Prepare to have your feelings ripped out and thrown into a shredder, because these famous last anime words will make you cry like a total baby. If you're ready to reflect on the saddest, best last words in anime, do yourself a favor and have some tissues handy.
Also, MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD. Because, well, it's about the cool yet depressing things anime characters have said on their deathbed. By definition it's going to cover the deaths of your favorite heroes.
These deaths are the result of everything from tragic illnesses to epic space battles and sacrifices for the human race. Whatever the inciting incident, however, these scenes are bound to slap your feelings around without any remorse. Get ready for some crazy anime tears and try not to blow one of those gross snot bubbles.
Last Words: "Hey, hey, cut me some slack. I've got a wife and kid at home."
Indeed he did. The kind, caring, cheery Maes Hughes was one person who definitely did not deserve to die. Worst of all, you know he's never going back to see his family, and soon, that same family will have to bury him. The fact that he didn't even kill Envy (who was disguised as his wife at the time) on his way out just throws salt in the wound.
Last Words: "Bang."
That's all he had to say. Throughout the entire Cowboy Bebop series, you grow to know and love Spike Spiegel. Then, during the very last episode, you watch him finally conclude everything to the point where you think he's going to make it out of this last epic fight.
He holds up his fingers like a gun in an ostensible gesture of triumph. Our quirky bounty hunter did it! He can finally move on with his life. Then you look at him and see how seriously injured up he is and... "Bang." Instead of walking away from the scene in glory, he collapses and dies. It's like the show just shot a big hole in your heart where Spike used to be.
Last Words: "I know I cannot be, but I wish I could go to where you have gone... How I wish I could join you there... Haku..."
Zabuza came rolling through Naruto as a bad dude on a bad mission. You don't really have any sympathy for him until you learn about his relationship with his young ward, Haku. After Haku dies, Zabuza gets taken down not long after.
His final sentence is so self-aware and clings so desperately to the solidarity of his life that it cuts deeper than any kunai.
Last Words: "Later, Buddy."
Although Kamina's role in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is brief, it's incredibly important, dramatic, and powerful. The strong-willed and spunky Kamina convinced Simon to break out of the underground, to be free, and to not just believe in himself, but to believe in the Kamina who believes in him.
He left as joyously and abruptly as he came, with his final words a simple "Later, Buddy." That was it, but we all knew we'd never see him again.