View Full Version : Simple, yet effective endings
02-26-2006, 02:35 AM
Complex endings do provide a lot of thought, and they commonly are utilized throughout anime, but I find that the simpler endings that tie up a series cleanly work much better. While complex endings provide thought, simple endings provide an effective conclusion to characters. For example, though Gungrave's ending was quite simple, as <span style='color:#dddddd;background:#dddddd'> Harry and Brandon killed each other as an act of forgiveness and redemption </span>. What are your opinions?
02-26-2006, 02:44 AM
I see where you're coming from, and agree for the most part. As a general rule, my opinion is thus: let the writers do the creative thinking, and let me do the enjoying the fruits of their labor. Meaning, I'd rather not have to pick apart a series down to the minutiae. Series that are well-written explain themselves. Often it seems that shows with "thought-provoking" or "deep" endings are just clever ways of saying "we didn't really know how to finish it/ran out of budget/the manga is still running, so we half-assed it".
I really liked the ending to the first season of Kaleido Star
It's considerably simple, but I thought it packed a pretty big punch...
I also like... ummm... well, simple shows that I liked tend to have simple, yet effective endings.
I could read into detail about things, but it's usually better when I don't have to rationalize everything in order to "get the point"
but I dunno, this is kind of a hard question >_>
So yes, for me, my definition of a "simple ending" is one with IMPACT and one where it isn't necessary to overthink things or it isn't all that abstract (like say.. TEXHNOLYZE or END OF EVANGELION, or whatever)
I mean, the ideas could be very good, but it isn't necessary to READ into it to appreciate its emotional impact (okay, it tedious repeating that, but it helps to cover as much ground as possible as to get all the abstract-ness out of the way)
... so lemme get a list:
-Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2
*this is a good example, you can read into it, but the impact is there even if you don't... see?*
Okay, can't seem to think about anything else, but this is my stance on the topic...
what does everyone else think?
02-26-2006, 02:36 PM
I'm sort of split. I like complex endings because they give me a chance to offer my interpretations on it and take from it what I want. But I also like simpler endings because they add some closure to the story.
Basically, I can't choose. /images/graemlins/tongue.gif
02-26-2006, 03:33 PM
Well, complexity I find is excellent for a series, it's just that if the complexity is not resolved, I sort of feel unresolved. Gungrave isn't the most complex series out there, but it was quite involved in some portions, and if the creators had ended Gungrave with a mindfuck ending, the ending would certainly not have hit me as hard as it did.
I want to mention that season 2 of Kaleido Star has a simple yet effective ending also. Also the ending credits sequence is a nice touch.
02-26-2006, 09:34 PM
The last few minutes of Whisper of the Heart, including the credits. So abrupt, but so... *Melts*
02-26-2006, 10:17 PM
See Azumanga Daioh's ending.
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