What makes a good anime? Is it the animation? the story? or is it something more? While many anime fans will argue till the sun sets what makes a good anime series, we always believe that the ending is what makes the series memorable. An anime can have many great elements but if the ending makes you groan in anger than all you’ll remember is how annoyed that series made you at the end. Luckily, our list today won’t make you feel miserable.
Today, we look at the top 10 anime with satisfying endings that won’t let you down! Don’t worry, by the way, there will only be minor spoilers in our list so read at your leisure.
10. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2012 - June 2012
Many schools harbor ghost stories but often, they can be debunked with a little sleuthing. That’s what Teiichi Niiya and his club of occult hunters seek to do. However, one ghost story of a girl named Yuuko is all too real. Due to his sixth sense of sorts, Teiichi can interact and see Yuuko and aims to learn the past of this very cute ghost girl. Teiichi will soon learn, though, that some ghost stories don’t have happy endings and can be truly horrible…
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is one of those strange stories that is bittersweet but sticks with you for years. We loved how the ending made you truly feel for the characters you’ve come to know and you desire happiness for Yuuko as well as Teiichi. Does Tasogare Otome x Amnesia end with tears or smiles? We won’t spoil that and suggest you check it out for yourself…though, have some tissues nearby.
9. Kanata no Astra (Astra Lost in Space)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2019 – September 2019
The year is 2063 and space has become just another road for us to travel. No longer are we stuck to one planet, we now can travel freely through the galaxies. Aries Spring, a young woman about to attend a camp on the planet of McPa finds her first day not so uneventful. Aries’ purse is taken by a thief but is retrieved by Kanata Hoshijma before takeoff. The two find themselves united further when a sphere appears in the camp, teleporting them to an unknown location in space. Now a camping excursion is a battle for survival as several others join them being stranded in space.
Kanata no Astra is a truly great space-themed series that aired in the summer of 2019 and even now we think back on its epic conclusion. The characters we wanted to come out on top mostly did—we won’t say who lives or possibly dies—and the ending we hoped for actually came to fruition. Kanata no Astra didn’t receive a lot of fanfare in 2019 despite it being so much fun and we hope having it on our list will rectify that a bit. Definitely check out Kanata no Astra for an ending that will make you smile and leave you with that completed feeling.
8. Naruto: Shippuuden
- Episodes: 500
- Aired: February 2007 – March 2017
Naruto Uzumaki has grown in the last few years and has endured numerous trials on his path to being the next Hokage. Naruto and his fellow ninja will need to grow even more in strength, skill, and wisdom if they wish to face down the looming Akatsuki threat. Can Naruto become the hero his village needs? The battle for the future of all ninja clans begins in Naruto: Shippuuden!
Here’s something many can agree on, shonen series tend to have meh endings. Often, a series won’t even be completed due to lack of popularity—Bleach—or will end with a rushed conclusion due to funding problems. Naruto: Shippuuden didn’t fall victim to either and surprisingly ended on a truly great note! Even better, the series led to a sequel following Naruto’s kid called Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. In our minds, Naruto: Shippuuden had a truly amazing ending that made us fans happy and made many Shonen Jump fans smile as well.
7. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
The piano used to be Kousei Arima’s whole life. Despite the troubles he had from his strict mother, Arima was destined for greatness as a pianist. That dream dies one day, though, leaving Arima unable to hear the sweet music he created and throwing his life back towards simpler things. Now older, Arima meets a strange young woman named Kaori Miyazono who wishes to utilize Arima’s piano playing abilities. Can the young pianist regain what he lost so long ago?
Sometimes, the most satisfying ending isn’t one we see coming. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso pulled off an incredibly shocking finale that left us stunned for years to come. Not only did we not predict what would happen but the events that did unfold left us speechless. Our emotions were tested when Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ended and we guarantee we aren’t the only ones that felt this way.
6. Clannad: After Story
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2008 - March 2009
The school days of old are behind both Tomoya Okazaki and his now wife Nagisa Furukawa. Now living together, the pair face the battles of adulthood. However, when a life-changing event befalls the couple, Tomoya will learn the real pains of adulthood. Luckily, friends from the couple’s past will be there to help them but, will it be enough? The romance story of a lifetime comes to a conclusion in Clannad: After Story!
Clannad was a series rife with all things, comedy, drama, and—of course—romance. In the sequel Clannad: After Story, those same genres all come together to create a powerful story that’s akin to a rollercoaster ride. When the ending for Clannad: After Story occurs, it fills you with so many emotions your heart legit will experience never-ending bliss/shock. Clannad: After Story is a must-watch for those who enjoy endings that are nearly perfect.
5. Carole & Tuesday
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2019 – October 2019
Long ago Mars was thought to be an uninhabitable planet but now has become almost earthlike. In Alaba City a young woman named Carole works her days and lets her keyboard skills show at night. Meanwhile, Tuesday has fled her home tired of her wealthy life and seeks to show the world her guitar skills. These two musical women soon collide and their paths in life bind together. With their talents, can they show the musical world the power of Carole & Tuesday?
Carole & Tuesday is one of the best recent musical series and we watched it weekly wondering what was in store next for our talented duo. When the final episode aired and the last epic performance hit our screens, chills were sent down our spines. Yes folks, Carole & Tuesday had a wonderful finale that truly worked with how the series ebbed and flowed. If you missed out on this musical series, fix that immediately!
4. Cowboy Bebop
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 1998 – April 1999
Space long ago was known to be nothing but emptiness and filled with mystery. In 2071 space is chock full of bandits, people with dreams of a brighter future, and pioneers seeking treasures not yet discovered. With such people venturing in space, law enforcement has come to rely on bounty hunters like the Bebop crew. Spike Spiegel is one of the Bebop members and alongside his partner—Jet Black—the duo take down bounties to fill their ship and their bellies. Though, Spike’s past always haunts him and, as he takes down various foes, it inches ever closer.
Cowboy Bebop is one of those shows that almost every generation can love. Filled with action, comedy, and wicked music—tell us you don’t love the opening Tank—Cowboy Bebop is just all-around incredible. The ending, however, is what really sets the series apart dividing viewers as they wonder what truly became of our main bounty hunter. Even if you grew up watching anime in the newer age, we still recommend checking out this timeless classic!
3. Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 2006 – June 2007
The power to take life is something no man or woman should ever have. Light Yagami, unfortunately, obtains such power in the form of a powerful book known as the Death Note, dropped into our world by the strange Shinigami Ryuk. Light begins to use this book to kill those he deems unworthy to live in this world and as his death count grows, a detective known only as L begins to investigate Light to see if he can find the so-called Kira! A battle of wit begins while the world watches unaware.
Death Note; few haven’t heard of this series and that’s for good reason. Even after thirteen years, Death Note continues to be considered one of the best anime of all time and that is also due to that truly powerful—and all too satisfying—ending. Light by the end has already established himself as a self-made God but does his hubris last against the forces that want him taken down? Find out by checking out Death Note if you haven’t already.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 – July 2010
The Elric brothers always had a knack for alchemy and their skills seemed almost perfect. When their mother dies of an unknown illness, the brothers—Edward and Alphonse—try to use a forbidden form of alchemy to resurrect her. Unfortunately, their actions are met with failure and the consequences are truly horrifying. Alphonse loses his entire body—his soul was luckily attached to a suit of armor by Ed—and Ed loses two of his limbs. As time passes, the brothers decide to set off to become full-fledged alchemists who can then gain insight on how to bring back Alphonse’s body and Ed’s lost limbs. The two young men learn quickly that alchemy is indeed all about equivalent exchange and some sacrifices are just too much…
Fullmetal Alchemist originally released back in 2003 but with the manga series unfinished, the series was forced to go towards an anime original ending that left many with mixed feelings. Years later, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood would restart the series and conclude with a true ending from the manga, which was a bit stronger in our minds. Not only did it feel more conclusive but the ending didn’t leave us wondering “why?” like the first series did. Do you guys and girls think the first ending was better? or did Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood correct a major injustice? Comment below to let us know!
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2011 – September 2011
Akihabara has many secrets within for people to find but in a small little apartment above a TV repair shop lies a hidden lab. Rintarou Okabe—or as he likes to be called Hououin Kyouma—has established what he feels is a possible way to manipulate time. Via a strange self-made microwave, Okabe has made a machine capable of altering time. When the initial test occurs, though, it seems like a failure but after witnessing the murder of a fellow scientist—Kurisu Makise—time indeed changes, leading to an alternate timeline. Okabe soon comes to realize that messing with the concept of time has grave consequences on not only the world around him but his inner psyche.
Finally, we end our list with the famous anime series Steins;Gate which in our minds has the perfect ending a series needs to be deemed satisfying. Filled to the brim with various feels, Steins;Gate pushes your heart into emotional turmoil and then gently cradles it with love. While the prequel/sequel Steins;Gate 0 has an impressive ending as well, the original series nailed everything we wanted and more for the conclusion.
The beauty of a good ending is that even when the show reaches that climax it sticks in your mind and heart for some time after the credits finish rolling. A good ending can save even a mediocre show by giving you the conclusion you need to feel as if your time wasn’t wasted on a pointless series.
There are hundreds of good anime series out there with amazing endings and we know some we might have missed. What other endings do you think deserved to be on our list? or did we get them all? Comment below to let us know and stick close to our hive for even more articles like this one here at Honey’s Anime!