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    LAST UPDATE: January 24, 2013 (Rule 8, character bashing)

    Pokémon Anime Discussion – Rules & Conduct

    Welcome to the Pokémon Anime Discussion forum! Within the general discussion or its appropriate sub-forums, you can discuss all matters related to the Pokémon anime, including but not limited to past and upcoming episodes, movies, characters, Pokémon teams, gym battles, contests, leagues, animation, music, and anything else that has to do with the Pokémon anime.

    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 & S.Suikun for creating the previous rules, of which many ideas here have been adopted.


    Table of Contents

    A. Post 1
    1. Rules
    2. Sub-Forums and their Purpose
    3. Important Topics

    B. Post 2
    4. Banned Topics

    C. Posts 3-5
    5. Frequently Asked Questions about the Pokémon Anime (FAQs)
    (Part 1)
    (Part 2)
    (Part 3)


    1. 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 FAQs (see below), Banned Topics (see below), and Anime Questions. Your thread will be locked if it’s a banned topic/already covered by one of the other threads mentioned above. Repeated offenses may result in infractions as well.

    3. This forum is for discussion of the Pokémon anime only. Do not discuss the video games, 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 (potentially romantic relationships), which has its own forum, the Shippers Community. The posting/advertising/discussing of fan-created material (fanart, fanfic, AMVs, fandubs/fansubs, parodies etc.) does NOT belong here either; neither do petitions and similar campaigns.

    4. Do NOT ask for places where you can watch or download full or partial episodes, or listen to music (songs/BGM). Also, do NOT tell others about such locations! This includes torrents, direct downloads, sites that provide streaming content (INCLUDING YOUTUBE), and anywhere else that provides access to such material.

    5. 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. There are two types of spoiler tags:

    1) [spoil*]Ash catches ________ in an episode called _______![*/spoil]
    2) [*spoiler=Warning, spoiler ahead!] Ash catches ________ in an episode called _______! [*/spoiler]

    Remove the asterisks and the information will become hidden to all but those who wish to see it by clicking a specific button to "unlock" it. Use whichever tag you prefer. Just remember to always use them as soon as you mention something (outside of Anime Spoilers) that viewers of the English dub would not know about yet. If you don't know if what you're about to post is a spoiler, look here.

    6. 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 and keep all discussion civil and respectful!

    7. 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 a simple “I (dis)agree”, “Thanks”, “Sorry”, etc. 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.

    8. 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 Pokémon 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. It is largely at the mods' discretion to determine what is bashing. For instance, if you have a history of hating on or bashing a character, chances are we won't believe your claims that you didn't mean what you said or were joking.

    9. When posting new information (such as new titles), remember to cite your sources! If you have no source to back up your information, how are we supposed to confirm it as factual? A thread announcing a new title without including a source will be locked instantly. Simple links to reliable websites or pictures will do. Remember, Wikipedia and fellow Wiki sites are not reliable sources!

    9a. 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 Pokémon Thread.

    10. Use the Report Button to report problematic posts! See that triangular button with the exclamation mark in the bottom-left 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! Do not reply to rule-breaking messages, threads that would be classified as a banned topic, or that are covered by the Anime FAQs.


    2. 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!
    ***If you’re not certain if what you’re about to post is a spoiler, have a look at the FAQs!

    Anime Polls → Have something on your mind and want to see what other people think as well? Post your anime (general polls about Pokémon 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.


    3. Important Threads


    In Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Anime Questions V2 → If you have a simple, factual question about the anime that is not already answered in the FAQ, please look/post here instead of making a new thread.
    Japanese/English Reference Thread → This thread is a useful translation guide for Japanese characters, Pokémon, 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.

    In Anime Spoilers

    Next Pokémon Thread → Speculate on what Pokémon various characters will catch/evolve/release in the future, in addition to finalized teams at the end of the saga. This thread also includes Team Rocket’s Pokémon. PLEASE READ THE FIRST POST BEFORE POSTING!
    The Big Anime Move Catalog → For a useful encyclopedia of every move that every character’s Pokémon has learned over the years, check here! Many thanks to Dreamcoat for aiding with this catalog.
    New Movie Speculation Thread → The current speculation topic for the fifteenth movie. Discuss its plot, events, and characters here.

    In Anime Polls

    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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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.

    Announcements

    Announcements for Pokémon Anime Discussion
    Announcements for Anime Spoilers
    Announcements for Episode Discussions

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEM REGULARLY. This is vital to ensure the enjoyment of all members, and must be stressed. Sometimes a new announcement will be posted reminding people of certain rules (if they’re broken frequently) or addressing other issues. You don't have to necessarily click the above links to view the announcements, as there is a link to the newest announcement right above the thread list of its respective subforum.
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    Banned Topics
    What are banned topics? They are discussions that have proved time and time again to cause nothing but grief for staff and members alike. These discussions have proved to be flamebait, or have caused unending bickering. Some of them are just stupid as well or have been done so many times that no new information ever comes out of them. Listed below are these specific topics, and making a thread about said topics will result in infractions for everyone and closure of the thread.

