13 Anime Characters Who Came Back From The Dead

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Unlike in the real world, death isn't always final in the world of anime. Just because your favorite character bit the dust doesn't mean you'll have to mourn them forever... and on the flip side, just because that character you hate is gone doesn't mean you won't see them again.

Anime characters who came back from the dead tend to appear in fantasy-themed anime - you'll find them in shows like Inuyasha and One Piece, but you're not going to find them in realistic, slice-of-life shows. Sometimes, as in Konosuba and Saga of Tanya the Evil, the character is reborn in a completely different world with new responsibilities, while on the other end of that spectrum, they simply carry on as normal.

Some argue that revivals cheapen the impact of a character's demise, while others feel that it adds intrigue and excitement to a series. Depending on the quality of the series, either one is possible.

  • Reincarnation is actually quite common the world of Naruto. In fact, when Kakashi Hatake is completely depleted of chakra and is brought back to life by Pain, he isn't the only one. Still, his passing is one of the most noteworthy because of its emotional resonance. Before Nagato resurrects everyone who was lost in the struggle against him, Kakashi gets the opportunity to meet with his father Sakumo. When Kakashi was a child, Sakumo took his own life after being harassed by the rest of their village for failing a critical mission. He regrets not being there to watch his son grow up, and he's able to make peace with him and express those feeling during their brief meeting in the afterlife. 

    1,165 votes
  • Rin Is Revived With The Tensaiga And The Meidō Stone In 'Inuyasha'
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    Rin is a human child who Sesshoumaru develops a reluctant affection for. She actually loses her life twice over the course of the series - the first time, she's mauled by wolves, which prompts Sesshoumaru to try out his sword, the Tensaiga, which is capable of reviving people. However, it can only revive each person once, so when Rin suffers another tragedy, he's unable to bring her back using his sword. However, he's able to revive her using the Meidō Stone, an item that his mother gives him after she realizes how desperately he wants to save her. Rin is also able to live a peaceful life as a normal child, who sees Sesshoumaru occasionally when he comes by with gifts for her. 

    665 votes
  • Yusuke Urameshi Is Given A Second Chance In 'Yu Yu Hakusho'
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    When Yusuke Urameshi tries to save a small child from being hit by a car, he's struck himself. Because it wasn't actually his time to pass on, and because he redeemed himself somewhat in the eyes of those who control the afterlife, he's given another chance to resume his life. At first, he doesn't want to - he's a depressed and angry teenager who assumes that no one will miss him - but when he sees his mother, classmates, and love interest sobbing at his wake, he realizes that he actually does matter to people and takes the deal. To get his body back, Yusuke will have to become a spirit detective - and that means fighting - and befriending - demons.

    627 votes
  • Ash Ketchum Is Brought Back By Crying Pokémon In 'Pokémon'
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    If you don't completely remember this moment from the first Pokémon movie, you either weren't alive when it came out or were too busy crying to pay attention. When Mew and Mewtwo launch powerful beams at each other, Ash gets in between them in an attempt to stop them from fighting. He's hit with the two beams simultaneously, and he falls to the ground with his whole body transformed into a literal rock. With Ash apparently permanently petrified, Pikachu and all the other Pokémon weep inconsolably over his body. The power of their emotions and their tears resurrect Ash, a process that leads Mewtwo to seriously rethink their position.

    915 votes
  • It probably doesn't come as a surprise to learn the Brook wasn't always a living skeleton. Though most of his pirate crew was claimed by a combination of illness, enemy pirates, and poison, Brook manages to survive... sort of. Because he's eaten the Revive-Revive Fruit, his spirit is separated from his body, and he drifts for a long time before he's able to return to his human form. Unfortunately, by the time that's possible, his body is completely decomposed excepting his bones and his hair. Nevertheless, he manages to bring life back to his skeleton and resurrect himself.

    509 votes
  • Issei Hyoudou Is Revived By A Demon In 'High School DxD' 
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    Hyoudou Issei is a teenage boy who spends most of his time fantasizing about building his own harem and spying on girls. When a pretty girl asks him out, he's definitely not expecting her to be a fallen angel who takes his life. Luckily for Issei, he's quickly revived by an equally beautiful demon named Rias Gremory, who makes him her servant. It turns out that the fallen angel took him out because his body contained an object called a “Sacred Gear” that made him highly dangerous in ways he could not yet comprehend. Issei isn't exactly thrilled about what happened to him, but he quickly gets involved in Rias' world, which involves membership in the Occult Research Club, and constant training to be able to endure high-stakes battles.

    439 votes