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The 15 Greatest Final Episodes in Anime History, Ranked

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Great anime don't always have great endings - but in some wonderful cases, the stories we love have endings that are just as satisfying and exciting as the rest of the series. 

What are the best final anime episodes? Everyone has their own personal favorites, but the conclusions on this list have been highly rated by multiple fans all over the Internet. They run the gamut of genres, ranging from shonen hits like Dragon Ball Super and Hunter x Hunter to romances like Toradora! and shows like The Tatami Galaxy and Welcome to the NHK that are hard to categorize.

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  • If you like sobbing uncontrollably, Your Lie in April might be one of your favorite final episodes. After Kaori's surgery proves unsuccessful, Kosei still has to go ahead and perform without her. He has the performance of a lifetime, imagining that she's by his side playing violin.

    He also learns that she always loved him, and had only pretended to be interested in Watari so that she could get closer to him.

    Now, it's too late for the two of them to be together, but Kosei will always have his memories with her - and he still has his friends standing by his side. 

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  • Has any other anime featured such an epic ending on such a cosmic scale? No, which is why Gurren Lagann's last episode is a must for this list. To defeat the awesomely powerful Anti-Spiral, Team Dai-Gurren combines their Spiral power to create a mecha the size of a literal galaxy. The two gargantuan forces duke it out in space, on a massive scale unlike any seen before or since. 

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  • Toradora! - 'Toradora!'
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    Toradora! is a romance anime that looks like it's going to follow a formula and then steadfastly refuses to do so. In the final episode, the main couple learn about each others' inner lives and family histories, confess their love to one another in one of the sweetest scenes ever, and decide to get married without finishing high school.

    But after thinking it over, they decide to stay in school, resolve their family issues, and take their relationship slowly. The story ends on an emotionally satisfying point, but the characters stay stubbornly realistic, refusing to defer to tropes. It's what makes Toradora! stand out amongst other romance anime. 

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  • Suicide Tour - 'Death Parade'
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    Decim is an arbiter - that is, a being whose job is to decide whether a soul should be reincarnated or destroyed. His assistant is Chiyuki, a human who can't remember her life before she got there. In the emotionally raw final episode, Chiyuki's past is revealed: it turns out that she took her own life, and her inability to come to terms with that is why she's stuck in limbo. When she finally confronts her past, she's able to move on. At the same time, Decim finally comes to a conclusion about his wrongheaded approach to human souls. This gut-wrenching episode does a great job capping off the series' themes, while leaving viewers with plenty to think about.  

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