Pokemon Anime Discussion Rules
Welcome to the Pokemon Anime Discussion forum! Within the general discussion or its appropriate sub-forums, you can discuss all matters related to the Pokemon anime, including but not limited to past and upcoming episodes, movies, characters, Pokemon teams, gym battles, contests, leagues, animation, music, and anything else that has to do with the Pokemon anime (as long as it’s not listed among the assorted banned topics
). In addition to the standard forum rules being applied here, the anime forums do have some specific rules you need to be aware of, so make sure to read them before posting! Many thanks go out to Chelc
for creating the previous rules, of which many ideas here have been adopted.
IMPORTANT TOPICS – ANNOUNCEMENTS, SUB-FORUMS, & STICKIED THREADS
Differentiating Spoilers from Non-Spoilers (bottom post) → READ THIS AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE REST OF THE RULES! This is vital to ensure the enjoyment of all members, and must be stressed. If you still are unsure about what constitutes a spoiler, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other forum staff! We will gladly clarify matters!
Sub-Forums & Their Purpose
Anime Spoilers → Discuss everything happening in Japan here! Discuss and speculate the newest episodes, upcoming movies, future character events and battles, the latest captures and evolutions, and anything else that has yet to air in the dub!
Anime Polls → Have something on your mind and want to see what other people think as well? Post your anime (general polls about Pokemon themselves or the franchise as a whole belong in Pokepolls) polls here! Remember to read the rules and FAQ thread stickied at the top of the forum before posting a poll! Also remember to add a spoiler warning in the thread title if it contains spoilers.
Episode Discussions → Feel like discussing a certain episode, movie, special, or season? This is the forum for you. Each episode/movie/special has its own discussion thread, and all are open for discussion any time. This is one of the only forums where you will not be infracted for bumping threads, but please keep discussion thoughtful and free of any illegal content.
Pokemon Anime Discussion – Important Sticky Threads
Pokémon Animé FAQ → Please read this thoroughly before posting. Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the show are posted here.
List of Banned Topics → Again, please read this thread before posting. It provides a handy list of topics compiled by randomspot555, as well as other members, that are not allowed to be discussed anywhere in this forum for specified reasons.
Single Anime Questions → If you have a simple question about the anime that is not already answered in the FAQ, this is your best bet. Created by OBSESSED WITH PKNM, this thread provides an efficient method of getting standard questions answered by helpful forum members. It is advised that you ask here instead of creating a new thread, as not only does it prevent forum clutter, but chances are you will receive a much more direct answer!
Japanese/English Reference Thread → A fantastic guide by Sushi, this thread can be used as a useful translation guide for Japanese characters, Pokemon, towns, attacks, items, and much more. If you see Japanese names posted and you are perplexed as to their translation, check here!
New Dub Titles → Titles for the latest dub episodes will be posted here. You are also free to discuss your opinions on the titles, as well as their meanings.
Anime Spoilers – Important Sticky Threads
Next Pokemon Thread → Speculate on what Pokemon various characters will catch or evolve in the future, in addition to finalized teams at the end of the saga. This thread also includes Team Rocket’s Pokemon. PLEASE READ THE FIRST POST BEFORE POSTING!
The Big Anime Move Catalog → For a useful encyclopedia of every move that every character’s Pokemon has learned over the years, check here! Many thanks to Dreamcoat for aiding with this catalog.
What is a spoiler? What is speculation? → Confused about what constitutes a spoiler? Need help deciphering speculation from fan-fiction? Go here for all the answers and clarification. A highly necessary read for all who post in Anime Spoilers.
Victini and the Dark Hero – Speculation Thread → The current speculation topic for the fourteenth movie. Discuss its plot, events, and characters here.
Anime Polls – Important Sticky Threads
Anime Polls – Rules & FAQ → Information about what makes a poll and what doesn’t. In addition, the rules for the Anime Polls sub-forum can be found here.
The “What Attacks Should They Learn?” Thread → Ever feel that a certain Pokemon in the anime should be capable of knowing a certain attack? Wish and speculate about attacks here! Remember to include reasons as to why you believe the writers should give a certain Pokemon a certain attack, rather than creating shallow wish-lists!
If You Were in Charge of the Anime → Rather than ranting, this thread is your imaginative toolbox to create your ideal vision of the anime. Describe everything you ever wanted from this anime, as long as it adheres to the rules (restrain the character bashing and such).
