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Anime Endings
Topic by: Chamelion
Posted: August 17, 2005 - 10:55 AM PDT
Last Reply: September 8, 2005 - 3:00 PM PDT

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author topic: Anime Endings
Chamelion
post #1  on August 17, 2005 - 10:55 AM PDT  
I just finished watching Figure 17 again, as it is one of my favorite anime shows of all time.... and one thing I appreciate is that it has an ending.

What I mean is; the series ENDS, wraps up, concludes in a very satisfying, though bittersweet, finish...

Yet, some animes do not... some are disappointing, less then satisfying in their endings.. others, don't end.. and others are quite incomplete...

So, which animes did you watch that disappointed you with an ending that was less then fullfilling? Which animes were very satisfying in their endings? And which were confusing as all HELL in their endings?

Some of my fave series for good, solid endings.

Figure 17
Maison Ikkoku
Mai Hime
Read or Die TV
Nadia

Some of my fave series with FRUSTRATING, DEPRESSING or otherwise let-down endings.

Mahoromatic
Saikano
Cho-Bits
His and Her Circumstances

And Anime who's last scene makes you go "OH COME ON, DONT END IT HERE!"

Elfen Lied
Neon-Genesis Evangelion


Yours?

C
DBooher
post #2  on August 17, 2005 - 11:54 AM PDT  
you've watched serveral series that actually satisfied you?

What's this Figure 17 about? Maybe I should check it out.

I cannot recall a series that I liked the ending of. They all pissed me off, had me throwing things. I haven't even watched the last episode of Karekano yet for fear of a bad ending. I've been sitting on that series for longer than a year.

I can tell you however--which series I hated the endings to the most. Would that be okay? Or--broke my heart the most.

1.B-b-b-bBER....sigh. (You know the one.)
2. X the series. (I am still not over the ending--though I loved getting to it.)
3. Princess Nine. ( No closure)
4.Princess Tutu (what the hell happy ending was that?!)
6. Boys over flowers. (So glad there is a manga to lead off of.)
7. Escaflowne (She made the WRONG decision!)
8. Twelve Kingdoms (weak)
I should stop because this could go on forever...

Wait! I just remembered a series that ended okay!!
1.Scrapped Princess.

Yes my heart was still entact when that one ended. I can't believe there was even one. Thank you Chamelion for creating a thread that allowed me to remember it.
jross3
post #3  on August 17, 2005 - 12:50 PM PDT  
I liked the end of Berserk. When a show like that ends, it should be as memorable as it is devestating...


On the other hand, I think (and always have thought) that Cowboy Bebop ended really well. I liked a whole lot of things about that anime, so forgive me if I start sounding like a broken record....

And on another end of te spectrum, Card Captor Sakura had a great ending, too - in fact, it was so great that they made it into a movie.
underdog
post #4  on August 17, 2005 - 1:59 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 11:54 AM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> What's this Figure 17 about? Maybe I should check it out.
>

Check it out to your heart's content:

Figure 17.

Looks really cute...
Chamelion
post #5  on August 17, 2005 - 2:56 PM PDT  
Figure 17 is a 13 episode story, but what's unique is the eps are 45 minutes instead of 22... so in reality, it's the same as a 26 ep series, but only 13 stories, progressing over a single year in the life of a 10 yr old girl who becomes involved with two aliens who are hunting Maguar; creatures who have crash landed on Earth.

Tsubasa, the 10yo girl, accidently 'joins' with a highly-advanced 'armor' called a Figure, and is forced to fight. But, unlike all other figures, when they seperate, this one takes on the form of a human girl; her near-indentical twin...called Hikaru.

What I love most about the show is that it's 'slow'... it does'nt rush character development, it doesn't rush the story in a crammed 22 minute block... The battles are well thought out, and the music is quite good *tho, in some regards a bit repetitive, but since it's good, oh well*

But yeah; check out the link posted, as well as this site:

http://figure17.areaseven.net/main.html

Now, about Princess Nine, it did have a solid ending for the 'Season'. It definetly could have had a 'year two' and I wish it did too, but over all; it told the story it needed too :)

C

Of course; there's animes with NO Ends, no real ones anyway.

