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* ''Anime/DinoZaurs'': Diamond Ryugu is defeated and the Dragozaurs leave Earth but the Dino Knights turn back into fossils as the Earth is no longer in danger.
3rd Nov '17 9:07:24 PM WKennedy334
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* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' has an ending that is positive, but heartbreaking. "Can we watch another sunset together someday." as the girl speaking fades out of reality as the price for having saved the protagonist.

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* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' has an ending that is positive, but heartbreaking. "Can we watch another sunset together someday." as the girl speaking fades out of reality as the price for having saved the protagonist. And then there's the implication that, since this is billions of years in the future, the sun will become a supernova, possibly killing the future inhabitants.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the entire Whitebeard War Saga (Thriller Bark arc, Sabaody Archipelago arc, Amazon Lily arc, Impel Down arc and Marineford arc together) is as big an example of this as you're gonna get in this series. Preparing for the New World, the Straw Hat Pirates meet up with new friends, an old enemy-since-reformed, new enemies reforming, and icons of the old age of Piracy. What follows later (in chronological order) is: They encounter the cruelty of the world's nobles after one of their friends are kidnapped and the other shot; they face up against three adversaries which alone are much too powerful for them leading to the crew is forcibly split up; Luffy finds out his brother is being held at the world's worst prison awaiting public execution, and after entire said prison, gets his ass handed to him so soundly he had to give '''ten''' years of his life to keep going, and after failing to spring his brother, loses one of his friends just so he and many of his newfound allies can escape; Quickly made apparent he is ''nowhere'' near strong enough to hold his own against the Marines' elite soldiers, and when it looks like he's saved Ace Admiral Akainu ruthlessly kills him right in front of Luffy, to bring the point home, leading to Luffy finally mentally collapsing. It's bittersweet because at least Luffy survived, his crew is okay albeit separated, and after they become stronger they can reunite to enter the New World together.\\\
As for global ramifications, Ace as mentioned before died, ending the bloodline of Gold Roger. Blackbeard not only renounced his Warlord of the Sea title, but busted the worst criminals in the world's history out of prison leaving the Chief Warden Magellan severely injured and Impel Down severely damaged. Whitebeard died, removing one of the Four Emperors, and all protections created due to his status, which not even the Marines themselves can handle; and Blackbeard went and stole Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, meaning the threat of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi) continues with the power not in the hands of aging, morally-conscious legendary pirate, but an amoral, power-mad megalomaniac who just threw away his status as a privateer for the World Government in favor of being captain of the world's greatest sociopaths. On the other hand, both Coby and Shanks stop the war; Whitebeard's last words confirmed the existence of One Piece, keeping the age of piracy ''very much alive''. With the Marines' victory, and Coby's words, this may encourage the organization to go through some serious changes, perhaps even ethically, to prepare for the new era. It's kind of a win-win situation for the Marines, and piracy in general. So the era of dreams isn't dead yet.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the entire Whitebeard War Saga (Thriller Bark arc, Sabaody Archipelago arc, Amazon Lily arc, Impel Down arc and Marineford arc together) is as big an example of this as you're gonna get in this series. Preparing for the New World, the Straw Hat Pirates meet up with new friends, an old enemy-since-reformed, new enemies reforming, and icons of the old age of Piracy. What follows later (in chronological order) is: They encounter the cruelty of the world's nobles after one of their friends are kidnapped and the other shot; they face up against three adversaries which alone are much too powerful for them leading to the crew is forcibly split up; Luffy finds out his brother is being held at the world's worst prison awaiting public execution, and after entire said prison, gets his ass handed to him so soundly he had to give '''ten''' years of his life to keep going, and after failing to spring his brother, loses one of his friends just so he and many of his newfound allies can escape; Quickly made apparent he is ''nowhere'' near strong enough to hold his own against the Marines' elite soldiers, and when it looks like he's saved Ace Admiral Akainu ruthlessly kills him right in front of Luffy, to bring the point home, leading to Luffy finally mentally collapsing. It's bittersweet because at least Luffy survived, his crew is okay albeit separated, and after they become stronger they can reunite to enter the New World together.\\\
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As for global ramifications, Ace as mentioned before died, ending the bloodline of Gold Roger. Blackbeard not only renounced his Warlord of the Sea title, but busted the worst criminals in the world's history out of prison leaving the Chief Warden Magellan severely injured and Impel Down severely damaged. Whitebeard died, removing one of the Four Emperors, and all protections created due to his status, which not even the Marines themselves can handle; and Blackbeard went and stole Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, meaning the threat of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi) continues with the power not in the hands of aging, morally-conscious legendary pirate, but an amoral, power-mad megalomaniac who just threw away his status as a privateer for the World Government in favor of being captain of the world's greatest sociopaths. On the other hand, both Coby and Shanks stop the war; Whitebeard's last words confirmed the existence of One Piece, keeping the age of piracy ''very much alive''. With the Marines' victory, and Coby's words, this may encourage the organization to go through some serious changes, perhaps even ethically, to prepare for the new era. It's kind of a win-win situation for the Marines, and piracy in general. So the era of dreams isn't dead yet.
24th Oct '17 10:00:19 PM arnoldmcguire335
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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the war between the people of Earth and the SDF-1 vs. the Zentraedi ends on a bittersweet note bordering on a [[DownerEnding total downer]]: The final battle successively sees the destruction of over 90% of Earth's surface by the Zentraedi armada, immediately after which the surviving humans manage to destroy most of the the Zentraedi fleet, leaving both sides nearly wiped out. Surprisingly enough, this was followed by another thirteen episodes taking place after the battle, [[PostScriptSeason which apparently wasn't originally in the plan; the characters are cautiously optimistic, a mood which is actually vindicated by later ''Macross'' series, which show that humanity and its allies have established a thriving interstellar civilization across much of the Milky Way in less than a century. In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' shows that civilization on Earth itself has recovered fairly well despite the devastation.]]

