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Anime with ultimately satisfying endings

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On 3/5/2016 at 4:59 AM, ittaku said:

I'm trying to collate a list of anime series with those sort of ultimately satisfying endings that make you happy to have watched a series right through to the end, and the ending is complete enough that you know that a sequel isn't necessary to feel fulfilled. I'm only interested in shows with HAPPY endings, not kinda positive sombre ones, and no unresolved freaking harems. I want the sort of endings that make you feel a little depressed that the show is over but happy with the conclusion. The shows themselves don't even need to be awesome, but to have a very good ending which makes it better overall. More marks if they brought tears (of joy) to your eyes. Now I realise that people's opinions on what constitutes a satisfying ending will be vastly different from person to person and that's okay, but if you wish to debate the reasons something may not be ultimately satisfying, please put it in spoiler tags. Successful romance is a big plus but not essential. I don't remotely claim to have watched all anime ever so one of my main reasons for doing this is to find other shows to watch - since my bias is towards romances there's likely a lot of action shows I'm missing here.

Here's a list off the top of my head. I'll add more as I remember, and I might add other people's to this top post if we start getting some consensus. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have!

Here's a link to my completed anime that I can remember. My list is incomplete since I didn't start it when I first started watching anime 20 years ago...:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/MyAnime/?user=Ittaku&categ=3

 

The first on the list is not listed alphabetically because it's my reference for the greatest anime ever on all levels so gets a special mention. The rest is alphabetical.

  • Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Absolute Duo
  • AmagamiSS
  • Amagi Brilliant Park
  • Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
  • Beyond the Boundary
  • Brighter than the dawning blue
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Castle Town Dandelion
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight
  • Chobits
  • Crest of the Stars + Banner of the Stars
  • Cross Ange
  • Cross Game
  • Eureka 7
  • Full Metal Panic + TSR
  • GATE
  • Girls und Panzer
  • Golden Time
  • Hanayamata
  • Heavy Object
  • Kaleido Star
  • Kanon2006
  • Kobato
  • K-On
  • Last Exile
  • Lovely Complex
  • A Lull in the Sea
  • Maria the Virgin Witch
  • My Bride is a Mermaid
  • My-Hime
  • My Love Story
  • Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
  • Planetes
  • Please Teacher
  • Princess Tutu
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  • Shakugan no Shana
  • Snow White with Red Hair
  • Sound! Euphonium.
  • Strike Witches
  • ToraDora
  • Wagnaria!!
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  • Zero no Tsukaima

Recommended by others (either I haven't seen them or they recommended them but I wouldn't include them in my list):

  • Angel Beats
  • Clannad
  • Engaged to the Unidentified
  • F/SN Unlimited Blade Works
  • Gosick
  • Guilty crown
  • Gunbuster/Diebuster
  • Gundam Build Fighters
  • Kara no Kyoukai
  • Haibane Renmei
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Higurashi
  • Kaichou wa maid sama
  • Katanagatari
  • Little Busters
  • Maison Ikkoku
  • Mari Mite
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
  • Parasyte
  • Steins;Gate
  • Turn A Gundam
  • Welcome to the NHK

Overall nice and helpful list, but why do you have titles like absolute duo and chivalry of a failed knight when neither the ln's or anime are finished? Also could add shiki

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4 minutes ago, spademan said:

Overall nice and helpful list, but why do you have titles like absolute duo and chivalry of a failed knight when neither the ln's or anime are finished? Also could add shiki

That's been discussed earlier. Each of those series has a satisfying ending regardless of whether it's the end to the story or not. It's any show where you're left with that overwhelming happy glow feeling that you've watched something special in concert with the sense of satisfaction and slight emptiness that it's over. I angsted over whether I should have included incomplete shows or not, but then there are an infinite number of complete shows, or shows that can't bring themselves to ever finish, that leave you feeling pissed off, jaded, depressed, annoyed etc. which is why I wanted to compile this list and incomplete shows can still do it.

What shiki do you mean?

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6 hours ago, Tweek91330 said:

This i guess :

http://myanimelist.net/anime/7724/Shiki

This is a great anime, really, one of the best in recent year. By the end it feel complete and i didn't get bored at all while watching. I'd like show like this more.

As for the happy ending thing, i don't think it fit really well :makina:

If it doesn't have a happy ending then I'm sorry I can't add it to my list.

