Buckeye's Top 10 in 2010: Best Endings
Posted 12-28-2010 at 12:08 PM by Buckeye
Every month, I do a Top 10 based on a category of interest that deals with anime. Hence, I write this blog every month called my Top 10 in 2010. This is the final monthly Top 10 as 2010 comes to a close. I will be doing an additional Top 10 close to the end of the year where I rank my top 10 anime series watched during the year 2010.
To end 2010, there is no better way to cap it off than to do best endings to an anime. Endings are some of the hardest things to figure out and even a great anime can be dragged down by a bad ending. Hence, I did a Not Top 10 on endings. But now, I talk about the best of the endings. Since spoilers will be involved in this blog that only the title will be shown and the rest will be spoiler information. Read at your own risk.
10. Chrono Crusade
To start things off, here is one ending that kept the reality of what happened back in the Roaring 20's into perspective. In the penultimate episode, Chrono defeats Aion and the things that happened in that episode were not exactly special. But it was what happened in the final episode after the battle that made it great. Having used up her life force to unleash Chrono's powers, Rosette lives the rest of her life with Chrono quietly in the countryside where they died peacefully. Then afterwards, chaos ensued with the Great Depression and Father Remington's life as a sinner. When Aion apparently has returned and then the series ends with the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981. So what makes it great was the fact that GONZO was being very realistic about things and not altering the mood, which is what tends to happen with these kinds of stories.
9. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
This was such a great ending for something I would imagine to be nothing more than a moe magical girl showcase. It started out as a battle between the TSAB and the Wolkenritter Knights. But the situation called for everybody to unite against a bigger enemy, the defense system of the Book of Darkness when it goes haywire. It needs to be stopped, but using the Asura to destroy it means certain destruction to Uminari City. So how do they get around this? They bring to core of the defense system into space where the Asura unleashes its destructive power without holding back. The enemy has been destroyed and all the Knights remain even with the Book sealed. Years later, everybody becomes offices in the TSAB.
Balsa was being hunted down for protecting a prince that is said to be a bad omen for the country since he holds the egg of the water spirit. Balsa was determined to save Prince Chagum as his eighth life to redeem herself for Jiguro's killing of eight soldiers that were necessary to protect Balsa. So Tanda comes up with the solution to extract the egg, and those who hunted Balsa now help her out by defeating the La Lunda creatures and then in a test of pain endurance, Chagum successfully has the egg removed by Tanda. And thus, he becomes the prince again. This is a great ending in that it was well-written and shows people not to take too much stock into omens.
In the final showdown between Tenzen, the leader of the Iga clan, and Gennosuke and Oboro, Gennosuke chops off Tenzen's head. Tenzen has the power to regenerate and so it was certain he would come back to life. But then Oboro used her eyes to render Tenzen's power useless and with that, Tenzen is dead for good. Then int he final episode, Gennosuke and Oboro were the only things standing between each other clan's victory. But instead of killing each other, Oboro kills herself. Then the Iga clan members gang up on Gennosuke before using his eyes to kill them. Seeing how all this war is pointless, he gives the Iga clan the victory and then kills himself as he and Oboro are laid to rest on the river. This is one of the most emotional endings ever, I must say. This story had lots of parallels to Romeo and Juliet and because of that, this ending was all the better.
6. Fate Stay Night
As it turns out, Kirei Kotomine, the moderator of the Grail Wars, was the one responsible for the fire that killed Shirou's father. In the meantime, Ilya was kidnapped to become the sacrifice that brings on the Holy Grail. So with that, Shirou and Saber defeat Kotomine and his servant Gilgamesh, and then destroy the Grail so that there is no repeat of that fire. Afterwards, Saber goes back to her own time where she rests in peace and with the arrival of spring, life continues as usual. It's very nice to see everything work out well in the end as this was one of the best-written ending. The structure was perfect.
5. Aria the Origination
This anime was mostly episodic with one adventure that was resolved per episode. All great stuff. And then there was the ending when the Undines in training are at the point where they were ready to become Primas. First was Alice, skipping over the rank of Single in the process which is unheard of. Next was Aika and sadly, footage from her exam was not shown. Then Akari passed after taking what was arguably the toughest of the test as she had to navigate through a narrow canal that is normally off limits. Then what followed was very emotional as Alicia put down her oar to get married and become an executive at the Gondola Association. The retirement ceremony was a sight to behold. Then after a timeskip, Akari becomes what Alicia had been to the Aria Company while Ai becomes her Undine in training.
It was a long story that started with Dr. Tenma saving Johan who ended up being a mass murderer, and Tenma was determined to bring him down. Then came the fateful final showdown in Ruhenheim where Johan was shot, but the bullet did not come from Tenma. Instead Johan was shot by the drunk father of a boy who was held at gunpoint by Johan. But instead of letting him die, Tenma saves him again. Afterwards, Tenma becomes a freelance doctor. Then the truth about how Johan used to be a normal boy until someone kidnapped him and his twin sister sending them to 511 Kinderheim to be turned into monsters. So with that, the director of 511 Kinderheim is the one who should die for what he did for turning all those poor kids into monsters or worse. Then after a telepathic encounter between Tenma and Johan with Johan in a coma at the police hospital, the truth is revealed. After Tenma leaves, Johan is out of the bed. I could not have asked for a better ending since Tenma did not have to kill anyone and that it turns out, we learn more about Johan after the final showdown.
3. Cowboy Bebop
Most of the series is about the misadventures Spike and his ragtag bounty hunter team. But they all lead up to a stunning conclusion. Julia, who is Spike's love interest, is killed, then Spike takes out his anger on the Red Dragon syndicate, setting up the final showdown between him and Vicious. Then Spike follows through with his revenge by killing Vicious, but ends up mortally wounded in the process. And with that, the series goes out with a "BANG!"
Here is an epic ending to an epic anime. The Count goes on a destructive revenge mission against three guys who were responsible for falsely imprisoning him, with Fernand being the last of them. At the climax, Fernand and the Count face off with each other. But then Albert intervenes and the Count's alter-ego loses control over him. Then Fernand and the Count make amends with each other before both pass away. Then in the final episode, the story around Albert is resolved.
1. Code Geass
When it comes to epic endings, this is always one of the first titles that comes to mind. The world is on the brink of destruction with the wars going on and here we have Lelouch playing the hero. Except that not many see it that way. Instead, he uses his Britannian blood to become the mastermind behind all this chaos and then set the stage where he is assassinated to end the suffering of the world. This is not the way many could have drawn it up, but it was thanks to him that the war ended.
And with that, the end of this blog segment. There will be one more Top 10 where I talk about the best of the anime I watched in 2010.