Life Lessons: Unsatisfying Endings

I am not known for writing editorials as I feel I am not very good at them. I do not know if the Life Lessons or Yuri Talk posts count as editorials when writing seriously and not making fun posts related to life or Japanese lesbian media tropes but if they do, cool. In any case this post will be one that I think feels like an editorial. With that being said let’s talk about unsatisfying endings. Because I lack an editorial I might as well change this to a Life Lesson as the topic is relevant to a person’s viewing experience.

Before we begin, this post will mainly discuss viewer reactions and opinions so there will be no spoilers for any of the shows and games I use as examples.

UPDATE: ADDED A SECOND QUESTION AT THE END OF THE THE POST

Akuma no Riddle Beach completeYes I am bringing up Akuma no Riddle again because it is one of the most recent examples of this issue, the second being Mekaku City Actors which I’ll watch at a later date. Basically the ending was a controversial one. Some did not mind how it ended while others were left with a bitter taste in their mouths because they felt the ending ruined everything or made the rest of the show a complete waste of time. I responded to this backlash on Twitter by saying it was an exaggeration because, according to the detractors, the last five (ish) minutes of the last televised episode ruined the whole show despite some of these viewers enjoying (most of) the journey along the way. I can see why some would dislike the ending but I enjoyed AnR too much before the last five minutes to say it sucked. I heard MCA also had a controversial ending.

Mai+HiMEThis is not the first time an ending made some/many viewers so irate that they spit on the rest of the show ignoring how much they enjoyed it before then. Other examples include Mass Effect 3’s ending before the fanbase successfully forced Bioware to make a “less unsatisfying ending” patch, Kane and Lynch 2, The Sopranos, Lost and MaiHiME.There’s also Gainax produced show endings such as Evangelion’s, Panty and Stocking‘s (Technically a cliffhanger that was never followed up but it kind of counts) and some others that did not deliver. Now this is not to say all the shows and games I mentioned are all 5-star classics. Some shows/games/books had viewers/video game players/readers feeling either happy, mixed or upset while watching them (characters, events, arcs). Sometimes the person disliked a medium very much yet they saw its potential and kept going onward hoping the ending would be worthwhile…which it was not. In these cases it is perfectly understandable the viewers got upset.  I can see some viewers classifying AnR as a show they did not particularly enjoy but kept going to see if the ending was worthwhile.

Examples of endings that upset viewers include:

  • Unanswered questions.
  • From dark to light mood in a nonsensical manner.
  • Ending that felt rushed or weak.
  • Completely random ending.
  • Cliffhanger ending that was never followed up.
  • Completely random ending.
  • Credits screen popping up out of nowhere or during a scene that did not feel like an ending.

yami to boushi to hon no tabibito beachLast one, promise While I personally did not mind AnR’s ending there were two shows in particular that left me feeling bitter. Those were Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito’s and Dog Days’(season 1). Yamibou’s ending has, in my mind the WORST ending I have seen in a yuri anime while Dog Days’ ending felt so forced and PRECISE that I spent a while enraged because of it. However, that does not take away from the fact that I enjoyed watching both shows. Neiher are 5-star classics but they are not deplorable in my opinion, especially Dog Days. Yamibou was a mixed bag but it definitely had some good episodes. What I am saying here is that while I thought the endings were bad the shows overall were not.

Galilei Donna BeachNow two shows that left me unsatisfied were Galilei Donna and Platonic Heart. GD had a lot of potential of being an enjoyable romp but after it got infected with Cerebus Syndrome it went downhill fast to the point that it made little sense. The ending was also underwhelming. The less I talk about PH the better. These two felt like wastes of time before the ending but for some reason I kept watching hoping something worthwhile would come of them…zip.

Instead of writing a conclusion or the moral of the post I will end it with two questions to my fans and passerby. If the ending of a show you enjoyed for the most part did not live up to your expectations or upset you, does that mean the entire show sucked because of said unsatisfactory ending? I am not referring to a show that was so-so or bad, I mean a show the viewer enjoyed very much throughout until the ending.

I noticed the post felt incomplete so here is a second question. If you finished watching a show that caused you more anger than joy and it somehow had a praiseworthy ending, would you say it was worth the mental pain to get to the end because of said ending or not at all?

Aside from the shows/games I mentioned viewers can use any other show/game/book that each of you felt had an unsatisfactory ending.

 

 

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44 Responses to Life Lessons: Unsatisfying Endings

  1. wanderingwastrel says:

    I only skimmed your editorial, as I haven’t seen Akuma no Riddle yet (for most shows I wait until the season is complete, then mass watch them) and I don’t want to risk a spoiler. But your mention of Mai-HIME caught my eye.

    I well remember all the kerfuffle over the ending to that (no, I won’t spoil it for anyone). Personally I LOVED the ending to it! Stating that publicly got me quite a bit a grief on the anime sites at the time, as I recall; most people really were put off by it.

    Which is an emotion I understand, as a “bad” ending really can put me off on the entire show. It’s not so much that it renders the whole show into a bag of suckage, but it’s like by not reaching a satisfying end, it makes the journey of having followed the story seem like a waste of time. Or for a really bad ending, it makes me feel like the show’s producers or the story’s author is laughing at the trick they just pulled on the viewer.

    In fact I stopped watching anime completely for almost a decade, as it began to seem that almost every anime show had a horrible ending, or simply stopped without having any kind of an ending at all. Sure, anime in some respects is a fancy ad for the manga, light novel, or game, and many anime assume that those interested will turn to those items to continue the story. But if those items never make it to an English translation then the anime is all I’ll ever have, and I’d prefer it to not leave me hanging. Even a bad ending, in that respect, is better than no ending at all. For example, I hated the ending to OreImo — but at least there actually was an ending to it. Even though that ending left such a bad taste in my mouth (so to speak) that I have essentially ignored the franchise since then. No, the ending didn’t mean I hate having seen it… but I’m not going to see it again, either. It’s not even worthy of my disdain, I’m simply indifferent to the whole thing now.

    Hmm. I hope some sense was buried in all that rambling, somewhere.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I get why one would say a show’s ending is a very important part to the overall presentation. I just think that “a good show with a bad ending” getting a negative reaction solely because of said ending is a bit too much.

      I mentioned that Oreimo should have ended with S1 and the True Route OVAs spelled nothing but trouble. I was right, though I still respect the writers for having the guts to go through with the ending they did. S2 sucked long before the ending.

      I guess what you’re trying to say in the third paragraph was that time heals all wounds.

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  2. MisterMasada says:

    I can only speak for one of the aforementioned shows, Akuma no Riddle, and I agree with you, I too enjoyed that show too much to say that the ending ruined it. I even shed some tears before it got to the real ending. But the one thing that the show left me wanting, was for two certain characters to say three certain words to each other, and follow it up with a kiss. I know that this exists by way of fanart, but it just Isn’t the same to me.

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  3. Silvachief says:

    I agree with you that a poor ending doesn’t stop everything before it from being worthwhile. It doesn’t change the fact that you enjoyed the episodes leading up to that point. The reason people feel so strongly about endings is because it’s the last contact you have with that series, the final reminder of it that sticks around in your mind. If that reminder doesn’t live up to the expectations you’ve been building throughout your viewing experience it can be hugely disappointing. It’s the surprising poignancy of that disappointment (and feeling of betrayal, in some cases) that obscures a lot of the praise you might have had for that series. The longer the series, the worse the feeling, the greater the sense of wasted time. It’s rather unfortunate, really, because an ending that satisfies an audience is particularly hard to craft.

    If I had to list endings I was disappointed with…Code Geass, Death Note, Soul Eater, Deadman Wonderland, Ao no Exorcist and Oreimo come to mind, and they’re all on my list of favorite series XD

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    • Overlord-G says:

      You do have a point about endings sticking around for a long time. Yamibou is an example of a show that became infamous in the yuri nation for its ending alone. It goes back to the debate of how important an ending is in the overall viewing experience.

      EXACTLY! That’s why I do not often make big deals about endings. It’s hard enough making a show that will please everyone, let alone an ending.

      Only seen one of the shows you mentioned in its entirety.

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  4. Mercuria says:

    Aside from the shows you’ve already mentioned, Devilman lady, Onii-sama e, Shinsekai Yori, and Umineko leave such a bad aftertaste on my mouth.
    Even so, to say that the whole series become sucked is not right imo. True, I’ll get pissed off by such an unsatisfactory ending, but no, I won’t turn out hating the show. I will just lower the rating I give to that show, e.g. Shinsekai Yori: 10 to 9, Akuma no Riddle: 8 to 7, just that.

