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Here's How Your Favorite Canceled Anime Were Supposed To End

When an anime is canceled, viewers are left hanging with an unfinished plot and unanswered questions. Thankfully, when many canceled anime are based on manga that can sometimes provide a conclusion. Reading the manga attached to your favorite series makes for a great experience; the differences between the Akira manga and anime are enough for you to practically enjoy an entirely different story twice. But sometimes when your favorite anime is canceled, you just want to know what happened.

If you really need to know how Fruits Basket or Slam Dunk ended, read on to discover what happened in the final arcs or chapters manga -if the manga even finished itself. As you probably guessed, this article is SPOILER HEAVY, so proceed with caution.

  • Dwindling ratings ended Bleach before the final story arc, the Thousand Year Blood War, could even be animated. The Quincys return in opposition to the Shinigamis. The arc remains one of the darkest and grittiest to ever appear in the Bleach universe. Blood spatters everywhere, and several major characters die - most notably, Sasakibe, Yamamoto, Unohana, Rose, Ukitake, and Kensei. 

    Readers also learn how the major character's lives turn out. Orihime and Ichigo marry and Ichigo takes over his family's clinic. Rukia also marries Renji, with the former becoming a captain in her own right. The series ends with both the couples' children meeting each other for the first time.

  • The anime version of Gantz offers little in the way of explanation as to the purpose of the Gantz sphere - but the manga does. In the manga, readers learn the Gantz sphere defends Earth against alien invaders who intend to destroy it. This is revealed when a "catastrophe" countdown appears on the sphere. 

    Aliens invade Earth only to be swiftly beaten back - until their leader, Eeva, challenges humanity to a battle, claiming that if he is not satisfied he will fly his spaceship into the earth, wiping out both humanity and his own species. Ultimately, Kurono defeats Eeva in a battle that is broadcast aroudn the world. He and Kato return to Earth, where they are regarded as heroes.

  • Though most anime series are better with a solid ending, Bunny Drop's manga ending is best left on the page. After a 10-year time skip, the formerly six-year-old Rin is now a 16-year-old girl. Naturally, she still lives with Daikichi, the man who adopted her 10 years earlier after the passing of her father - who is also Daikichi's grandfather. 

    Despite their parent-child relationship, Rin falls in love with Daikichi and proposes marriage. 40-year-old Daikichi initially refuses, but when it's revealed the two aren't actually biologically related, he agrees to marry the teenage girl - utterly destroying the wholesome connection depicted in the anime.

  • The Fruits Basket anime leaves out the vast majority of the manga storyline, fashioning an ending out of a scene from early on the series. The largest omitted plot points are the revelations that occur toward the end. 

    As it turns out, Akito Sohma, the despotic family head who makes everyone's life a living hell in the anime, has a much more complicated backstory than anyone imagined. Though appearing male in the anime, Akito turns out to be female but raised as a male due to her mother's jealous reaction to the idea of her father loving any woman but her. When Akito's true self is revealed, it opens the door for the ultimate change that occurs - the dissolution of the Sohma curse, which causes those affected to transform into animals when embraced by the opposite gender.

    In the manga, the curse exists because Akito wants it to, and when she discovers genuine human connection without its help, she lets it go. The members of the Sohma family are now free to live their lives as they please, with most of them falling in love and getting married.