The Art of Ending an Anime

The Art of Ending an Anime


This video is sponsored by Another Eden. Another Eden is a free-to-play JRPG adventure for iOS and Android and before I go any further. This is written and directed by Masato Kato, who wrote the likes of Chrono Trigger Xenogears, Heroes of Mana and many more. Yes, and like a lot of mobile games, and this is a super story focused RPG with a lengthy 26 chapter Campaign visiting multiple timelines and locations, voiced in both English and full Weeb. Yes It’s a much more traditional story driven JRPG and as a JRPG enthusiast, I already know all the ins and outs Look has warned me not to fight this dude, but I’m pretty confident. I can handle… This must be the dark souls of mobile games!! You get to choose between a big variety of party members But I’ve also got to mention the music because it was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda and poor econ studio, who also works on Chrono Trigger and Xenogears cuz this is by far the best OST I’ve heard for any mobile game If this top class production sounds like your cup of tea Click the link in the description to download it on iOS and Android and with that said let’s get on with today’s video Anime endings- no not that- the ending of an anime -No, no, not not fucking- that the part that comes at the end of an anime No, Not fucking that! The final act of an anime in which the events happening in the plot, characters, and series come to a conclusion Aka the ending is an important part of any anime It can be the culmination of the journey that’s been taken It can give the entire series a sense of resolution and closure and in some cases can literally make or break an anime But I feel in this age of seasonal anime, 3 episode rules, dropping shows harder than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs something not discussed enough is Anime End- oh for fuck’s sake- A good friend of mine once said “the ending is Paramount Pictures” Stay toasty, but I feel like in anime because of the way it’s made there are different directions We as anime fans see a lot from the conclusive, to the open-ended, to the downright What the fuck? So I wanted to just take this video to just kind of discuss the different types of endings We usually see, my perceptions of them as a whole, and how they fit into the anime culture in general. Now, I want to keep this a general discussion about endings without spoiling everything I’m talking about so to help you avoid this on every section I will be listing any shows in which I either detail or show spoiler-ific Plot points to do with the ending So if you want to skip any sections, the timestamps of each section will be in the description below so with that out of the way first let’s start with If there’s one easy way for a new anime to grab my attention It’s just by knowing that it’s an anime original series Firstly, because this means we don’t have any source material, meaning we don’t get those manga-readers acting like 200 IQ Geniuses being like “oh Is that what you think is going to happen? Poor Anime only watchers? hehehe” “Look at me. I’m so smart because I know what’s gonna happen next hehehe,” and then light novel readers are there like “AHAHAHA, FOOLISH MORTALS!!” And secondly because it’s not based on a pre-existing IP, it’s likely that it will have an ending that’s conclusive or even better It means the entire story from beginning to end is already pre-planned and anime original series are not common occurrences But many shows older and new stick out to me because of this fact: Cowboy Bebop Eureka 7, Code Geass, even in more recent times with RE:Creators, and A Place Further than the Universe, of course It wasn’t just the ending that made these show stand out, but it did help a lot something like Zankyou no Terror, despite a lot of the problems I had with it stick with me clearly because it felt like a complete story that was planned out with an ending I’ve really enjoyed and like holy shit Re:Creators did this Revolutionary thing in anime called an epilogue where the entire last episode was no action, no plot. It was just dedicated to tying up loose ends and seeing what characters were up to after the story was concluded to leave the viewer with a sense of closure What The Fuc- but of course just because something is anime original doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to have a good ending In fact, there used to be this thing called ‘Gainax endings’ where certain shows coincidentally produced by studio Gainax would get endings That made no sense or served sequel hooks to sequels that were never made Fortunately ‘Gainax Endings’ nowadays seems to have died with the decline of the studio only to find themselves Isekai-d into Trigger for its own light novel adaptation of ‘that time I got Reincarnated as Darling in the FranXX’ But even some anime that have had a conclusive enough endings, have had a reoccurring issue because if it gets enough success and popularity There’s always a chance that the creators felt it was appropriate to revive it and have another go There are little things that are sacred in anime these days and one of them certainly isn’t the legacy of a popular franchise It doesn’t matter how good or how conclusive and complete your series can be when it’s over There’s always gonna be a way to Ret-Conn or ass-pull or literally Resurrect a new narrative to milk a few more dollars out of beloved franchises just in time to give me my ‘JI-BUN WOES’ (cries for mistakes made that cause woes) On the rare occasion you get something like Diebuster adding a new story in the same world years after Gunbuster but there are numerous examples of sequels coming in that not only result in a vastly inferior ending to the original series but even going As far as completely fucking up and ruining the established canon We went from Darker Than Black season 1 Chinese electric Batman to Darker Than Black season 2 Alcoholic dad simulator, Madoka Rebellion was a sequel movie…. that people had opinions about and then there’s Eureka 7 AO. Now if AO is viewed as a standalone series it would be Fine, just a fairly forgettable average show But as a sequel It’s a