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Oct 21, 2018 1:27 AM

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Well, I certainly can't. I try to avoid anime with sad endings like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Guilty Crown, etc. I avoid them not because I hate them, but because I can't handle all the misery contained in these stories. I know they are good anime, but I can't make myself to watch it. Why be depressed for no reason? Life's too short for being depressed. I cried a lot during the ending of F/SN; I mean, no one told me that it contained a sad ending. Well, at least the epilogue in the F/SN VN made me feel happy. I also cried a little after I completed Code Geass. I watch anime for enjoyment and I certainly don't wanna get depressed after watching an anime. I really love anime with happy endings because it lightens up the mood like Steins;Gate, Re:Zero, etc.
Anyway, what about you guys?
How do you handle sad anime?
Or do you refrain from watching them?
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Oct 21, 2018 1:29 AM

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I try to avoid most things with sad endings, life's sad enough.
 
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Oct 21, 2018 1:29 AM

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I have no problem with that, but what I can't handle is watching the end of a show I love, that always destroys me.
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Oct 21, 2018 1:30 AM

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I avoid them. I want happy endings for characters i'm invested in
 
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I don't see any reason as to why not watch an anime with a sad ending.
 
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I tend to accept it if they have a sad ending, such as the ending to Plastic Memories, they executed it so well imo, using comedy throughout to make the ending even more sad, but in case of that style of anime, they’re made so the climax IS the sad ending, making even a sad ending, a good one. Unlike Guilty Crown, where they with no build up or reference throw in a sad ending. So it’s depending on how they execute it.
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Oct 21, 2018 1:33 AM

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I've never cried with an anime/manga, so I don't mind watching them.
 
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Oct 21, 2018 1:35 AM
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If sad endings are making you "depressed", it's probably not the anime.

Sad endings bring some of the best conclusions, so I don't mind. I mostly try to avoid SOL because I watch anime to escape not relive, it's boring to me.



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Oct 21, 2018 1:35 AM

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I love watching anime with sad endings or where one or more characters die. I find most happy endings to be too optimistic in a not-so-good way.
 
Oct 21, 2018 1:36 AM

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The only misery in Shigatsu is the anime itself.

Anyway I don't have any problem with them, lately I started to read gekiga manga where their endings usually are definitely more depressing than your anime "sad" ending.
 
Oct 21, 2018 1:42 AM

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Actually, yes. Most of the time, animes that have sad endings are one of the great ones.

Though, I'm not fine if the ending is just downright a depressing ending with no happiness in sight. An opposite of a bittersweet ending is the ending I don't really like.
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Oct 21, 2018 1:54 AM

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life is the longest thing you'll do, op

as the good old proffesor "ecclesiastes" oak said, there is a time and place for everything
 
Oct 21, 2018 2:03 AM

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swirlydragon said:
Well, I certainly can't. I try to avoid anime with sad endings like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Guilty Crown, etc. I avoid them not because I hate them, but because I can't handle all the misery contained in these stories. I know they are good anime, but I can't make myself to watch it. Why be depressed for no reason? Life's too short for being depressed. I cried a lot during the ending of F/SN; I mean, no one told me that it contained a sad ending. I also cried a little after I completed Code Geass. I watch anime for enjoyment and I certainly don't wanna get depressed after watching an anime. I really love anime with happy endings because it lightens up the mood like Steins;Gate, Re:Zero, etc.
Anyway, what about you guys?
How do you handle sad anime?
Or do you refrain from watching them?


Crying and depression are two different things.
Just because someone cries, it doesn't mean they are depressed.
Just because someone is depressed, doesn't mean they are crying.

Sad anime endings make you sad. Ok, that's understandable.
Sad anime endings make you cry. Ok, also understandable.
Sad anime endings make you depressed? Nope, not buying it.
If you think you're depressed over a sad anime ending, just wait til life hits you with something that isn't fiction.

Crying over a sad anime ending proves I am alive, that I can care about something other than myself, and that I am not some mindless, emotionless drone that my employer would prefer I was.
I am pleased as well as entertained when an anime can evoke a range of emotions from me.
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Oct 21, 2018 4:48 AM

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I don't avoid sad ending and don't cry because I'm not weak like you.
seriously, it doesn't matter that much to me as long as it's justified and not a sad ending for the purpose of being dramatic, or a happy ending to please the viewers.
if an anime/manga can be so good it makes me cry(or more like shed a tear) I most certainly want to watch it.
 
