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Epic Moments of Anime: Game Changing and Bloody Death

There are plenty of deaths in anime, but few can dramatically alter the course of a series.

Hey Vicers! Sorry for the absence but I am back with some very EPIC moments in anime. The moments I have today are from an anime that continues to spark controversy and heated debated across the world while the other is super bloody and makes ZombiePie cringe (which makes it awesome just for that, tehe). Interested yet? Well you should be!

The Death of L

Look into my eyes!
Look into my eyes!

This moment is epic because one of the greatest anime antagonists dies 2/3 through the show! Death Note is another anime full of epic moments and this has to be one of the biggest. It was quite a shocker when I first watched the show. Having not read the manga I thought L was going to be around until the bitter end. But the combined feeling of losing L and Light winning makes this moment one of the top-tier moments of anime epicness. The look on Light’s face as L dies is almost poetic. I certainly had a hearty laugh. This moment meant the anime was taking a turn at finding a new way for the world to be rid of Kira with more twists and plotting-and “good” guys.

This moment flared a lot of talk in the otaku community. Most feel the anime lost its way by having L die and bringing in new detectives. But sometimes great anime need great change and moments like this to keep viewers guessing. I was certainly at the edge of my seat for the whole show.

You can watch the episode with this moment, "Silence", below.

The Intro of Blood and Dismemberment

Scared yet?
Scared yet?

I’ll say right now that Elfen Lied is not a show for the weak-stomached. Lots of blood and gore. And what better way to start a show full of those things than 7 1/2 minutes of Tarantino-style blood-splattering and beheadings?! When I first saw this show, I was like, “**** yeah!” I was in shock and awe from such a start. It’s quite the opposite of the depressing German poem intro song. Just goes to show that pink-haired naked girls by the name of Lucy are really dangerous when they have invisible hands (called vectors). This moment, since it’s the beginning of the show, provides the setting of psychological distress along with more blood. An overall sad show with lots of people dying gruesomely.

I’m not sure what this moment means to the otaku community except that it set a precedent for how bloody an anime can be and how many people can be killed in a short time (and a series as a whole). I think it is one hell of a moment even though it’s a long one. This moment helped me come up with an idea on how to create an anime even bloodier with more dead bodies.

You can watch the episode with this moment over on The Anime Network, "Begegnung - Encounter", here.

So what do you Vicers think? Do these moments count as epic in your book or do they fall flat? Maybe some of you keep away from this stuff. Let’s hear your thoughts!

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).

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zaldaron Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

Gurran Lagan has to be included and I disagree you have to list the obvious ones as we are trying to get some people who are not into anime into it so we can't go super obscure from out front. We are made by the community yes but we are not for ONLY the community.

kemuri07on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.

@arch4non:

This. Fucking this. Elfen Lied (MOAR LIKE ELFEN LAID AMIRITE?!!) might be the epitome of disappointing anime. My god what a train-wreck.

takashichea moderator on Nov. 12, 2011 at 12:57 a.m.

Well, I haven't watch Death Note or Elfen Lied. I abstain from watching Elfen Lied to its dark reputation.

As for surprising death scenes, I would say H****s from Fullmetal Alchemist. I thought they would never kill the comic relief character just like L. When you kill someone so funny, the series just change for the worse. That's what I heard from fans who drop Death Note after L died.

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A shounen franchise of enormous popularity, Death Note started with Tsugumi Ohba's manga, illustrated by the popular artist Takeshi Obata. The series is essentially an extended police chase thriller, but with added twists, including the existence of Shinigami (death gods) who can control the death of humans.

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