fucking travesty. Introducing plot elements that completely broke characters and themes from the original going as far to confirm that the fucking spin-off reboot movie was somehow canon in some bizarre multiverse time travel fuck ass-ury and just in general trampling all over the world and themes of the original series There’s a discussion to be had on whether the existence of these sequels have ruined the value of the original ending but there are also a few shows that have had pretty decent endings in the sense that they concluded everything they needed to but they still left room for a sequel which were eventually made that really didn’t live up to the original The first Psycho Pass had some truly interesting and brilliant ideas that were explored and has yet to be replicated, nothing from Steins;Gate either from its sequel movie or Zero came close to capturing the original spirit and the only thing I thought the New FLCL (Fooly Cooly) brought to the table was a few new great tracks from The Pillows I think my problem with all these is that they are examples where sequel definitely wasn’t needed or originally planned But they made one anyway It’s not like the Mob Psycho season two’s of today where the storyline didn’t end and the sequel continues to add and enhance the plots But the original series has said everything it wants to and put a full-stop in it, making it hard for any sequel to capture that Same magic, even if in some cases it had left space for further ideas to be explored. However, to go in the complete opposite direction, you sometimes get anime that choose to give itself a conclusive ending even if the original story actually continues *RIP headphone users* Kind of a lost art nowadays are anime that follow the source material up to a point only to diverge from it, giving it an ending That’s more conclusive Either because the source material they are adapting from is still incomplete or far too long to cover in the episode counts they are given now when I say some lost art I mean it kind of dug its own grave, set itself from fire, and jumped in head first, Soul Eater Claymore, Hellsing, Blue Exorcist, Gantz, Akeme Ga Kill! while all of these shows had conclusive endings that stopped to the point before the manga had instead of achieving their purpose of ending the series in a satisfying way it Just made fans want to end themselves. the problem with anime original endings Is that when an anime tries to go a different direction in order to give an ending that’s more conclusive You miss out on the proper build-up and foreshadowing to make this happen This is made even more confusing when you get sequel seasons, that continue to follow the manga, for an anime That’s already been given a conclusion. in most cases, You can just pretend the final anime only arc didn’t happen and just continue business as usual but occasionally you get something like Tokyo Ghoul Root A The completely anime only sequel to Tokyo Ghoul aka Tokyo ghoul season 2, not to be confused with Tokyo Ghoul:re season 2 which is the second season to Tokyo Ghoul:re. the sequel season to Tokyo Ghoul because Tokyo Ghoul Root A aka Season 2 doesn’t follow the manga so that makes Tokyo Ghoul:re the cannon second season of Tokyo Ghoul except Tokyo Ghoul:re aka Cannon 2nd season doesn’t immediately continue the events of Tokyo Ghoul season 1 I mean why the fuck with it, right? So instead it continues on from Tokyo Ghoul manga Obviously, which was never fully adapted into an anime, which makes it really easy to follow So if you’re an anime only watcher it’s actually pretty simple All you need to do is watch Tokyo Ghoul Then read the Tokyo Ghoul manga, then watch the Tokyo ghoul live-action then comes the Tokyo Ghoul Musical then Tokyo Ghoul Grand Order for the Nintendo DS and then after you’ve done all that you’re finally ready to play Kingdom Hearts 3 – my recollection, the only anime original ending that has been positively received has been the original Full Metal Alchemist and what made this possible was the fact that since the anime started diverging by the halfway point, it was able to carve out its own narrative and tackle things in a different way, giving much more adequate time to set up its ending and for it’s time people were Satisfied considering the original manga was still ongoing. having said that though nowadays I get the sense that this ending is looked down upon because we now have Brotherhood which remakes the entire series to give an ending the majority seem to agree was much better than what we originally got and this is Why I feel you just don’t see this kind of ending nowadays If you diverge from the source material. It is very hard to make something satisfactory even if you make it conclusive and fans seemingly would much rather be left hanging than given a conclusion that Absolutely sucks dick, and that leads us to our next section in the technical term. We know as Must be showing my age, that’s not what the cool kids are saying these days *Pop* (fricken Light Novels) That’s better as we know every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end Except in anime where we get a beginning, half a middle, and a season 3. That’s never gonna come This is a very common occurrence in anime we see an interesting set up to a story or world, a major arc or two happens, and just as you feel you’ve just about Scratched the surface of what it has to offer, its ends and you never hear from it again If you’re an anime fan, you’ve probably experienced this a lot Especially in the short, hard-hitting, seasonal anime culture. as they can Sometimes feel like certain anime were made as a glorified advert for the source material see, when it comes to people who read source material like manga there are two types of manga readers: the brain, rare heroic Souls who throw themselves into the Expansive world of manga working tirelessly to find that next hidden gem within the ocean of unknown titles and then, there’s everyone else, who saw an airing anime and couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. back in the day there were some pretty infamous endings for doing this and by infamous I mean it was like the animators