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
Yes 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.
This 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 Mai–HiME.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.
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.
Now 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.