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No one mentioned "Ano Hana"? ("Ano Hi Ni Hana wo Mitsuketa no Namae wa Mada Bokutachi Shiranai", probably made some mistakes)

I didn't like the series much, because I think there's some filler and you see the ending coming from miles away, but it's still a emotional ending that caps a laughs and tears story. Since no one mentioned it, I think it's not that popular... also if the novel was released on PC and not PSP, or at least if it had come to the West, things could be different.

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1 hour ago, Okarin said:

No one mentioned "Ano Hana"? ("Ano Hi Ni Hana wo Mitsuketa no Namae wa Mada Bokutachi Shiranai", probably made some mistakes)

I didn't like the series much, because I think there's some filler and you see the ending coming from miles away, but it's still a emotional ending that caps a laughs and tears story. Since no one mentioned it, I think it's not that popular... also if the novel was released on PC and not PSP, or at least if it had come to the West, things could be different.

Added "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai" to the others recommended list in the top post, thanks.

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I have some fond memories of Karin. :sachi:

If you liked the anime, give the manga a try some time. Interestingly enough, when the mangaka was setting up for LN and anime adaptions of her work, she wanted two different instances of the story, each having their own unique character added. The LN adaption is supposedly a more mystery-oriented version of the story, whereas the anime was more lighthearted and comedy-oriented. The original manga is pretty dark, and the ending is bittersweet. The story was quite a bit more interesting though.

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I'd say Concrete Revolutio's ending is sooooo goood. That anime is so underrated...:unsure: Though it's kinda hard to keep up with the timeline, but the ending really wraps up the anime perfectly IMO. You should give it a try!

Also worth to mention, Jigoku Shoujo first season's ending... one of the most beatiful endings Ive ever seen...  

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5 hours ago, ivaniscus said:

I'd say Concrete Revolutio's ending is sooooo goood. That anime is so underrated...:unsure: Though it's kinda hard to keep up with the timeline, but the ending really wraps up the anime perfectly IMO. You should give it a try!

Also worth to mention, Jigoku Shoujo first season's ending... one of the most beatiful endings Ive ever seen...  

To be honest I thought Conrete Revolutio was pretty bad. It's on my ANN "will not finish list". Of course that doesn't change the fact that it might have a very satisfying ending so I might add it to the "others" recommended list.

What about the rest of the Jigoku Shoujo seasons? (Not that I know how many there are.)

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On 8/10/2016 at 4:15 AM, ittaku said:

To be honest I thought Conrete Revolutio was pretty bad. It's on my ANN "will not finish list". Of course that doesn't change the fact that it might have a very satisfying ending so I might add it to the "others" recommended list.

What about the rest of the Jigoku Shoujo seasons? (Not that I know how many there are.)

They kinda have different focus each season. Don't get me wrong - Jigoku Shoujo is a great series but season 1 is my favourite... ^^

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Amagi Brillant Park ?

I didn't read the manga or light novel (if it's from a light novel) but hum...

Spoiler

I suppose that we need a second season to solve the princess memory problem, Am I wrong ? Maybe the curse is gone at the end but I didn't really follow.

Anyway, I recommand Code Geass, Grisaia no Kajitsu and Death Note.

Edited by Kazami Yuiji

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45 minutes ago, Kazami Yuiji said:

Amagi Brillant Park ?

I didn't read the manga or light novel (if it's from a light novel) but hum... I suppose that we need a second season to solve the ...

Anyway, I recommand Code Geass, Grisaia no Kajitsu and Death Note.

I thought the ending was comprehensively happy enough to consider it happy. I've put what you said in spoiler tags since that's a fair amount of a spoiler for the show and suggest you edit yours again to do so.

Spoiler

While it didn't explicitly say the curse had been lifted, she remembered everything which was good enough to be a happy ending for me.

But sure I'd love to see another season of it... even if just for more Sento goodness. You would not believe how many hentai doujins there are of her (not that I'd read such stuff, nosiree... but goddamn she's hot).

Thanks for the other recommendations, I'll add them to the bottom list.

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3 hours ago, ittaku said:

 I've put what you said in spoiler tags since that's a fair amount of a spoiler for the show and suggest you edit yours again to do so.

My bad, I'm sorry I didn't mean...

Anyway yeah, and also the romantic side of you know who...

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