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The 15 Greatest Final Episodes in Anime History, Ranked

Updated November 24, 2020 3.3k votes 786 voters 21.9k views15 items

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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  • After a penultimate battle in which Edward defeats Father, then sacrifices his ability to perform alchemy in order to retrieve his brother's body, the last episode is dedicated to tying up loose ends and setting the characters on their paths into the future. Edward and Winry have the world's most awkwardly adorable confession and get together, Roy Mustang starts working to make up for Amestris' treatment of the Ishvalan people, Alphonse heads to Xing to learn alkahestry, and even Pride seems to be doing alright. It's an ending that makes the previous 64 episodes feel totally worthwhile. 

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  • The Real Folk Blues (Part 2) - 'Cowboy Bebop'
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    Cowboy Bebop is one of the most beloved anime series out there, and one of the reasons is its stellar ending. Julia is gone and Spike's crew is falling apart, so all he has left is to face the demons of his past - the Red Dragon Syndicate. After taking on countless members of his own, he finds himself face to face with his former ally and current enemy, Vicious.

    He squeaks through with a victory, but the price proves to be a steep one - he collapses, alone. His last word is one that will stay in anime fans minds' and hearts forever. 

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  • Re: - 'Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2'
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    In the last stretch of Code Geass, it looks like the formerly idealistic revolutionary is veering totally off the rails into villain territory. But in the end, Lelouch pulls it all together with a dramatic sacrifice. In order to give the people a singular figure to unite against, and a single hero to rally behind, he has his friend Suzaku dress up as Lelouch's alter ego Zero, and publicly assassinate him. It's brutal, but it works - and it cements Lelouch's place as one of the most complex and fascinating anime heroes ever. 

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    Future Time - 'Assassination Classroom'

    Future Time - 'Assassination Classroom'
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    After an absolutely devastating penultimate episode in which Koro-sensei reveals his true intentions and says goodbye to class 3-E, the last episode follows the kids into the future. We get to see them carrying out the lessons that Koro-sensei taught them, whether that means working for the government, joining the sciences, or becoming teachers themselves. It's a lovely moment of reflection and a fitting way to say goodbye to the cast, without veering into excessive sentimentality. 

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