their final battle. After defeating Madara, Hashirama briefly catches the glimpse of something or someone in the periphery. He also states that he suspects someone resurrected Madara. While Madara survived the battle in the Valley of the End through his own means, its later revealed that the presence that Hashirama saw was the Black Zetsu, who was observing the battle all along and later played a crucial role in Madara coming back to life the second time.
- While Princess Kaguya being the real Big Bad was somewhat of an Ass Pull, there was some foreshadowing that she was more sinister than we thought. For one, her violent tactics caused her to be feared as a demoness than hailed like a goddess like she was initially. Then an offhand comment reveals that she had used Eternal Tsukuyomi once before. Also during Madara's fight with Naruto, a mysterious voice tells him to absorb the Shinju and when he does, we're treated to a black panel showing only a pair of Byakugan and a Rinne Sharingan eye. However, the most prevalent piece foreshadowing comes when Madara activates the genjutsu once again; her silhouette appears to overlook the landscape with a very visible and very startling Slasher Smile on her face. That was the most visible clue in that despite her good intentions, there was something off about her.
- After it's third transformation, Juubi senses chakra of Bijuu & Sage of Six Paths within Naruto, causing it to freak out. After that it charges a massive bijuudama in order to finish Naruto off. However, it does something unusual for a bijuu, forming a hand seal. This unexplained rage from an entity which was supposed to be devoid of any feeling as well as doing something a human does to control chakra was indication about it being more than just what characters told about it till that point, which now fits with revealation about Kaguya's history.
- One subtle moment is in Part 1, when Itachi and Kisame are first introduced. After being hit with the Tsukuyomi, Kakashi wonders why Itachi is bothering to drag things out, and that Itachi could very easily land the killing blow on Kakashi if he so wanted. This foreshadows Itachi's hidden loyalty to Konoha. This is supported by Itachi's earlier statement to Asuma and Kurenai about preferring to avoid killing them, although Asuma finds it hard to believe due to Itachi's killing his own clan.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- In the fourth episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji watches a B-Movie about some sort of Freak Lab Accident, with the characters lamenting how bad science has gone. And, well...
- He's actually watching a fictionalization of the Second Impact, and the characters are lamenting science's inability to detect the deadly meteor before it struck. The irony being that there was no meteor to detect, Second Impact was a man-made event.
- Let's not forget Ritsuko's lamenting on the Hedgehogs Dilemma. Some fans connect this with Shinji's choice regarding Instrumentality.
- In Episode 7, the head of a rival robotics manufacturer mockingly compares the EVAs to "A hysterical woman". Then, much later, we find out that the EVAs each contain the soul of their respective pilot's deceased mother...
- In the opening sequence, we see many images of characters and plot important words. After showing a picture of Kaworu and Rei, the word 'Angels' appears. Kaworu is explicitly an Angel and the vessel for Adam's soul, whereas Rei is the vessel for Lilith's soul and is implied to be at least part angel.
- Not to mention a shot of Yui Ikari in profile, followed immediately by a shot of a helmetless EVA-01 in profile. The credits, like the rest of the show, like to mess with your head.
- A bit of musical foreshadowing occurs during fight scenes. Note one of the Angel themes is titled "The Beast"; compare with whenever EVA-01 goes berserk, the theme is titled "The Beast II", referencing how Evangelions are living beings.
- Evangelion is frequently abbreviated to Eva, which is the name in multiple languages of Eve; this foreshadows not only that all of the Evas but Unit-01 are clones made from Adam's tissue, just as Eve was formed out of Adam's rib in Genesis but also foreshadows the revelation that the Evas contain the souls of the pilots' mothers, both through the link to the feminine name 'Eva' and with Eve being the ultimate mother of all humans.
- Episodes 15 and 16 set the tone for the last half of the series; Dark secrets start to come to light, character relations start to show instability (well, more than they already were), and otherwise takes a step back from the more upbeat atmosphere of the earlier episodes. Most telling of all is the violent return of a Berserk 01 at the end of ep. 16. It all sets the stage for the series' first major Gut Punch, and the more infamous aspects of the show.
One Piece is the king of this trope. Author Oda often drops thing that foreshadow events years and/or hundreds of chapters in advance.
- Luffy stating that even though it is shortening his lifespan, he wants to use 2nd Gear to protect 'what is in front of him now'. It's a noble sentiment, but it wound up foreshadowing the Wham Episode when he uses it, but still fails to protect his True Companions from getting poofed by Kuma.
- Usopp's lies often turn out to be foreshadowing as well.
- During the Alabasta arc, Sanji makes frequent references to and jokes about 'okama' (Japanese equivalent of 'drag queen') while fighting the cross-dressing Mr. 2, Bon Clay. Later, he ends up on an island of gay men. Who all really, really like him.
- In the first chapter of One Piece, Shanks scares away a sea monster with just a glare and later on, he knocked out several crew members of Whitebeard's crew. When fighting Duval, Luffy manages to stop Duval's bull, much to his and everyone else's confusion. This ability would be revealed to Haki, which wasn't expanded upon until Luffy arrived on Amazon Lily and later trained with Silvers Rayleigh.
- The Amazon Lily arc seems to be a payoff to earlier foreshadowing. Between them, Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold use via Haki, abilities remarkably similar to Skypeia's Mantra, CP9's Life Return, Garp's ability to physically harm Luffy despite his rubber body, Pell surviving a point-blank explosion strong enough to wipe out a city suggesting all of these are forms of Haki which the previously seen users may or may not have known about.
- In the Jaya arc, Buggy the Clown's crew contemplate taking an ideal chance to kill Portgas D. Ace when he falls asleep on their ship. Buggy warns them against it because the one thing Ace's captain Whitebeard will not tolerate is the death of his crew. The Impel Down and Marineford arcs center on the Marines preparing to publicly execute Ace, even though it will certainly mean war with Whitebeard.
- In 2006, there was an anime special, where the Straw Hats were mythical animals. Luffy was a dragon. Guess who turned out to be his father? The revolutionary Dragon, the world's most wanted man.
- Related to that revelation, way, way back in Chapter 5, Zoro asks Luffy if he's the offspring of the devil. Four hundred and twenty-seven(!) chapters later, we find out that Luffy is the son of Dragon, who the World Government considers to be the "The Worst Criminal in the World."
- When Nami first joined the crew in the Buggy Arc, she said that she'd only join for the time being, and that she would eventually leave the crew, was obsessed with money, and showed a suspicious hatred toward pirates. She actually did leave the crew at the end of the Baratie Arc to confront Arlong, an abominable pirate who had made her life miserable and struck a deal to buy Cocoyasi Village from him for 100,000,000 berries- a deal which he later screwed her over on.
- That pirate who beaned them on their heads in Shank's and Buggy's flashback in the first few chapters from when they were cabin boys? It turns out that he's Silvers Rayleigh, the former first mate of Gold Roger.
- Oda reportedly insisted that he not be named captain when the flashback was animated, only revealing the reason why almost a decade after the fact.
- In the Impel Down Arc, Blackbeard alludes that he's soon going to "make a show that will shake the world to its core", he means this both literally and figuratively as he somehow steals (something that is noted to be usually impossible) the Gura Gura no Mi at Marineford.
- That ocean was "Paradise"◊...
- Back in Loguetown when Luffy was about to be executed by Buggy, a lightning bolt strikes the platform, frying Buggy and leaving Luffy miraculously unscathed. In the Skypiea arc, we find out that Luffy, as a rubber man, has immunity towards lightning and specifically towards Enel's powers.
- At the end of the Enies Lobby arc, Kokoro mentions to get to Fishman Island the Straw Hats will have to pass through a sketch of sea that is haunted where there were reports of haunted ships. Luffy immediately asks if they will get to see skeletons that move. Which does come true when the crew meets future crewmate Brook, a living skeleton. Even before then, Luffy has been adamant for getting a musician as a crewmate and repeats this desire several times. It comes true when Brook joins.
- Earlier on, Nami is shown to have an exceptional weather sense and when comes her Alabasta fight, the weapon that she asked Usopp to make for her has to do with weather control.
- Before arriving to Water 7, Luffy draws what he wants his future shipwright◊ to look like. It happens to resemble Franky, from the blue hair to his big arms to his rather tall height.
- In the Water Seven arc, Kaku warns Lulu that it could be dangerous for him to recklessly accuse the World Government of trying to kill Iceberg, and when he fights Luffy, coldly reminds Luffy that the Straw Hat Pirates, being outlaws, aren't protected by the law. Both of these foreshadow that he's a World Government operative.
- A triple case of foreshadowing:
- When Don Krieg first appears at the Baratie, he and all of his men have just escaped the Grand Line, after losing 49 ships in their fleet, with only the flagship surviving the mass sinking. Even so, the crew, captain included, is nearing starvation, and the flagship has been shredded up by cuts and slashes, like someone attacked it. Turns out Don Kreig's crew crossed paths with Dracule "Hawkeye" Mihawk, the greatest swordsman in the world, and he decimated them.
- But that's not all: Hawkeye followed them all the way back and returns to finish the job, sinking the flagship. And on top of this, Zoro begins to freak out when he learns who is in his sights, because he promised Kuina he would become the world's greatest swordsman and continued to work towards this dream after she died in her honor. Zoro immediately challenges him to a duel to the death, despite the difference in their skill level. Hawkeye mows down Zoro in battle, breaks two of his swords, and inflicts an enormous scar on his chest, because Zoro claims that the scars on a swordsman's back are his worst shame. Hawkeye admires his honorable qualities and makes his finishing blow-non lethal so they will meet again. They end up meeting again, and Zoro asks Hawkeye to be his mentor.
- And considering the matter of not having scars on one's back, Whitebeard is ravaged by all manner of injuries to his front side until he dies, but not one single scar is earned on his back- he NEVER ran away.
- When Ace first appears, he is chasing after the pirate Blackbeard for murdering a fellow shipmate on Whitebeard's crew and abandoning them like scum. Blackbeard is also said to have attacked the Drum Kingdom, sending Wapol and his forces running because of their dirty cowardice. Some time later, Luffy runs into Blackbeard at Mock Town, who seems unusually jovial and goofy to be the aforementioned monster... until Luffy learns that he's the reason Ace was sent to his death.
- Shanks meets up with Whitebeard to warn him of the potential threat of "Blackbeard" Marshall D. Teach and asks him to call Portgas D. Ace back, saying he isn't ready to face him. Whitebeard's refusal not only leads into the greatest war the world had experienced in recent history but led to his and Ace's deaths, and Teach even taking over his old territories and "Yonkou" status.
- Laboon. The whale that the Straw Hats encounter in their arrival at the Grand Line - it was restlessly beating itself on the cliffs and calling for someone... That someone turns out to be Brook, who was stuck in an analogue to Bermuda Triangle for many years and who subsequently joined the crew, to fulfill his promise of going around the world and coming back to meet Laboon at the starting point.
- The crossed-out "S" on Ace's tattoo. It's the only setup we get for the reveal that there is another surrogate brother for Luffy and Ace. The extra letter is a memento of Sabo, who is thought to be dead.
- The cover of Chapter 668◊ shows us the gravesite of Ace and Whitebeard. In front of Ace's grave is a box with a bottle of sake and 3 cups on it. Who placed those there? Seems minor at first, until you realize that later on, Chapter 731 all but confirms that Sabo is alive and he was the one that placed the bottle and cups at the gravesite as a tribute to his friend Ace. He, Luffy, and Ace drank sake together once before as kids as a sign of brotherhood.
- When Doflamingo asked Law why he trusted Luffy so much to ruin his [Doflamingo's] plan, Law replied, "Because the D. will surely bring another storm!" Law first heard this from Rosinante, Doflamingo's younger brother, after Rosinante learned that Law himself was a D. That same chapter also revealed that the D. are the mortal enemies of the World Nobles — making Law's entire relationship and conflict with Doflamingo, a former World Noble, foreshadowing as well.
- During the Alabasta saga, Sanji took on the pseudonym "Mr. Prince" in order to help hide his existence from Crocodile. Over a decade later (two years in-universe), it turns out Sanji is the third son of the Vinsmoke family, who once ruled all of North Blue with an iron fist, and still retain enough influence to attend the Reverie despite being a royal family with no land of their own anymore and functioning as assassins for hire. That means Sanji really is a prince.
- Early in the Zou arc, Momonosuke mentions having met Gol Roger, even though he's only a child and Gold Roger was executed roughly 20 years before the start of the story, and this is quickly brushed off. Turns out that he, Kin'emon, Kiko, Kanjuro, and Raizo actually come from 20 years in the past and have time traveled to the present day.
- After the end of the Paramount War, X. Drake says something to the effect of "Now, the Marines have to change!!". This could be foreshadowing of the total restructuring of the Marines as an organisation, leading to the relocation of its central headquarters to the New World and Akainu's promotion as Fleet Admiral, but it's still curious that he's still concerned about the Marines' role in the coming new era if he's already defected. He also made a decision to get Kaido's attention, by attacking his favourite winter island. And it worked - even recruiting him in his crew. Turns out he never left the Marines and is actually a deep cover agent for its secret subdivision SWORD - which he leads. His decision to become a pirate seems to be to get a better idea on the shifts taking place in the New World in order to combat them.
- Pandora Hearts may as well be called Foreshadowing: The Manga. Examples include but are not limited to: Oz's strange and sudden attachment to Alice after having just met her (he was her stuffed rabbit doll one hundred years ago), Raven's gold eyes and black hair (he's actually Gil ten years in the future), the state of decay undergone by the coming-of-age ceremony mansion (ten years passed while Oz was trapped in the abyss), Gil's hardiness and fast recovery rate (he's a Baskerville), Cheshire's single red eye is actually Break's missing one, Break's weak constitution and his tendency to cough up blood (Mad Hatter is only his second chain, the first having resulted from an illegal contract), Jack's assertion that he's not a hero (he's the villain), Alice's sense of foreboding on recovering certain memories (they were the memories of when she killed herself to protect Oz), and even Oz's name (he was named after Oswald-Glen by Alice one hundred years ago). And that's not even including the enormous amount of foreshadowing and symbolism that's prevalent in Jun's artwork (a site analyzing it can be found here).
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Absolutely everywhere in Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
- Why are characters (especially Kyouko) often depicted eating something? What does cooking eggs have to do with the worth of a woman? When you rewatch the episodes after you watch episode 10, you're going to cringe at the Foreshadowing.
- During the girls' first (shown) conversation at Mami's apartment there's an interesting shot where the reflection of Mami's head on the glass table is shown superimposed over her legs, as if it were lying in her lap. Come episode 3.... Later in that same conversation there's another shot where Mami's entire torso is bisected by the glass, letting us know exactly how Charlotte eats her meals...
- In the very first episode, Madoka mentions having a dream about Homura before actually meeting her to Sayaka and Hitomi. Sayaka jokes about the two's fates being intertwined, having must met each other across time and space, and how Moe Homura is. This takes on a new meaning in Episode 10, where it's revealed that Homura has gone through a "Groundhog Day" Loop to protect Madoka, and was originally a bespectacled Shrinking Violet with Girlish Pigtails.
- In the films of the anime, when Sayaka becomes a magical girl and saves Madoka a snippet of Symposium Magarum is slipped into the otherwise spritely music of the scene.
- There is even more for the sequel movie, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion:
- Right after Homura's opening speech, we are being shown what looks very much like a witch's barrier. The truth is far worse, as the entire Mitakihara City we see is in fact a witch's barrier.