Favorite Character Thread → Have a favorite character or two in the anime? Feel free to express your love here! Again, all standard rules apply, and that includes avoiding character bashing and respecting other users’ choices.
RULES – READ AND UNDERSTAND BEFORE POSTING!
1. All general Serebii Forums Rules apply in this forum unless stated otherwise. It is recommended that you read them before posting anywhere on the forum. If you have not already done so, please read them after finishing this.
2. Read the following topics before posting and/or creating a new thread – Anime FAQ, Banned Topics, and Single Anime Questions. If your question or topic is already listed in one of those threads, it may result in a three-point infraction. Note that if you continue to post threads that violate the rules by either being banned topics or questions that have been answered in one of the aforementioned topics, you will be given a six-point infraction for repeatedly disobeying the rules of the forum or specific sub-forum.
3. This forum is for discussion of the Pokemon anime only. Do not discuss the video games, the manga, other anime, or any general topic having to do with the franchise as a whole. Keep it specific to the anime. This includes shipping, which has its own forum, the Shippers Community.
4. Post spoilers in the spoiler forum only! This cannot be stressed enough. If you wish to discuss events that have not occurred outside Japan, use spoiler tags for your information or keep it to Anime Spoilers. Read the last post in the announcement for more information. Failure to follow this rule will result in a three-point infraction. If you are still confused about the definition of a spoiler, do not hesitate to ask a staff member!
5. Respect each other’s opinions! Being a discussion forum, there is a chance that another user may post something that you may not agree with. If so, you may refute them with respectful and thought-out debates. Do not flame or insult each other for conflicting opinions! Infractions for flaming are worth three points, so keep all discussion civil and respectful!
6. Spam (Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages) is never tolerated. This is a discussion, not a chat room, meaning that your posts should be thorough and thoughtful. It’s not difficult, as at least two sentences per post will suffice. Avoid merely posting material like simply “I agree” that adds nothing to the discussion; if you agree with something, then explain why. Also make sure your posts are relevant to the discussion at hand and don’t stray off-topic. Infractions for spamming are worth three points.
7. When posting new information (such as new titles or summaries), remember to cite your sources! If you have no source to back up your information, how are we supposed to confirm it as factual? Simple links to reliable websites or pictures will do. Remember, Wikipedia and fellow Wiki sites are not reliable sources!
7a. Do not post rumors! If you do not have a valid source for your news information, please avoid posting it! For instance, do not go around posting “Misty will return in Episode __!” or “Ash will catch _____ in this episode!” based upon murky rumors or your own dreams for the series.
8. Use the Report Button to report problematic posts! See that triangular button with the exclamation mark in the upper-right corner of each post? If you come across a rule-breaking message, click it to send a message to the staff so that we can get to it as soon as we can! It is a much more efficient method than mini-modding, which otherwise litters the forum with spam.
9. Character bashing is forbidden. There is a distinct difference between constructive criticism of a character (which is perfectly acceptable and discussion-worthy) and outright bashing (which is never allowed). For instance, saying “Dawn’s Piplup suffers from overuse and her other Pokemon are neglected as a result” is fine, but posting “OMG I HATE PIPLUP IT MUST DIE” is unacceptable and rude. Not only may it offend fans of a particular character, but it is void of any reasonable discussion. Debates about certain characters are okay as long as discussion is civil (unless it falls under the List of Banned Topics). A three-point infraction will be distributed for vile character bashing.
10. Speculate future events based on known information. There is a difference between your predictions and your fantasies for the series. This is not a forum for fan-fiction or creating your own stories. Make sure all speculation is on-topic and that it does not belong in an already-existing topic as the Next Pokemon Thread.
11. Do not bump threads outside the Episode Discussion forum, unless it is a sticky! “Bumping” refers to posting in a thread that has not seen any activity for at least 30 days. Other than in Episode Discussions, if a thread has not been posted in for 30 days, please do not post in it. Doing so will result in an infraction and a lock of the thread in question.
12. Do not ask for places where you can watch or download full or partial episodes, and do not provide links to such locations! Posting illegal content such as full episodes is against the forum’s rules! This includes torrents, direct downloads, sites that provide streaming content (INCLUDING YOUTUBE), and anywhere else that provides access to such material. Doing so will result in an infraction.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding either the rules or the FAQ, please contact me or any of the other Pokémon Animé moderators and we’ll gladly answer your questions! Know these guidelines well and have fun!