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For me, the most optimistic anime I watched all the way to the end was Majestic Prince. It was a real robot series, except rather than deal with the negative, long-term consequences of war, it was all about the power of teamwork. The five main AHSMB units had no ability to combine with each other compared to, say, Getter Robo, Combattler V, Voltes V, Daltanious, Go Lion, etc., and yet they still complimented each other with different weapons, armor, and equipment, e.g. two melee units, a radar scout unit, a high-speed siege artillery unit, and a sniper unit. Thus, all without combining, the AHSMB units and their pilots, Team Rabbits, still coalesce with each other to form a much larger, more important whole, compared to the Wulgaru fighting as individuals rather than a collective like Team Rabbits and their AHSMB units.

As for pessimistic anime, it probably has to go to Zeta Gundam:

Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
Gurren Lagaan for the most optimistic.

Lain for the most pessimistic. It even made Evangelion look sunny.
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Girl's Last Tour for both.
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MeltingSky wrote:

Girl's Last Tour for both.


this
or Re-zero kind of fits too
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I don't really like pessimistic stuff. Most optimistic I would have to say are Cardcaptor Sakura and Natsume Yuujinchou, both of which I count as favorite anime.
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Nice to see another Majestic Prince fan, good show but also agree with likes of Re:Zero embodying BOTH. Had the feels but also the watching through fingers moments of a main who was clearly having a breakdown bit by bit before our very eyes.
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painisgain wrote:Lain for the most pessimistic. It even made Evangelion look sunny.


Akitaro Daichi deliberately going from the screwball-shoujo of Kodocha and Jubei-chan to the gratuitous Bleakness For Bleakness's Sake of "Now and Then, Here and There".

See, every TV director wants to do Artistic Pessimism at one point, to show that they're more than just commercial--Like when Mamorou Oshii wanted to do the abstract/post-apocalyptic "Angel's Egg" right fresh after leaving his work directing a perpetually, dangerously cheery and optimistic Lum on "Urusei Yatsura".
Like Miyazaki trying to do "pessimism" in Princess Mononoke, NTHT was a traditionally overdone, overcompensating case of "O-kay, Aki, we get it, it's 'art', here's your freakin' award... ".

Watching Mononoke just made you want to go back to the much better, more optimistic Miyazaki anime: Kiki's Delivery Service.
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Posted 7/13/18 , edited 7/13/18
If you want to glimpse darkness read the manga Metamorphosis. Good Night Punpun is another well written look into the uglier side of human nature.

For anime I would recommend Grave of the Fireflies and Barefoot Gen.

Since there are a lot of very young users here on Crunchyroll I should warn that none of these recommendations are appropriate for young children.
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