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  5. SPFan says:

    Regarding Yamibou’s dreadful ending. There’s a possibility that it was just a result of mistranslation. Ones I’ve stumbled upon an interesting discussion (here: http://www.shoujoai.com/forum/topic_show.pl?pid=857555 ; unfortunately, the link is already dead) regarding illegal DVDs. Someone made an interesting comment:

    I’d not recommend buying that, though. Although the translation is probably crappy enough to explain the nonsensical “omg Hazuki gets pregnant” mess some people think the ending means.

    When asked obvious question (“what else is it supposed to mean then?”) he answered:

    The ending? Uhm, obviously that the Hazuki you see there will find a child called Hatsumi, who will appear in a flash of green light. Duh? The anime repeatedly mentions how Eve comes into worlds. She’s not born.

    Well, dunno if it’s true or not, but it makes sense to me. I wonder if it’s possible to find Japanese native speaker, who could clarify this.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Point is she will be a different person and not the same one Hazuki fell in love with.

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    • steph98wordpre says:

      Hmm………so you’re saying the person is saying that the whole Hazuki gets pregnant thing was a mis translation? I wonder if that’s really true.

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  6. Rei says:

    Wow you’re still writing I see.. Well I just got back to blogging again. xD

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  7. x says:

    Even I have problems with some bad ending but the one thing at would get me mad in them if then the don’t finish them at all then they say they will continue them but never will like horizon in the middle of nowhere, dragon ball, dog days and for anybody else can think up.
    Mostly I would like or buy the anime/game/manga even if the ending is bad, but the rest of it is good I would still give it a good rating or tell people to give it a shot they might like it.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Yup. “To be continued” endings that are not followed up can be a major drag.

      Good answer to the end question.

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  8. yurimylove says:

    I generally dislike the “universe reset” endings, and the Mai Hime ending in particular really irked me. While I did not regret having watched it as I really like the whole Mai Hime, Otome, Zwei, Sifr series, I really wished the ending didn’t turn out like such a joke.

    Another series with irritating ending for me is Venus Versus Virus, which has the “Unanswered questions” and “Cliffhanger ending that was never followed up” characteristics you listed.

    However, sad ending by itself does not necessarily make it unsatisfactory for me. For example, even though Blue Drop’s ending is very sad, it doesn’t make the series unsatisfactory at all, as I still greatly enjoyed the whole series (I scored it 10/10 personally). I view Yamibou the same way, it’s a great yuri love story with a very sad ending. It’s still very satisfactory for me, and hence 10/10 from me as well. I’d much rather have a real yuri story with sad ending, than a happy story with great yuri potential but never dare to tread there (like Fantasista Dolls or Day Break Illusion)

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    • yurimylove says:

      in regard to your second question, the answer is a resounding yes from me, if a bad show had a praiseworthy ending, then it was worth the mental pain to get to the end. You see the reason I would press on despite being angered by a show, would BE to get a good end. If I feel that a show is so bad it’s hopeless or no potential for a good end, I would just drop it right away. Therefore if I watch something bad till the end it’s because the optimist in me is hoping for a praiseworthy ending.

      By the way, you can add Galilei Donna and Stella Women’s Academy to my list of shows with great yuri potential but didn’t deliver on it at all…

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      • Overlord-G says:

        I would only do so out of curiosity and not personal enjoyment myself, or for my blog’s case, to review it. Otherwise I would not bother with a rage inducing show myself.I cannot think of an example from the top of my head as I rarely drop shows, especially ones with yuri in them…OH! Nyaruko-san. Of course. So not worth it.

        At least C4-bu executed its drama somewhat better than GD did. GD downright sucked.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Sad endings do not count as bad endings as they fit the show’s mood…unless it came out of nowhere. A bad ending is one that left the viewer unfulfilled.

      FD was never a yuri show to begin with and Genei was unfortunately planned to be more than one season but it flopped for obvious reasons.

