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qualeshia3 wrote:


runec wrote:

We're on an anime site. We are surrounded by examples. >.>

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StatusQuoIsGod


That mainly pertains to long running shows.


WataMote is only 12 episodes. Though WataMote doesn't have the most, uh, normal story,

EDIT: Or is that your option H?
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I'd say Nothing Happens and Plot Holes because there is no way for those to be done well as plot holes leave a story feeling unplanned or messy and nothing happens feels like it was a waste of time.
On the other hand, the rest can be done well, albeit rarely in some cases, and when they are done well it's then more down to individual preference as to if someone likes it or not.
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C, it's the only reason I can't give No Game No Life a perfect 10, instead it must reside as a 7.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
If you can't decide from these options, make up your own. List down examples if you have to.


L. Status Quo. The ending undoes all of the progress of the story in favour of returning the characters and plot to their original state. Leaving the door open for another season / sequel.

^ That. That is the worst.


Slight variation on this. If you remove the stipulation that the story is leaving the door open for another sequel or season, My-HiME is a perfect example. And I think it's worth noting that, in my opinion, this is one of the extremely rare examples where the ending truly did ruin the whole damn show.
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H and K are the most irritating, troublesome. The remainder are tolerable.

C. Cliffhangers. The story ends with a cliffhanger that tells you there is more to come. Sadly there isn't more to come.
Hunter x Hunter: I keep thinking / wishing / hoping the writer will return to manga story telling and flesh out the lanky character's story in this presently improbable end series. He's been away long enough for Leorio to have completed his doctoral studies in real time.

Or, something unforeseen beyond author's control happened in real time. Some people call that Life. Shit happens.

F. Sacrifice. The main character ends their life to save the day instead of simply finding another solution. I guess there are no other solutions.
War stories can have this outcome. Kamikaze pilot personal histories come to mind. It's a mindset when crafted right can be a damn good story.

H. Nothing Happens. An ending where you would think the main character would have changed his or her mind or actions. Nope. Nothing changes. It leaves a sour taste in the reader's mouth.
Christ, this describes 80% (just a guesstimate, percentage might be higher) of anime. It's very annoying. I often ask myself why I continue to maintain an interest in the venue.

J. Complexity. A ending so complex and confusing that either makes sense or does not make sense. Either way it leaves you think until your head hurts. They only way it's becomes a horrible ending is because nothing will explain the ending. You'll have to figure it out yourself.
Evangelion: I wish Anno would have stayed with the original rather than stepping out / stepping on script with revised / different endings. Yeah, the younger viewers disliked the original because it was indigestible to some degree; however, with enough life experience under their belt (complemented with a graduate degree or two in psychology) most of the story elements fall into place quite well.

K. Plot holes. The story ends with nothing explained. How annoying!
Yes, is it an adaptation of a continuing saga manga or is it really a ploy to sell figures, games, key chains et al instead, reader be damned?.

M. Rushed / forced ending. Possibly is a sub-category of C, J, K. Story dwaddles / diddles past 3rd episode, plods along pointlessly until end of the 11th episode of a 12-episode story. Then all hell breaks loose before conclusion (or lack of) leaving the viewer somewhat disappointed with the horrible c-f of an outcome.
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bemused_Bohemian wrote:

H and K are the most irritating, troublesome. The remainder are tolerable.




Agree.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
That mainly pertains to long running shows.


Anime is somewhat notorious for its non-endings. Especially in certain genres such as romcoms. While yes long running shows fall into it; that half my point that status quo resets allow for more seasons / sequels. While avoiding having to resolve anything or make any sort of real progress in the story.

Literally everything written by Rumiko Takahashi is the most obvious example of course. But it happens with shows that are even just half-cour's.
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runec wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
That mainly pertains to long running shows.


Anime is somewhat notorious for its non-endings. Especially in certain genres such as romcoms. While yes long running shows fall into it; that half my point that status quo resets allow for more seasons / sequels. While avoiding having to resolve anything or make any sort of real progress in the story.

Literally everything written by Rumiko Takahashi is the most obvious example of course. But it happens with shows that are even just half-cour's.



Oh alright then. I get it now.
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staphen wrote:
Slight variation on this. If you remove the stipulation that the story is leaving the door open for another sequel or season, My-HiME is a perfect example. And I think it's worth noting that, in my opinion, this is one of the extremely rare examples where the ending truly did ruin the whole damn show.


Oh man, My-HIME was one of the absolute worst examples of it yeah. Just rendered everything irrelevant. Really that is more the kind of ending I meant. Where everything gets walked back so everything you just watched feels pointless. Or worse yet the show had a number of dramatic twists and turns with impact ( like My-HIME ) only to undo them and thus retroactively turn them all into pointless drama baiting. Its just typically done to leave the door open for more seasons or sequels.

Any ending where it hits the reset button and makes you look back on everything that the show went through story and character growth/progression wise and go "Well then what was even the point of any of that?".

Also extra points if the show had a love triangle it pretended to resolve in the episodes leading up to the final then resets it back to a triangle in the last episode. ( I'm looking at you, Macross Frontier ).




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Wherever the fuck Mass Effect 3 fits into, 1 & 2 were a couple of my favorite games which I used to play multiple times after they came out, but 3 was so god awful it made me never want to touch it or its prequels ever again.

2nd place goes to Battle Royale (the movie)
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Evil wins!
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Damien27 wrote:
Wherever the fuck Mass Effect 3 fits into, 1 & 2 were a couple of my favorite games which I used to play multiple times after they came out, but 3 was so god awful it made me never want to touch it or its prequels ever again.


ME3 is kind of a category onto itself. I'm not sure what you would call it.

"Bait & Switch Colour Shift" ending? "RGB Futility" ending?

Posted 12/23/16
I ended up with coffee...
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I. Sad ending. Whether death or something else. The main character does not gets his or hers happy ending.

That's the one I hate most.
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