Significant deaths often play a big role in shaping an anime’s narrative, so it’s not entirely unexpected to see at least one character pass away during a long-running series. However, it is surprising that a death has such a deep and lasting impact on the rest of the characters.
It is true that there is nothing quite as devastating to an anime fan as seeing their favorite character suffer an unfortunate death. However, it is the deaths that have a reverberating effect that extends beyond simple mourning for the deceased that often lead to some of the most shocking, heartbreaking, and memorable moments in the entire series.
10 Ryouko’s death causes a confrontation between Touka and CCG (Tokyo Ghouls)
The first seasonby Tokyo Ghoul It is packed with surprising twists, turns, and several incredibly tragic events. In one of the most harrowing moments of the season, Ryouko sacrifices herself to save her daughter Hinami from the ruthless CCG duo, responsible for the death of Hinami’s father.
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Ryouko’s death leaves Hinami orphaned and must learn to live without her parents. Touka, who takes responsibility for Hinami for a while, is especially hurt by the ordeal and is nearly killed when she seeks revenge on the men responsible for her.
9 Satoru tries to erase a tragic past (Erased)
erased is one of the most emotional anime of all time. erased tells the story of Satoru Fujinuma, who is transported eighteen years into the past after the murder of his mother in the present. Soon after, Satoru deduces that his mother’s murder must be somehow related to the kidnapping and murder of his classmate Kayo.
Despite changing the past and saving Kayo from her tragic fate, Satoru does not end his childhood love in the end. by Erased , as she is moving on in the future with someone else. However, this does not change the fact that it is Kayo’s death that sets Satoru’s journey in motion.
8 Okabe Risks Everything To Save Kurisu (Steins;Gate)
Steins;Gate follows protagonist Rintaro Okabe as he attempts to save Makise Kurisu from a tragic fate and prevent World War III, going back in time to prevent Kurisu’s assassination. As a result, Okabe is forced to watch Kurisu die several times before he finds a way to save her.
Though Okabe ends up ensuring Kurisu’s survival, he endures unimaginable torment, mental anguish, and suffering along the way, including the death of his old friend Mayuri. Fortunately for Okabe, he manages to change the past and save everyone from a terrible future.
7 Tem’s Murder Causes Riots Among The Herbivores (Beastars)
Beastars is easily one of the best anthropomorphic series in all of anime. When the herbivore Tem is brutally murdered on campus by a carnivore, it threatens to cause an irreparable rift among the students of Cherryton Academy. Tension is high as the herbivore community is now concerned for their well-being and everyone trusts carnivores less.
This story unfolds over two seasons, but in the end the protagonist by Beastar , Legoshi, ends up discovering the identity of Tem’s killer. In the end, Legoshi defeats the responsible bear in battle, but not before the entire ordeal has drastically altered the established harmony between the two communities.
6 Shinichiro’s Death Alters Toman Forever (Tokyo Revengers)
tokyo avengers It is full of surprising events. in the episode Once Upon A Time, Kazutora convinces Baji to help him steal the bike Mikey wants for his birthday. They break into a bike shop but are caught by the shop owner, who turns out to be Mikey’s older brother Shinichiro.
Kazutora unknowingly hits Shinichiro over the head with a wrench, killing him. The event causes dissension among the members of Toman. He also causes Kazutora to be excommunicated from the group and precipitates a war between Toman and Kazutora’s new gang, Valhalla.
5 Koito’s Suicide Drastically Changes Ai’s Life (Wonder Egg Priority)
For Ai, the protagonist of Wonder Egg Priority the suicide of her best friend Koito is what leads her to embark on an exciting journey into the unknown. Wonder Egg Priority which premiered in early 2021, became one of the most insightful and thought-provoking anime of the year by exploring relevant and poignant themes.
Ai’s journey involves meeting three other teenage girls who are similarly searching for answers to the suicide of someone they knew. Koito’s death remains the center of attention throughout Wonder Egg Priorityas Ai explores the reasons behind her friend’s decision to take her own life while haunting a mysterious world in her sleep.
4 Erwin’s death places a heavy responsibility on Armin (Attack On Titan)
Attack On Titan is packed with surprises and unexpected twists, many of which have a lasting impact on the rest of the story. In one of them, the Survey Corps are forced to choose between saving Commander Erwin Smith or Private Armin Arlelt after both sustain mortal injuries during an intense confrontation with the Armored Titans, Beast and Colossal.
In the end, with only a vial of Titan serum at their disposal, Levi and his companions decide to save Armin by having him eat Bertholdt while in his Titan form in order to inherit the Colossal Titan. This decision weighs heavily on Armin for the rest of Attack the titansas he accepts that his survival came at the expense of humanity’s greatest leader.
3 Conny’s Death Reveals The Truth About Grace’s Country House (The Promised Neverland)
The first episode ofThe Promised Neverland It concludes with a shocking event that reveals the premise of the story. After saying goodbye to Conny, the last girl from Grace Field to be adopted, Emma stumbles upon Conny’s beloved “Bunny”. Worried that Conny will be in trouble without him, Emma enlists Norman’s help and they set off to return the stuffed toy to Conny.
Emma and Norman come across a garage of sorts where Conny is found dead moments before learning that the children of Grace Field are being raised as meat for some kind of man-eating monsters. This shocking discovery leads the pair and Ray to hatch a plan to escape Grace Field, ultimately sparking a war between humans and monsters.
2 Light inadvertently forges his own downfall with the murder of L (Deat
death note It is known, among other things, for being one of the best animes when it comes to creating suspense and subverting public expectations. This is more apparent than ever in the appropriately titled episode Be quietin which, after a long and exhausting investigation into Kira’s identity, L finally meets his end.
Light, having developed a serious God complex, declares himself “God of the New World”. He is confident that he no longer has anything to worry about after defeating his greatest adversary. However, this triumph does not last long, as L is succeeded by the incredibly capable Near. Near ends up overpowering Light and becomes the one responsible for his downfall.
1 Thorfinn Will Stop At Nothing To Avenge His Father (Vinland Saga)
In one of the most shocking scenes of Vinland Saga , young Thorfinn is forced to watch as his father, the great Viking warrior Thors, is killed by the mercenary Askeladd. Not only is this event a complete surprise because of how early in the Saga of Vinland, but is also central to shaping the anime’s narrative.
Enraged at his father’s murder, Thorfinn swears revenge on the one responsible. He follows Askeladd and his mercenary band on his adventure, intending to one day defeat Askeladd in a duel. Thors untimely death plays an important role in Thorfinns maturation from child to warrior as the rest of the vinland saga focuses on his desire for revenge.