    Thanks for understanding!

    The Banned Topics:

    -Dub vs Raw/Japanese Debates
    --They're the same show except for minor differences! Stop complaining about it.

    -Main-character Faceoff Threads
    --Pitting two (or more) characters against each other only incites bickering. This especially includes fights over main girls in the cast. Don't do it.

    -Character Complaint/Hate Thread
    --This includes any thread focusing its discussion on bashing/hating a character, or complaining about a poor decision, or the like. These are also known as complaint threads. This isn't to be confused with civil talk and expression of (real and explained) opinions about certain aspects of events/etc. For example:

    Good: I honestly didn't like the Johto saga. I found it to be full of filler with very little substance.
    vs
    Bad: Johto sucks! Who else thinks so?

    -Shipping
    --Though it may be a part of the anime to some, we have a whole separate section on the forum for shipping -> LINK. Please bring romantic discussion over there.

    -Fanfiction
    --Another branch of fandom we have a separate section for -> LINK. This board is for true, by-canon anime speculation or discussion. No fanfiction disguised as a "prediction" is allowed here.

    -Old plots never to be seen or heard from again
    --Old "Character of the Day"'s (CotD's), the GS Ball, Ivy & Brock, and other plots that are too old to wrap up now in the anime are best left forgotten. Give these a rest, please!

    -Return of old voice actors / 4kids vs PUSA dub, SOVA, and the like
    --Whether you can believe it or not, the new voice actors have been doing the dub's voices now since the beginning of Battle Frontier. They're here to stay, stop whining about it.

    -Character Replacement Thread
    --Self-explanatory. Don't talk about replacing this and this character with another because it's not happening and leads back up to a Character Complaint thread.

    -Illegal Content Threads
    --It's in the rules about 3 times, but please - no threads asking where to find an episode, a part of an episode, links to music, etc. and do not link to anywhere that offers these. This includes asking for whereabouts of banned episodes, like they're any different. :/

    -Banned/Postponed Episodes
    --Like the above, don't ask where you can watch these, and don't discuss them to death. Once we find that an episode is banned or postponed, constructive discussion about them comes to a halt and after a while it turns into spam and garbage. Proper episode threads will be made for them when they air for postponed episodes, but until then, the spam needs to stop. One great example of this would be the 2-part Team Plasma episodes.

    -New VS OS Series Debate/Discussion/Threads
    --Notorious for derailing perfectly fine topics, debate about which is better, pre- or post- Johto, will not be allowed anymore and those involved will be infracted. You are allowed to have your own opinion about the matter, but debating it is endless and bears no fruit. If you must voice your opinion about this, we have 1 thread for such discussion - please read its rules before posting: http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthr...uot-Thread-2-0
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    Frequently Asked Questions about the Pokémon Anime

    Welcome to the… 4th(?) version of the Anime Discussion FAQs!
    If you have any basic, factual questions about the Pokémon Anime, please make sure to look here first before posting to see if your question has not already been answered! I know there’s a lot of text and reading everything is a chore, but you should at least skim through it and get a general idea of what questions/answers are listed here before making a new thread. It saves us a lot of hassle and should hopefully prove to be a convenient reference guide for you!

    Thank you very much to the members who worked on the FAQs:
    Version 1: Chris
    Version 2: Satoshi
    Version 3: S.Suikun, Sonic Boom & Ludi-Cola
    Version 4: randomspot555, the1stpkmnfan, hawkmbl, streetlightdsb, KibaLG8, Seiryu, Dreamcoat & King World

    Of course, there are still many, many Q/As left that were made by former contributors and have only been updated a little.
    If you have a short and simple question that is not answered here, please make sure to check out the thread for Single Anime Questions, and a helpful member can assist you.

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    TERMS/ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS FAQ

    OS: Original series, a fan-made term for the first 277 episodes (“Pokémon - I Choose You!” up to “Hoenn Alone!”). For example, OS078 would translate to “the 78th episode of the Original Series”.
    AG: Advanced Generation series (“Get the Show on the Road!” up to “Home is Where the Start is!”).
    DP: Diamond & Pearl series (“Following a Maiden’s Voyage!” up to “Memories are Made of Bliss!”)
    BW: Black & White / Best Wishes series (“In the Shadow of Zekrom!” up to *on-going*)
    TPCi: The Pokémon Company International, currently holding the license for the English dub of the Pokémon anime and therefore successor of 4Kids Entertainment.
    TV Tokyo: The main Japanese TV channel broadcasting the newest episodes in Japan.

