History ShootTheShaggyDog / AnimeAndManga

1st Dec '16 1:39:03 AM matteste
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* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' ends with about 90% of the cast getting killed off in horrific, pointless ways, and then [[spoiler:the village of Sotoba, which most of the remaining living humans sacrificed their sanity to protect from the vampires, ends up burning to the ground. Oh, and the only vampire who survives is the one who engineered the entire thing.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' ends with about 90% of the cast getting killed off in horrific, pointless ways, and then [[spoiler:the village of Sotoba, which most of the remaining living humans sacrificed their sanity to protect from the vampires, ends up burning to the ground. Oh, and the only vampire who survives is the one who engineered the entire thing.]] And things aren't exactly sunshine and rainbows for her either, with her having lost everyone she considered family and having her dream of a community where she can be accepted crushed forever with her mind tethering on the edge of despair]].
20th Nov '16 12:09:07 PM SpinAttaxx
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* Timeline 3 of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. [[spoiler: In that timeline all of the Z-Fighters are KilledOffForReal, humanity is on the brink of extinction and the only HopeSpot provided in that timeline, being Trunks successfully deactivating Androids 17 and 18, who were responsible for creating the CrapsackWorld that Future Trunks lives in, is quickly negated when Future Trunks is ambushed and quickly killed by Cell and has his time machine stolen. And just to add insult to injury, in the main timeline in which Cell travels back to, he kills Future Trunks ''again''. Oh, and because of Future Trunks' death, in the third timeline, the Saiyan race is now '''extinct''', except for Vegeta's younger brother who may or may not be alive in that timeline.]] Man, timeline 3 is depressing. No wonder much of it isn't shown.

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* Timeline 3 of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. [[spoiler: In that ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Future Trunks'
timeline [[BadFuture isn't very pleasant]]; Goku dies of a heart virus, Androids 17 and 18 appear six months later and start wreaking havok, and Vegeta, Piccolo ''et al'' are all of [[KilledOffForReal killed trying to stop them]] (Piccolo's death also rendering the Z-Fighters are KilledOffForReal, humanity is Dragon Balls permanently unusable). Years later, [[CrapsackWorld humanity's on the brink of extinction extinction, the Androids are unstoppable, and the only HopeSpot provided Trunks and Gohan are able to fight back]]. Gohan dies, and Trunks resorts to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong changing history]]. Fortunately, his experiences in the main timeline make him strong enough to destroy the Androids (and Cell) once he returns. [[HopeSpot All seems right]], but then ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' happens: Goku Black appears and devastates the recovering Earth to a worse extent than the Androids did, once more forcing Trunks to flee to the main timeline for aid. As a final kick in the teeth, [[spoiler:Zamasu's efforts to merge with reality following his defeat prompts the Omni-King to destroy not just Earth, but Trunks's ''entire timeline'', meaning the struggles of all its inhabitants during the Androids' and Goku Black's reign of terror meant nothing]].
** The offshoot of Future Trunks' timeline that Cell travels to the main one from. In
that timeline, being Trunks successfully deactivating deactivated Androids 17 and 18, who were responsible for creating 18 after his initial trip to the CrapsackWorld that Future Trunks lives in, past to find a way to stop them. This victory is quickly negated when Future Trunks is ambushed and quickly killed by Cell and has his time machine stolen. And just to add insult to injury, in the main timeline in which Cell travels back to, he kills Future Trunks ''again''. Oh, and because of Future Trunks' death, in the third this timeline, the Saiyan race is now '''extinct''', except for Vegeta's younger brother who may or may not be alive in that timeline.]] Man, timeline 3 is depressing. No wonder much of it isn't shown.
18th Nov '16 12:21:25 AM Tehrannotaur
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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' (anime only), also a definitive example of a DownerEnding, ends with [[spoiler:the main cast either dead or broken. None of the heroes' goals were met, and the villain succeeded in all his plans, with his "death" only being a temporary setback. If anything, the world would have been better off if the heroes had NOT been around.]]

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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' (anime only), also a definitive example of a DownerEnding, ends with [[spoiler:the main cast either dead or broken. None of the heroes' goals were met, and the villain succeeded in all his plans, with his "death" only being a temporary setback. If anything, [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the world would have been better off if the heroes had NOT been around.around]].]]
16th Nov '16 10:50:30 PM Tehrannotaur
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* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' starts with a happy-go-lucky boy named Shu who meets a ReiAyanamiExpy named Lala-ru. Suddenly she's captured by a viciously insane dictator time-traveling from the barren, war-torn distant future, along with Shu, who vows to save her from this hell. [[spoiler:She can control water with a pendant around her neck...at the cost of her life. After she uses her water to defeat the dictator and bring water to the parched future, the two share one last sunset together before she fades out of existence.]]
2nd Nov '16 11:54:45 AM SAMAS
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* The Chapter Black saga from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could be considered an example of this. The characters pull out all the stops, [[PyrrhicVictory sacrificing a great deal in the process]], in order to try and stop Sensui from opening a tunnel to Demon World, only to eventually learn that [[spoiler:A) Sensui's true motive for opening the tunnel was just so he could go to the demon world and find an opponent who could kill him, B) he would have been dead within a month anyway, from a fatal disease, and C) the spirit world's elite soldiers could seal the demon tunnel with [[HardWorkHardlyWorks relatively little effort]].]]

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* The Chapter Black saga from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could be considered an example of this. The characters pull out all the stops, [[PyrrhicVictory sacrificing a great deal in the process]], in order to try and stop Sensui from opening a tunnel to Demon World, only to eventually learn that [[spoiler:A) Sensui's true motive for opening the tunnel was just so he could go to the demon world and find an opponent who could kill him, B) he would have been dead within a month anyway, from a fatal disease, and C) the spirit world's elite soldiers could seal the demon tunnel with [[HardWorkHardlyWorks relatively little effort]].]]]] Yusuke does end up discovering something important about himself that helps drive the next arc, but this arc itself was pretty pointless.



** Though, in all fairness it is a hentai story. Nearly 90% of them have sex-slave, MindRape, [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]].
28th Oct '16 5:44:50 PM Blazer
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* In ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', it's never quite spelled out whether the main characters die in the proper sense (which would make the narration posthumous) or instead suffer a FateWorseThanDeath, but either way, they fight through a hell of monsters, unwanted transformations, and SinisterGeometry only for all of their actions to be completely meaningless in the end.

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* In ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', it's never quite spelled out whether the main characters die in the proper sense (which would make the narration posthumous) or instead suffer a FateWorseThanDeath, but either way, they fight through a hell of monsters, unwanted transformations, and SinisterGeometry only for all of their actions to be completely meaningless in the end.end.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' starts with one: delinquent Yusuke Urameshi decides, in a moment of selflessness, to rescue a kid from being hit by a car and is killed in the process. Once he gets to the afterlife, he finds that he kinda screwed up a few things by this action, because he wasn't supposed to die that day and neither was the kid - the kid would have been a bit scuffed up, but his ball would have saved him.
27th Oct '16 2:53:14 AM Dravencour
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* The end of the Golden Age Arc from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[spoiler: After Griffith's capture the Band of the Hawk is driven out of Midland and hunted as fugitives. Guts returns a year later and it seems that with his help they may be able to rescue Griffith and restore the Hawk's glory. They succeed, but Griffith is warped from torture and uses his behelit to initiate The Eclipse, which promptly kills the remaining members of the Band of the Hawk. With the exception of Guts, Griffith and Casca, the characters they've spent the entire manga so far building up are offed without much ceremony]].

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* The end of the Golden Age Arc from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[spoiler: After Griffith's capture capture, the Band of the Hawk is driven out of Midland and hunted as fugitives. Guts returns a year later and it seems that with his help they may be able to rescue Griffith and restore the Hawk's Hawks' glory. They succeed, but Griffith is warped a broken man both physically and mentally from torture a year's worth of torture, and after a series of tragic mistakes, Griffith hits his DespairEventHorizon and uses his behelit Crimson Behelit to initiate The Eclipse, which accepting the call to Sacrifice and promptly kills killing the remaining members of the Band of the Hawk.Hawk in order to rise as a horrific demon god. With the exception of Guts, Griffith and Casca, the characters they've spent the entire manga so far building up are offed without much ceremony]].
1st Aug '16 7:38:40 PM Willbyr
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* While the overall series is not so grim, the 18th episode of ''ScrappedPrincess'' ends with [[spoiler:Furet]] getting killed in order to prevent Pacifica and the others from getting captured, only to have them get captured five minutes later anyway.

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* While the overall series is not so grim, the 18th episode of ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' ends with [[spoiler:Furet]] getting killed in order to prevent Pacifica and the others from getting captured, only to have them get captured five minutes later anyway.
18th May '16 10:45:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' ends with most of the cast dead and when everybody expects a happy life for the main protagonists, it's revealed that the curse is not lifted, and requires a sacrifice to save humanity which will nullify all the reasons why they were fighting. And even after that sacrifice, one genius concludes that it does not matter much since many other curses still exist so getting rid of one was not a big deal.

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* ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' ''Manga/BlackGod'' ends with most of the cast dead and when everybody expects a happy life for the main protagonists, it's revealed that the curse is not lifted, and requires a sacrifice to save humanity which will nullify all the reasons why they were fighting. And even after that sacrifice, one genius concludes that it does not matter much since many other curses still exist so getting rid of one was not a big deal.
13th Apr '16 12:33:19 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The story of the Ryugu Shelter arc is told as an ApocalypticLog of Mark's, despite the shelter only found by some of the main characters years after it's dilapitated, began as a HopeSpot for humanity. It was a shelter built to keep thousands of people alive to survive the apocalypse and things worked out well, for the most part. Then an accident causes majority of the storages to become useless and some of the inhabitants are culled, to ensure survival for the rest. And [[FromBadToWorse then]] an illness breaks out that kills off almost all of the rest and Mark is the last one to die.

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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The story of the Ryugu Shelter arc is told as an ApocalypticLog of Mark's, despite Mark's and told the shelter only found by some [[HopeSpot hopeful]] story of the main characters years after it's dilapitated, began as a HopeSpot for humanity. It was a shelter built to keep thousands survival of people alive to survive humanity in the apocalypse and things shelter. Things worked out well, well for the most part. Then an part, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has occured, but the people in the shelter are safe and lead a rather decent, normal daily life. An accident causes majority leads to most of the food storages to become useless inaccessible and useless, forcing the higher ups to begin to secretly cull some of the inhabitants are culled, inhabitans, to ensure the survival for of the rest. And [[FromBadToWorse then]] Despite this horrible action, things look up a bit... until an illness breaks out that kills off almost all spreads throughout the shelter at an alarming rate, ultimately killing majority of the rest and people in it. Mark is the last one to die.die, leaving his diary behind as the only evidence of what began as a hope for humanity, only to cruelly turn into a complete failure.
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