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

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1,137 288
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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

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

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

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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Shiki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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

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Farewell to Space Battleship Y... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime With The Darkest Endings

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

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