ran out of paper to draw on and we’re like, yeah Let’s just cut to credits and hope nobody cares *whisper* everyone cared. Air Gear, Batoom, the original HunterxHunter, High School of the Dead These just ended right in the middle of a story arc with all number of story threads up in the air before just stopping dead No conclusion No promise of another season. just cut to credits and then you had the original Berserk, which didn’t just stop in the middle of a story arc, but right in the middle of the most shocking Scarring turn of events that literally destroyed a man leaving him bleeding tears of blood, screaming in anger in a state of shock Betrayal, aghast, at the events that just unfolded and that was just me I don’t even know how Guts felt Back then, fans would have sold their soul to see what happens next and little did we know that twenty years later we’d get our wish yeah, we got our wish, alright? We have no rights complain We got our fuckin wi- who made a deal with the fucking be-helots to make this wish come true Nowadays, what I will say is that seasons at least are more carefully planned out So audiences get some kind of closure in the arts that they tackle, but still if you’ve been an anime fan for a while I’m sure you’ve gotten used to the feeling of waiting for a season two or three That’s may or may not ever come, whether that be Re:ZERO- Holy fucking shit. Are you serious? No Game No Life, Spice and Wolf, The Devil is a Part-timer *whisper* A Berserk adaptation we can be proud of All countless other shows if you’re lucky you may get another season or I guess the hot new thing nowadays is sequel movies Oh, look at that sexy boy walking down the red carpet But even then will it ever even come close to completion? Not likely. part of the life cycle within the anime and manga culture is that we get an anime adaptation When you have a hot title and that rarely happens After a title has already ended. On the rare occasion you get something like Devil man Crybaby where the anime is adapting an old title that’s finished But more often than not you find yourself finishing the anime and when you catch up to the manga or light novel, the story is still at least a few years away from completion one thing I both love and hate about the medium of anime is just how many new shows with massive variety we constantly get but the downside of that, is as an anime fan you get used to being introduced to stories, characters, and worlds which you know you’re never gonna see the ending of and honestly I think that’s kind of a shame because to me even though I don’t think the ending is always the most Important factor a lot of the anime that have stuck in my mind. years after they have finished. are the ones that end. Now you may be sitting there wondering why I cared enough about Anime endings that I would want to make a whole video on it And that’s because I just wanted to express how much I value a great ending well, I don’t think every series needs a fantastic ending or even a proper ending, for it to be a fantastic series the ones that do have one. I never forget. my favorite anime ending of all time still is Code Geass’s original ending Now over a decade later when I think back to Code Geass, with the second season in mind especially. I don’t remember the complete mess it was at times, the complete flip-flopping of characters, that suited whatever the plot needed or whoever the fuck this little shit was does anyone remember the cat episode Does anyone remember the pizza episode! I remember season 2, episode 25, Re; I remember Lelouch’s sacrifice I remember the Trumpets of Madder Sky Blaring as they explained Zero’s Requiem. jaws wide open, goosebumps galore. as I realized Holy fuck. everything had a point Everything was leading up to this one moment and feeling a sense of awe jubilation, sadness, and emptiness. all at once as the credits started rolling and That is the power of a great ending It’s that bittersweet void that tells you that the journey is Over as much as you love the path you took to get here and never wanted it to end The fact that it did end makes it even more special And you wouldn’t have it any other way. Because yes, sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination but when you have a breathtaking destination, it can give even more meaning to that journey, and make that entire voyage you took THAT much more extraordinary Nowadays so much focus is given to how to begin a story. With so many anime competing
for your attention every season, it’s all about how to make
the highest impact as fast as possible, how to immediately stand out from the crowd. But to me, it’s the ending that sticks with you. There have been plenty of anime with great beginnings that slowly fizzle out and get forgotten But I have never forgotten an anime with a great ending It wraps up everything the story was trying to say Allows me to truly reflect on the anime as a whole and kind of make peace with the fact that it is complete. Because, if you end your anime right, it can be a moment you’ll never forget. *smirk* “Bang” *Ending Music starts* Hey guys, hope you enjoyed that video. Again, I just wanted to give a quick thanks to
“Another Eden” for making this video possible. If any of what I said has interested you then please check them out in the link below. Just a quick note: It’s not available officially on App Stores in Europe, at the moment But they are looking for a full European release soon And with that said, thank you very much to Eliphal, Robert Harnborg, Basel, Laioken and everyone else on my patreon for supporting me this month. also know a lot of you have been asking but I will be doing another seasonal chart anime stream, when I go through all the anime next season, That’s gonna be next week on Wednesday the 3rd of April at 3 p.m Eastern Daylight Time here on YouTube I wanted to do on a weekend, but unfortunately I am not free for any of the weekends coming up and I wanted to Experiment with doing a stream on YouTube as last time it was on my twitch and a lot of people weren’t even aware that I had a twitch. So yeah. Anyway, that’s it from me though. I’ve been Gigguk and I’ll see you all next time

