The hardest part about making a good anime is the ending. Many series have told amazing stories only for everything to fall apart once it gets to the end. One of the biggest complaints anime fans tend to have is the ending wasn’t what they wanted or expected, which means it’s even more amazing when a series is good for the entire run, but it also has an ending that satisfies everyone.
Making a good ending isn’t just about bringing the story to a close. The characters often face several dramatic trials, so fans want an ending that brings their story to a close, but also indicates that there is more in the future for their favorite characters.
10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is considered to be one of the best series. What makes this series so great is how well it is at concluding everyone’s stories. It’s not just the protagonists that have a satisfying ending, but every important character that fans have come to love.
Fans also like that Ed is able to defeat Father, but there is a consequence to their fight that makes sense. The last episode also has the best love confession in anime. Ed and Al are able to achieve their goal, but their journey doesn’t stop there, which is what makes this ending so satisfying.
9. Naruto: Shippuden
Naruto ran for many years so seeing this anime come to an end was bittersweet. Fans were excited to see Naruto grow as a Shinobi, but they also missed the simpler times of the series when Naruto was an idiot with big dreams.
Although the final arc of the series wasn’t perfect, fans can agree the characters got just the ending they deserved. Team seven was able to resolve their issues and Naruto built the family he always wanted, which fans were delighted to see.
8. Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket may be a love story, but the characters have to face a lot of heartbreak in order to get a happy ending full of romance. This is especially true for Kyo who’s treated like a pariah in his family. Fans wouldn’t have been satisfied with the ending unless Kyo had a happy ever after, which is why the Fruit Basket finale is so loved.
Not only are the characters freed from their burden of the curse but even Akito, who was initially opposed to the zodiac becoming free, is able to find her own peace. Most anime fans want to know the story continues after the final episode, but for a romance like Fruits Basket fans are perfectly happy knowing Kyo and Tohru grow old together.
7. YuYu Hakusho
YuYu Hakusho ends before the manga, but unlike most anime that were canceled before they could fully adapt the manga, the ending for this series is incredibly satisfying. Yusuke is able to learn more about his demon side, but he isn’t forced to completely abandon his human life.
Keiko and Yusuke’s reunion is heartwarming. Plus, it’s nice to see team Urameshi together again one last time before the show comes to an end. The Final episode of Yu Yu Hakusho is subdued, but sometimes that’s all a show needs to bring a great show to a satisfying close.
6. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar The Last Airbender is so beloved by anime fans it’s become an honorary anime series. The characters are unique, but they also grow into amazing people by the end of the series. This is especially true for Aang who starts ATLA as a kid who’s running from the duties of an Avatar but he changes into a person who has fully accepted their role.
It’s not saving the world that makes the end of the series so good. It’s the fact that everyone’s story is wrapped up in a satisfying way. Fans were sad to see ATLA end, but they were also happy the world was at peace and the characters were finally happy.
5. Inuyasha: The Final Act
Inuyasha fans were rightfully upset when the first series ended with a cliffhanger. Luckily, fans could see their favorite series come to a close with The Final Act, which did an excellent job of tying up all the show’s loose ends.
With Naraku’s defeat and the destruction of the Shikon jewel, Kagome and her friends were able to return to their normal lives. Sango and Miroku even have a few children during the three years Kagome is trapped in the modern world. Kagome may have left her life in the modern era, but it’s clear that was the best thing for her character, especially since she was finally able to form a family with Inuyasha.
4. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is a classic series that’s best remembered for its unique story and well-developed characters. The character development is so well done, Cowboy Bebop can get away with killing its protagonist during the final episode without ruining the entire series.
While it’s not outwardly stated that Spike dies during the final fight his death is pretty obvious. Even though most fans prefer their favorite characters to have a happy ending, Spike’s death makes complete sense. It’s a tragic death for a tragic character and although fans were sad that he died they still finished the series feeling completely satisfied with the story.
3. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
Kaguya-Sama Love is War is all about Kaguya’s many failed attempts to get her crush Shirogane to confess his feelings to her. With that kind of premise, it only makes sense for the series to end with the two love birds finally getting together.
Fans love a good slow-burn romance, but they would have been enraged if these two didn’t find the best way to confess to each other by the end of the series. Not only does Shirogane confess, but he does so in the cutest way possible, which is all fans wanted from a finale to a romance series.
2. The Legend Of Korra
Just like ATLA, The Legend of Korra is an honorary anime series that did a fantastic job bringing the series to a satisfying end. Korra wasn’t the best all the way through, especially when the series focused on the love triangle between Mako, Korra, and Asami.
Despite that, the final season of the series was fantastic, especially with how it addressed Korra’s PTSD and physical trauma. Korra’s journey to happiness was well-earned and fans especially enjoyed the final moments between Asami and Korra, which showcased their bond and budding romance.
1. Assassination Classroom
Fans of Assassination Classroom fell in love with the pervy teacher Korosensei, which made it hard to believe that the series would actually go through with killing him. Not only does the series actually go through with it, but it’s incredibly satisfying.
Compared to the rest of the series, the final episode lacks the comedic energy of the rest of the series. After the death of Korosensei, it makes sense for the series to have a slower finale. The final episode is a tribute to Korosensei that showcases how the students have grown and how important Korosensei was to their lives.