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15 'Bruh Moments' in Anime We Had To Recollect Ourselves From

Updated March 2, 2021 10.9k votes 2.3k voters 109.7k views15 items

The greatest thing about watching anime is that it can fill your heart with an array of emotions. Anime can make you bust a gut by inspiring the most hilarious memes on the internet. It can pump you up with the most intense fights you have ever seen. It can also bring a tear to your eye with endings that are beautiful, yet, bittersweet. However, there are anime with moments so shocking it will leave you with only one simple response: “bruh.” 

Whether it’s the death of a beloved character or a disturbing action of one, these anime bruh moments are guaranteed to have your jaw drop on the floor. Devouring an adorable anime girl? Amputating an infected arm of one? “Bruh” anime moments like these are just the tip of the iceberg.   

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    Nina's Transmutation ('Fullmetal Alchemist')

    Photo: Bones

    If you can ignore the overflow of twisted memes it inspired, the transmutation of Nina Tucker and her beloved dog, Alexander, is still one of the most shocking tragedies in anime history. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching the original 2003 anime or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nina’s fate remains horrific (although the 2003 series gave it more depth). A young girl and her faithful dog are transmuted into a talking chimera by her failed alchemist father, who previously did it to his wife who died from the act. The unforgivable act horrifies the Elric brothers, who were living with Nina and her father as they trained to be state alchemists, but the mercy slaying of the chimera by the criminal Scar is what truly breaks them.

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    Kick the Dog ('Elfen Lied')

    Photo: Arms

    Whenever a writer wants to show its readers that a character is good, they’ll write in a heroic scene often known as “save the cat.” For the opposite effect, they’ll write in a cruel scene known as “kick the dog.” When it came to portraying the horrible past of Lucy, the writers of Elfen Lied kicked the dog, literally.

    During her time at the orphanage, Lucy befriended a small puppy who was her only friend in the world. However, the bullies at the orphanage got wind of this news and forced Lucy to watch helplessly, as they beat the puppy to its end. As if the death of an adorable pup wasn’t shocking enough, Lucy took out the children responsible for the anime abuse with her psychic powers.

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    The Dismemberment of Miki Makimura ('Devilman Crybaby')

    Staying true to the shockingly violent nature of the Devilman anime series of the late 80s, the Netflix anime series, Devilman Crybaby, featured a horrific end for an innocent character. Miki Makimura, a cute teenaged girl and romantic admirer of Akira Fudo, is attacked and dismembered by an angry mob of humans out for demon blood. After seeing Miki’s head on a pike, Akira’s faith in humanity plummets.    

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    Juuzou's Castration ('Tokyo Ghoul')

    Photo: Pierrot

    To say Juuzou Suzuya had a hard time growing up would be an understatement. Revealed in Tokyo Ghoul, Juuzou was kidnapped and tortured by an influential ghoul by the name of Big Madam. Big Madam treated Juuzou like a dog and forced him to perform circus tricks for the entertainment of other ghouls. To prevent Juuzou from becoming ugly when he matured, Big Madam castrated him against his will with a hammer; forcing him to be identified as a girl.