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13 Anime That Were Tragically Cut Short Before The Manga Ended

Updated November 14, 2018 15.7k votes 6.2k voters 129.9k views12 items

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We've all been there. You're getting really into an anime, when without warning, the story wraps up with no real resolution. Or, worse, the main conflict does resolve, but the solution feels hastily thrown together and doesn't quite make sense. While some bad anime endings can be chalked up to poor writing, a lot of good shows never get to cover all the intricate details that make the manga so fascinating. 

Falling in love with an anime that didn't finish is a frustrating experience, in part because reading the manga can feel totally different from watching the series. You can read the entirety of Blue Exorcist or Fruits Basket and know the whole story, but you won't get to see your favorite moments brought to life. Some anime that got cut short never had the chance to find their footing, which is an absolute travesty. 

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  • In the final moments of the anime, Kyo's true form is revealed, and Tohru meets with Akito, the abusive Sohma patriarch, for the first time. Unfortunately, this event takes place early on in the Fruits Basket manga's 23-volume run.

    Whereas the written version tells a complete story that ends with the family curse being resolved, none of this happens in the TV series. Instead, anime-only viewers get a watered-down version of an emotionally devastating story that leaves out entire character arcs. If any of the anime characters seem to exhibit confusing behavior, it's probably because their stories were cut short. 

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  • It's hard not to get invested in the relationship between Shizuku and Haru, the protagonists of My Little MonsterAlthough Haru is charming, he has serious emotional regulation issues, and Shizuku knows it. At the same time, Shizuku has trouble expressing her feelings. Despite these difficulties, the two begin to forge a relationship, but viewers never find out if they end up together. 

    The duo spends the majority of the final episode looking for a chicken, and the series ends with them staring at a firefly and exchanging meaningless pleasantries. In contrast to this, the manga ends with Shizuku and Haru getting married after finishing high school. If you care about the characters, you'll probably be frustrated by the anime's sudden, unresolved finale. 

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    Masamune-Kun's Revenge

    Romance anime, on the whole, tends to retread the same subject matter over and over again. Masamune-kun's Revenge, however, actually features a pretty interesting concept. Protagonist Masamune Makabe wants to trick Aki Adagaki (who once rejected his advances) into falling in love with him, so he can get revenge by dumping her in the most humiliating way he can imagine.

    Will he actually go through with it, or will he end up falling in love with her all over again? Will he ever get over his body image issues or his inability to form close relationships? The anime answers zero of these questions, opting instead to end with a cliche school play episode. 

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      Rave Master

      Hiro Mashima, the mangaka who penned Fairy Tail, made his serialization debut with Rave Masterwhich ran from 1999-2005 in Japan. While both manga are well-received, the Rave Master anime just isn't that great, as it ends midway through the source material. The manga is 32 volumes long, but the anime only addresses the first 12.

      For some Rave Master fans, watching Fairy Tail is enough, but others really wish the rest of the manga would be adapted, as the second half is often considered to be better than the first. 

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