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.
- Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of the ...more
- Piano prodigy Kousei Arima had a mental breakdown after his mother died and cannot hear his piano.
- Berserk (Wowow, 1997) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Kentaro Miura from OLM animation studio. Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group ...more
- A girl is offered a wish in return for a commitment to battle witches.
- In a realm within the afterlife, a band of teens fight to keep from being taken to the next level.
- Teenagers pilot giant fighting machines to stop otherworldly monsters from wiping out humanity.
- Bounty hunters search for criminals.
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Animax, 2006), often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese sci-fi anime series from Sunrise animation studios. Set in an alternate timeline, the series ...more
- Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles across a ...more
- A high school student becomes the ambivalent love interest of several girls during his second term.
- Another (P.A. Works, 2012) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji. A young man named Koichi Sakakibara transfers to a new school ...more
- Fate/Zero (ufotable, 2011) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the light novel by Gen Urobuchi and Takashi Takeuchi, and a prequel to the 2006 anime Fate/stay night. Seven chosen mages and ...more
- A 17-year-old boy accidentally obtains a rare and great power.
- The adventures of Inspector Akane Tsunemori.
- Tomoya Okazaki's life begins to change because of a new friend.
- Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric search for the Philsopher's Stone.
- Saya is a seemingly normal girl who is called upon to protect her village from strange monsters.
- Supernatural horrors befall a small town when its population begins mysteriously dying off.
- Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro ...more
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is a TV Program based on the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni video game series.
- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a Japanese anime television series that premiered on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9, 2009, where it ended its original run on September 17. Directed by Masaki Tachibana ...more
- Holy warriors battle demons during the Roaring Twenties.
- Two friends are recruited to hunt down aliens.
- The peace of an underground community is disrupted when a robot crashes into the village.
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a television anime, part of the Gundam series and a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The show was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, with character designs ...more