- The opening. The girls are all having fun, happy times, playing and generally being cheerful. Then Madoka reaches a hand out to Homura, and as Homura reaches back for her, Madoka turns into sand. Homura falls into despair, kneeling and crying, as the other magical girls dance happily (and unaware) around her. And then a black-winged silhouette bursts from Homura's shadow...
- Also during the opening, there is a shot of Homura, wearing a long frilly dress that hides her feet. Late in the shot, she rotates to float upside down, making her resemble Walpurgisnacht somewhat. Guess what Homura is in the process of becoming during the movie...
- Take a look at the full lyrics of Colorful.We laugh together in the cycling time, yet we hold different thoughts
So let's start again from scratch
If I reach out my hand and grab yours
to keep the fleeting miracle that I reached from collapsing
Look, you'll stay by my side forever...
- Not to mention that part where it says "You touched my heart and it shined, turning so colorful". At the end of the movie, Homura's soul gem does indeed turn colorful.
- At the very end of the opening, it shows Homura kneeling amidst some ruins in a desert, crying. When Homulilly's Labyrinth is destroyed, Homura's body and Soul Gem/Grief Seed are shown in that exact location, surrounded by countless Incubators.
- The opening scene is a slow close-up of Homura's Soul Gem. The viewer may at first think it's a poetic device during the initial narration, but it's actually telling you the entire plot: this movie is happening inside that Soul Gem.
- Kazuko's discussion about the end of the world approaching. She mentions several ways it might happen. The "world" ends when Homura's labyrinth collapses, then the whole universe ends when Homura takes control of it, and she mentions to Sayaka that she may destroy it a third time.
- Each magical girl has a different Leitmotif during their transformation sequence. Homura's is the odd one out, with a wind instrument being the most prominent instrument, rather than the violin that accompanies everyone else. It also sounds kind of sinister.
- During the transformation sequence, each magical girl has a different dance motif. Homura's is ballet. The first Nightmare fought also likes to do ballet.
- Against the first Nightmare, there are details that only Homura should know even after the series' finale; when the Nightmare charges through a door before the magical girls feed it, glimpse of environments from several witch barriers (Patricia's blue sky and clotheslines might be the most glaring) seen in Homura's Origins Episode appear. Also, the left middle finger of the hands that control the Nightmare's movement is covered in some sort of sheath and at its base is a ring. The magical girls, including Homura, turn their soul gem into a ring on their left middle finger. In short, the Nightmare is controlled by a magical girl.
- Against Hitomi's Nightmare, when Sayaka remarks that Kyosuke is such an ungrateful boyfriend and Kyoko calls her out for being surprisingly cynical, Sayaka says she learns from "experience". In fact, Sayaka in general is a large source of foreshadowing; she's calmer and wiser, also carrying herself with confidence and experience that she doesn't possess in the series with none of the angst. She's one of Ultimate Madoka's secretaries that came after being ushered by the Law of Cycles, possessing knowledge of the witch universe.
- After Hitomi's Nightmare, all the non-named characters are rendered without a face, while at the beginning everyone had one. The fact the shift (marking the first cracks in the illusion) happens only after Homura starts feeling that something isn't right is the first hint that she's somehow connected to said illusionary world, and later that she's the witch generating the barrier.
- When Homura convinces Kyoko to test her theory by checking Kazamino, in the background there are girls in funeral garb sitting around a street musician in the usual witch-like cardboard cut-out style. Not only it's a sign that the story takes place inside a Witch barrier, those girls are Homulilly's elite familiars. Their behaviors are mirroring Homura's state of mind, and most of Homura's true intentions in the ending are coming from them.
- In the tea party in Mami's house before Homura and Mami have a violent confrontation, when Mami walks to the kitchen to make more tea, you can see her yellow ribbon trailing behind her when she walks behind Homura.
- Pay close to attention to what Bebe says — not the subtitles, but the actual sounds she's making — when Homura begins to interrogate her. She clearly starts saying "Kyubey".
- After Homura monologuing her dislike of Mami's Stepford Smiler tendency to hide her fragile mind, and by proxy becomes an obstacle to her mission of saving Madoka, Bebe pleads to her to stop holding her grudge, instead of being clueless like she usually is. Like Sayaka, Bebe — or Nagisa, to be precise — is another of Ultimate Madoka's secretaries.
- Homura's familiars can be heard chanting "Gott ist tot!", a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche about how humanity killed god and has to become god thyself. Cue the end of the movie...
- Included in the runes, naturally. Not only are the Nightmares' backgrounds full of ballerinas, their accompanying runes spell out Homulilly as this world's creator. During the Transformation Sequence, Homura's runes don't spell out her name, but instead her pleas for death.
- Madoka is split, like a melon. More details on the Fridge page under Fridge Brilliance. The Cake Song. A sweet dream begins when
- Pay very close attention to Homura's conversation with Madoka in the flower field. No, Homura is not upset Madoka cares about other people. Homura is upset to find Madoka never would want to sacrifice herself the way she did at the end of the anime. In fact, she changes her mind about accepting Madoka's sacrifice, which leads to the events at the end of the movie. It becomes especially cruel when you realize that the illusory world's Madoka doesn't have the memories of the real one, and thus doesn't know why she would ever make such a sacrifice when Homura asks her about it, as well as the fact that Homura (unintentionally or otherwise) left out a lot of essential details anyway.
- There are numerous scenes when Kyubey enters and Bebe shoots him a hostile look or even growls at him. It may look like some kind of jealousy or rivalry between the two, but Kyubey is an enemy to Nagisa, and she is trying to put a stop to him..
- In the Sailor Moon manga, Chibi-Usa creates a clay replica of the Holy Grail two chapters before the real thing is introduced. The clay Grail subplot also exists in The '90s anime, but the search for the Holy Grail is made the entire focal plot point of that arc in the anime, so it loses some of its foreshadowing properties. Ironically, Chibi-Usa's decision to give her clay Grail to Hotaru in the manga foreshadows Sailor Moon's decision to give the real grail to Hotaru in the anime.
Satou Kashi No Dangan Wa Uchinukenai
- Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai:
- Umino Mokozu insists she is a mermaid who must return to the ocean, after making a 'true friend', before an upcoming once-a-decade storm or she will die. The whole thing comes off as a metaphor. The needed a friend to help her escape from her abusive dad before it's too late. Alas it was too late in the end.
- Mokuzu's name means "scraps of seaweed from the sea". It's an odd name and classmates even wonder what type of parent would name their kid such a name. It'd make sense for a mermaid at least... Mokuzu's dad had been abusing her from infancy, to the point where she has a permanent limp due to a hip injury received as a baby and a broken eardrum which leaves her deaf in one ear. An abusive dad like him would be the type to name his kid such a name.
- In the very first chapter, right after her introduction, Mokuzu trips and Nagisa sees bruises under her skirt. A few pages later we see she walks with a limp, which she states is due to the witch that turned her into human. Both are due to abuse.
- Mokuzu's father once wrote a song that no one remembers the last verse to. In that verse it turns out the man killed and dismembered his mermaid friend. Guess what he did to his daughter.
- Several hints were shown before The Reveal that Megu-nee is not what she appears to be like how she got into the toilet that Yuki's in even though it's locked from the inside. Everyone tends to have Delayed Reactions towards her and the other characters often cut her off mid-sentence. A chapter before Megu-nee is officially revealed as dead we get foreshadowing by her ominous Apocalyptic Log about how she doesn't care what happens to her as long as the kids are safe.
- In the first episode's opening, the only time you see other students is in Yuki's parts. Additionally, once we get to the first episode itself, any student that isn't interacting directly with Yuki is white and featureless...but most anime fans would ignore that, since that's a common way to draw unimportant characters. In hindsight, you realize that it's because Yuki probably imagines the people interacting with her more vividly than those she assigns as "set dressing". Also before The Reveal near the end of episode 1, several hints are shown in Miki's facial expression when interacting with Yuki when finding Taromaru, such as forced apologies and late reactions when breaking in Yuki's class.
- Taromaru was removed from the episode 9 ending credits part when Yuki wakes up. In next episode, we learn that he was bitten by Megu-nee in the basement and became a zombie.
- The knife that Rii would have used to kill a now-infected Kurumi has always been a part of the graphics accompanying her in the opening.
- Yuuri's Sanity Slippage was foreshadowed twice beforehand. She was first shown to be more mentally fragile than Miki and Kurumi when she completely freaked out at having to possibly kill Kurumi. Later she became a sobbing, screaming mess when the rescue helicopter crashed. Both are realistic reactions however in a manga where things are taken with stride it's noticeable this was foreshadowing for something.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a bit pretty early, and about halfway through: The first major time is when Kamina says "Simon, without you, I'll die." Guess what happens in episode 7 and 8 where they have separate objectives (Kamina and the rest of the Gurren-dan were to distract the enemy, so Simon could use Lagann to take over the Dai-Gunzan). The second time is in episode 15, when Simon has just killed the Spiral King, Lordgenome. Lordgenome then warns Simon about what will happen when the population reaches a million. Guess what happens in episode 17 (albeit 7 years had passed between episode 15 and 17, so people had forgotten the warning).
- A subtle one occurs in the second episode. After having just broken out onto the surface, and faced with another Gunman, Simon starts to run away from it, not wanting to fight a machine bigger than theirs. Kamina, having just made another defiant speech, just watches Simon as they flee and calmly asks, "When are you going to stop running, Simon?" This is followed up in Episode 7, during the team's first fight against General Thymilph. It's Simon who figures out how to win the battle, and Kamina pointedly crosses his arms, giving his little bro full control over Gurren Lagaan. (When the enemy curses Kamina's name for their defeat, he nonchalantly replies "Hey, that wasn't me.") One of the pivotal points of the series is Simon becoming The Determinator after Kamina's death, carrying the Dai-Gurren to the end of the series.
Tiger and Bunny
- In Tiger & Bunny, there's a curious tendency throughout the series for Barnaby's Troubled Backstory Flashbacks to be a bit inconsistent with each other — such as the same event taking place in different settings, or a person's clothing/appearance changing ever-so-slightly from one flashback to the next. This is one of the first hints that someone's been messing around with his memory.
When Marnie Was There
- When Marnie Was There:
- Anna has blue eyes. This is foreshadowing that she is of Mixed Ancestry. Who else has blue eyes? Marnie, who turns to be Anna's grandmother.
- Marnie dresses in a vintage fashion that resembles styles from the early to mid 20th century. It's unusual for a girl her age but not particularly unheard of, and it establishes her the girly girl to Anna's tomboy. It also foreshadows that Marnie is Dead All Along and not a modern child.
The World God Only Knows
- In The World God Only Knows, Tsukiyo's doll narrates an omake. Hilarity Ensues until you realize that the doll was controlled by Vulcan all along.
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- Despite that the writer, Miki Yoshikawa, claims that she improvises a lot of the story, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches has several examples:
- Miyamura easily spots the thread and makes Yamada reveal the secret about his body-swap with Shiraishi. Much later it's revealed that the whole reason why he transferred himself to Suzaku High in the first place is because he knew about the witch powers. Another hint is that when Yamada tells the other club members about the witches the first time, Miyamura - unlike Shiraishi and Itou - doesn't seem surprised about the existence of witches; he only acts interested in one of the specific powers.
- Tamaki wonders if there might be someone with a "paste power" - since Yamada has the copy power, and he himself has the "cut power" (steal power). That someone turns out to be himself. Entirely logical, of course, since you can't paste anything without having cut or copied it first.
- The revelation that Nancy's witches aren't actually the new seven witches, but have always existed along with the original seven witches, threw both the student council and the readers for a loop - but when you reread the start of the second witch war, you may notice how some of these "new" witches seemed way too accustomed to their powers. If it was only a couple of weeks since they got their powers, most of them probably wouldn't even have discovered their powers (since it does take a kiss to discover them, after all), and those who did discover them already would probably have struggling to learn to use them instead of already having made lifestyles out of them like Chikushi and Nancy herself.
- The revelation that not only Itou, but also Shiraishi, was put under Ichijo's power was also hinted. A few chapters before the revelation, Shiraishi shows an unusual amount of jealousy (almost to Clingy Jealous Girl levels) when Tsubaki speculates that Itou might have developed feelings for Yamada.
- When Yamada and co. meet Kaori, they speculate that she might be the final witch in Nancy's group. She's eventually revealed to not be a witch, but there was already a subtle hint about it since her name doesn't follow the Colorful Theme Naming of the other witches in Nancy's group.
- After the second memory wipe, Ushio can be seen reading a book about poetry. Much later, he founds a poetry club along with Noa.
Your Lie In April
- Several in the first half of Your Lie in April. It becomes more and more obvious as the show goes on, especially on a second watch. Majority of them foreshadow things about Kaori.
You're no longer here by my side, I'm well aware of that. Even then, I glanced back once more, thinking that you called out to me. And the times we spent together, are all irreplaceable in my heart, I'll treasure these memories you gave me, so thank you, and good bye
- Episode 2. Kaori's left hand starts shaking after asking for Kousei's opinion about her performance. She is also the fourth performer to play.
- Episode 3. Kaori's stop at a hospital.
- Episode 4. Tsubaki is stunned by Kousei and Kaori's performance and realizes Kousei's passion for music has finally been reignited because of Kaori, starting her jealous streak. Later, Kaori collapsing after finishing said performance.
- Episode 5. Kaori's words after finishing their duet performance: "I won't forget, even if I die".
- Episode 11:
"I'm sorry. As someone who dropped you, I don't deserve to be a violinist. I'm sorry, please bear with me for just a little longer."
- Opens with a seemingly unrelated superhero genre clip where the narration mentions that heroes are lonely and end up alone. Takeshi sees Kousei as his hero... and Kousei ends up alone at the end.
- Kaori embracing and apologizing to her violin because she dropped it when she collapsed.
- The scene featuring two hands holding each other and an opened envelope on a piano in the second opening. Both of them revealed in final episode: Kousei's love for Kaori is indeed reciprocal, and the opened envelope encased Kaori's letter explaining it all.
- Episode 12.
- Kaori's parents' attitude toward Kousei. Despite Kousei just meeting them for the first time, they already have a very good impression of him because Kousei is the only reason Kaori is still motivated to live her short life.
- When Kashiwagi asks about what kind of high school Kousei and Kaori will be attending, Kaori replies with an uncertain answer about her future while her handheld fireworks shut off prematurely compared with the others' fireworks which remains lit.
- Kaori missing the gala concert.
- Episode 13. Kaori is hospitalized again, with her faded hair color and paler skin indicating her disease is getting worse. Later, the gang visits Kaori and brings her a bag full of books to read, but as they leave, she says: "I don't have time to read all these..."
- Episode 16.
- Kaori dropping the drink Kousei gives her.
- The camera lingers on a copy of Ichigo Doumei/Alliance by Masahiro Mita while Kaori quotes from it, a love story which ends tragically for the ill girl.
- Episode 17: When Kousei is saying that he didn't want to hear Ravel, the music being played is Pavane for a Dead Princess.
- If you listen to full version of Kirameki (first ed song), you'll come across these lyrics foreshadowing later events:
Yu-Gi-Oh! and spin-offs
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, when Yugi and Tea are playing Capsule Monsters at school, Tea pits her Happy Lover against Yugi's Celtic Guardian. When they end up in the real version of the game, their first monsters are Happy Lover and Celtic Guardian.
