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Random Thoughts: Irritating Endings

Nothing can sour a series quite like a disappointing ending.

We all like it, or maybe "prefer" would be the better word, when an anime has a good ending. Be it an ending that follows the source material or just wraps things up nicely. Endings are key to how we otaku sum up our feelings on the series as a whole. We ask ourselves if it falls into the scope of the direction we saw the series go or if it keeps with the feeling of the show itself. But sometimes we come across series where the ending arrives and all it does is ruin the entire thing. That is what I’m presenting today; series where the ending comes and I can’t help but be pissed off in one way or another.

Now, be warned Vicers. If you have not seen these series and plan to then I strongly suggest not reading further. For those of you who don’t care, enjoy my thoughts.

Kurozuka

He doesn't look like a vampire but the sword is scary enough.
He doesn't look like a vampire but the sword is scary enough.

Kurozuka is only 12 episodes long but the story spans over 1,000 years. Or so you are lead to think. I enjoy the animation (done by Madhouse Studios) and action of this series but the story sits there and skips to different points in time again and again with a lackadaisically pieced together plot that only lands square for a minute in the final episode (unless you count the reasonable beginning of the show). So as I watched the final episode the frustration of everything up to that point came to a head when you get thrown back to where the show began. The entire damn thing was a daydream! Come on! I’m all for being strung along if it’s some greater-than-your-comprehension deal but with this show? I was pissed off. In fact, 3 years after this show came out and I was watching it, I still am. The sad part is I can’t imagine this any other way. I feel that this should have been a full season show instead of a half. Maybe that way the story could work better and makes sense. Someone out there must feel the same as me because I don’t think there is even a subtitled US release.

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom of the Opera just got dangerous.
Phantom of the Opera just got dangerous.

Some of you might remember Tom covering the first 7 or 8 episodes of Phantom in his Watch & Learn and dropping it. Overall, I like the show. The premise is fun and there is action and drama. Yes some of it is played out a bit much I can’t help but like everything I saw except the ending. Then again, this is a show where if you do any critical thinking you will see the ending coming from a mile away. I had a gut feeling when this show aired 2 years ago that Zwei was going to get subtly assassinated while Ein was taking in the feeling of being “home”. That doesn’t mean I wanted it to happen. I wanted to be surprised. So while the ending annoys the hell out of me, it is completely befitting the show. The viewer gets to leave with the thought that you cannot outrun an underground syndicate (among other things). FUNimation picked this one up and you can find it all on DVD.

*Author's Note: If y'all have already looked then you'll notice the Wiki for both of these series is pretty empty. Possible projects to think about.*

What do you have to say Vicers? Are you as upset as me with Kurozuka? Was the end of Phantom a given? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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

kashif1on Nov. 28, 2011 at 4:48 p.m.

I'm going to get into an argument with someone on the ending of the first full metal alchemist anime and the ending of soul eater.

Masako_Hihashion Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.

Berserk takes the cake, when I watched the anime when I was 13 I let out a massive WTF!?

AURON570on Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.

Meh, Kurozuka was crazy, but I still enjoyed the ride. I watched it during the summer a few years ago, back when I was still just getting back into anime, so I'm a little biased. I remember being so caught up in eternal cycle of romance that Kuro was being put through, and asking whether Kuro would be better off dead or not, how I would feel in Kuro's situation given his cycle of amnesia, etc.

In one way we could say that the ending was done that way on purpose. In the same way that there's no real conclusion to the relationship between Kuro and Kuromistu or either of their lives, there's no real conclusion to the series, and there are no real answers. But that's just one way to look at it.

Lurkeroon Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

Pretty much every anime that is based on a manga but ends before the manga has this type of ending

MrDirector786on Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:28 p.m.

Wow, the ending for Kurozuka sounds stupid. If you ask me, the only time something should end with everything being a dream is if it was a bad story because it means none of it ever happened. You don't do that with good stories.

DocHauson Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:46 p.m.

Eden of the East started out well but the final episode and the last two movies made me never want to watch it again.

Bigheart711on Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:54 p.m.

The endings for Shikabane Hime and Venus Versus Virus disappointed me most (They both ended during a climactic or crucial battle [or rather the start for the former] )

I can help around with Phantom's Wiki a bit after I finish my Princess Tutu Mini-Project and some of My Someday's Dreamers Project, so most of those pages are on my queue for now.

shamrollon Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.

