Top 100 Greatest Anime Endings Of All Time: #60 ~ #41
When we talk about anime endings, we’re talking about that 1 minute 30 seconds that closes off the awesomeness… or sometimes crappy-ness… of the episode that you just happened to watch. While you wait for the preview of the next episode, you delve yourself into the ending song and ending animation of the series that you love or hate. Much the same with anime openings, anime endings are just as important; the way that an anime ends each episode leaves a different impression on the anime until the next episode, whether that be good or bad.
But which anime endings are the best of the best?
Well, here is what the people of the online anime community has decided as being the Top 100 Greatest Anime Endings Of All Time! I did a similar Top 100 list with Anime Openings (check that out if you haven’t yet!) in which we received a ton of votes. This time, we have received a total of 2371 votes! That’s not as many as we received for The Top 100 Anime Openings List, but that is still a LOT of votes; enough to make a pretty accurate list.
So here, I present to you #60 to #41 in the Top 100 Greatest Anime Endings Of All Time!
#60. Maria † Holic ED – “Kimi ni Mune Kyun!” by Yuu Kobayashi, Asami Sanada and Marina Inoue
The feel of this song just fits this entire series so well, it’s scary. Considering the ending is actually a cover of a YMO (Yellow magic Orchestra, look them up they’re awesome) of the same name… just… Maria Holic-fied(?) Still I can kind of see why people would like this song… otaku’s are weird like that.
#59. Umineko No Naku Koro Ni ED – “la divina tragedia ~Makyoku~” by Jimang
This song is so friggin creepy and awesome at the same time. Only in an anime like Umineko can you ever get a song that creeps you the hell out while still managing to make you headbang. Much like the series’ opening, the ending song uses a good deal of choirs, which add to the creepy and awesome factor. And this series also awesome as hell too!
#58. Eden Of The East ED – “futuristic imagination” by school food punishment
If there is an anime ending that is more well done than this one, I would love to see it. Because this puts a certain amount of value into an anime ending and makes it probably just as memorable as the series’ opening was to a lot of people. It is also quite rare to see an anime ending (or opening for that matter) to be comprised of non-anime animation. Kudos!
#57. Psycho-Pass ED 1 – “Namae no nai Kaibutsu” by EGOIST
One of the most underrated anime series of the past couple of years is this one right here, and of course those who watched it fell in love with it. Both openings were absolutely AWESOME in my books, and of course we couldn’t resist this ending done by none other than Egoist. Oh yes, no one could do a cyberpunk anime’s ending better than Egoist. And I guess the results show this pretty well!
#56. Shinsekai Yori ED 1 – “Wareta Ringo” by Taneda Risa
Another ridiculously underrated anime (and novel; read it if you get the chance) is Shinsekai Yori (or From The New World). What blew away a lot of minds is this beautifully depicted ending that is great to watch but also catchy as a mutha-f*cka! I was keen as a bean when the full version of this came out (and the spamming just continued for days on end…). Still, this anime had no openings so I guess it deserves to have an ending that is so boss.
#55. Shakugan no Shana ED 1 – “Yoake Umarekuru Shoujo” by Takahashi Yoko
That intro though! How good is it! And then to let you know there is more, the track drops into a catchy as hell verse (that personally reminds me greatly of the Evangelion opening… or is that just me?). It’s no secret that this track’s popularity was greatly increased thanks to the popularity of the series (although unfortunately I myself haven’t seen it… yet)
#54. Rosario + Vampire ED 1 – “Dancing in the velvet moon” by Mizuki Nana
Another track that made it higher on this list thanks to overall popularity of the series itself, this Rosario + Vampire ending combines elements of Rozen Maiden like sounds with Infinite Stratos like feel (I don’t know, that’s what I get out of this anyway). But damn… gotta say, Moka is freaking hawt!
#53. Full Metal Alchemist ED 2 – “Tobira no Mukou e” by YeLLOW Generation
Hmm… I don’t really know what to say about this ending… Don’t get me wrong, Full Metal Alchemist was an awesome series and it’s no wonder this ending made it to #53. But I personally didn’t see the wow-factor of this ending that other people saw. I don’t know; I guess that’s a perfect example of differences in people’s opinions.