Ranma 1/2
Urusei Yatsura
Sailor Moon :P

Battie
post #6  on August 17, 2005 - 5:15 PM PDT  
Hated endings:

Gantz
Berserk
Bastard!
Nightwalker
Elfen Lied

>:|
DBooher
post #7  on August 17, 2005 - 5:31 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 5:15 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hated endings:
>
> Gantz

OMG you've seen the end of season two for Gantz. You whore. (I say that with love) where did you get it?!

And I SUPPOSE Princess Nine ended by it's sesaon--technically. But emotionally well. I had no closure!!! )D

I will never agree on Beserk ending well.
Never never never.
Though I do love Jross. (Have you checked out The Devil Does Exist Jross? It's as good as Happy Hustle) ^_^



Chamelion
post #8  on August 17, 2005 - 6:35 PM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 5:15 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hated endings:
>

> Elfen Lied
>
> >:|
> ---------------------------------

I didn't HATE the ending of Elfen Lied, but it certainly left a major question.

However, I did research on it, and the MANGA is a bit more detailed and does give alot more clues as to how that ending comes about, and even tho the anime and manga end about at the same point; you have more reason to believe things are positive thanks to the Manga's explanation.

Heck, its the first anime where I both love and HATE the lead girl... cause of what she does through out the series, but her motivation behind it makes you feel for her.

C
Battie
post #9  on August 18, 2005 - 12:43 AM PDT  
> On August 17, 2005 - 5:31 PM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 17, 2005 - 5:15 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Hated endings:
> >
> > Gantz
>
> OMG you've seen the end of season two for Gantz. You whore. (I say that with love) where did you get it?!
>

If I told you...I'd have to kill you.

> And I SUPPOSE Princess Nine ended by it's sesaon--technically. But emotionally well. I had no closure!!! )D
>
> I will never agree on Beserk ending well.
> Never never never.
> Though I do love Jross. (Have you checked out The Devil Does Exist Jross? It's as good as Happy Hustle) ^_^
>

Agreed. I nearly threw something at my tv. :P
DMcNaught
post #10  on August 18, 2005 - 10:48 AM PDT  
Haibane Renmei has a great ending (but it's also the Best Anime Series Evar! in my opinion).

Kare Kano's wasn't horrible, but it wasn't really satisfying either.

Witch Hunter Robin also disappointed me a bit.

I think the Japanese like "open-ended" endings more than we do.
ahogue
post #11  on August 18, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT  
> On August 18, 2005 - 10:48 AM PDT DMcNaught wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Haibane Renmei has a great ending (but it's also the Best Anime Series Evar! in my opinion).
>
> Kare Kano's wasn't horrible, but it wasn't really satisfying either.
> ---------------------------------

Agreed on both points. Haibane may be the best anime ending I have ever seen. It's one of those rare series where the ending redeems the rest of the show, not vice versa.

Kare Kano was highly unsatisfying.

Boogiepop Phantom's was actually very good -- once I watched it a second time and thought about it a little.

Texhnolyze's ending was a bit of a letdown, but certainly not bad.

FLCL ends perfectly.

Come to think of it, Last Exile, while not my favorite series by any stretch, ended very well and appropriately for its genre.
DBooher
post #12  on August 19, 2005 - 11:24 AM PDT  
> On August 18, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Kare Kano was highly unsatisfying.
>

I KNEW IT!

...but on Karekano's defense--there is a manga which leads off right after the series ends. And it's Gainax. How many of their titles (though awesome) end satisfyingly, anyway?
ahogue
post #13  on August 19, 2005 - 1:12 PM PDT  
> On August 19, 2005 - 11:24 AM PDT DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 18, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
>
> > Kare Kano was highly unsatisfying.
> >
>
> I KNEW IT!
>
> ...but on Karekano's defense--there is a manga which leads off right after the series ends. And it's Gainax. How many of their titles (though awesome) end satisfyingly, anyway?
> ---------------------------------

Well, you shouldn't avoid it. Actually, the story itself ends just about right, in my opinion, it's just that the final two episodes are animated strangely and are sort of hard to follow. It's not so much the story but the execution that really lacks.

