In a survey of users of a popular comment forum in Japan, a list of the most disappointing anime endings in history was published. This disturbing ranking has sparked passionate debate in the otaku community, as anime series endings have a profound impact on viewer satisfaction.
Anime endings can be disappointing for several reasons. First, excessive expectations can lead to disappointment, especially if a series has built up a large fan base over its run. Additionally, rushed or poorly developed endings can result in endings being left open without adequate explanation of the plot or characters’ fates. Additionally, some endings may radically deviate from the tone or direction the series had previously established, which may result in a disconnect with the audience.
The forum discussion reflects the importance of a satisfying ending to the entire anime experience. Fans invest time and emotion in these series, and a disappointing result can leave a lasting impression. This list serves as a reminder that anime endings play a crucial role in the appreciation and reception of these animated masterpieces.
The list was the following:
10. Invincible Superman Zanbot 3 (1977)
8. Space Runaway Ideon (1980) (Empate)
8. Umi no Toriton (1972) (Empate)
7. The Rose of Versailles (1979)
5. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (2011) (Empate)
5. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1992) (Empate)
4. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985)
3. Urusei Yatsura (1981)
2. A Dog of Flanders (1975)
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
As the anime industry continues to grow and produce exciting new series, fans hope that creators realize the importance of providing a fitting and satisfying conclusion to the stories that capture their hearts.