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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the war between the people of Earth and the SDF-1 vs. the Zentraedi ends on a bittersweet note bordering on a [[DownerEnding total downer]]: The final battle successively sees the destruction of over 90% of Earth's surface by the Zentraedi armada, immediately after which the surviving humans manage to destroy most of the the Zentraedi fleet, leaving both sides nearly wiped out. Surprisingly enough, this was followed by another thirteen episodes taking place after the battle, [[PostScriptSeason which apparently wasn't originally in the plan; the characters are cautiously optimistic, a mood which is actually vindicated by later ''Macross'' series, which show that humanity and its allies have established a thriving interstellar civilization across much of the Milky Way in less than a century. In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' Macross Plus shows that civilization on Earth itself has recovered fairly well despite the devastation.]]


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** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': Ragna has been liberated, and Roid's plan to take over the galaxy has been defeated...but at the cost of Keith's life. While there's mention of peace negotiations being considered, the war is far from over and millions have died as a result of the weapons of mass destruction being used. Mirage and Freyja both confess their love to Hayate, with the former taking her rejection in stride. Hayate and Freyja become an OfficialCouple... but both are aware that she won't have much longer to live, as the process of burning out has already started.
13th Sep '17 2:23:20 PM catmuto
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* The Ending of Shinohara Chie's manga ''Ao no Fuuin'' can be seen as this. The 30.000 Oni, excluding Soko, have gone to sleep in the deep layer of their refuge within Mt Fuji and have prevented it from erupting very, very soon. Soko is about to sleep with Akira, which will take her powers as Souryo and overall status as an Oni away, meaning she is free to live her life as a human by his side... but not only is she separated from her daughter and husband from ancient times, Takao is still going to live on as merely a head... and even ''worse'', the ending implies that humans ''will'' eventually ruin the ecosystem of the planet so badly that they will have nothing against the Oni waking up and some of them having to die now and then to feed them, to bring some form of balance back.

