If you have been an anime fan for a while, you’ve probably noticed that some of the greatest shows like ‘Angel Beats!‘ and ‘Fullmetal Alchemist‘ have had “death” as one of their major themes. It’s almost like the creators of anime are always looking for new ways to surprise the viewers with the most unusual and unpredictable deaths. While some shows like ‘Gantz‘, ‘Attack on Titan‘ and even ‘Fate/Zero‘ ruthlessly kill even the most prominent characters, there are others like ‘Clannad‘ and ‘Death Note‘ that slowly make you fall in love with a character only to eventually take him/her away from you. It can be extremely heartbreaking to watch your favorite characters die but what’s even more depressing is when you have to sit through a whole somber funeral. I still get chills every single time I think about the scene in ‘Fullmetal Alchemist‘ where Maes Hughes’s casket is slowly lowered down and his little girl just stands there wondering what’s going on.
Anime deaths are not only responsible for changing the direction of the story or evoking certain emotions in the minds of the viewers but also, more often than not, these sad but significant moments open our eyes to the importance of our real-life relationships. It’s these moments that make us realize that we must learn to cherish and care for all of our relationships because we may not always get the chance to say our last goodbyes.
From all the anime you’ve seen, you’ve probably learnt a lot more than a lesson or two about life and of course, death. So we decided to make a list of all devastating anime deaths that probably made you bawl your eyes out and left a mark on you long after the show was over. These deaths have not been ranked in any particular order since they are all pretty traumatic and impactful. Also, for obvious reasons, this article contains a lot of potential spoilers, so just try to avoid reading about the ones you haven’t seen yet. With all that said, here’s the list of the saddest anime deaths of all time:
8. Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop
“I’m not going there to die. I’m going there to find out if I’m really alive.” -Spike Spiegel
Even after all these years, ‘Cowboy Bebop‘ still holds its place as one of the best gateway anime ever made. One major reason why the show has been so memorable is because of the depth of its characters, especially the protagonist – Spike Speigel. Shinichiro Watanabe claimed in an interview that he is not sure if Spike dies at the end of the series or not. So clearly, he has left it open for the fans to believe what they want to believe. According to some viewers, he probably collapses to the floor because of exhaustion and is still alive but for me personally, he is dead.
After following Spike for 26 episodes, one cannot help but fall in love with Spike’s character and it is indeed heartbreaking to watch a badass hero fall like that. But it is this sad ending that makes this show even more satisfying to watch. The scene where he limps down the stairs and ends everything with a “Bang” is just extremely striking. When he hits the floor, you can literally feel the weight of all of it in your stomach. As much as I would love to believe that he is still alive, the ending just seems to be more significant with him dying as a hero. See you, Space Cowboy!