Sometimes, several anime series receive a bad ending where the protagonist dies or gets his/her heart broken or just has his/her life go from bad to worse. Sometimes, these moments make us cry, and sometimes, our hearts get ripped every time we hear the titles of these series with sad endings.
Japanese rankings website, Goo, recently asked 500 people (250 male and 250 female) to rank which anime had the most miserable ending, and a total of 49 anime were included in the results. Here are the Top 21:
21, 20, 19 (three-way tie) Fate/Zero, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, and Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Juuryoku Sensen
18, 17, 16 (three-way tie)- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Aquarion, and Wings of Rean
15 – She, The Ultimate Weapon
14, 13 (tie) – Hell Girl and Cowboy Bebop
12 – Shinseikiden Mars
11 – Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta
10 – Death Note
9/8 (tie) – School Days
9/8 (tie) – Space Warrior Baldios
7 – Dog of Flanders
6 – Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
5 – Farewell Space Battleship Yamato
4 – Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix
3 – The Rose of Versailles
2 – Space Runaway Ideon
1 – Grave of the Fireflies
The poll asked fans which anime was the one they found to be most miserable, and if you’ve watched Grave of the Fireflies, which is a masterpiece of a film, you would definitely tear up and know just how miserable life can be during World War II Japan.
Meanwhile, legendary director, Gundam creator, and all-around sourpuss, Yoshiyuki “Kill’em All” Tomino showed exactly why they nicknamed him “Kill’em All Tomino” with Space Runaway Ideon, with the mecha anime taking second place, with historical manga, The Rose of Versailles taking third.
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Which tragic anime had the most miserable ending? Fans weigh in