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* The Ending of Shinohara Chie's manga ''Ao no Fuuin'' ''Manga/AoNoFuuin'' can be seen as this. The 30.000 Oni, excluding Soko, have gone this way. All of the current Oni decide to sleep in the deep layer of their refuge within Mt beneath Mt. Fuji and have prevented it from erupting very, very soon. prevent its eruption, with Soko is about to sleep with Akira, which will take and Akira finally having time as a regular couple and ridding her powers as Souryo and overall of her status as an Oni away, meaning she is free to live her life as a human by his side... but not only is she separated from her daughter and husband from ancient times, Takao is still going to live on as merely a head... and Soryu. But the manga makes it clear that, even ''worse'', with the ending implies Oni sleeping now, that humans ''will'' eventually ruin cause the ecosystem of the planet environment to become so badly bad that they will have nothing against the Oni waking up and some of them having to die now and then to feed them, will awaken again to bring some form of balance back.to things. So they won't mind that Oni will be eating a few humans to survive. Fortunately, Akira makes sure that the Saionji group changes its ways to focus on preventing the environment's degradation, to keep this from happening.
26th Jul '17 6:24:17 AM Hinooka-Homu
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* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/SukaSuka'' ends with one combined with GainaxEnding since it stops itself at the third of the five volume light novel series, which also ended on a bittersweet note. The ship Willem and the Leprechauns escort manages to successfully get back home safely, but the overwhelming amount of Timere that attacked them in the area they were exploring had killed off more than half the ship's crew, and, despite everyone's protests and pleads due to her continuously deteriorating mental state, Chtholly still goes off to fight the Timere anyway to protect a heavily injured Willem and Nephren and dies in the process, taking all the Timere in the area with her, and afterwards, tearfully thanking Willem for the happy life he'd given her, despite her tragic fate.
18th Jun '17 9:51:03 PM sayaleviathan
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' ends with Akihiro finally killing Iok, Ride murdering Nobliss and the rest of Tekkadan successfully fleeing from Mars where they renewed their lives on Earth. Additionally Mars gains its independence, and the Seven Stars are disbanded, creating a more democratic Gjallarhorn that outlaws the use of Human Debris. But Mikazuki and Akihiro died while Gaelio is stuck on a wheelchair. Rustal is still alive and remains in power after taking control of Gjallarhorn without suffering any punishment.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' ends with Akihiro finally killing Iok, Ride murdering Nobliss and the rest of Tekkadan successfully fleeing from Mars where they renewed their lives on Earth.lives. Additionally Mars gains its independence, and the Seven Stars are disbanded, creating a more democratic Gjallarhorn that outlaws the use of Human Debris. But Mikazuki and Akihiro died while Gaelio is stuck on a wheelchair. Rustal is still alive and remains in power after taking control of Gjallarhorn without suffering any punishment.
13th Jun '17 6:00:48 AM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'' concludes with The rebels victorious, the Poseidal empire destroyed and all the heroes alive, but hero Daba Myroad abandons all his friends, including the 2 women who were in love with him to take care of his brain damaged sister.

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* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'' concludes with The rebels victorious, the Poseidal empire destroyed and all the heroes alive, but hero Daba Myroad abandons all his friends, including the 2 women who were in love with him him, to take care of his brain damaged sister.


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* By the time ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'' is over, Millennium has been defeated forever, but at the cost of much of London, the Hellsing and Iscariot Organizations both having to be rebuilt, the loss of the Council of Twelve with only a few of its members surviving, and the loss of Hellsing's greatest champion for thirty long years.
11th Jun '17 8:33:55 PM spectertv
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** [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]: Graduation day has come and everyone must leave to fulfill their dreams. Judai doesn't attend the graduation party. As he's about to leave the school, Winged Kuriboh leads him to the area where Yugi's deck is and finds Yugi himself there. Yugi send Judai back in time to duel a past version of himself that still has the millennium puzzle and Yami Yugi. It is through this duel that Judai regains his love for dueling.
** [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]: Zone is defeated and sacrifices his life to stop the Ark Cradle, taking Yusei's place as he was about to do it himself. However Bruno was killed in a earlier duel against Yusei. A couple of months later all of Yusei's friends gets great opportunities for each of them but they all share the same problem, in to enter these opportunities they will have to leave Neo Domimo City and thus not be with each other anymore. After a duel between Yusei and Jack to settle the scores between them, everyone decides to go their separate ways except for Yusei who stays behind in Neo Domino City with the belief that everyone will return once again once they fulfilled their dreams.

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** [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]: Graduation day has come and everyone must leave to fulfill their dreams. Judai doesn't attend the graduation party. As he's about to leave the school, Winged Kuriboh leads him to the area where Yugi's deck is and finds Yugi himself there. Yugi send sends Judai back in time to duel a past version of himself that still has the millennium puzzle Millennium Puzzle and Yami Yugi. It is through this duel that Judai regains his love for dueling.
** [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]: Zone is defeated and sacrifices his life to stop the Ark Cradle, taking Yusei's place as he was about to do it himself. However Bruno was killed in a earlier duel against Yusei. A couple of months later all of Yusei's friends gets great opportunities for each of them but they all share the same problem, in order to enter these opportunities they will have to leave Neo Domimo City and thus not be with each other anymore. After a duel between Yusei and Jack to settle the scores between them, everyone decides to go their separate ways except for Yusei who stays behind in Neo Domino City with the belief that everyone will return once again once they fulfilled their dreams.
29th May '17 1:35:58 AM Cosette
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* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' ends with Nitori going off to college and finally saying "I am a girl" instead of "I ''want to be'' a girl". Makoto gets an ambiguous but still positive ending and Nitori's girlfriend Anna states she doesn't mind being gay if Nitori wants to [[{{transsexual}} live as a woman.]] Deuteragonist Takatsuki gets a less happy ending. The last time we see her she's crying and she confessed her unrequited love to Nitori earlier, knowing that she would decline. Takatsuki in high school became really confused and starting doubting whether she wanted to be seen as a girl or a boy. The ending is fairly ambiguous on her part but still dark.

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* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' ends with Nitori going off to college and finally saying "I am a girl" instead of "I ''want to be'' a girl". Makoto gets an ambiguous but still positive ending and Nitori's girlfriend Anna states she doesn't mind being gay if Nitori wants to [[{{transsexual}} live as a woman.]] Deuteragonist Takatsuki gets a less happy ending. The last time we see her she's them they're crying and she they confessed her their unrequited love to Nitori earlier, knowing that she would decline. Takatsuki in high school became really confused and starting doubting whether she they wanted to be seen as a girl or a boy. The ending is fairly ambiguous on her their part but still dark.
14th May '17 9:03:08 PM spectertv
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** It's interesting to note that both the endings of the original series and ''Rebellion'' are bittersweet in opposite ways. In the original series ending, two of the main characters are essentially dead, and it's stated the others will soon join them. Despite this, [[EarnYourHappyEnding the ending's tone is uplifting. In direct contrast, ''Rebellion'' ends with all the main characters alive in an ideal world...and yet [[DownerEnding the ending's tone is depressing.]]]]

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** It's interesting to note that both the endings of the original series and ''Rebellion'' are bittersweet in opposite ways. In the original series ending, two of the main characters are essentially dead, and it's stated the others will soon join them. Despite this, [[EarnYourHappyEnding the ending's tone is uplifting. In direct contrast, ''Rebellion'' ends with all the main characters alive in an ideal world...]] and yet [[DownerEnding the ending's tone is depressing.]]]]]]



* ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'': Luluco defeats the evil Blackholeian and restores justice to the universe, but at the cost of her beloved Nova sacrificing himself to the black hole they used to defeat him, thus separating them across time and space when they had only just confirmed their mutual love. Yet Luluco does not despair because she knows he's alive and waiting for her in some alternate universe, [[IWillFindYou and she fully intends to search the cosmos until she finds him again]]. Outside of the show itself, we might have some indication that she ''does'' find him eventually...in the ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'' universe. Pay close attention in the upper right corner of ''Kiznaiver'' episode 12 at the part where Tenga and Chidori are meeting at [[FreezeFrameBonus 21:07, and you'll see Luluco talking to Nova. [[EarnYourHappyEnding She kept her word]].]]

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* ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'': Luluco defeats the evil Blackholeian and restores justice to the universe, but at the cost of her beloved Nova sacrificing himself to the black hole they used to defeat him, thus separating them across time and space when they had only just confirmed their mutual love. Yet Luluco does not despair because she knows he's alive and waiting for her in some alternate universe, [[IWillFindYou and she fully intends to search the cosmos until she finds him again]]. Outside of the show itself, we might have some indication that she ''does'' find him eventually...in the ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'' universe. Pay close attention in the upper right corner of ''Kiznaiver'' episode 12 at the part where Tenga and Chidori are meeting at [[FreezeFrameBonus 21:07, and you'll see Luluco talking to Nova.Nova]]. [[EarnYourHappyEnding She kept her word]].]]



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was arguably ''not'' this kind of ending, with characters going out in blazes of glory that fit their characters and the series' over-the-top style...until Nia died after the final battle (on her wedding day, no less) as a result of her Anti-Spiral nature being tied to the destruction of the Anti-Spiral himself in the previous episode. Fan division over this is rampant regarding whether Simon's calm acceptance of her death before his eyes is him refusing to make Lord Genome's mistake by [[AGodAmI attempting to play God or [[BrokenAesop undermining the show's premise]] of [[ScrewDestiny changing Fate itself]] by [[{{Determinator}} pure refusal to accept it and overriding willpower]]]].

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was arguably ''not'' this kind of ending, with characters going out in blazes of glory that fit their characters and the series' over-the-top style...until Nia died after the final battle (on her wedding day, no less) as a result of her Anti-Spiral nature being tied to the destruction of the Anti-Spiral himself in the previous episode. Fan division over this is rampant regarding whether Simon's calm acceptance of her death before his eyes is him refusing to make Lord Genome's mistake by [[AGodAmI attempting to play God God]] or [[BrokenAesop undermining the show's premise]] of [[ScrewDestiny changing Fate itself]] by [[{{Determinator}} pure refusal to accept it and overriding willpower]]]].willpower]].



* Given that ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'' starts with a series of horrible suicides and [[FromBadToWorse everything gets worse from then on]], the main characters resting in peace could be considered a BittersweetEnding instead of an outright DownerEnding. They [[KillEmAll still all die]] or [[BodyHorror turned into a snail or [[AndIMustScream frozen in time in the case of the main characters]].

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* Given that ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'' starts with a series of horrible suicides and [[FromBadToWorse everything gets worse from then on]], the main characters resting in peace could be considered a BittersweetEnding instead of an outright DownerEnding. They [[KillEmAll still all die]] or [[BodyHorror turned into a snail snail]] or [[AndIMustScream frozen in time in the case of the main characters]].



* The end of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows: Goddesses Arc'' qualifies as this. Keima succeeded in reviving five of the Goddesses residing within his previous capture targets, and with their help has thwarted a plot to revive Old Hell. But the last scenes show him [[TearsOfRemorse crying on a bench since he had to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim break someone else's heart]] to revive the last Goddess.]]

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* The end of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows: Goddesses Arc'' qualifies as this. Keima succeeded in reviving five of the Goddesses residing within his previous capture targets, and with their help has thwarted a plot to revive Old Hell. But the last scenes show him [[TearsOfRemorse crying on a bench bench]] since he had to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim break someone else's heart]] to revive the last Goddess.]]



* ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL'', the [[PostScriptSeason Post-Script OVA]] to ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. It turns out the heroes only have the ability to open two tiny windows back to our planet that will stay open for a couple of seconds. They choose to send Mamoru and Kaido back home, entrusting the future to them. As they fly towards the portals, they pass by the ruined husks of all the Brave robots who sacrificed themselves using their ultimate attacks to save the universe, and hear each one's voice encouraging them to look forward and remember the Oath Sworn Through Courage. Finally, as they return to Earth and meet all their friends and family once again, the character version of the already fairly emotional ending theme begins to play.\\\

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* ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL'', The [[Franchise/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]] spinoffs/sequels have their own shares of bittersweet endings:
** [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]: Graduation day has come and everyone must leave to fulfill their dreams. Judai doesn't attend the graduation party. As he's about to leave the school, Winged Kuriboh leads him to the area where Yugi's deck is and finds Yugi himself there. Yugi send Judai back in time to duel a past version of himself that still has the millennium puzzle and Yami Yugi. It is through this duel that Judai regains his love for dueling.
** [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]: Zone is defeated and sacrifices his life to stop the Ark Cradle, taking Yusei's place as he was about to do it himself. However Bruno was killed in a earlier duel against Yusei. A couple of months later all of Yusei's friends gets great opportunities for each of them but they all share the same problem, in to enter these opportunities they will have to leave Neo Domimo City and thus not be with each other anymore. After a duel between Yusei and Jack to settle the scores between them, everyone decides to go their separate ways except for Yusei who stays behind in Neo Domino City with the belief that everyone will return once again once they fulfilled their dreams.
** [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL ZEXAL]]: Don Thousand is destroyed and everyone who was sacrificed to the Barian World is revived with the exception of Kaito and the Seven Barian Emperors. Yuma and Astral have a duel against each other with Yuma winning and using the Numeron code to revive Kaito and the Barians who are now reborn as humans. However Astral must return home to the Astral World as a result. But a new threat emerges in the Astral World and Yuma and his friends head there to stop it.
** [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Arc-V]]: Yuya defeats Reiji and becomes a pro duelist. This causes Reira to smile, purfiying Zarc's soul in the process, though she still remains a baby. Also Ray is revived as Yuzu with all her counterparts merged with her just like Yuya.
* ''[[Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL GaoGaiGar FINAL]]'',
the [[PostScriptSeason Post-Script OVA]] to ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. It turns out the heroes only have the ability to open two tiny windows back to our planet that will stay open for a couple of seconds. They choose to send Mamoru and Kaido back home, entrusting the future to them. As they fly towards the portals, they pass by the ruined husks of all the Brave robots who sacrificed themselves using their ultimate attacks to save the universe, and hear each one's voice encouraging them to look forward and remember the Oath Sworn Through Courage. Finally, as they return to Earth and meet all their friends and family once again, the character version of the already fairly emotional ending theme begins to play.\\\
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