The most memorable moments in anime often come when a character hits their low point. The worst thing that they can possibly imagine just happened to them - their loved one died, they lost their job, their depression got the better of them - whatever it is, they just can't function properly anymore.
Some anime characters who hit rock bottom actually bounce back pretty quickly - Simon is devastated by Kamina's death in Gurren Lagann, but he comes back from it stronger than ever. In other cases, it's a downward slide into oblivion - Taizou Hasegawa is never going to stop being a MADAO, and Sayaka Miki's downfall in Puella Magi Madoka Magica results in her death. Whatever the case, seeing characters at their lowest can be a great way to reveal a new aspect of their personalities - or a great way to make yourself sad.
Simon Can't Handle Kamina's Death In 'Gurren Lagann'Photo: Gainax
To say that Simon took Kamina's death hard would be an understatement. He's so devastated by it that he holes up in his room, refusing to talk to anyone or continue team Dai Gurren's mission. Instead, he spends all his time crying and carving statues of Kamina. It's only when Nia appears to give him a brutally honest pep talk that he actually pulls himself out of his misery and declares himself to be a separate person from his idol, who is ready to stand on his own two feet. Unlike some of these tragic downfalls, Simon's doesn't last forever, and he emerges from it stronger than before.Did this character hit a low point?
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When Sayaka Miki first becomes a magical girl, she's happy enough - after all, she wished to heal her crush's hand injury, allowing him to return to playing the music he loves. Surely making such a noble sacrifice will make him fall in love with her...right?
This turns out not to be true - her crush is unaware that she had anything to do with it and winds up falling for someone else. Sayaka is devastated, and things get even worse when she grows to understand the dark realities of being a magical girl.
All this leads Sayaka to completely lose her sense of self and transform into a witch - who her friends must destroy as they would any other witch. If you didn't want depressing, you picked the wrong magical girl anime.Did this character hit a low point?
Shuu Tsukiyama Wants Ken Kaneki Back In 'Tokyo Ghoul'Photo: Studio Pierrot
Shuu Tsukiyama's obsession with Ken Kaneki is so powerful that when he believes that the boy has died, he finds this so intolerable that he stops eating and ends up bedridden and unable to care for himself. He's kept alive with the help of his family's servants, but just barely. Ultimately, he's able to pull himself together when he finds out that Kaneki is in fact alive. He's acting like the heroine of a romance novel who just got spurned by her vampire boyfriend, but he just really wants to devour Kaneki's flesh.Did this character hit a low point?
Sukeroku Dies In A Murder-Suicide In 'Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu'Photo: Studio Deen
Sukeroku is a talented rakugo performer who can always draw in a crowd. Despite this, the higher-ups in the rakugo community can't stand him, since he refuses to adhere to their standards of decorum. Instead, he does whatever kind of performances he wants to without regard for tradition, dresses shabbily, and spends most of his time outside of work drinking and carousing with women. He ends up losing his career and running away with Miyokichi, a prostitute who is suffering from her own emotional issues.
The two of them move in together and eventually have a child named Konatsu. Sukeroku tries to revive his career but ends up descending into alcoholism. He fails to provide for his wife and child and eventually ends up dying in a murder-suicide orchestrated by Miyokichi. He never puts his life back together, and his story is one of the most tragic elements of the show.Did this character hit a low point?