Oct 21, 2018 4:57 AM

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I prefer sad endings in anime, actually. Most of the shows from my toplist have either sad or bittersweet endings.
 
Oct 21, 2018 5:01 AM

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The trick is to watch a "happy anime" right after. At least for me, it gives me multiple times the enjoyment when watching the happy ones and maybe because I like to keep my mood balanced, not too happy or too sad
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I'm even specifically seeking them out, so if you guys got some good recs, then hit me up.
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Oct 21, 2018 5:41 AM
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Not really. The only time where I try and avoid a show with a sad ending is if the show is depressing the whole time, anime like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso are cute despite the conclusion so I enjoyed it. My emotions are heavily influenced by my surroundings, but surprisingly, sad endings don’t really faze me.
 
Oct 21, 2018 5:46 AM

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Anime with sad endings aren't that sad to me. The very first anime I ever watched was Angel Beats when I was 12 or 13. The feels were powerful, yes, but I didn't cry or anything. And utsuge is now my favorite genre in visual novels.
 
Oct 21, 2018 6:25 AM

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yeah because sad anime endings don't make me sad.
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:01 AM

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swirlydragon said:

Anyway, what about you guys?
How do you handle sad anime?
Or do you refrain from watching them?


I tend to evade them like the plague 'cause sad endings bore me.
Most of them just aren't executed well enough to make me cry.
I often end up checking the time to see how many minutes of dragged out sadness I still have to endure before it gets to the point.
 
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I try to steer clear of such stories. Anime is an escape from reality from me, and I want things to end on a positive note in my escape because I want to feel good in the end. Furthermore, positive endings make me more inclined to rewatch the show in the future.

The emotional payoff in the finale, after being invested in the characters in a show just isn't there for me in sad/tragic endings. Not my cup of tea in other words.

It's not that I cannot handle tragedies, I would rather prefer those tragedies to happen in the middle of the story and then see how the characters piece themselves back together towards a positive note, or moving on from the aftermath. Clannad ~After Story~ is a good example of this.

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I also cried a little after I completed Code Geass.

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Oct 21, 2018 7:13 AM

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I can, I'll cry rivers but I certainly can watch them through
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:15 AM
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Yes, i'd never avoid an anime just because i heard it has a sad ending. If anything that makes me more interested in the show, as sad endings are much more uncommon.
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:31 AM

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Yes I am capable of watching them but I prefer those that don't have sad endings.
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:34 AM

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Yeah pretty much. It's difficult to watch sad stuff sometimes but I like whatever make me feel something since I'm kinda lifeless. Though it's true i prefer happy endings, I appreciate animes that portray these emotions well enough not to make me roll my eyes and instead make me feel it.
 
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I'm guilty of often going for anime that I know may make me cry. Emotional value usually increases my liking towards a certain anime and affirms that I am enjoying it.
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:35 AM

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now that i think about it most of my fav anime like Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Grave of the Fireflies, Now and Then Here and There have tragic, sad as hell, heartbreaking endings... i guess i like those
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:36 AM

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Sad endings can make the series itself great tbh so yes.
 
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well, it depends, maybe I capable of watching anime but not continuously, I need rest my heart (and my feelings) or I will be destroyed(?).. so I need to watch sad and then happy comedy and sad again to stable my feelings(?)
 
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I usually watch them anyway, because it can be worth it. Your Lie in April's ending is probably the most I've ever cried in my entire life (three hours), but it literally became my second favorite show and it means so much to me that the sadness is worth it. So yes, I'll usually watch them anyway.
 
Oct 21, 2018 7:50 AM
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The feeling I get after watching anime with sad endings is certainly very different, which I tend to like. So yes, I do watch anime with sad endings. As to how you handle it, it takes time. Also, after watching such anime, I usually switch to comedy anime.
 
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Not all sad animes depress me . Guilty Crown depressed me a lot . For a few days after ending it I was so depressed . Same thing happened after watching Death Note . But it’s different in case of Code Geass . I cried a lot but cherished how great the protagonist was .
 
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I love anime that can make me cry. It’s not like I want to cry, I don’t, I don’t even want to be sad. But if a work of fiction if able to make me feel so strongly at the end of it to make me cry or feel sad, that’s awesome. Alot of the anime that made me cry turn out to be ones I REALLY liked, just because I was able to connect with it so much. Cowboy Bebop is a good example of an anime with a sad ending I liked.
But the ending has to be done right, because sad endings are cool but if they’re not written correctly they can just come off as unsatisfying.
 
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i usually go into anime trying to know nothing so sad endings are a delightful twist on the old good guy wins and everything ends up good again ending
 
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I don't mind watching shows with sad endings, as long as the ending isn't contrived.








 
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I can for some, others I can't. I could watch Your Lie In April, but couldn't do so for AnoHana. Although that's partially because I experienced a similar situation when I was a kid, so it was a bit depressing.
 
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Yes, I am capable of watching a series with a sad ending. A lot of the series I liked the most actually had bittersweet or tragic endings.
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Only if it's earned it.

Misery porn, such as Your Lie in April, are total pathetic (the literary term) garbage.

But a truly well earned bittersweet ending is the crème de la crème of Japanese anime.
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I will generally pass on something I know is overly depressing. I don't generally find negative conclusions satisfying or enjoyable so watching them feels like a waste of time in most cases. Although, sometimes a depressing ending just works for certain things.
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To be honest I'm always crying not only in sad ending animes but also a happy ending ones. Because I'm always focused on how the character goes on, how they should accept themselves. The best way if you don't want to cry is watching it multiple times. It's obvious you already understand how the story is. In the end it depends on how you look at those show.

 
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zieek said:
I actually prefer those endings and absolutely love them. I mean it's just my personal hope that anime get sad, hopeless
and endings filled with despair.

Not to many of those, but at least we get the sad, but somewhat calm ending.

examples:

Clannad after story (1st END)
Chrono Crusade
Angel beats
Your lie in April
White album 2
Avenger
Jigoku Shoujo (all of them)
Elfen Lied
Basilisk
Hakuouki

Some are better than others.


Here is an excellent list of those that didn't earn it.

If misery porn is your thing, rock and roll. I just dislike telegraphed "you should cry now moments". It doesn't take much skill to engineer them.
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Oct 21, 2018 9:47 AM

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Ones with sad endings get me right in the kokoro so I enjoy them when they come around.
 
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I only watch anime with sad endings,they give me a boner.
 
Oct 21, 2018 9:51 AM

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Unless it's overdone, sad endings can be amazing. Same with happy endings. The best ending for me would be bittersweet endings.

 
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tonkatsu-sensei said:
zieek said:
I actually prefer those endings and absolutely love them. I mean it's just my personal hope that anime get sad, hopeless
and endings filled with despair.

Not to many of those, but at least we get the sad, but somewhat calm ending.

examples:

Clannad after story (1st END)
Chrono Crusade
Angel beats
Your lie in April
White album 2
Avenger
Jigoku Shoujo (all of them)
Elfen Lied
Basilisk
Hakuouki

Some are better than others.


Here is an excellent list of those that didn't earn it.

If misery porn is your thing, rock and roll. I just dislike telegraphed "you should cry now moments". It doesn't take much skill to engineer them.


You're right. First person I've seen say this.

 
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HungryForQuality said:
tonkatsu-sensei said:


Here is an excellent list of those that didn't earn it.

If misery porn is your thing, rock and roll. I just dislike telegraphed "you should cry now moments". It doesn't take much skill to engineer them.


You're right. First person I've seen say this.


Don't get me started. I've been trying to make "misery porn" an official genre of anime for a while now. ;-)
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The sadder the better. I like watching things that end up a different way than other shows.

It's better this way.
A little lonelier,
but better.






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I won't know if an anime has a sad ending until I watch the ending, so obviously yes.
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tonkatsu-sensei said:
HungryForQuality said:


You're right. First person I've seen say this.


Don't get me started. I've been trying to make "misery porn" an official genre of anime for a while now. ;-)



Just curious, but what are anime that you feel earned their drama and sadness? I want to watch some anime that are genuinely emotional but not in the cookie cutter way of Your Lie in April and White Album 2?

 
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