- In the series proper, Yami Bakura gives a Badass Boast in response to Yami Marik's gloating after the latter wins their duel, and laughs out loud as he is banished to the Shadow Realm. It's not until the very last season that we find out why Yami Bakura is so unfazed by banishment to the Shadows and how he seems to keep returning so effortlessly, and his boast takes on a terrifying reality...Yami Marik: Prepare to enter the darkness at the hands of Ra!Yami Bakura/Zorc Necrophades: Don't you realize that I am the darkness?
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Daitoukuji makes mention of Juudai's true power sleeping in season one. Then, Kagemaru insists that he must duel Juudai to gain his power over Duel Spirits and attain eternal youth. It's not just Juudai's power to communicate with them (Manjoume is there as well, after all) but as we find out later, Juudai is the incarnate force that created the universe itself!
- Yu Gi Oh ARCV has its own page.
Yuri Is My Job!
- Hime notices that Mitsuki's eyes look very similar to her former friend's. It turns out that Mitsuki is Hime's old friend.
- Kanoko's briefly shown taking a picture of Hime on her smartphone, establishing that she doesn't just find Hime cute, but has a crush on her.
- Apart from Mai and Sumika, whose real last names aren't shown, the other salon employees' assumed last names are similar to their real ones. Since Hime Shiraki becomes Hime Shirasagi, and Kanoko Mamiya becomes Kanoko Amamiya, it isn't hard to see that Mitsuki Ayanokouji is actually Mitsuki Yano.
- When Kanoko is talking with Hime about Sumika while in the kitchen, referring to Sumika as a gyaru, it touches a nerve with Nene, who tells them not to talk about Sumika behind her back, and saying that Sumika comes in early and stays late. All this suggests that Nene is familiar with Sumika, as her former schwester.
Other Anime & Manga
- Misuzu's fate in AIR gets foreshadowed a lot by Yukito's remarks. The viewer then gets fed false hope when things seem to be alright after the "last dream", but it all ends pretty much as predicted.
- In The Grand Punk Railroad, Isaac and Miria have a conversation about the name of Frankenstein's monster, with Isaac insisting that the monster's name was actually Mary Wolstonecraft Godwin Shelly. When Miria points out that Mary is a girl's name and that the monster was male, Isaac counters that men sometimes have feminine names and there's no telling what sort of name a monster would have. As it turns out, the entire conversation is a nod to the true identity of the Rail Tracer (a monster slowly offing people inside the train), who is revealed to be a male assassin named Claire.
- In Barefoot Gen, on the morning of Monday, August 6, 1945, one of the Hiroshima locals comments on the weather, saying that "it'll be real hot by afternoon."
- There's quite a few moments of foreshadowing in the original Chrono Crusade manga that made it into the anime, only to never have the payoff work out thanks to the Gecko Ending. This includes Chrono's Unstoppable Rage tendencies becoming a major plot point, to Rosette's watch causing her to appear as a ghost to people in the Order later being a key to raising her from the dead.
- Delicious in Dungeon:
- The first time Falin holds Kensuke, it immediately jumps out of her hands. Up til then, Kensuke had only rattled or moved when confronted with a powerful enemy monster. This is the first hint that Falin has Come Back Wrong and that the soul of the Red Dragon still lives on inside her.
- The motif of a winged lion is everywhere in the dungeon, from statues to carvings to Living Armor, even on the upper levels. It turns out this was hinting at a real creature: the winged lion that guards the people of the Golden Kingdom and is part of the prophecy that might see the Lunatic Magician beaten for good.
- When Haruko first hits Naota with her guitar in FLCL, she yells "lunch time!" and in the final episode what does she do to Naota? She yells "lunch time" and feeds him to the terminal core. Doubles as a Call-Back.
- Oburi is hit by a basketball thrown by a little girl near the beginning of Kite, in the process splashing water on the back of his coat. At the end of the series, he walks past the same little girl as she innocently bounces a basketball off of the wall... right before she nonchalantly pulls out a gun and shoots him in almost exactly the same spot.
- In Episode 15 of Log Horizon, Isuzu tries to add Rudy to her friends list, but it doesn't work. This is because Rudy is a Person of the Land (read: NPC), something that is ultimately revealed after Rudy sacrifices himself to save Tohya and revival spells won't work on him. The idea that an NPC could become an adventurer was itself foreshadowed by Princess Lenessia during the same arc; while she doesn't quite become an adventurer, she does get equipped with armor and a weapon, showing that it's possible.
- In Martian Successor Nadesico, half of the major plot points for the show are foreshadowed by the Show Within a Show Gekiganger 3, such as Gai Daigoji's death and even predicting the end episode being pretty lackluster.
- Happening very early in the anime adaptation of Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, some kids are singing "The Nahji Song/Song of the Nahji", which represents events that happened in the past, and those to come.
- The Mysterious Cities of Gold: In the second season's first episode's flashback, Zares captures Mayuca, the Inca who helped the kids out in the first season. Now, if you rewatch S1, you'll note that Gomez and Gaspar ended up blocking all ground routes leading into the City of the High Peak, where Mayuca lives. So it shouldn't come as a surprise when it's revealed that Zares owns a flying machine.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt appears to end with a Shocking Swerve, but the reveal that Stocking was actually a demon and Evil All Along was actually cleverly foreshadowed in the form of pop culture references, among the many others present in the series. In the Transformers homage episode, she became the Megatron expy, while the music video segment had (among the dozens of music references) a brief homage to Gorillaz, where she imitated Murdoc Niccals, the Satanist and Token Evil Teammate.
