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: if you watched Death Note, 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 severed 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.

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

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1,550 413
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,111 272
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,264 338
Another is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,887 557
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,304 360
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,039 272
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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889 252
School Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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904 271
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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874 261
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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639 199
Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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902 315
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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632 209
Akira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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528 190
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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516 189
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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128 11
Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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442 200
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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413 185
Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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646 334
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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134 28
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

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97 15
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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110 33
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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20 14
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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The Rose of Versailles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Space Runaway Ideon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Valvrave the Liberator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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139 185
Texhnolyze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Farewell to Space Battleship Y... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings