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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.\\\
30th Apr '17 10:12:24 PM Orbiting
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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 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 or [[AndIMustScream frozen in time in the case of the main characters]]]].characters]].



* ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki''. Ame leaves his mother and sister to go live in the woods as a wolf, But Hana comes to terms with it, realizing he's an adult. Yuki goes off to live in the dorms of her new middle school, and Hana continues to live in their house out in the country.

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* ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki''. ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'': Ame leaves his mother and sister to go live in the woods as a wolf, But but Hana comes to terms with it, realizing he's an adult. Yuki goes off to live in the dorms of her new middle school, and Hana continues to live in their house out in the country.
30th Apr '17 10:10:46 PM Orbiting
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* While it can be considered a DownerEnding by some readers/viewers, ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' ends with both protagonists [[spoiler:finally getting together only to die in each others' arms moments later]].

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* While it can be considered a DownerEnding by some readers/viewers, ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' ends with both protagonists [[spoiler:finally finally getting together only to die in each others' arms moments later]].later.



* The ''Manga/BlackButler'' anime ends with [[spoiler:Ciel being turned into a demon, leaving Sebastian as his eternal butler.]] A neither cheery nor tragic conclusion for both sides.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' could be argued as having a BittersweetEnding. Diva dies, Saya lives after trying to kill herself on Diva's blood but is deeply affected by her death, Hagi is crushed under a building, Riku's rape and subsequent death at Diva's hands still haunts Kai and Saya, and Solomon died for Saya without her even knowing. A lot of people are dead, including huge numbers of the Red Shiled, and all but one of the Schiff, and the kind of emotional and psychological toll it has taken on the main characters is palpable. However, there are still some good things. Diva's children are being looked after by a loving and caring family so they won't turn into monster sociopaths, Kai is getting on with his life, Lulu is still alive, and Julia is pregnant. At the end we see that [[spoiler: as Saya goes into hibernation again, that Hagi's trademark blue hair ribbon is by her sleeping place, indicating that he is still alive and waiting for Saya to awaken again.]] So in the end, this becomes more of an EarnYourHappyEnding type of story. Considering the kind of pain and grief the main characters had to go through to get it, they really do deserve it.

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* The ''Manga/BlackButler'' anime ends with [[spoiler:Ciel Ciel being turned into a demon, leaving Sebastian as his eternal butler.]] butler. A neither cheery nor tragic conclusion for both sides.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' could be argued as having a BittersweetEnding. Diva dies, Saya lives after trying to kill herself on Diva's blood but is deeply affected by her death, Hagi is crushed under a building, Riku's rape and subsequent death at Diva's hands still haunts Kai and Saya, and Solomon died for Saya without her even knowing. A lot of people are dead, including huge numbers of the Red Shiled, and all but one of the Schiff, and the kind of emotional and psychological toll it has taken on the main characters is palpable. However, there are still some good things. Diva's children are being looked after by a loving and caring family so they won't turn into monster sociopaths, Kai is getting on with his life, Lulu is still alive, and Julia is pregnant. At the end we see that [[spoiler: as Saya goes into hibernation again, that Hagi's trademark blue hair ribbon is by her sleeping place, indicating that he is still alive and waiting for Saya to awaken again.]] again. So in the end, this becomes more of an EarnYourHappyEnding type of story. Considering the kind of pain and grief the main characters had to go through to get it, they really do deserve it.



** In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', Nunnally manages to save the world and regain her sight and mobility by rejecting her parents' plan, but that results in them vanishing from the world. [[spoiler:Euphemia]] becomes empress, but her mission to restore peace to the world is hampered by hatred and distrust of Britannia. Lelouch is forced to leave Nunnally forever, but Nunnally has some comfort in sharing one last hug with him and him telling her he will always love her. Despite the problems that lie ahead, Nunnally still believes that there is hope, and is willing to face the future with her best friend, Alice.\\\

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** In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', Nunnally manages to save the world and regain her sight and mobility by rejecting her parents' plan, but that results in them vanishing from the world. [[spoiler:Euphemia]] Euphemia becomes empress, but her mission to restore peace to the world is hampered by hatred and distrust of Britannia. Lelouch is forced to leave Nunnally forever, but Nunnally has some comfort in sharing one last hug with him and him telling her he will always love her. Despite the problems that lie ahead, Nunnally still believes that there is hope, and is willing to face the future with her best friend, Alice.\\\



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', a show where most of the episodes are standalone, has almost every other episode end on a bittersweet note (Asteroid Blues, Waltz for Venus, Jupiter Jazz, Speak Like a Child, Boogie Woogie Feng Shui and Black Dog Serenade, to mention a few). The main character arcs of Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed which resolve in the last three episodes could be interpreted as such, but may also fit the definition of {{Downer Ending}}s: Two of them discover that YouCantGoHomeAgain, and the other two lose people close to them. [[spoiler:It finally ends keeping to the trope, with the primary character doing a TakingYouWithMe.]]

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', a show where most of the episodes are standalone, has almost every other episode end on a bittersweet note (Asteroid Blues, Waltz for Venus, Jupiter Jazz, Speak Like a Child, Boogie Woogie Feng Shui and Black Dog Serenade, to mention a few). The main character arcs of Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed which resolve in the last three episodes could be interpreted as such, but may also fit the definition of {{Downer Ending}}s: Two of them discover that YouCantGoHomeAgain, and the other two lose people close to them. [[spoiler:It It finally ends keeping to the trope, with the primary character doing a TakingYouWithMe.]]



* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' ends with the Tamer's partners de-digivolving and then being forced into the Digital World, and the Tamers are left to believe that they will never see their partners again. It would be a downer ending, except for the last five seconds or so before the ending credits, offering a bit of hope that they will be re-united eventually. That hope is subsequently [[spoiler: dashed to pieces by a later Drama CD which has the Tamers blindly sending messages to the Digital World in hopes of maybe reaching their partners]]. [[spoiler: Actually, it is still left open that they could be reunited someday, at least they all seem to think they will. Runaway Locomon (depending on your personal continuity) actually does show them after reuniting. Really, we just don't know.]]
* ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'''s ending is definitely more bitter than sweet, verging on a DownerEnding, as while [[spoiler:Yuuma and Chizumi are implied to have been killed by the animated liquid remains of their victims, thus sending their souls to hell, thousands (if not millions) of people are implied to have been killed by watching the news feed of the press conference and hearing Yuuma's deadly apologies]].

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* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' ends with the Tamer's partners de-digivolving and then being forced into the Digital World, and the Tamers are left to believe that they will never see their partners again. It would be a downer ending, except for the last five seconds or so before the ending credits, offering a bit of hope that they will be re-united eventually. That hope is subsequently [[spoiler: dashed to pieces by a later Drama CD which has the Tamers blindly sending messages to the Digital World in hopes of maybe reaching their partners]]. [[spoiler: partners. Actually, it is still left open that they could be reunited someday, at least they all seem to think they will. Runaway Locomon (depending on your personal continuity) actually does show them after reuniting. Really, we just don't know.]]
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* ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'''s ending is definitely more bitter than sweet, verging on a DownerEnding, as while [[spoiler:Yuuma Yuuma and Chizumi are implied to have been killed by the animated liquid remains of their victims, thus sending their souls to hell, thousands (if not millions) of people are implied to have been killed by watching the news feed of the press conference and hearing Yuuma's deadly apologies]].apologies.



** The manga ending is even worse. Although {{Big Bad}} was eventually defeated, [[spoiler:Eureka dies in Renton's arms from her wounds.]] This leaves him and his grandpa to look after the 3 kids for at least 2 years. Thats gotta suck for a 14 year old kid.

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** The manga ending is even worse. Although {{Big Bad}} was eventually defeated, [[spoiler:Eureka Eureka dies in Renton's arms from her wounds.]] wounds. This leaves him and his grandpa to look after the 3 kids for at least 2 years. Thats gotta suck for a 14 year old kid.



** In the Story of Evil, from its various sub-arcs, we have for the the principal twin characters[[spoiler: the tyrannical princess Rilliane survives to repent, but loses her brother Allen who dies in her place.]] For the Lucifenian Revolution, [[spoiler: Germaine avenges her father's death by killing Allen, but he was raised as her foster brother. Not to mention all of the revolutionaries who died to make it happen, only for Lucifenia to end up under the control of another monarchy in their instability.]] For the side stories like LightNovel/WiegenliedOfGreen, [[spoiler: Clarith finds peace and fulfillment at the monastery, but loses the love of her life.]] For LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue, [[spoiler: Kyle and Germaine end once and for all the conspiracy orchestrated by his mother, Prim, but he loses his half sister in the process and again throws a country into political instability.]]
** In the Seven Deadly Sins Series, there's the LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania, where [[spoiler: all the women escape from the duke's harem when he's killed, but it sparks a wave of political instability and bigotry towards his ChildByRape descendents, as well as death taking away his one sympathetic goal that he began the novel with--to confess his love to a childhood friend he'd brainwashed in with the rest of them.]]
** In LightNovel/EvilFoodEaterConchita, another entry in the Seven Deadly Sins Series, Banica [[spoiler: eats herself]], thus ending her reign of terror and keeping [[spoiler: her baby]] safe. However, Elluka [[spoiler: fails to collect the glass]], and Conchita [[spoiler: becomes the new demon of Gluttony, an immortal who persists in terrorizing people for centuries afterward.]]
** In the Original Sin Series, [[spoiler: Elluka, who later becomes the constant protagonist of the rest of the series, is brought back to life and made immortal by the Sin ark, in exchange for her entire country and all the people she cared about either being obliterated or driven into insanity/evil.]]

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** In the Story of Evil, from its various sub-arcs, we have for the the principal twin characters[[spoiler: characters the tyrannical princess Rilliane survives to repent, but loses her brother Allen who dies in her place.]] place. For the Lucifenian Revolution, [[spoiler: Germaine avenges her father's death by killing Allen, but he was raised as her foster brother. Not to mention all of the revolutionaries who died to make it happen, only for Lucifenia to end up under the control of another monarchy in their instability.]] For the side stories like LightNovel/WiegenliedOfGreen, [[spoiler: Clarith finds peace and fulfillment at the monastery, but loses the love of her life.]] life. For LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue, [[spoiler: Kyle and Germaine end once and for all the conspiracy orchestrated by his mother, Prim, but he loses his half sister in the process and again throws a country into political instability.]]
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** In the Seven Deadly Sins Series, there's the LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania, where [[spoiler: all the women escape from the duke's harem when he's killed, but it sparks a wave of political instability and bigotry towards his ChildByRape descendents, as well as death taking away his one sympathetic goal that he began the novel with--to confess his love to a childhood friend he'd brainwashed in with the rest of them.]]
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** In LightNovel/EvilFoodEaterConchita, another entry in the Seven Deadly Sins Series, Banica [[spoiler: eats herself]], herself, thus ending her reign of terror and keeping [[spoiler: her baby]] baby safe. However, Elluka [[spoiler: fails to collect the glass]], glass, and Conchita [[spoiler: becomes the new demon of Gluttony, an immortal who persists in terrorizing people for centuries afterward.]]
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** In the Original Sin Series, [[spoiler: Elluka, who later becomes the constant protagonist of the rest of the series, is brought back to life and made immortal by the Sin ark, in exchange for her entire country and all the people she cared about either being obliterated or driven into insanity/evil.]]



** The series ends with a number of the pilots dead, [[CheerfulChild Tsubaki]] must tearfully say farewell to her friends before assimilating with the Island, and Soushi dies even after Kazuki saves him. At the same time, Tatsumiya Island has the information to save Sakura's life and prevent the early deaths of the pilots, the world's civilizations can rebuild, and Soushi promised Kazuki he'd find a way to return one day. [[spoiler:Judging by the trailers for the movie, he will.]]

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** The series ends with a number of the pilots dead, [[CheerfulChild Tsubaki]] must tearfully say farewell to her friends before assimilating with the Island, and Soushi dies even after Kazuki saves him. At the same time, Tatsumiya Island has the information to save Sakura's life and prevent the early deaths of the pilots, the world's civilizations can rebuild, and Soushi promised Kazuki he'd find a way to return one day. [[spoiler:Judging Judging by the trailers for the movie, he will.]]



* At the end of ''Anime/TheFantasticAdventuresOfUnico'' the evil baron is killed, Katy has found a new home, everyone is happy...[[spoiler: but then the West Wind returns and Unico must leave and forget his friends forever.]]

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* At the end of ''Anime/TheFantasticAdventuresOfUnico'' the evil baron is killed, Katy has found a new home, everyone is happy...[[spoiler: but then the West Wind returns and Unico must leave and forget his friends forever.]]



* The ending of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' certainly counts. Sure [[spoiler:Yuki and Yuno were able to become god of the 3rd world and the memories from Yuno of the 2nd world were given to 3rd world Yuno. However that doesn't change the fact that everyone with the exception of the 9th, the Muru murus, and Yuki himself (obviously) from the two previous worlds are dead. Also, neither of them can just hit the reset button (as Yuki painfully became aware of) to bring them back. [[CameBackWrong All that would come back would be their bodies, not their minds]].]] Seriously, were it not for the [[spoiler:3rd world resolving the way it did,]] the end would have been a full blown DownerEnding.

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* The ending of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' certainly counts. Sure [[spoiler:Yuki Yuki and Yuno were able to become god of the 3rd world and the memories from Yuno of the 2nd world were given to 3rd world Yuno. However that doesn't change the fact that everyone with the exception of the 9th, the Muru murus, and Yuki himself (obviously) from the two previous worlds are dead. Also, neither of them can just hit the reset button (as Yuki painfully became aware of) to bring them back. [[CameBackWrong All that would come back would be their bodies, not their minds]].minds.]] Seriously, were it not for the [[spoiler:3rd 3rd world resolving the way it did,]] did, the end would have been a full blown DownerEnding.



* Arguably the ending of ''Anime/GregoryHorrorShow: The Second Guest,'' though more on the "bitter" than "sweet." The female protagonist [[spoiler:finally has what she's been wishing for--a family to call her own. Meaning a husband a child to look after. On the bitter side of things though, in getting this, she's become a permanent guest of the HellHotel, cannot go back to the real world, and lost her sanity/sense of self in the process. [[{{Squick}} Oh, and it's]] ''[[{{Squick}} Gregory]]'' [[{{Squick}} she's got a family with.]]]]

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* Arguably the ending of ''Anime/GregoryHorrorShow: The Second Guest,'' though more on the "bitter" than "sweet." The female protagonist [[spoiler:finally finally has what she's been wishing for--a family to call her own. Meaning a husband a child to look after. On the bitter side of things though, in getting this, she's become a permanent guest of the HellHotel, cannot go back to the real world, and lost her sanity/sense of self in the process. [[{{Squick}} Oh, and it's]] it's ''[[{{Squick}} Gregory]]'' [[{{Squick}} she's got a family with.]]]]



* By the end of ''Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation'', [[spoiler: the [[BadFuture Dead End future]] has been averted, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Timekeepers]] have been defeated, and the alternate selves have been [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]], but [[KilledOffForReal Sidune is still dead]].]]

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* By the end of ''Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation'', [[spoiler: the [[BadFuture Dead End future]] future has been averted, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Timekeepers]] have been defeated, and the alternate selves have been [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]], but [[KilledOffForReal Sidune is still dead]].]]



* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'' concludes with [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]



* ''Anime/{{K}}'' ends with the evil Colorless King being killed. But [[spoiler: Shiro]] was also killed to bring down the Colorless King and [[spoiler: Reisi]] was forced to kill [[spoiler: Mikoto]] to prevent his SwordOfDamocles from falling, leaving [[spoiler: HOMRA]] without their king. But [[spoiler: Neko and Kuroh]] don't believe that [[spoiler: Shiro]] is truly dead and set off to find him.

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* ''Anime/{{K}}'' ends with the evil Colorless King being killed. But [[spoiler: Shiro]] Shiro was also killed to bring down the Colorless King and [[spoiler: Reisi]] Reisi was forced to kill [[spoiler: Mikoto]] Mikoto to prevent his SwordOfDamocles from falling, leaving [[spoiler: HOMRA]] HOMRA without their king. But [[spoiler: Neko and Kuroh]] Kuroh don't believe that [[spoiler: Shiro]] Shiro is truly dead and set off to find him.



** 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]]: [[spoiler: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.]]
** The American adaptation ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' refers to the above as [[spoiler:the "Zentraedi Holocaust"]], and actually ups the bitterness by having its ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross The Masters]]'' and ''[[Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada The New Generation]]'' sections take place against the backdrop of [[spoiler:a post-''Macross'' [[AfterTheEnd razed Earth]]]].
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' gave the impression of doing this in the NonSerialMovie: [[spoiler:Alto seemingly dies, Brera actually dies, Sheryl is in coma and possibly up for AFateWorseThanDeath, and Ranka is heartbroken. But all the other good characters survive, the ''Frontier'' fleet finds a planet to settle on, all baddies are killed, and Sheryl at least has ''some'' signs of recovery - and this after it seemed certain she would die. Life goes on and the galaxy as whole is safe for now.]] However, WordOfGod stepped in and stated that [[EarnYourHappyEnding the fans had overly exaggerated the "bitter" part]]: instead, [[spoiler:Creator/ShojiKawamori confirmed that not only is Alto still alive, but that Sheryl makes a full recovery. He was actually ''shocked'' by how pessimistically most fans interpreted the ending.]]

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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]]: [[spoiler:The 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]]; 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.]]
** The American adaptation ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' refers to the above as [[spoiler:the the "Zentraedi Holocaust"]], Holocaust", and actually ups the bitterness by having its ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross The Masters]]'' and ''[[Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada The New Generation]]'' sections take place against the backdrop of [[spoiler:a a post-''Macross'' [[AfterTheEnd razed Earth]]]].
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** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' gave the impression of doing this in the NonSerialMovie: [[spoiler:Alto Alto seemingly dies, Brera actually dies, Sheryl is in coma and possibly up for AFateWorseThanDeath, and Ranka is heartbroken. But all the other good characters survive, the ''Frontier'' fleet finds a planet to settle on, all baddies are killed, and Sheryl at least has ''some'' signs of recovery - and this after it seemed certain she would die. Life goes on and the galaxy as whole is safe for now.]] However, WordOfGod stepped in and stated that [[EarnYourHappyEnding the fans had overly exaggerated the "bitter" part]]: instead, [[spoiler:Creator/ShojiKawamori Creator/ShojiKawamori confirmed that not only is Alto still alive, but that Sheryl makes a full recovery. He was actually ''shocked'' by how pessimistically most fans interpreted the ending.]]



** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'', which is set [[TimeSkip three years after the third season]], also ended on a bittersweet tone. [[NightOfTheLivingMooks The Mariage]] case was resolved with minimal losses, but Ixpellia, the MysteriousWaif that Subaru met, protected, and made friends with during the incident, [[ConvenientComa went back to sleep for maybe ten years... or a thousand]]. What is it about [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld characters from Ancient Belka]] and Bittersweet Endings? [[spoiler: Ixpellia would wake up (sort of) less than a year later in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]''.]]

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** ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'', which is set [[TimeSkip three years after the third season]], also ended on a bittersweet tone. [[NightOfTheLivingMooks The Mariage]] case was resolved with minimal losses, but Ixpellia, the MysteriousWaif that Subaru met, protected, and made friends with during the incident, [[ConvenientComa went back to sleep for maybe ten years... or a thousand]]. What is it about [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld characters from Ancient Belka]] and Bittersweet Endings? [[spoiler: Ixpellia would wake up (sort of) less than a year later in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]''.ViVid''.]]



** ''S1'': [[spoiler:The girls gain their powers in episode 50 but are discovered by the {{Muggle}}s and nearly subjected to a BalefulPolymorph. Onpu uses forbidden magic to erase everyone's memories, but karma finally catches up with her and she ends up in a coma. Doremi, Hazuki, and Aiko ultimately resolve to save Onpu even at the cost of their hard-earned magic. They succeed thanks to Pop's assistance, but the spell to save Onpu is considered forbidden magic and they had to give up their powers. Majo Rika is left trapped as a Witch Frog and thus has to depart for the Witch World, taking the fairies with her since the girls are no longer Witches. A lot of tear were shed when they all had to say their goodbyes.]]
** ''Sharp'': [[spoiler:The girls successfully get the Love Supreme Flower needed to save Hana from dying and her saying her first words gets them a passing grade that would allow them to return to being full-fledged Witches again. However, it was a PyrrhicVictory, as their crystals, which were given to them so they would be at their strongest when trying to get the MacGuffin, were destroyed, leaving the girls in a cursed slumber. Hana's words broke the curse and awakened them, but nothing could be done about the shattered crystals, forcing the girls to once again become normal girls and to separate from Hana, despite the latter's pleas.]]
** ''Motto'': [[spoiler:The girls succeed in getting the BigBad to begin her HeelFaceTurn and revert the Cursed Forest back to the Love Supreme Forest. However, even though they recieved a passing grade and are now allowed to become full-fledged Witches again, they still do not have their crystals and thus still have to remain normal girls for the time being. Finally, the BigBad is still in a cursed slumber of her own and nothing can be done about it for the time being.]]
** ''Dokkan'': [[spoiler:The GrandFinale is built up to the huge TearJerker it is over the course of several episodes. Sure, the BigBad has been taken care of and has made a HeelFaceTurn, but the girls now have to decide whether to be LongLived Witches or remain normal girls and thus having to say goodbye to Hana forever. Over the next few episodes, various events happen that threaten to separate them: Hazuki is planning to go to a different school after graduation, Aiko and her father are moving back to Osaka to help her mother take care of her grandfather, Momoko is moving back to America, and Onpu is going to a different school herself. When it comes time to choose, the girls ultimately decide against becoming Witches, causing Hana no small amount of pain and sadness. When the day of graduation finally arrives, Doremi suffers her most severe HeroicBSOD yet and locks herself in the Maho-dou, fearing losing her friends forever. Everyone confesses their love for her and eventually snaps her out of her stupor, the final straw being a BatmanGambit on Hana's part. Everyone goes their separate ways but remain in touch throughout the epilogue.]]
* 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 [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:and after they become stronger they can reunite to enter the New World together]].\\\
As for global ramifications, [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: 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.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': The anime sort of just...ends. [[spoiler:The Arstians all escape planet Lanplate, and the Eraser comes and wipes out the planet and all of its inhabitants. [[BigBad Marder]] abruptly decides to end the Arst War and spend the last few minutes with his people.]]

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** ''S1'': [[spoiler:The The girls gain their powers in episode 50 but are discovered by the {{Muggle}}s and nearly subjected to a BalefulPolymorph. Onpu uses forbidden magic to erase everyone's memories, but karma finally catches up with her and she ends up in a coma. Doremi, Hazuki, and Aiko ultimately resolve to save Onpu even at the cost of their hard-earned magic. They succeed thanks to Pop's assistance, but the spell to save Onpu is considered forbidden magic and they had to give up their powers. Majo Rika is left trapped as a Witch Frog and thus has to depart for the Witch World, taking the fairies with her since the girls are no longer Witches. A lot of tear were shed when they all had to say their goodbyes.]]
goodbyes.
** ''Sharp'': [[spoiler:The The girls successfully get the Love Supreme Flower needed to save Hana from dying and her saying her first words gets them a passing grade that would allow them to return to being full-fledged Witches again. However, it was a PyrrhicVictory, as their crystals, which were given to them so they would be at their strongest when trying to get the MacGuffin, were destroyed, leaving the girls in a cursed slumber. Hana's words broke the curse and awakened them, but nothing could be done about the shattered crystals, forcing the girls to once again become normal girls and to separate from Hana, despite the latter's pleas.]]
pleas.
** ''Motto'': [[spoiler:The The girls succeed in getting the BigBad to begin her HeelFaceTurn and revert the Cursed Forest back to the Love Supreme Forest. However, even though they recieved a passing grade and are now allowed to become full-fledged Witches again, they still do not have their crystals and thus still have to remain normal girls for the time being. Finally, the BigBad is still in a cursed slumber of her own and nothing can be done about it for the time being.]]
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** ''Dokkan'': [[spoiler:The The GrandFinale is built up to the huge TearJerker it is over the course of several episodes. Sure, the BigBad has been taken care of and has made a HeelFaceTurn, but the girls now have to decide whether to be LongLived Witches or remain normal girls and thus having to say goodbye to Hana forever. Over the next few episodes, various events happen that threaten to separate them: Hazuki is planning to go to a different school after graduation, Aiko and her father are moving back to Osaka to help her mother take care of her grandfather, Momoko is moving back to America, and Onpu is going to a different school herself. When it comes time to choose, the girls ultimately decide against becoming Witches, causing Hana no small amount of pain and sadness. When the day of graduation finally arrives, Doremi suffers her most severe HeroicBSOD yet and locks herself in the Maho-dou, fearing losing her friends forever. Everyone confesses their love for her and eventually snaps her out of her stupor, the final straw being a BatmanGambit on Hana's part. Everyone goes their separate ways but remain in touch throughout the epilogue.]]
epilogue.
* 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 [[spoiler:Admiral Admiral Akainu ruthlessly kills him right in front of Luffy, to bring the point home, leading to Luffy finally mentally collapsing]]. collapsing. It's bittersweet because at least Luffy survived, his crew is okay albeit separated, [[spoiler:and and after they become stronger they can reunite to enter the New World together]].together.\\\
As for global ramifications, [[spoiler: 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]]. sociopaths. On the other hand, [[spoiler: 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]].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.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': The anime sort of just...ends. [[spoiler:The The Arstians all escape planet Lanplate, and the Eraser comes and wipes out the planet and all of its inhabitants. [[BigBad Marder]] Marder abruptly decides to end the Arst War and spend the last few minutes with his people.]]



** And TheStinger shows that the forest will, indeed, make a full recovery due to the presence of a CallBack/BrickJoke - [[spoiler: near the start, Ashitaka mentioned that the presence of the Kodama meant the woods was healthy.]] Guess what you see at the very end before the final credits?

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** And TheStinger shows that the forest will, indeed, make a full recovery due to the presence of a CallBack/BrickJoke - [[spoiler: near the start, Ashitaka mentioned that the presence of the Kodama meant the woods was healthy.]] healthy. Guess what you see at the very end before the final credits?



** The ending of. Madoka becomes a magical girl, changes the whole system so that witches no longer exist and brings Mami and Kyouko back to life... but disappears from existence as a result. And she couldn't bring Sayaka back because she'd become a witch, so had to carry her off to Heaven with her, meaning the revived characters stil see Sayaka as dead. Though witches no longer exist, a new threat has replaced them because the Incubators still need to collect energy from some place to keep the universe's gears turning. The meguca battle never ends... BUT...[[spoiler:it's also assumed that Madoka became a Goddess from the result with Sayaka and the girls that were originally witches had AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, essentially making it the magical girl's answer to Valhalla.]]
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''. [[spoiler:Homura [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns her happy ending]] by creating a world where Madoka and Sayaka are still alive and Kyubey is under her control. She does this by stealing Madoka's powers in order to become a demon. It's implied that Homura's new world won't last, and she even tells Madoka, now an AmnesiacGod, that they'll become enemies someday. It's also left unclear how much Sayaka remembers, as she held out against Homura's efforts to alter reality for the longest. At the very least she has WistfulAmnesia.]]
** It's interesting to note that both the endings of the original series and ''Rebellion'' are bittersweet in opposite ways. [[spoiler: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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** The ending of. Madoka becomes a magical girl, changes the whole system so that witches no longer exist and brings Mami and Kyouko back to life... but disappears from existence as a result. And she couldn't bring Sayaka back because she'd become a witch, so had to carry her off to Heaven with her, meaning the revived characters stil see Sayaka as dead. Though witches no longer exist, a new threat has replaced them because the Incubators still need to collect energy from some place to keep the universe's gears turning. The meguca battle never ends... BUT...[[spoiler:it's it's also assumed that Madoka became a Goddess from the result with Sayaka and the girls that were originally witches had AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, essentially making it the magical girl's answer to Valhalla.]]
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** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''. [[spoiler:Homura Homura [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns her happy ending]] ending by creating a world where Madoka and Sayaka are still alive and Kyubey is under her control. She does this by stealing Madoka's powers in order to become a demon. It's implied that Homura's new world won't last, and she even tells Madoka, now an AmnesiacGod, that they'll become enemies someday. It's also left unclear how much Sayaka remembers, as she held out against Homura's efforts to alter reality for the longest. At the very least she has WistfulAmnesia.]]
** It's interesting to note that both the endings of the original series and ''Rebellion'' are bittersweet in opposite ways. [[spoiler:In 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/SamuraiSeven'': [[spoiler: The samurai save the villagers from annihilation by the bandits and Ukyo, but at the end of it, four of them are dead, and none of the other three stick around.]]

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* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'': [[spoiler: The samurai save the villagers from annihilation by the bandits and Ukyo, but at the end of it, four of them are dead, and none of the other three stick around.]]



* ''Manga/SchoolLive'': The anime. [[spoiler:Yuki has broken free of her cheerful delusions, Megu-nee is a zombie and has bitten both Kurumi and Touromaru, and although an antidote has been found and used on them both, Taroumaru dies to the heartbreak of everyone and there's no certainty that the antidote is permanent (the manga suggests otherwise). On top of that, they have to leave their beloved school and on their way out, Miki sees her friend Kei -- whom she had been hoping to one day meet again -- walking back to the school as a zombie.]] Despite all that however, the [[spoiler:antidote is working on Kurumi for now]], the girls are all alive, the zombies have left the school for now allowing the girls to make their escape, and [[HopeSpot another survivor has found a letter from Yuki, implying that there's still hope for our protagonists]].

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* ''Manga/SchoolLive'': The anime. [[spoiler:Yuki Yuki has broken free of her cheerful delusions, Megu-nee is a zombie and has bitten both Kurumi and Touromaru, and although an antidote has been found and used on them both, Taroumaru dies to the heartbreak of everyone and there's no certainty that the antidote is permanent (the manga suggests otherwise). On top of that, they have to leave their beloved school and on their way out, Miki sees her friend Kei -- whom she had been hoping to one day meet again -- walking back to the school as a zombie.]] Despite all that however, the [[spoiler:antidote antidote is working on Kurumi for now]], now, the girls are all alive, the zombies have left the school for now allowing the girls to make their escape, and [[HopeSpot another survivor has found a letter from Yuki, implying that there's still hope for our protagonists]].



** The ending to season 5 (''Evolution-R'') is far more satisfying, but there's a bittersweet regard involving [[BadassAdorable Pokota]], who will more or less spend the rest of his life stuck as an unaging stuffed animal [[spoiler:due to his posessed human body being destroyed out of necessity]].
** And the final novel of the main series ends triumphantly for Lina and [[IdiotHero Gourry]] as they decide to [[WillTheyOrWontThey visit Lina's home kingdom]]. The cost of this was [[spoiler:killing off the mentally conflicted Luke, who had transformed into [[PiecesOfGod Shabranigdo]]; this happened to him because the woman he loved, Milina, was poisoned, denied medical treatment, and died.]]

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** The ending to season 5 (''Evolution-R'') is far more satisfying, but there's a bittersweet regard involving [[BadassAdorable Pokota]], who will more or less spend the rest of his life stuck as an unaging stuffed animal [[spoiler:due due to his posessed human body being destroyed out of necessity]].
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** And the final novel of the main series ends triumphantly for Lina and [[IdiotHero Gourry]] as they decide to [[WillTheyOrWontThey visit Lina's home kingdom]]. The cost of this was [[spoiler:killing killing off the mentally conflicted Luke, who had transformed into [[PiecesOfGod Shabranigdo]]; Shabranigdo; this happened to him because the woman he loved, Milina, was poisoned, denied medical treatment, and died.]]



* ''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]]. [[spoiler: 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]]. [[spoiler: 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]], 21:07, and you'll see Luluco talking to Nova. [[EarnYourHappyEnding She kept her word]].]]



* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''. The Radam invasion has been prevented, for now. Unfortunately, in the process D-Boy had to [[spoiler:kill the rest of his family and friends that weren't already dead as a result of the initial Radam attack]], except for [[spoiler:his sister who was killed off by his younger brother]]. Fortunately, fighting as Tekkaman Blade has [[spoiler:damaged his brain to such an extent that he no longer remembers that he ever had a family, or what he had to do to them]].
* ''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...[[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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/TekkamanBlade''. The Radam invasion has been prevented, for now. Unfortunately, in the process D-Boy had to [[spoiler:kill kill the rest of his family and friends that weren't already dead as a result of the initial Radam attack]], attack, except for [[spoiler:his his sister who was killed off by his younger brother]]. brother. Fortunately, fighting as Tekkaman Blade has [[spoiler:damaged damaged his brain to such an extent that he no longer remembers that he ever had a family, or what he had to do to them]].
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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...[[spoiler:until 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]]. episode. Fan division over this is rampant regarding whether [[spoiler:Simon's 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]]]].



* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Tokyo Ghoul: JACK ends with Taishi and Arima solving the case and defeating Lantern. [[spoiler: Who just so happens to be their friend Minami. [[AlasPoorVillain They both seem to pity her at the end.]]]] Taishi's childhood friends are still dead and, despite dedicating his life to being a ghoul investigator, [[spoiler: marrying his childhood friend Aki, and ultimately starting a family with her,]] Arima and he are shown to have drifted apart over the years.
* ''Anime/{{Tokyo Magnitude 8}}'' ends with Mirai reuniting with her parents and life slowly going back to normal after the earthquake. [[spoiler:Mirai's little brother, Yuuki, is still dead]] which ruins the mood.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Tokyo Ghoul: JACK ends with Taishi and Arima solving the case and defeating Lantern. [[spoiler: Who just so happens to be their friend Minami. [[AlasPoorVillain They both seem to pity her at the end.]]]] ]] Taishi's childhood friends are still dead and, despite dedicating his life to being a ghoul investigator, [[spoiler: marrying his childhood friend Aki, and ultimately starting a family with her,]] her, Arima and he are shown to have drifted apart over the years.
* ''Anime/{{Tokyo Magnitude 8}}'' ends with Mirai reuniting with her parents and life slowly going back to normal after the earthquake. [[spoiler:Mirai's Mirai's little brother, Yuuki, is still dead]] dead which ruins the mood.



* 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 [[spoiler: [[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 [[spoiler: [[BodyHorror turned into a snail]] snail or [[AndIMustScream frozen in time in the case of the main characters]]]].



* ''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.]] [[spoiler: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.]] [[spoiler:Deuteragonist 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.]]



* The end of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows: Goddesses Arc'' qualifies as this. [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:Keima 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.]]
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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/CowboyBebop'', a show where most of the episodes are standalone, has almost every other episode end on a bittersweet note (Asteroid Blues, Waltz for Venus, Jupiter Jazz, Speak Like a Child, Boogie Woogie Feng Shui and Black Dog Serenade, to mention a few). The main character arcs of Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed which resolve in the last three episodes could be interpreted as such, but may also fit the definition of {{Downer Ending}}s: Two of them discover that YouCantGoHomeAgain, and the other two lose people close to them. [[spoiler:It finally ends keeping to the trope, with the primary character doing a TakingYouWithMe.]]

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\n * ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', a show where most of the episodes are standalone, has almost every other episode end on a bittersweet note (Asteroid Blues, Waltz for Venus, Jupiter Jazz, Speak Like a Child, Boogie Woogie Feng Shui and Black Dog Serenade, to mention a few). The main character arcs of Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed which resolve in the last three episodes could be interpreted as such, but may also fit the definition of {{Downer Ending}}s: Two of them discover that YouCantGoHomeAgain, and the other two lose people close to them. [[spoiler:It finally ends keeping to the trope, with the primary character doing a TakingYouWithMe.]]


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* ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'''s ending is definitely more bitter than sweet, verging on a DownerEnding, as while [[spoiler:Yuuma and Chizumi are implied to have been killed by the animated liquid remains of their victims, thus sending their souls to hell, thousands (if not millions) of people are implied to have been killed by watching the news feed of the press conference and hearing Yuuma's deadly apologies]].
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