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Why So Many Anime Have Good Beginnings, But The WORST Endings

So many anime shows have the best beginnings, the best introductions, and the best 1st or 2nd episodes.

It’s what:

  • Draws people in.
  • Attracts viewers.
  • Makes you wanna watch more.
  • And give an anime series a chance.

But the problem is it’s a LOT harder to make the last half of an anime appealing enough to watch all the way through or be satisfied with when it ends.

The same can’t be said for early beginnings.

Let’s talk about it.


1. Playing it too safe

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Sometimes it’s just a matter of anime studios and authors playing it too safe for the anime to end up being the best when it comes to an end. Regardless of the number of seasons.

We can all point to an anime series that started out great but didn’t have the best ending going, which only ended up disappointing you when all is said and done.

Akame Ga Kill is the complete opposite of playing it safe, which is why it has a strong following for those who appreciated the risks they took with the story.

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2. Scared to piss off anime fans

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It’s always easy to hook fans in the beginning because you can put a lot of energy, effort, and creativity into making it happen. You can make a good impression and you’re encouraged to do so as a creator, author, or director.

But what about when the anime comes to an end and you can no longer rely on what happened at the beginning of the series?

That’s when it starts to become a potential problem. Fans online are loud as F, and some creators end up caving into their demands, which plays a role in an anime’s ending being less than satisfying.

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3. Random changes that don’t follow the original material

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The Promised Neverland is famous for this f*ck up. They ended up doing reasonably well with the first season, and the manga fanbase swore it was one of the best anime since sliced bread (so-called).

But once season 2 rolled around the corner and ended up crashing and burning, it became obvious why: the material changed.

It also changed for the worst and didn’t follow what was expected of the manga, or at least to the degree that it made The Promised Neverland AWFUL in its last half.

It’s like the creators start smoking weed, and getting too high, which reflects the random, drastic changes that ruin it all.

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4. Spending most of the budget/effort on early episodes

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So many anime have a bad habit of doing things like this. The early episodes start off so strong with their:

  • Visuals.
  • Art.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Action.

And whatever else that makes for a strong first set of episodes as far as budget goes. But what happens if the following episodes can’t keep up with the expectations?

In a different way, I feel like the anime Katana Maidens fell for this trap. The initial episodes were solid and felt like a female version of Bleach.

The later episodes fell apart and the anime ultimately flopped.


5. Not following the original story

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Going back to The Promised Neverland series, it committed many sins besides random material being added to the series. It also committed the sin of not following the original story.

This in itself isn’t a bad thing. Many anime slightly change the story if they’re adapted from a manga or light novel series.

But when you drastically change it to the point of affecting the quality of the show, well, now we have a problem. And anime fans aren’t afraid of letting it be known.

Even if it’s a little cringey with the way those fans go about speaking on it.


6. Losing direction

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Darling In The Franxx is a good example of this. What a time that was back in 2018. Darling In The Franxx was the biggest anime of the year from around January-March 2018.

It would have stayed that way if it didn’t change the direction of the series, the story, and the purpose of the anime in its second half of airing.

But nope. They lost the direction of the series, started smoking weed (figure of speech), got too high, went off the rails and fell into the deep end.

Everyone was trying to get married, kiss each other, confess their love, and all kinds of random events were taking place that ruined the momentum.


7. Excitement that dies down too quickly

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This also goes for Darling In The Franxx. After committing the sin of losing direction, this also brought down the anime’s excitement. It no longer felt interesting.

People couldn’t follow the plot anymore and had lost interest in watching any further than they needed to. Curiosity died a tragic death, and it only got worse from there.

Wonder Egg Priority is another anime series worth mentioning. The anime started out so good, had killer first episodes, beautiful art, gorgeous aesthetics, and was realistic and relatable to a fault.

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But then it fell apart with its weird inclusion of things that shouldn’t have been there. It ruined the flow, and it reflected in how people now remember the anime series and how they reacted and rated it at the time it aired.


8. Too conventional, too cliche

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There’s always a tendency to be too cliche and follow convention too much in life, never mind art, anime, films, or entertainment. It’s human nature at times.

Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song is a good example of this behaviour. Even though it’s one of my favourite anime and one of the best anime to release back in 2021, the anime’s ending could have been miles better.

They decided to make the ending of the anime series more cliche to a certain degree, rather than continue with the unconventional, sad, and distressing outcome they could have gone with.

If they did, I feel like it would have been more memorable, impactful, and emotional (even though the ending was good anyway).

Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song struck a balance, but many anime are too cliche to matter in the end.

Black Bullet’s ending is an example of an unconventional ending that shocked everyone, especially with the cliffhanger.


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