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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599 90
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,672 422
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,984 521
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,682 443
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,419 364
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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2,340 674
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,582 427
Another is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,274 327
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,173 319
School Days is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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441 69
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,178 339
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,088 314
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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408 83
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,144 386
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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793 252
Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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784 262
Akira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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673 236
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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390 114
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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647 246
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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836 398
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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514 223
Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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543 245
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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102 51
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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61 52
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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178 214
Texhnolyze is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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178 231
Valvrave the Liberator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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37 60
The Rose of Versailles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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19 54
Farewell to Space Battleship Y... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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15 60
Space Runaway Ideon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings