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The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated May 16, 2019 40.8k votes 9.8k voters 146.2k views 30 items

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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more

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Puella Magi Madoka Magic... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by ...more

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Berserk is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, ...more

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more

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Another is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. ...more

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Neon Genesis Evangelion ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was ...more

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Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Fate/Zero is a light novel by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. The first volume was released on December 29, 2006, ...more

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School Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Watch the latest episodes of School Days on Crunchyroll now. YOUR ROMANCE WILL COME TRUE IF YOU KEEP YOUR LOVE INTEREST'S PHOTO ON YOUR CELL PHONE SCREEN FOR THREE WEEKS WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING. ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
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 ...more

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Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated ...more

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Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high ...more

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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina ...more

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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Clannad (Kyoto Animation, 2007) is a Japanese anime series based on the visual novel by Key. A high school student who cares little about those around him meets and develops a relationship with ...more

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more

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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi. The story was originally conceived by Jun Maeda, who also wrote the ...more

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Blood-C is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Blood-C is a 2011 anime/manga series that is produced in collaboration by Studio Production I.G and Nanase Ohkawa of CLAMP. This is Production I.G's second anime series related to the Blood ...more

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
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 ...more

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Shiki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Shiki is a horror novel by Japanese novelist Fuyumi Ono.An anime adaptation of the manga by Daume began broadcasting on July 8, 2010. The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the ...more

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Bro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Developed by Bones, the series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and written by Hiroshi ...more

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Higurashi no Naku Koro n... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
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Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime television series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It ran for 27 episodes on ...more

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Gantz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Gantz is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato, both whom died in a train accident and become part of a ...more

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Chrono Crusade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Chrono Crusade, originally released as Chrno Crusade due to a typo in the original logo, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Moriyama. It was originally published by ...more

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
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 ...more

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Texhnolyze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Darkest Anime Endings
Texhnolyze is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, from a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda, with original character design by Yoshitoshi ...more

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