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  9. NemoPrime says:

    Absolutely no to both questions. The ending is only a tiny part of a show/movie/game/whatever. If it’s bad, it’s fairly easy to ignore as a form of Fanon Discontinuity (that’s what I do with PaSwG, since if it weren’t for the incredibly short end credit scene there’d be no cliff hanger). If a whole series is bad, however, then simply having a good ending (ie, a few minutes of good stuff) is not enough to fix the whole show (potentially hours, or in the case of long runners, days or weeks of bad stuff). That’s like saying chewing gum can fix a broken dam after the city next to it is flooded. Also, gonna have to agree with WanderingWastrel: I loved Mai Hime’s ending. I guess since when I first watched it I was not used to grim-dark stuff yet, so I needed a light-hearted ending after everything that went on in the second arc.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I noticed from the readers who answered that some do care a lot about the ending because of the value behind the conclusion to the entire ordeal yet I am more in favor of the ending not being the defining factor of a show’s overall value.

      I also had no problem with HiME’s ending but there were several others who did, hence why it was mentioned in this post as an example.

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  10. Fangirl says:

    The anime can be perfect but if the ending doesn’t make sence some people lose faith in the anime all together. Like Shinsekai yore it was so sad that had to wait a few days to finish it. !(◎_◎;)

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    • Overlord-G says:

      That’s what happens when it comes to mainstream sweethearts, SSY I mean.

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      • Kerowyn says:

        I don’t understand. What do you mean?

        Also…I think some shows aren’t exactly bad or good….rather, they tell a nice story that ends up becoming emotionally painful….and they do so interestingly or artfully. And I keep waiting for a happy ending that flows well and makes the angst and drama worthwhile, but instead the pain gets worse, until there’s not much left to work with to hope for a realistic/reasonable, artfully done happy-ish ending. So, even if the show tries to provide a resolution, it still hurts. This doesn’t mean the anime is bad. It does mean I regret watching it. That’s how I felt about Shin Sekai Yori and Kannazuki no Miko, maybe even Gurren Lagan. I think those endings were actually as happy an ending you could hope for without invoking Deus ex machina. But I don’t want to have to endure hurtful emotions on my off time.

        That said, a mediocre or painful anime with an awesome ending does make the whole worth watching.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        Reasonable explanation as it discusses how you sometimes feel while watching a show with a grim setting hoping the resolution will be a satisfactory one.

        I was referring to a show that pissed you off because it did many things that displeased you rather than made you emotionally sad for the characters’ grievances.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      It was not perfect honestly. Even without the ending it still had parts that upset some viewers before that. I still greatly enjoyed it. SSY I have yet to watch that one. Will get to it eventually.

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  11. the_elevator_man says:

    Awesome mizugi theme. The world is full of bath scenes.

    I’ll vote optimist, because just by numbers, one episode/aspect does not a series make for the most part. A masterpiece with a controversial ending is still viewed as a masterpiece (I think that’s the dead definition of Evangelion, which I think is pretty well received all things considered, or perhaps even if Haruhi’s endless 8 was a pain, Haruhi’s still a household anime name). But perhaps I’m an optimist, since I view either a good overall anime OR a good ending to a mediocre anime as a pass. Yuri-speaking, I’ll take the decent overall Mai-Hime, but also my main, the bad-until-ep8-then-much-worse-then-somehow-amazing Kannazuki.

    I’ll throw another one out there. How about not viewing something as good or bad, but rather on either the “feels felt” or the impact/controversy/popularity BECAUSE of a different ending? How about Yamibou, which has an option for being a forgotten hit-or-miss anime or being the most infamous yuri anime ever? Would Evangelion be a masterpiece without the mind screws? Would not Rebellion be a mediocre rehash of the popular PMMM series UNLESS Urobuchi brought a different ending to the Godoka happily ever after? So in short, either a masterpiece in general or an amazing ending brings the feels, the impression, and the bills.

    Not to say that I generally approve. I didn’t really care about Akuma’s ending, but the tumblr popularity of the infamy showed that whatever happened, people cared, and that sells tickets.

    Last 2 questions. What the hell happened in the last episode (I really didn’t get it even in English) and if the ending was unsatisfactory, what the hell would you have done in the ending? Cause they really painted themselves into a bad end no matter what…

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Endless 8 has become something of an endurance challenge to find out whether an up-and coming Haruhiist is a true believer in Haruhiism…or something like that.
      Mai-HiME was indeed okay at best.
      Kannazuki, as I (kind of) said in my review has a great romantic story in a grim setting while everything else is okay to not-so good.
      Yamibou got its infamy solely because of the ending. It exists to remind yuri writers how to never end a show with yuri in it.
      Rebellion would have been big even if it had a good ending because MadoHomu fans would be pleased, though we still don’t know the full extent of Madoka’s feelings for Homura. Is it still in the “F-Zone” or does she understand and reciprocate Homura’s love? I guess most say it’s the former.

      It BETTER have sold tickets, because if AnR flops like ST then the Japanese anime/manga consumers would once again have failed to fulfill their purpose.

      Answers:
      -She probably missed the heart or “magic” was used to direct knife away from the heart.
      -The other two made it out okay because of the power “The Hive” had at their disposal they would have hired medics who were against political conspiracy and greed and would have gladly used treatments powerful enough to cure cancer.
      -Probably kept the injury non-fatal but showed that it did almost kill her by having the leads in the hospital, probably in the room next to “the other bedridden duo”. As for the stinky shark, that I do not know. Maybe the dr could use her yuri power to sexually revitalize stinky.

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  12. Elkat says:

    I don’t believe a bad ending to an anime I enjoyed makes that anime “bad”. Even if an ending angers me, with time, I will likely be able to accept the ending for what it was. How that takes usually depends if I binged watched the entire season/series or not. On the other hand, a good ending to an anime I despised doesn’t make that anime good. At most, it would give something to praise it for, after I’m done criticizing everything I hate about it. Cough, cough Dragonar Academy cough, cough

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Good answers to both questions dood. I have not seen DA nor have any plans to do so in the future but I’ll accept that that show also got a mixed reaction from viewers.

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  13. Kai says:

    The question we need to ask is that “Is the conclusion more important than it’s journey?” And judging from general Japanese narrative, I personally think it seems to focus on the latter. I would think people saying an ending is unsatisfied via this reason may be a bit unfounded. However, it’s not like I don’t understand the rages people were feeling towards AnR’s ending, lol. It just seems too inconsistent.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      The same thing apparently happened with MCA (Which I’ll check out in good time) so I’m not sure what’s more important to the Japanese crowd. To me it’s the journey most of the time, both regularly and when the destination is not so good.

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  14. DataportDoll says:

    I adopt both sides in AnR. The ending was a way to fill out the run time, sure. But to me it did not really divert from the series. I know it “ruined” a lot of people’s opinions on the show, but it felt like the same show we’d been watching the whole time. I get the rage at the Team Teddy moment, but that wasn’t a surprise. It was like an alcoholic sibling who falls off the wagon, “I wanted to expect better, but probably shouldn’t have.”

    I think the big deal on “endings” in general is that it is supposed to be the resolution of your speech, where the series says “In conclusion,” to try and show the thematic bridge between all the previous events. When some stories (like AnR) just kind of sit there with a big dumb grin and say, “Uh? Theme? Uhhh…” I think it throws people off. I think it’s the big reason people “hang around” to see the ending, just in case there will be some eleventh hour Hitchcock moment that brings the whole narrative into focus. Also why people groaned at Return of the King for it’s fifty fade-outs (At the midnight showing, no less!)

    For myself I can’t say endings made or broke a story for me. Endings are weaker or stronger than their series because of its thematic duty to a work, but I can’t think of any where they save a good story or torpedo a bad one. Except maybe Moby Dick? Divided into 12 episodes, after all, the Ahab stuff would be the two-part finale, at best xD

    I think the only way to ruin a story by the ending is to have it undo all that you built up to. Some might say AnR does that. And for some characters (looking at Chitaru here) I could argue the same. But the closest I can think of was Sakura Trick, which hid all the bits of character growth behind its back and said “STATUS QUO!” with a bright grinning face, as all things are in the Sakura Trick universe.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      It’s the usual “things have to go my way or else they’re not good” mentality I often see online. Reminds me of Iron Man 3 where someone said that the passengers in the plane should have died so that it could teach Tony that he cannot save everyone. Don’t we get enough of that stuff in Spider-Man media?

      I wasn’t at the theater when I watched Return of the King so I didn’t groan myself at the 77 epilogues. Figured that was just people being in a hurry to get out of the theater because they were sitting for nearly three hours watching a big screen.

