Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Most Tragic Endings
Prepare the tissues
by Matt Schley
That’s how you may feel after finishing the series and films on this list, which feature the most tragic endings in anime history, according to the Japanese fans who voted on ranking site Goo.
We definitely do not recommend watching them all at once.
19 (tie). Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
19 (tie). Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo 2: The Gravity Front
16 (tie). Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
16 (tie). Genesis of Aquarion
16 (tie). The Wings of Rean
14. Hell Girl
13. Cowboy Bebop
12. Shinsekaiden Mars
11. Mobile Suit Z Gundam
10. Death Note
9. School Days
8. Space Warrior Baldios
7. A Dog of Flanders
6. Fullmetal Alchemist
5. Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato
3. Rose of Versailles
2. Space Runaway Ideon
1. Grave of the Fireflies
No surprise in the number one spot for the Studio Ghibli film which Roger Ebert once wrote “is an emotional experience so powerful it forces a rethinking of animation.” No big surprise, either, that multiple series on the list (Gundam, Rean, Ideon) come from the mind of Yoshiyuki “Kill ‘em All” Tomino.
How did the end of these anime affect you? Anything you’d add to the list?
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