100 thoughts on “The Art of Ending an Anime

  1. Gigguk (or anyone), have you watched the new Code Geass and is it good, or worth watching? I love Code Geass, BUT i'm hesitant about watching the new Code Geass, because the recaps movies retconned a lot, and this was based off those movies, not the animes.

  2. An anime I watched and enjoyed recently thanks to this channel mentioning it, but which ended in a garbage way, was Kaguya-Sama: Love is War. A gradual climb and development in character arcs for both of them for 11 episodes. Then the last episode erases everything they learned before and puts them back to square one. It was really frustrating.

  3. It’s easy. Just turn it shit. Set everything on fire bring out guns and bombs then lover the quality buy 800. Boom ;3

  4. How spice and wolf ended gave me a tumor the size of a tennis ball that is currently consuming my frontal lobe..

  5. that CG final musical score Hitomi Kuroishi – Continued Story (and the most fun imagining that Lelauch is driving that carriage even if its not officially confirmed ^_^ ) it gives me goosebumps every time <3 this is why i truly love a completed anime sotry

  6. i really like yami and i don't understand why is everybody pitty asta bcz he has most overpowered ability ever and m not shonen trash but i still really like the show espetially when its progressing

  7. before i start the video: imma be real pissed if i don't see anything about Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood in here. a legendary ending with the last episode's only purpose being to show how each character went on with their lives after the final battle. it was amazing

  8. Right at the 14 minute mark I Sub’d because FAK YUS…and then they go and kick the corpse, this is why we can’t have nice things!..thank you!

  9. For me, there are few things that feel better than something that ended WELL. I NEED closure in my media content, but for anime/manga, I've been trained to understand I'm not going to get it. I'm well used to anime not getting endings at all, reading ongoing/never-ending or manga that probably won't finish getting translated (so I won't see or understand an ending even if there is one). Endings in anime, much less ones that wrap up the story well and are SATISFYING is fucking unicorn and I'm surprised when it actually DOES happen.

    There are a few anime/manga that I felt did this pretty much perfectly.

    FMA:B is my favorite and my idea of a PERFECT ending. Every single plot thread has been wrapped up, pretty much all the couples we were teased by got together (or it's implied they'll be able to), and basically everything I ever wanted and more got delivered. There are literally only two things I want after that ending: to know if Lan Fan and Ling are together now, and whether Riza and Roy finally got married (the author made it clear the only reason they weren't actually together beforehand was because it would have been considered "fraternization" which is illegal in the military). Oh, and Roy to shave the mustache, but I can live with it otherwise. But in addition to that we got kids and happy family pics and cute scenes and that whole epilogue episode and the way I felt watching that ending has yet to be replicated anywhere else. I felt SO completed and satisfied and happy and it is still mind-blowing to me that it happened at all.

    Code Geass is my third favorite ending, bumped down from 2nd because I'm a little annoyed about the existence of that new season/movie but I want to watch it anyway and see what those recap movies changed (my friend says the recap movies changed canon a little bit and Resurrection follows those so I HAVE to watch it and I low-key hate recap movies, especially ones that change canon because they exist solely to piss you off).

    Akito the Exiled is my new second favorite because that side-story anime had no reason to be as good and fun and feel-good as it was but it was amazing and I love it SO SO SO much and GOD, that ending felt good and happy.