      The backlash at AnR was no different from that of another show I saw.

      Moby Dick eh? I have not seen any TV adaptations of the book but I have seen movies.

      ST’s ending is no different from the numerous other rom-com anime with inconclusive hookups.

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  15. MarkS00N says:

    I don’t have think I have any ending I dislike, in fact I like Mai-HiME reset ending (having it as my first anime might contribute to this) and thus I can tolerate most if not all ending anime throw at me…

    Perhaps the only one I can say I disappoint is Zero No Tsukaima Third Season, mostly because the First and Second season end with a stronger feel, but even then I don’t dislike it because of the ending (more like the entire third season)…

    But I guess I can see an ending I would dislike, which I believe every of us would, the troll ending where the yuri turns out to be a ‘bait and switch’, part of the reason I don’t watch Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito, which unfortunately I’ve read in some manga, hopefully I’ll never watch it in anime ever…

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  16. Sben says:

    An unsatisfactory ending in an otherwise enjoyable show, in my opinion, doesn’t ruin the show as a whole. Panty and Stocking’s ending, for example: it was an absurd mind-screw that ruined a lot of character development and felt like one of those pointless twist endings in an M. Night Shyamalan film, but everything before that exact point was pretty cool and hilarious.

    I’m curious though, with all of the hate I’ve seen for its ending, whether I should bother watching Yamibou. The premise seemed promising, but if it’s THAT awful at the end, I’m torn.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      It’s more of a “to be continued that never happened” ending as I mentioned in the examples. It wasn’t a bad ending, just an unresolved one.

      It’s up to you really. I liked most of it for what it was but I would not heartily recommend it at all. Maybe I did when I reviewed it but my memory of the show was vague when I wrote that review.

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  17. Endings can be a troublesome issue indeed. Personally I think it’s unfair to judge the entirety of a series solely based on its ending, after all, even with something as short as a one-cour, one bad ending in the midst of at least 10 other great episodes, the true negativity lies in less than 1/10 of the whole experience. If a series in general is fantastic, a few minutes (or episodes) should not be enough for one to say that the entire experience is ruined because of the ending. I can definitely understand the sentiment, however, as the ending is the final impression you get of a story and resolution is definitely key to evaluating a story’s conflicts and developments, and it’s undeniably disappointing when the buildup and progression leads to a weak or rushed conclusion.

    I don’t know if an ending could entirely redeem a series, but in the same vein as my mentioned before, it definitely has power in that it is the last glimpse you get of the story and could leave a large impression on your overall experience. Perhaps the key example of this for me is Anohana. It’s not as though I disliked Anohana, I quite enjoyed most of its run and the character tensions and internal struggles were quite interesting throughout, though I felt the story was largely slow-paced and wasn’t quite as amazed as I had anticipated. And then the ending hit. Some people call it melodramatic, but I really do believe it was a powerful and heartfelt scene that was perfectly executed and it was far and away my favorite part of the series. It felt like a beautiful culmination to all of the prior buildup and it’s at that point that I truly appreciated Anohana and the ending of the series remains one of my favorite anime endings to this day.

    On the other end, two endings I found disappointing were Reborn’s (manga) and Kids on the Slope’s (anime). Reborn’s last two arcs in general were a letdown for me, but the ending in particular was probably the biggest disappointment of all. It was pretty much a huge copout to avoid the final battle with a rushed and unsatisfactory explanation, and then the following chapters almost feel as though they go out of their way to emphasize how little the protagonist has changed since the beginning. I understand that this is meant to be a throwback, and such a thing may work for stories that aim for protagonist consistency in the long run, but the way this was presented felt more like the protagonist simply hadn’t developed in spite of the story’s long run and that he was an incomplete character if anything. As for Kids on the Slope’s, I have no idea how the manga presents it but I was incredibly disappointed by how the anime concluded. While I loved the series throughout and enjoyed the development, I simply couldn’t stand the ending. Maybe it’s a lack of understanding on my part, but it felt as though the characters acted inconsistently (especially the protagonist), ruining the romantic progressions up to that point, and then the random timeskip that shows little about where the characters stand on their feelings or anything in their lives in between that time didn’t do much to help change my impressions. Not enough to ruin the entire series for me (I still think it’s a really good anime overall), but enough for me to not view it as excellent the way I had prior.

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