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Oct 21, 2018 10:16 AM

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I'm kinda drunk at the mo' (generally a pre -req for when I'm annoyed enough to comment), so if you PM me in about 10 hours, I can give you a better list, but the one that comes immediately to mind (and I know is not even close to the best example) is Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate, Kokoro Connect, and Cowboy Bebop... Depending on your preferred genre.

I'm sure I'm not doing a great job a representing my point.
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Oct 21, 2018 10:17 AM
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It's just fiction, I do not have the ability to care about another person's imaginary story.
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Oct 21, 2018 10:19 AM
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No, I am not capable of watching anime with sad endings.
Oct 21, 2018 10:45 AM

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I do have a difficult time starting to watch an anime if I know there's going to be a sad ending. This is why it took me a while to start watching Kanon for example.
Oct 21, 2018 11:54 AM

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If you look at my Favorites; Tear-jerkers dominate them.

But I DO prefer happy endings or semi-happy endings. Tragedy is a hard genre to digest so I can respect people who stay away from it. I will feel like I'm missing out though if I swear off anything. Even when I have to say an untimely and very undeserved good-bye to a character, I'm still like "I'M HAPPY TO HAVE MET YOU".....and stuff. xD

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Well, at least the epilogue in the F/SN VN made me feel happy.


Oct 21, 2018 12:23 PM

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Sad endings usually don't affect me that much for some reason, but I often prefer them over happy endings.
Oct 21, 2018 12:31 PM

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"How do you handle sad anime?
Or do you refrain from watching them?"

Well i don't search if the anime i'll watch will have happy or sad ending, i'll just watch it.
Anyway, i really like anime with sad ending, why?, because sadness is part of life. To me, if an anime doesn't have a happy ending it makes me see life differently. It pushes me to become more social and enjoy every moment, even the most simple ones. That's few words from me!




Oct 21, 2018 12:35 PM
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Ehhh depends if the ending helps the story as a whole. Unlike Guilty Crown and Shitgatsu, Devilman Crybaby does a tremendous job of its “sad” ending due to the overarching theme it conveys of humanity.
Oct 21, 2018 1:09 PM

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I try to avoid them as much as possible however if I like the sound of the plot I would watch it anyway however I wouldn't get attached to anything, therefore when the sad ending occurs I'd feel less 'sad' than I would have originally.

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Oct 21, 2018 1:18 PM

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I can watch them, and sometimes do; but I prefer happy endings.

I watch anime for fun, to bring joy to my life.
I want to be left with good feels when I'm done, not in despair.
Oct 21, 2018 1:22 PM

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will watch them, but they usually leave me crying or pretty much dead for at least a few hours.

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Oct 21, 2018 1:24 PM

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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.


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

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.

Are you kidding right? Making a real emotional moment it's hard, lot of shows fail and end up as a joke. Having a happy ending were everything is perfect is the easiest and safest bet.
Oct 21, 2018 1:26 PM

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I like some of them, I never avoid them. If it has an ending is enough to make me happy. Bittersweet stories are good too.
Oct 21, 2018 1:30 PM

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Sad anime endings doesn't really make me cry so yeah, I'm capable of watching anime with sad endings
Oct 21, 2018 1:40 PM

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Well, sure. One of my favorites is "Your Lie in Apri"l, and the ending is something that makes me sad even now.
Oct 21, 2018 1:56 PM

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Yes, though i watch them only on vacations, sometimes i can get so invested in an anime that i get PAD when it ends even if it had a happy ending.

So an anime i am so invested in and had a sad ending would affect my motivation to do things and in turn would affect my work and my studies, so i try to marathon sad or more likely to have sad ending anime as much as i can during vocations.
Oct 21, 2018 3:12 PM
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My starting animes after dragon Ball Z we're in this order : Your lie in April, plastic memories, angel beats, clannad , anohana, golden time etc . As you can see I started with sad anime. I didn't know that they had sad endings. But instead of looking at the sad side I saw at the brigter side . But I couldn't deal with clannad after story . I was tired of sad endings and shifted to Golden time . Even today I have kept clannad after story on hold because I know it has a sad ending and I am just not ready for it. But the day I think I'm ready I will see it .

We can deal with sad endings easily if we look at their brighter side . Happy endings are the best because they make us the most comfortable . But in life everything isn't always good nd we get sad sometimes. So therefore I think we should embrace those animes and get used to sorrow because sometime in life everyone has to deal with it . At last I know some of you may not agree with me but it's fine because we all are different .
Oct 21, 2018 7:56 PM

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I would watch if it is properly executed to the point of seeing beauty in it. Reasoning.

The same thing is applyed to a good ending, it needs to be worthy to everything it was presented to us, during the course of the trip.

If it is sad, but had reasoning, i would be depressed if hit me on a personal level, but at the same time, feeling fullfilled because at least, respected the viewer in his time spent on the anime.
Oct 21, 2018 9:09 PM

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I prefer to be happy when a series ends but an occasional sad ending is good.
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Oct 21, 2018 9:11 PM

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I actively avoid them, but I brace up and give them a go sometime when I’m in the mood.
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Oct 21, 2018 9:14 PM

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I cry at happy endings already, what's another sad ending? :P
Oct 21, 2018 9:23 PM

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- i dont ever watch shigatsu, but i had plan to watch it... i'll check is this anime had sad ending like they said.
- i dont watch ever watch angel beats. i just watch some.. uhhhhh.. what was is it? conspiracy? complication? ahhh right compilation..
i've watch some compilation video about this anime like there is no another anime to be compilated... after watch a ton of compilation about how funny angel beats was... there is compilation how kanade and yui dies in the end... so i discouraged to watch this anime... it just like drink a fine taste of wine but in the end you'll get drunk and fall.
- i've already watch some anime that got sad ending.. and it sucks. Even how good the plot is, if the end no one survive (everybody dies), then screw that anime. Big regret to watch it.
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Oct 21, 2018 11:34 PM

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yep, I love sad anime, they are more entertaining especially if I have someone watching with me.
Oct 22, 2018 1:49 AM

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Preferably I'd like the ending to always be happy or at the very least bitter sweet but I'm certainly not opposed to a sad ending if it's written well (not just because the creator is too lazy to tie all the story's lose ends) heck I'd love for an anime to make me cry It's extremely rare I find a show or book or whatever that can do that for me (although I would prefer happy tears but heck I'll take what I can get).
Oct 22, 2018 3:59 AM

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I actually respect anime with gutsy endings, that don't hesitate to kill characters or to bring an unpleasant outcome.

Of course, I will prefer a bittersweet ending such as the one in Code Geass (which in my opinion is probably the most epic and emotional ending in anime) than an outright downer ending.

The ending in Your Lie in April was a roundhouse kick to my feels, but I was also in awe over how boldly they pulled this off. Not many scriptwriters dare to add such endings, often trying to cater to the needs of fans that don't want their favourite characters to die. By the way, check out Grave of Fireflies; after this anime and its downright CRUEL plot, anything will seem like a happy adventure to you!
Oct 22, 2018 6:58 AM
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I think the closest I've come to reacting to an anime with a sad ending was a sigh. It wasn't because it stirred up feelings of sadness or a true emotional reaction. I think the sigh came from the fact that the way the show ended was not the way I had envisioned it, but at the 11th hour the director/writer pulled a major plot twist. While I'm usually pretty good at figuring out how an anime will end, that time I was totally wrong all because of the last episode. So I'd say yeah I can watch an anime if it might have a sad ending, but it won't effect me on an emotional level because it's primarily a television program and I don't invest myself deeply in the characters or story or the world/setting.
Oct 22, 2018 9:13 AM

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For starters, I can't even know if the show has a sad ending because I don't want to have it spoiled before I watch it. Finished Shigatsu yesterday. Well, i'm still sad as F.
Oct 22, 2018 9:15 AM

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I've witnessed lots of sad endings so yes.

Oct 22, 2018 9:15 AM

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sad ends can be good if done properly just like happy ends can be shitty
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Oct 22, 2018 9:15 AM
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I can't rewatch if the ending is too sad.

Most of them I'm OK.
Oct 22, 2018 9:16 AM

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I usually cry because it's good instead of crying cause it's sad. Your Lie in April wasn't really that bad.
Oct 22, 2018 9:20 AM

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i try to watch the most depressing,sad anime's so i can relate something to my miserable life and trying to feel better by relating but its just more sad ... still beautiful,i love sad anime's.
Oct 22, 2018 9:24 AM

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I've watched so many anime with sad and depressing themes and endings, that my middle name should be Crybaby. Cause I've shed countless tears.
For a stoic person like me who doesn't show many emotions on his face, crying alone watching anime is the most emotional I get. So yeah I really enjoy watching sad anime.
Oct 22, 2018 11:23 AM
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Yes, and I prefer them since I like sad stuff in general.
Oct 22, 2018 1:27 PM

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I try not to get spoiled stuff like that so that I don't know if a Show is sad until I watch it.

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Oct 22, 2018 3:10 PM

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Well, I'm certainly capable of watching anime with sad endings, does not mean I won't cry spectacularly though...
Oct 22, 2018 4:03 PM

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Granted, most of the anime I've watched usually had a happy-go-lucky ending.

The only anime I've watched so far with a sad ending was Air. Boy did I cry....hard. :c

I dunno if I'm prepared for another sad ending.

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Oct 22, 2018 4:56 PM

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Yer no issues here. Some of my favourites are sad endings.

One of my friends really hates them though, so much so that she gave me all the DVD's from her collection that were of shows with sad endings.
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Oct 22, 2018 5:02 PM

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I have a few likw that in my favorites, so yes.
Oct 22, 2018 6:30 PM

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I've seen practically all of the major "sad" anime and have yet to shed a tear.
Oct 22, 2018 6:33 PM

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I am not capable of watching anime with a happy ending, so ...

Oct 22, 2018 8:27 PM

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Well, Chrono Crusade has a depressing end, and it's one of my all-time favorite anime endings, so...
Oct 22, 2018 9:26 PM

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That's why i never want to watch Clannad AS or anything anime similar as sad as this..
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Oct 22, 2018 9:29 PM
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Yes, specially if I hate the characters and the anime. Like Guilty Crown, my only reason to watch it was because I wanted to see everyone dying, but it was weak
Oct 22, 2018 10:08 PM
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It's not i can't, but i avoid all anime with Sad Moments.
I'm not into Slice of life/Drama anyway.
Oct 23, 2018 1:49 AM

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It's no longer at the level of capability anymore, I'm a big fan, seeker of them.
Oct 23, 2018 4:34 AM

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I am capable, but im not really seeking it.
Oct 23, 2018 5:44 AM
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sad endings are against my ideals yet they have a different appeal
so yeah I love sad endings they put on perfectly dramatic periods onto
the last lines of stories

Oct 23, 2018 5:55 AM

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A good cry can be cleansing. That's why I watch those sorts of series, for that emotional payoff. I don't watch or even want them all the time, but every so often it's what I need.
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