- In-Universe example in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou; Sorata took his taking in the pure white cat (which caused him to be sent to Sakura-sou) as one for his meeting Mashiro—as her name means "Pure White."
- Princess Mononoke: After San is temporarily incapacitated during a fight, Lady Eboshi warns her men that she's still dangerous with the words, "If you cut off a wolf's head, it can still bite." Now try to guess what rips Eboshi's arm clean off late in the movie.
- Also, while fighting Ashitaka, Eboshi declares, "Why don't I just cut the damn thing off?" in regards to his cursed arm.
- Princess Tutu has foreshadowing all over the series, to the point where it'd be pointless to list them all here. They include background characters becoming important later, several details about the fictional fairytale The Prince and the Raven and Fakir's fear of crows/death.
- The fact Yuuta from Punch Line is a boy in a female body is foreshadowed by his female voice actress and a flashback in episode 5 where he looks like a little girl.
- RahXephon, owing to its Jig Saw Puzzle Plot, has tons of moments like this. Megumi casually mentioning Haruka's old boyfriend is one.
- You'd surely never see it coming: at the beginning of Read or Die the OAV, Yomiko wakes up and hums Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"; later on, it's revealed that the true threat is Clone Beethoven and his Suicide Symphony.
- Also, when Joker first fills in Yomiko on the robbery of the DNA of famous people, a list of the individuals whose DNA was stolen is shown behind him. The name on the bottom of the list is Mata Hari.
- There's about a million examples in Revolutionary Girl Utena, but one in particular happens during the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode. Utena makes an off-hand remark about how she feels like she's gotten caught up in a bizarre ritual, and that she hopes she can get out before someone is sacrificed. It turns out that's exactly what Akio has been using Anthy for, and he's trying to build Utena up to replace her.
- In the Shaman King anime, in the first episodes Manta tells Yoh he's seen a boy like him, meaning he saw someone who's a Shaman like him. Yoh then says that he doesn't have a twin, joking. Turns out he does have a twin brother, as we find out several episodes later. Not sure if this is foreshadowing though, since his words were more like an accidental guess.
- At one point in the Spiral manga, Hiyono starts spouting out Kanone's "data" ; he stops her when she's about to say his father's name. Said name is revealed about three books later, said father is central to the plot. ... And the reason Hiyono knows that name is more than the fact she's got insane info-collecting skills. As all Hiyono manages to say is "Ya" before Kanone angrily interrupts her, though, it seems like some random pained cry the first time you read it. (And that's how it got "translated" in the English publication.)
- In CLANNAD, you will not be able to hear Nagisa's first line in the same way again when you watch episode 16 of the second series, and everything that comes after.Nagisa: Do you like this school? I love it, very, very much. But nothing can stay unchanged. Fun things, happy things, all of these things will eventually change. Even then, can you still love this place?
- In Judge, when the injured, unknown man sees Hiro, he begins to scream in horror. This actually hints that Hiro isn't as good as one is supposed to believe. Turns out he's right, Hiro is one of the masterminds behind the creation of the Judge game and likely one of the two who severely injured the man.
- In Code Geass, a tiny detail in the fifth episode foreshadows the ending of the entire series. Lelouch fiddles with a chessboard as he delivers the line "When somebody wins, the fighting will end," and moves the white knight to "kill" the black king. This foreshadows how he arranges for his own death at Suzaku's hands, as the two chess pieces had already been associated with their respective characters.
- There are multiple signs in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 that Yuuki had died, and his sister is hallucinating him around in her grief, before The Reveal two episodes later. There is Mari's reaction to Mirai acting as if he's alive, minor characters not interacting with Yuuki, and Yuuki's frequent random disappearances.
- Shin Mazinger Zero: When Minerva-X sees Kouji Kabuto fighting the Gamia sisters, she's amazed, since a human being shouldn't be capable of moving so fast or hitting so hard. Later on, she discovers that Kouji had become a cyborg in that timeline.
- Mitsuru Adachi in Touch uses it like it's going out of style. Particularly very early in the series Minami tells Kazuya that he "won't live long", and draws the ace of spades while using cards to predict the future of Kazuya's try for Koushien. "Hoshi no Silhouette", Kazuya's image song in the anime, also qualifies.
- In Girl Friends, at the start of the new term near the end of the series, some of the class notes that Naru-chan has put on some weight. A few chapters later, it turns out that she's been pregnant for some time.
- Black Clover: In chapter 51, after being defeated by Gauche's mirror magic, the leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun says "I couldn't bring myself to hurt you." Gauche says he has no idea what this means, and he's not lying. It's not until almost a hundred chapters later (in chapter 149), that we find out the signifcance of this line: Gauche is one of the magic knights hosting an elf soul.
- In Yu Yu Hakusho, when Yusuke takes off his spirit cuffs during his fight against Toguro, his spirit energy briefly manifests the shape of a large bird that cries out and flies around the stadium before settling down in him. Near the end of the Sensui arc, his spirit animal evolves from looking like a Furby with bloodhound ears to the same large bird, and it makes the same cry.
- Arabian Nights: Adventures of Sinbad: In the very first episode, Sinbad dreams of a beautiful girl laughing and when he wakes up, he sees Shera laughing. Shera's is later revealed to be a human turned into a bird.