Anime Underground The 25+ Darkest Anime 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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759 103
Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
2
1,930 450
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
3
849 158
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
4
2,187 563
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
5
1,579 389
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
6
1,879 482
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
7
2,608 732
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
8
1,737 467
Another is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
9
1,392 361
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
10
1,322 344
School Days is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
11
602 108
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
12
1,285 368
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
13
1,201 341
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
14
545 120
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
15
1,248 417
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
16
867 278
Akira is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
17
856 274
Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
18
530 155
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
19
743 251
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
20
708 268
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
21
608 261
Gantz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
22
551 235
Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
23
895 427
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
24
148 59
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
25
84 64
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings