Post Reply Anime that don't have endings
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I've been anime binging the last few weeks on Netflix. I started with Sword Art Online, then went to Full Metal Alchemist, then got recommended Kaze no Stigma, which then led me to Legend of Legendary Heroes, which then led me to Full Metal Panic.

So far I've really liked all of them, haven't finished Full Metal Panic yet but it seems ok. But one thing has really annoyed me about all of these anime. None of them have actual endings. I've noticed that most of the anime I watch are only 1 season, and some of them end with pretty big cliff hangers, especially Legend of Legendary Heroes, which ended just as it got really good.

I went digging around to find some kind of ending for some of them. I guess the guy who wrote Kaze no Stigma died before he could finish the series, so there's no chance of ever getting more of that, which really sucks cause I actually really liked that one. Legend of Legendary Heroes I guess has a sequel called Legend of the Great Legendary Heroes, but it's a light novel and I don't read Japanese, so I don't have much of a chance to finish that one.

So how do people cope with stories just ending on them midstream?
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You pretty much just have to learn to deal with it. Some stories will never get proper endings, some have translated manga or light novels you can read, and others have untranslated manga or light novels that you would have to learn Japanese to read.

I started reading manga to get the endings to some - like Full Metal Panic. Be warned, Kaname looks pretty much the same as in the anime but Sousuke doesn't - he looks odd in the first manga and younger than Kaname in Sigma.
Posted 1/24/15
It's life, tough cookies. Kaze No Stigma's author died.
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Part of it is to make people go out and buy the original source material for it. And, a lot of them don't actually have an ending yet as they are still ongoing.

When that happens, I just keep it in mind somewhere and move on to another anime for the moment.


I think that MM! and Zero no Tsukaima were also left unfinished due to the death of their respective authors as well...
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Posted 1/24/15 , edited 1/24/15

Lateraliss wrote:

Full Metal Alchemist

After the manga finished they made Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood which goes to the end.

Most adaptations aren't complete though, either because they'd take far more episodes than would be viable or because they were made before their source material finished in the first place, like the first Full Metal Alchemist anime.

There's also the market cap to consider; between the finances, production resources, TV slots and consumer spending capacity the industry can only make so many anime at a time. Full adaptations would tie all that up into a snarl.

Especially considering how anime is massively devoted to youth culture in Japan, which means a lot of manga and light novels, both of which predominantly try to be as long as possible to maintain their success so their authors can eat. When a mangaka or light novel author hits on a winning story it just makes sense for them to keep it going for as long as people remain interested considering how fierce the competition is to catch that kind of support in the first place.

It's reasonable to expect a decent ending to the part of the story being told, but not the ending for most adaptations.
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The first FMA anime actually does have an ending, especially if you include the movie. I actually liked that end better than the one in the manga/FMA:B.

The show that's particularly frustrating is Trinity Blood. The author died and left the story at one hell of a cliffhanger.
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For Deadman Wonderland I ended up buying the manga when it was licensed.
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