Best Anime Endings Of All Time

Highlights

  • Steins;Gate has one of the best endings in anime, delivering a satisfying conclusion to an influential show.
  • Naruto: Shippuden wraps things up with a feel-good ending, tying up loose ends after the ‘War Arc.’
  • Monster is a psychological horror anime with a tremendous conclusion, best experienced without spoilers.

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There are undoubtedly many excellent anime out there, some still ongoing and some that have concluded long ago met with either universal praise, mixed feelings, or overwhelming negativity. Getting a satisfying end to your favorite anime series is much harder to come by than you may think.

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But, the ones that have ended on a high note are often still talked about and praised as being the best of the best, making them a must-watch for fans of the medium or newcomers looking for their first show to start binging.

10 Steins;Gate

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Steins;Gate undoubtedly has one of the best endings in anime, delivering a satisfying conclusion to one of the medium’s most influential and important shows.

When time-travel shenanigans are on the table from the jump, you sort of expect things to go off the rails in a not-so-good way, but Steins;Gate ends up putting all the pieces together to knock its ending out of the park, making it a must-watch!

Studio

White Fox

Episodes

24 Episodes

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

9 Naruto: Shippuden

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After wrapping up the controversial ‘War Arc,’ Naruto: Shippuden wraps things up with a focus on catching you up with what all your favorite characters are up to with their newfound era of peace they’ve fought so long and hard to achieve.

While there are still small arcs that focus on stopping a few bad guys trying to take advantage of the new peaceful times, the last stretch of arcs in the series does an excellent job tying up all the loose ends and giving us a feel-good ending, that may or may not be dragged down by Boruto. But that’s a different discussion altogether.

Studio

Pierrot

Episodes

500 Episodes

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll (In Select Regions)
  • Hulu (In Select Regions)
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

8 Monster

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Monster is likely one of the best, if not THE best, psychological horror anime of all time, which is only further revered by its tremendous conclusion and everything that builds toward it.

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If you’ve yet to experience Monster, we cannot recommend it enough and dare not spoil anything about it here, as going into it as much in the dark as possible will only make the payoffs more rewarding and hard-hitting. Please don’t sleep on it!

Studio

Madhouse

Episodes

74 Episodes

Streaming

  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

7 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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Speaking of a hard-hitting ending, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day will demolish you in just 11 episodes, leaving you in a puddle of your own tears.

Whether it’s from the dubious way they use the music to pull your heartstrings or from the tremendous voice acting at the conclusion in the final episode, Anohana crushes its finale, leaving you a shell of your former self. And we oddly cannot recommend it enough!

Studio

A-1 Pictures

Episodes

11 Episodes

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

6 Monogatari (Series)

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The Monogatari series is among the most universally praised and profitable manga/anime series ever conceived. While that doesn’t automatically make anything good, we can assure you that Monogatari is worthy of all the love and attention it gets and then some.

Monogatari is a tremendously special and unique series with its fair share of bizarre and… questionable… moments, but it also has tons of heart throughout its many episodes and seasons. From its initial Bakemonogatari season to the final Owarimonogatari season, you will be left awestruck and satisfied with its conclusion!

Studio

Shaft

Episodes

94 Episodes (Total)

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

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On the topic of insurmountably popular and profitable, we have Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood next on the list, offering one of the best stories in the medium that’s all killer, no filler. Okay, maybe there’s one filler episode, but that’s not the point.

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Nonetheless, the Brotherhood adaptation of the series is the second time the series has been adapted into an anime. The only difference is that this version of the anime stays faithful to the source material through the end. This is one of the best endings to an anime you could ask for!

Studio

Bones

Episodes

64 Episodes

Streaming

4 Attack On Titan

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Remaining on the topic of massively popular anime, Attack on Titan finally saw its ending adapted into an 85-minute special, ending one of the most talked about and universally praised shows in the medium.

Despite the rumblings (pun intended) from the manga community leading up to the anime’s finale, the ending for Attack on Titan was a homerun, offering one of the most satisfactory endings to an anime of its type in recent memory!

Studio

Wit/Mappa

Episodes

94 Episodes (Total)

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Hulu

3 Madoka Magica

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Perhaps one of the most unassuming anime at a glance is Madoka Magica, which some may assume is just your typical Magical Girl show that centers on cute girls using their magical powers to save the world and stop bad guys.

And, without spoiling too much, you would be dead wrong if you simply think that’s the primary focus of Madoka Magica. This show tackles many serious themes, bringing you to the true pits of despair along with its characters. The ending is also executed flawlessly, making it a must-watch if any of that piqued your interest!

Studio

Shaft

Episodes

12 Episodes

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

2 Fruits Basket (2019)

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Like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the 2019 adaptation of Fruits Basket is the second anime adaptation of the manga, is the more faithful of the two, and is much better for it as a result. And, similarly to Madoka Magica, at a glance, this show looks like you’re going to be diving headfirst into a romcom slice of life that’s all sunshine and rainbows.

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But, again, without spoiling too much, that could not be more from the case, as the show does a tremendous job at tackling mental trauma, depression, and other serious topics, capping it off with one of the most picture-perfect endings you could ask for!

Studio

TMS Entertainment

Episodes

63 Episodes (Total)

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

1 Code Geass

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You cannot simply have a ‘Best Anime Endings Of All Time’ list and not mention Code Geass, making it the perfect way to close out this list even if it is likely the most expected and diverse show here.

Code Geass’ ending is legendary at this point and deserves all the praise and acclaim it gets tossed its way. And while its return may taint its legacy, it is undeniably one of the best endings you could ask for in an anime and one you should experience for yourself, spoiler-free!

Studio

Sunrise

Episodes

50 Episodes

Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation
  • Netflix (In Select Regions)

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