As for good Gainax endings, the only one I know is FLCL. I think they wrapped it up so well very pointedly, as if they specifically set out to show up Anno. The preview for the final episode even has the characters speculating on whether the series will end properly.
RWaller
post #14  on August 20, 2005 - 8:33 PM PDT  
Stand Up and Cheer Dept.

My fave for great and totally satisfying endings is still Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar. Exciting, redemptive, and gives great closure to a really solid story with an actual point to it  and includes all the characters.

Agree on Haibane Renmei. Of course. The astonishing way in which the entire story snapped into focus on one crucial instant ("Help me").

Hanging is Too Good for Them Dept.

It took me a year to recover from the ending to Mahoromatic. And I'm still angry because it ruined any enjoyment I would have gotten out of watching the show again. (I probably never will.)

I, for one, was annoyed and bored to tedium by the ending to Cowboy Bebop. But then, I disliked that entire real-folk-blues plot thread, because the show didn't really flesh it out enough to make me actually care about any of the characters or events in Spike's past  or for that matter, to even take him seriously enough to accept him as a tragic hero. And I didnt like the way that Ed was so unceremoniously dumped from the storyline.
shiori308
post #15  on August 22, 2005 - 2:13 AM PDT  
The only ending that I ever felt okay with was Cowboy Bebop, it made me sad but it ended well enough. Evangelion had me going so much and then when it ended I felt I either had to turn around and watch it again until I felt complete or commit suicide and I was leaning more towards the latter. I really liked Full Metal Panic! but it just ended and I was sad but now I hear about this Second Raid or whatever and I am happy. Gantz has a bad ending? and so does Elfen Lied? Oh no I am sad again. Battie you whore (with love) those were my two series that I had a little hope in their potential to end well. Outlaw Star since someone mentioned it got too weird at the end I really disliked that ending. I liked the ending to Samurai X as well, it had a very cinematic ending I thought was beautiful but sad.

IronS
post #16  on August 22, 2005 - 12:36 PM PDT  
I prefer the ending of Outlaw Star to that of Cowboy Bebop.

SPOILER ALERT

I like to have the characters face their angst, have the universe be reset and have the lot of them go off into space for whatever further adventures they will have. I don't particularly like to have the characters be overwhelmed by their angst and die or just go away. I mean, forget Spike; I wanted to know what happened to Fay and Ed (and Ein, of course). From the beginning, I knew that of the lot of them, Spike was the one who would die (too much angst in that boy) so I wanted to know what happened to the rest.
jross3
post #17  on August 22, 2005 - 1:54 PM PDT  
> On August 22, 2005 - 12:36 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> SPOILER ALERT
>
> I like to have the characters face their angst, have the universe be reset and have the lot of them go off into space for whatever further adventures they will have. I don't particularly like to have the characters be overwhelmed by their angst and die or just go away. I mean, forget Spike; I wanted to know what happened to Fay and Ed (and Ein, of course). From the beginning, I knew that of the lot of them, Spike was the one who would die (too much angst in that boy) so I wanted to know what happened to the rest.
> ---------------------------------

Fake Spoiler Alert

Ed opens a beauty parlor. Ein moves to Ghost in the Shell and lives with the Major. Faye and Jet get married and have very average looking children.
RWaller
post #18  on August 31, 2005 - 7:08 PM PDT  
> On August 22, 2005 - 1:54 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------

>
> Fake Spoiler Alert
>
... Faye and Jet get married and have very average looking children.
> ---------------------------------
Then they start a family sitcom with Armitage and Sylabus.
IronS
post #19  on September 4, 2005 - 12:14 PM PDT  
> On August 22, 2005 - 1:54 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Fake Spoiler Alert
>
> Ed opens a beauty parlor.

ROTFL!!!!

> Faye and Jet get married and have very average looking children.
> ---------------------------------

Kind of balanced out, is that what you mean?

> On August 31, 2005 - 7:08 PM PDT RWaller wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Then they start a family sitcom with Armitage and Sylabus.
> ---------------------------------

:)
IronS
post #20  on September 4, 2005 - 1:48 PM PDT  
SPOILER ALERT

What about the ending of Wolf's Rain? Did Kiba restart the world or was it all some sort of dream? Where was he running to at the very end? It's sooo much more confusing than the whole Galactic Leyline subplot in Outlaw Star....
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