10 Most Controversial Anime Endings That Shook the Otaku World

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Ayush Rajan

Most Controversial Anime Endings

With their extremely entertaining stories and memorable characters, animes grow to have extremely dedicated fan bases which support and help the shows in reaching new heights. However, these animes also often struggle in maintaining their quality which often results in conclusions that divide the fans with one part thinking that it was satisfactory and the other being utterly disappointed. Since the inception of anime, there has been no shortage of shows which have faced a lot of backlash and controversy for how they ended. In this list, we will be taking a look at the animes with the most controversial and worst anime endings That Ruined The Entire Seriesendings ever.

10. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul was quick to win over fans with its complex look at a world where humans and man-eaters known as ghouls are forced to co-exist. While constantly at odds and killing each other, a young human named Kaneki becomes a ghoul after an accident. Having experienced both lives, he works towards getting the two groups to mutually understand each other. However, with powerful opponents in his way, this is easier said than done and Kaneki experiences several tragedies which significantly change him.

While the earlier parts of the Tokyo Ghoul anime were lauded for their uniqueness, the anime went on its own route towards its end which led to a completely different conclusion compared to what fans of the manga were expecting. With several claiming it to be rushed and against the essence of the series, the anime was quick to become extremely hated.

9. Death Note

Death Note

As one of the most popular animes to ever be made, Death Note follows the life of a student named Light Yagami who comes across a book that allows him to kill anyone he wishes upon writing their name in it. Using this to enforce his own warped sense of justice, we watch as law enforcement agencies from around the world try to catch him and bring an end to his mass murdering tendencies. With the genius detective “L” facing off against him, this cat-and-mouse chase is an exhilarating adventure.

Unfortunately, towards the end, many fans claim that the initial excitement Death Note provided died down and the conclusion was ultimately very frustrating and disappointing.

8. Darling in the Franxxx

Darling in the Franxx

Darling in the Franxxx is an original anime that why managed to bring many fans into the Mecha genre with its intense fights and sweet romance storylines. It follows a boy named Hiro who is low in confidence after failing to perform well in his tests to become a pilot who commands huge robots which fight against monsters that threaten humanity. However, his fate changes after meeting a mysterious girl who is infamous for killing her partners.

Having nothing to lose, he agrees to join her as the two of them fight together and even deepen their relationship. Unfortunately, the series started losing steam during its final part with unnecessary and forced plot twists as well as romantic developments for characters with little to no chemistry. Because of this, the series eventually went from one of the most loved to one of the most hated animes ever.

7. 5 Centimetres per Second

5 Centimetres per Second

Makoto Shinkai’s endings have always been controversial as they are mostly open-ended and never manage to satisfy viewers. 5 Centimetres per Second, in particular, takes this to the next level and completely split fans apart. This is a harsh yet extremely realistic tale of two lovers who have been forced apart by life and all its unavoidable circumstances. After reconnecting several years later, they try to reignite their spark but face several hurdles on the way.

While one would expect a happy ending to this story, 5 Centimetres per Second stays consistent with its realism and presents a grim ending that several believe to be bland.

6. Wonder Egg Priority

Wonder Egg Priority

While original anime shows don’t have the best reputation, Wonder Egg Priority managed to stun fans with its creative and engaging story. It follows a group of girls who have the chance to go into a fantasy world and save their loved ones who had died previously. To do this, they are forced to face off against monsters that stem from traumas which push them to self-introspect and face the harsh realities surrounding their lives.

With its vibrant animation and likable cast, the series was soon to be considered an original masterpiece with fans eagerly waiting for a second season. In a shocking move, however, the series abruptly ended with a special episode that provided no answers to the several questions it created and didn’t give a proper conclusion to any character. This understandably created a lot of controversy among fans who had supported the anime throughout.

5. Erased


Erased was a fascinating story that combines both mystery and supernatural elements. It follows a man named Satoru who gains the ability to travel back in time. Using this, he wishes to undo several of his mistakes while trying to create a happy future for his loved ones. This passionate pursuit was able to gain the interest of fans despite the several frustrating moments that came along with it.

However, with the ending completely deviating from the tone of the story and delivering an unhappy conclusion for the protagonist, fans found it hard to support this decision and eventually even came to hate the series itself.

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the greatest animes ever which takes us through the intense psychological journey of its protagonist. It introduces us to a young boy named Shinji who is forced to operate a huge robot and fight against monsters that threaten humanity. Despite being extremely powerful, running the robots takes its toll on the mind of the user as we see in the case of the main characters.

This is an extremely complex mecha anime which is also one of the most influential shows ever. However, fans feel that the ending was too complex for even a series such as this where most were left confused and felt that it deteriorated the overall quality.

3. Akame ga Kill

Akame Ga Kill

Akame ga Kill is an exhilarating and bold series that has a very dark and gritty take on the world. The anime follows the journey of a man named Tatsumi who joins a group of assassins who work towards changing society and defeating the corrupt government. With a cast of distinctive characters with creative characters, the series keeps us hooked throughout.

While the constant death of characters is very distracting and seems forced, the ending caused immense controversy as Akame ga Kill kills off its own protagonist for a very unsatisfying reason. Fans felt betrayed as they had experienced several adventures and watched him gain strength only for him to not even take part in the main fight of the series.

2. Gantz


One of the most entertaining Sci-Fi stories to ever be produced is undoubtedly Gantz. The series follows its protagonist, a young student who dies and ends up in a mysterious room with several others. A black ball in the room assigns these people to go out and kill supernatural creatures with threaten the world with the potential reward of giving them their lives back. However, despite their new weapons and suits, the characters soon find out that their enemies are a lot more dangerous than they bargained for.

The anime is gory, and mature and features amazing designs and development for its main character. Unfortunately, rather than staying faithful to the manga, it goes on its own route to rush to an ending which unsurprisingly caused a lot of dissatisfaction.

1. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

We have taken a look at several animes which took a steep fall from grace, however, none of them quite match up to the mess which was created by the Promised Neverland. Believed to be the best new-gen series on its introduction, it took us to a house where several orphans lived together and made their own happy families with their caretaker called Mama. However, they soon find out that their sense of safety is nothing but an illusion as they are being raised for a shocking reason.

With a plot that is both thrilling and mysterious, the first season of the series keeps fans fully gripped. However, the second season took a completely different turn as everything from its quality of storytelling to its conclusions deteriorated which resulted in extreme controversy among the fans.

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Ayush is a dedicated animanga enthusiast with a vast collection of experiences. With over 200 anime series and 300+ manga, manhua, and manhwa titles under their belt, Ayush's knowledge and passion are unparalleled.
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