Anime Underground Anime With The Darkest Endings  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the series that lived unhappily ever after.

While plenty of anime ends on a happy note, sometimes a series takes your heart and Gundam-blasts it into a million little pieces. A dark ending sometimes works best, especially for a darker show like Berserk, but watching one can still make you cry. Some anime concludes in a way that you never fully recover from it—spoilers ahead, by the way!

Be honest: there's a little part of your soul that's still crying (or laughing, we won’t judge) about Light Yagami crawling around on the floor screaming and begging for his life. Nobody’s getting over the end of School Days—that head is going to haunt your dreams forever. 

Vote up the anime with the darkest, most shocking, most miserably messed-up finales that left you running for your copy of My Neighbor Totoro.

If you want to know what led up to the endings check out the best Puella Magi Madoka Magica quotes and the best Griffith quotes.

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,755 430
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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656 106
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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2,031 533
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,732 454
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,460 371
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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2,403 691
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,619 437
Another is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,305 337
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,206 325
School Days is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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479 80
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,199 347
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,119 320
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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442 93
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,170 397
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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811 259
Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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806 266
Akira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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690 242
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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420 127
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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658 254
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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847 409
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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523 228
Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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557 250
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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114 54
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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69 56
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings