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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783 129
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,839 441
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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2,129 545
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,824 465
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,529 381
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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2,537 711
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,686 453
Another is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,353 348
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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553 93
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,285 334
School Days is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,254 356
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,171 331
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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510 108
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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1,223 409
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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844 265
Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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846 271
Akira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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488 140
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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721 248
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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690 260
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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590 255
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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542 230
Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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875 417
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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137 57
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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78 59
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings