Anime Underground

11 Unsatisfying Anime Deaths That Didn't Do Awesome Characters Justice 

Zack Howe
Updated January 9, 2020 12.5k votes 4.3k voters 119.2k views 11 items

List Rules Vote up the most uninspired death in anime.

A lot of people die in anime. Like, a lot. And many of those times, it’s a beloved character, or at least a character of some import. Usually, the creators do justice to these characters, which results in some of the most satisfying deaths in anime. However, there are still a lot of lame deaths in anime. Sure, half of them are from Another, which is basically an animated Final Destination, but don't worry - there’s only one example from that show on this list. 

But Another isn’t the sole culprit in producing unsatisfying anime deaths. Sometimes, the animators just miss the mark. Most people would agree that there are few things more infuriating than an anti-climactic death. It’s okay for characters to die, but it better damn well serve a purpose. Compiled here are bad anime deaths that didn’t do the character justice in any way. Vote up the most disappointing and terribly lame deaths in anime. 

Lubbock From Akame Ga Kill! Fell Onto Some Spikes From Really High Up
Lubbock From Akame Ga Ki... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 11 Unsatisfying Anime Deaths That Didn't Do Awesome Characters Justice
Photo:  White Fox

Lubbock's ultimate fight with Syura starts off pretty great. The problem is, right as Lubbock kills Syura, Syura uses the shambhala to teleport them both really high up in the sky. So, Syura's dead body starts coming back down, and Lubbock's very-much-still-living body is also falling with it. The battle is won, yet suddenly fans have to watch Lubbock slowly descend to his death while dreaming of his love, Najenda. The worst part? He lands on some spikes. Uncool and unfair. 

Was this disappointing?
Kamina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 11 Unsatisfying Anime Deaths That Didn't Do Awesome Characters Justice
Photo:  Gainax

Kamina is the unrivaled bad*ss of the heroes. When he leads his crew above ground to fight the alien beast-men, out of nowhere comes some lowly lieutenant in a mech suit who tears right through him! He basically gets ripped into two and dies - or at least he appears to. After a while, he just gets back up and starts fighting again. Oh, cool. Maybe, even though he's basically cut in half, he's alright! The heroes eventually win the battle and then Kamina really dies from his earlier wounds. Anyone else notice something seriously flawed here? 

Was this disappointing?

More Kamina 

#157 of 1,082 The Very Best Anime Characters #36 of 107 The 25+ Saddest Anime Deaths of All Time

Ushio Okazaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 11 Unsatisfying Anime Deaths That Didn't Do Awesome Characters Justice
Photo:  Kyoto Animation

Tomoya Okazaki can't not cope with his wife's death, so he leaves his newborn daughter in the care of others while he drinks and smokes his worries away. Five years later, Tomoya comes around and faces his responsibility. The problem is, his daughter Ushio has the same illness that killed her mother. Despite Ushio's high fever, Tomoya takes her for a walk in the freakin' snow, and then she dies in his arms. YOU DO NOT TAKE SICK CHILDREN FOR WALKS IN THE SNOW, TOMOYA! Un-frickin'-believable! 

Was this disappointing?
King Kai, Bubbles, And Gregory Die In Dragon Ball Z Because Goku's A Jerk
King Kai, Bubbles, And G... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 11 Unsatisfying Anime Deaths That Didn't Do Awesome Characters Justice
Photo:  Toei Animation

When Cell realizes he can't beat Gohan in his Super Saiyan form, he turns himself into a bomb that will destroy the planet if anyone so much as touches him. Goku nobly sacrifices himself, using instant transmission to get Cell off of Earth. The problem is, he also unilaterally decides it's okay for King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory to all sacrifice themselves as well as he transports cell to King Kai's planet, killing all of them. It's possible Goku needed a ki signiture to lock onto and was forced to go there, but it still sucked to see those innocent characters perish when they were just minding their own business.

Was this disappointing?