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The Most Depressing Anime you've ever seen
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I never really find anime thats trying all out o depress you very depressing. It just seems like they're trying to hard. It just reminds me of American Dad's Oscar Gold joke (where they screen a trailer for a ridicuosly depressing movie) and fails to effect me.


What about shows like Eva?
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Goomoonryong wrote:

I never really find anime thats trying all out o depress you very depressing. It just seems like they're trying to hard. It just reminds me of American Dad's Oscar Gold joke (where they screen a trailer for a ridicuosly depressing movie) and fails to effect me.


What about shows like Eva?


I don't really see EVA as a series that tries really hard to depress you. Its just so well written that its very effective at depressing perople. Hideki Anno, the director of EVA, was depressed during production and to me he never tries to make the viewer depressed but rather his depression seeped into the story. While a lot of depressing things happen in EVA that are a natural course of events within the story and of the characters' flaws that had been established and fleshed out. What made the series so depressing was how well constructed and "human" the characters were. I never get the feeling that EVA's creators wrote their series thinking what will make this tragic but rather what makes sense for these characters.

I guess to make my quoted statement clearer and more defined poorly written tragedy doesn't work on me. If I get the feeling that the creators lazily have tragic events occur then they won't hit me. I can't be shocked into depression. I need to care about the characters in order to get an emotional response. An anime can be filled with terrible events but if don't feel for the characters than I'll likely find it amusing rather than tragic because of the poor writing. So a character could lose his puppy, parents, gf, friends, etc and none of it will make me bat an eyelash unless I connect to it. I guess this is all common sense about writing though.
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I don't really see EVA as a series that tries really hard to depress you. Its just so well written that its very effective at depressing perople. Hideki Anno, the director of EVA, was depressed during production and to me he never tries to make the viewer depressed but rather his depression seeped into the story. While a lot of depressing things happen in EVA that are a natural course of events within the story and of the characters' flaws that had been established and fleshed out. What made the series so depressing was how well constructed and "human" the characters were. I never get the feeling that EVA's creators wrote their series thinking what will make this tragic but rather what makes sense for these characters.

I guess to make my quoted statement clearer and more defined poorly written tragedy doesn't work on me. If I get the feeling that the creators lazily have tragic events occur then they won't hit me. I can't be shocked into depression. I need to care about the characters in order to get an emotional response. An anime can be filled with terrible events but if don't feel for the characters than I'll likely find it amusing rather than tragic because of the poor writing. So a character could lose his puppy, parents, gf, friends, etc and none of it will make me bat an eyelash unless I connect to it. I guess this is all common sense about writing though.


Ok, then what about shows like Anohana?

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Clannad After Story
Kanon (shit, all of the Key Visual series)
Now, Then, Here, There
Grave Of the Fire Flies
Mirrai Nikki (the anime ending depressed me, I had to read the manga for the happy ending)
Angel Beats
School Days( the Only depression I felt from that, was the fact that such a series can exist)

These 8 are the only ones that depressed me, I could watch ANYTHING and not give a damn
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Madoka Magica, at least the part near the end where it explained fully what was happening.

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Ok, then what about shows like Anohana?

Are people here perhaps conflating sad or emotional with depression a bit too much? While I can see shows like Anohana and Angel Beats being considered bittersweet, emotional, and more than a tad sad in some ways, the fact that people find them depressing is a bit confusing to me. Depression is not just a state of sadness, but one of hopelessness. I think maybe people are missing the point of both those shows if they find them depressing, as they are both shows about coming to terms with tragedy. In other words they are all about not giving up hope. Not to say they are wrong for feeling depressed if they do, I just don't get why they would and so it makes me wonder if they are taking the term "depressing" a little to liberally.

Personally I find that truly depressing shows almost universally push the idealism vs cynicism slider way towards the cynicism side, doubly more so if they fool you into thinking that idealism holds any sway at first. Its the reason I mentioned Madoka earlier.




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Shrapnel893 wrote:

Ok, then what about shows like Anohana?

Are people here perhaps conflating sad or emotional with depression a bit too much? While I can see shows like Anohana and Angel Beats being considered bittersweet, emotional, and more than a tad sad in some ways, the fact that people find them depressing is a bit confusing to me. Depression is not just a state of sadness, but one of hopelessness. I think maybe people are missing the point of both those shows if they find them depressing, as they are both shows about coming to terms with tragedy. In other words they are all about not giving up hope. Not to say they are wrong for feeling depressed if they do, I just don't get why they would and so it makes me wonder if they are taking the term "depressing" a little to liberally.

Personally I find that truly depressing shows almost universally push the idealism vs cynicism slider way towards the cynicism side, doubly more so if they fool you into thinking that idealism holds any sway at first. Its the reason I mentioned Madoka earlier.






I'm not. It can cause depression in some people like you said. He was talking about shows that feed all those negative emotions to you which is why I asked about Neon Genesis Evangelion and Anohana. It was the only thing I could think of that seemed like that off the top of my head.
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Grave of the fireflies.


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-CLANNAD After story
-Rurouni Kenshin Reflection
-Code Geass
-Hotarubi no mori e





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misseso wrote:

Grave of the fireflies.




I'm actually going to be watching that in my Japanese History class at college in a few weeks. Professor has warned us it will be sad.
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Grave of the Fireflies I think is far an above all the others a sad story.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 I'm not going to spoil it for you, but it is really sad the last few episodes.
Angel Beats
Clannad After Story
Kanon
Now, Then, Here, There I think has some sad moments, but it ends on an upbeat note at the end.
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I've seen 5cm per second and didn't find it very depressing. It was bittersweet and moving but not supersad. I guess because it felt like real life though I can see how others could find it sad/depressing. I certainly felt for the girl in the middle segment as I think we've all been where shes been at one point.
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I wouldn't say that I was ever depressed after an anime ended, but I have been brought to tears by an ending and then carried that feeling with me for an hour or two afterwards.

Anime that I was sad because they ended were:
1) Broken Blade ( I was mostly sad because I wanted to hear more of the music)
2) Guilty Crown
3) The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
4) Natsume Yujin-cho
5) Phi Brain (I'm sooooo psyched for season 3 whenever it comes out)
6) Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

Anime that made me sad at the end:
1) Chrono Crusade
2) Petite Princess Yucie (aka Puchi Puri Yucie)
3) Romeo X Juliet
4) Shounen Onmyouji
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