Japanese Fans Name Their Favorite Late Night Anime Ending

"Madoka Magica," "Panty & Stocking," "K-on!" match up conclusions

Anime has some famously less-than-stellar final episodes, but with shorter series and more works based on light novels and visual novels, the medium is arguably doing better than when it was contending with adapting ongoing manga series. In a new Biglobe survey, over 3,000 Japanese fans responded to a poll asking which late night anime had the best ending. Results below:


1. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

2. K-on!

3. Bakemonogatari

4. Clannad ~After Story~

5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica 

6. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

7. Daily Lives of High School Boys

8. Another

9. Waiting in the Summer

10. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

11. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's

12. Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

13. (tie) Gai-Rei: Zero

13. (tie) Natsume Yujin-Cho

15. Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!

16. (tie) Air

16. (tie) Aria the Origination

16. (tie) The [email protected]

19. Kanon (new)

20. Aria The Natural

21. (tie) Zero no Tsukaima F

21. (tie) Angel Beats!

23. Air The Animation

24. A Channel

25. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

26. Hanasaku Iroha 

27. Lotte no Omocha!

28. (tie) Strike Witches 2

28. (tie) Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Dai-Ni-Maku 


What's your favorite anime ending? Do you think anime endings are getting better, or at least less problematic?


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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