There is one anime, I don't remember the name and I don't want to waste my time looking for it, where the ending went straight back to the beginning. The female characters (3 sisters and one cursed girl) were witches and the one male was apparently possessed and the only way they could prevent a demon king from escaping was to keep everyone in a perpetual time loop. So at the end of the anime ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CHANGED!! It just started the loop over again.

Hated it.

KuroNekoXIIIon Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.

@Lurkero said:

Pretty much every anime that is based on a manga but ends before the manga has this type of ending

Exactly!

Examples of this are Pandora Hearts, and 07 Ghost. The anime just leaves you hanging, and you're stuck reading the manga if you want to know what happens. It's annoying since there is a lot of redundancy reading the manga from the beginning.

TheHTon Nov. 28, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.

@Masako_Hihashi said:

Berserk takes the cake, when I watched the anime when I was 13 I let out a massive WTF!?

You'll finally be able to see what happens when the movies come out and continue past the series! Or just read the comic lol. Hint: it's fucking awesome.

EganTheVile1on Nov. 28, 2011 at 11:25 p.m.

A satisfying ending for me was Cowboy Bebop's, by the end of the series Ed and Ein were off on their own, Faye's past had been resolved, and Spike and Vicious die fighting one another, I'd say the end of Paranoia Agent was just weird, and the numerous gekko endings were just filler endings for prematurely cancelled anime or ones that got too far ahead of the manga... Truly unsatisfying endings came in the forms of the original FMA and Inuyasha series for me, Inuyasha's ending offered no resolution to the events of the series, Naraku was still alive, bad ending, and FMA's ending with Edward Elric in WW2 London was just lame.

Though I guess a satisfying ending is ultimately a matter of personal opinion

Enigma777on Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

Baggie of poop.

That is all.

Enigma777on Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.

@kashif1 said:

I'm going to get into an argument with someone on the ending of the first full metal alchemist anime and the ending of soul eater.

Wait, are you saying you actually liked the ending of SE? Are you serious?

Please tell me I misread that...

Masako_Hihashion Nov. 29, 2011 at 3:53 a.m.

@TheHT: I have seen the manga, but in the moment I only saw the Anime I let out a big WTF!?

Superevil225on Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
I can't say I've seen any of those anime, so I can't comment on them, but I have some disappointing endings.
 Baccano! made me want to cry. Mainly because they had SO MUCH MORE material to work with. Narita is still making the novels, and the anime could have continued to explore them. -sigh-
 As well, Ghost Hound was just sob worthy. Such a happy and kiddy ending for an extremely dark anime? Tufta. 
I was also annoyed with 07-Ghost just ending. HELLO~ Manga is still going. :<
 
Personally one of my favourite endings is the Chrono Crusade anime ending. It's just soo..... -runs away crying-
SpikeSpiegel88on Nov. 29, 2011 at 8:29 a.m.

Tenjou Tenge, though massive on fan service, was pretty damn cool and ended just far too early. It's fights were pretty brutal and I really wanted it to go on. I know there is the manga, and I did read a bit of it, but I remember really liking the look of the anime. All that build up, and then baboom" Nothing..

Edit: I personally rather liked the first FMA shows ending, It was sort of an obvious choice, some might say a bit too much taking the refrences and themes to a litteral conclution, but I liked it. And at the time, all I wanted was more FMA so I enjoyed the film, even with it's short-commings ^^ The manga/second show was by far better though, but thats mainly because she is a better writer and the story was morcoherent:P

hermeson Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.

Although I have no problem with the it, its surprising not to see Evangelion among the animes people hated the ending.

Mikey2Don Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.

The most disappointing ending to a show for me would be Hajime no Ippo: A new challenger. The second series of Ippo was an incredibly tragic ending cause it does exactly that - it just ends. We're told of a hotly anticipated boxing match being signed between two of the shows biggest names and at that point roll credits - thats all she wrote.

I'm hoping and praying that one day Hajime no Ippo gets another run - a long one that does such a great anime justice.

MisterXon Nov. 29, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

I personally didn't care for the ending to Cowboy Bebop. It's not nearly as dramatic as people make it out to be, and it even seems rushed and tacked-on.

VanTeslaon Nov. 29, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.

I agree. A bad ending can ruin a great series... I will just make up my own ending and try to forget the other... Also, when will this site be fixed? It has been pure white for a long time now and makes it annoying that I have to highlight the page to see any writing...

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