#52. Welcome To The NHK ED 2 – “Modokashii Sekai no Ue de” by Makino Yui
Another series that has been recommended to me over and over again; this ending is just upright strange and weird when it comes to visuals, but gives a very cute and fluffy sound that almost doesn’t match the visuals at all. But I don’t know, I like it! It’s kind of cute and disturbing at the same time. I guess watching the series would make more sense.
#51. Steins;Gate ED – “Toki tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku” by Sakakibara Yui
One ending I was surprised to see and also unfortunately missed out on the Top 50 by one place is this ending. Don’t get me wrong; the anime was a masterpiece. And that opening was amazing. But I didn’t think many people would like this ending song (to be honest, it was “OK” in my books). I guess the popularity of the series really helped it to launch!
#50. K-ON!! ED 1 – “Listen!!” by Houkago Tea Time
And just sliding into the Top 50 is an ending from a series that I expect to see on this list (if you don’t know then I’m guessing you haven’t watched this series…). Although this ending was one of my favourite endings to this cute and fluffy series, it seems as though the general public didn’t deem it as great as 49 other endings that follow. Still, a great ending that really creates a great mood for the anime.
#49. Nana ED 1 – “A Little Pain” by OLIVIA inspi’ REIRA
Unlike the very upbeat and headbangin openings that Nana brought to the screen, this ending is slow and beautiful. I believe the almost-perfect vocals made this ending very powerful and beautiful, and was a perfect choice for an ending song for this series. Great anime, with some absolutely great songs.
#48. Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) ED 3 – “Heart of Sword ~ Yoake Mae” by T.M. Revolution
Oh, what can I say… T.M. Revolution are just freaking amazing. Enough said. We can see it used in full effect here in this quite-famous ending from an awesome historical anime series (that I think everybody should watch at least once). I guess everybody loves T.M. Revolution, right?
#47. Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) ED – “Karinui” by Noto Mamiko
Talk about chilling ending songs! To give you a break from the madness that is Jigoku Shoujo, this ending gives you some time to calm down, recollect your thoughts, and let you continue onto some more madness in the next episode! I really enjoy listening to this track late at night; it’s a great little piece to listen to before bed.
#46. Paradise Kiss ED – “Do You Want To” by Franz Ferdinand
This is one of the few anime endings that is played by a band that is not Japanese. In fact, this Franz Ferdinand track is almost perfect for this series ending, and its just so damn catchy and fun to watch! And I guess many of you agree, since it managed to crawl all the way up to 46th on the list!
#45. Darker Than BLACK ED 1 – “Tsuki akari” by Rie fu
This is one of those layed-back, chilled-out songs that you might here in a jazz lounge or some really chilled-out bar. And it’s freaking awesome! The simple yet beautiful visuals that go with this track make me love this track even more! Great song, great visuals = great ending.
#44. Code Geass ED 1 – “Yuukyou Seishunka” by Ali Project
Hey! Speaking of Rozen Maiden, look what we have here! An awesome track by Ali Project, responsible for Rozen Maiden’s openings; but this time for Code Geass, and an awesome ending track! Although we can all say that the opening was absolutely awesome, we can’t argue about the awesomeness of this ending too.
#43. Spice And Wolf ED – “Ringo Biyori” by Rocky Chack
Is it posible for an ending song to be cuter? No. According to those that upvoted this ending from Spice and Wolf, this ending can’t get any cuter, or better. And the lyrics! If you listen closely to the lyrics, they are just so adorable. This is one of those songs you want to hear at your child’s kindergarten song festival or something. In other words… CUTE.
#42. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni: Kai ED – “Taishou.a” by anNina
Higurashi has a tendency to give us light and shade in their music; and this piece is definitely a piece of their light… calm light, that is. Because this track is calming and SO relaxing to listen to. And the beautiful visuals really help with the calm feels. Gotta love Higurashi!
#41. Wolf’s Rain ED 1 – “Gravity” by Sakamoto Maaya
That slowmotion wolf running though! Those visuals are so simple, yet fit with the song so well that it’s almost scary! Wolf’s Rain has been known for its beautiful visuals, even within the series itself, so it’s no wonder that this ending caught the hearts of many otaku’s out there!
There we have it! That was #60 – #41 on The Top 100 Greatest Anime Endings of All Time!
Did you agree? Or did you disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below! Look out for #40 – #21 on the list, which will be coming very, very soon!