    Luckily, it seems more and more anime actually may get their endings aired properly, and more shounen in general seems to intend to have a decent ending, even if it takes a couple years to do this. As a long-time anime fan, I'm still getting used to the fact that anime seasons are better planned out and intentional than they used to be (a lot less structure, things getting multiple seasons was a rarity, etc.) but it's a blessing and I'm grateful for it, especially as many of these newer anime make me believe the rare good endings might become more and more common. I like this change, and I can't wait to watch and read more of those satisfying endings.

  10. i realised while watching this how many animes are about people fighting dystopias just to fight an even bigger dystopia the smaller dystopia was protecting you from. darling in the franxx has 3, gurenn lagann has 3 (including the original cave), kill la kill has 2, neon genesis evangelion has 2 (kinda i guess if you include the movie) coincidentally it happens a weirdly large amount in mech shows, i know i missed one pls tell me more

  11. I compare anime endings with mountain climbing. The journey of climbing up it is really fun, but when you see that amazing and breathtaking view at the top, it just made that journey to it that much better

  12. Grimgar of fantasy and ash, black blood brothers, a better “pumpkin scissors “. So much lost potential in season 2s that will never come

  13. The code geass Lelouch just triggers me like wky it has the best ending ever why continue it with a crap explanation

  14. Code geass redeemed itself and its characters with the superb ending, only to defile it with ressurection. But Gigguk is really on the money right here. The ones i enjoyed the most and left the deepest impressions coincidentally happen to be the ones that ended spectecularly.

  15. I dislliked the conclusion of the original fullmetal alchemist it just completly destroyed the logig the anime was build on. They just were lazy and made a parralel world to explain everything without really thinking it through.

  16. I'm still waiting for Blood Lad season 2.

    And a proper D.Grayman season 2.. and yeah, I know there was a S2, that's my point.

    Also Dead Man Wonderland.

  17. The one anime ending I really loved is that of Assassination Classroom. Also the ending of The World God Only Knows had a great ending. Death Note had a terrible ending. Also Heroman should have gotten more episodes

  18. Bcuz of how Gurren Lagann played out and ended in anime-only format (like how the manga shows Nia having a legitimately older sister, the Yoko M Tank/Lagann and Team Dai-Gurren gunmen combination, the inclusion of movie-only elements, Tengen Toppas King Kittan, Gurren, and Adai Village gunman [and maybe that Tengen Toppa Lazengann floating around], etc.), I honestly want it to get a reboot and then some, after Nia's disappearance. Like the possibility of SimonXYoko (like how the 1ST EPISODE SEEMINGLY ALLUDED TO, ONLY TO THROW IT OUT!!!) and a Spiral Nemesis Arc.

  19. The best anime endings are when the main protagonist is fighting the main antagonist and the opening starts playing in the background

  20. "..an ending that Berserk fans would die for….Yeah we got our wish. We GOT OUR FRICKIN' WISH!" I died at that part.

  21. Assassination Classroom has one of my favorite endings in all of anime. The painful task that the entire series had been building up to was finally completed, and it wrapped up all loose ends, making sure no relationships or plot lines weren't tied up. Then it spent an episode showing the aftermath and how everyone had moved on in life and it was absolutely beautiful.

  22. The anime ending that I was most disappointed and confused, and somewhat mad was for the anime darling in the franxx, I mean, like, WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT ENDING!!!! it was actually a somewhat good anime, then they fucking RUINED the anime by doing the fucking most, stupid ass ending

  23. Really looking forward to that Demon Slayer sequel movie, but it also saddens me that we probably never see this story animated to the end.

  24. wait you were recording this video on the twenty third and it was released on the twenty eighth? that's genuinely amazing considering the amount of editing that took place in this video

  25. Gigguk says evangelions ending is difficult to figure out. Clearly he hasn't consumed very single piece of evangelion content in existence. If he had he would have a clear picture of the fact that he still needs to think about if for another year before finally somewhat understanding its ending. Its really not that hard gigguk.

  26. incase you dont know Highschool of the deadS write Daisuke SATO died and mahouse has been debating weather to ake a s2 or just end it

  27. I know that feel, code geass always be remembered by that great ending.. and then everything fck up on this one 4:41

  28. I love Jojo endings cuz when something important happens or somebody just dies it just apears like nothing have happens which is funny,also part 1 ed was a meme

  29. Man that code Geass music still gives me shivers to this day. It's one of those shows I don't think I'll ever go back and watch though, I remember it far more perfect thsn it probably really was lol

  30. now to bring Darling in the FUCK ALL ENDING, because they gave the huge middle finger to all god anime endings, with a bang bigger than hiroshima, and just as catastrophic

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