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    1. GENERAL FICTION-RELATED QUESTIONS

    Q. What's a spoiler?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. What's speculation, then?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What is a filler episode?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What does “canon” mean? Likewise, what’s “fanon”?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: And what’s “deus ex machina”?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    2. FANDOM TERMS

    Q: I’ve seen several people mentioning the quote, “Aim for the Horn!” Where does it come from and what does it mean?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What about “Thunder Armor”?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    3. HOW CAN I WATCH…?

    Q: Where can I watch the preview for the upcoming Japanese episode?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Where can I watch episodes dubbed in English online?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    4. GENERAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ANIME & GAMES

    Q: Do levels exist in the anime?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why did *insert attack name* affect *insert Pokémon name* when it’s not supposed to?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Are there more than one of each legendary Pokémon?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: How come certain Pokémon evolve differently than in the games?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. Do TM's/HM's exist in the anime?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. Why hasn't *insert character's Pokémon here* evolved yet?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Do Pokémon forget attacks in the anime?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What’s the best training method in the anime?
        Spoiler:- Answer:
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    5. THE ANIME WORLD

    Q: How old is everyone?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Are the characters Japanese?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Are there real animals in the anime world?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Do humans eat Pokémon?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What is the difference between Contests and Gym Battles?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    6. ASH / ASH'S POKÉMON

    Q: Who is Ash's father?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why does Ash always release his Pokémon?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What happened to Gliscor after the Sinnoh League?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Will Ash ever see his released Pokémon like Pidgeot, Butterfree and Primeape again?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Did Ash’s Butterfree die in the Japanese version?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Does Ash ever kiss Misty/Brock/May/*insert any other character*?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Pikachu sucks! How can he go from tying with a Latios to losing to a Snivy!? He must be level 100 by now!
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why won’t Ash evolve Pikachu? What kind of idiot would keep it un-evolved?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: And why does he never evolve his other Pokémon?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why doesn’t Ash capture every Pokémon he sees? He’ll never “catch ‘em all”!
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Will Ash ever be a Pokémon Master?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: ASH IS A MORON! WHY WON’T HE CAPTURE ANY LEGENDARY POKÉMON?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why did Ash leave his old team at Oak’s before heading to Hoenn, Sinnoh and Unova?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: So why doesn’t he use his older Pokémon more often, then? He lost to quite a few Gym Leaders post-Kanto; if I were him, I’d have called Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charizard to plough through them in the rematch!!
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. Why didn't Ash's Charizard obey him once he earned his 8th badge?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Is Ash the same character as Red (games and manga)?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    7. OTHER CHARACTERS

    Q: Will *insert former main character here* ever come back?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why does Ash/May/etc check their Pokédex all the time? They must be really stupid if they can't recognize *insert Pokémon name* by now.
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why are Brock’s eyes always closed? / What ethnicity is Brock?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Iris is so annoying! She keeps calling Ash a ‘kid’ although she is one herself! What a hypocrite!
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. Who owns Team Rocket's Meowth?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. Why does everyone fall for Team Rocket's disguises? They're so obvious.
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What happened to Team Rocket? They’re so serious now!
        Spoiler:- Answer:
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    8. DISCARDED/RESOLVED PLOTS

    Q: What happened to the GS Ball?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. What happened to Jigglypuff? Why did it suddenly stop following Ash & friends?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: What happened between Professor Ivy and Brock?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    9. BANNED/SKIPPED EPISODES

    Q: Why did Charizard suddenly become a Charmander in the episodes ‘Holiday Hi-Jynx’ and ‘Snow Way Out’?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why have certain episodes featuring Jynx been banned/delayed?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Will there be any uncut DVDs including the banned episodes?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: I hear some eps of the Black & White series have been skipped too. Is that true?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    10. BEHIND THE SCENES

    Q: What is the difference between a season and a series?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why is the anime so repetitive? Every plot is the same!
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Will the gang ever travel to Orre, Sevii Islands, Almia, etc.?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Why don’t the writers make the show more interesting by adding mature themes?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    11. THE DUB

    Q: I haven't watched the dub in years! How come Ash and the other characters sound different?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: The anime said that Arbok evolved into Seviper! THE WRITERS ARE SO STUPID! THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT POKÉMON!
        Spoiler:- Answer:


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    12. MISCELLANEOUS

    Q: Is the *insert Pokémon name* from *insert episode name* a Shiny Pokémon?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q. What is the gender of *insert character's Pokémon here*?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: Will Contests ever appear again?
        Spoiler:- Answer:

    Q: I’ve been hearing the new Black & White series is a “reboot” of the anime. Is this true?
        Spoiler:- Answer:


    We hope this FAQ answers any basic questions about the anime. Once again, many thanks go out to all who contributed to this FAQ!
    Last edited by Sushi; 18th October 2012 at 10:55 PM.

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