In Memoriam: The 4 Hardest Hitting Deaths in Anime
SPOILER ALERT! You have been warned…
Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist): Loyal husband, devoted father,
and murder victim – Maes’ death may be one of the most lamented in anime history. We
don’t want to give too much away (it NEEDS to be seen) but when given a very difficult choice between life and death, Maes, as always, acts with true grace…and then he dies.
Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop): The lead of one of the coolest animated shows of all time, Spike is a lovable anti-hero whose flippant nature can’t mask the true man within. A fight with Vicious in the final episode of Bebop leaves Spike brutally wounded and on death’s door, leaving viewers wondering if he passed through it.
Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun): You don’t get a nickname like “Nicholas the Punisher” because you’re a nice guy, but that doesn’t mean the death of Trigun’s master assassin with a heart of gold, Wolfwood, is any less heartfelt. Trained since childhood in the ways of death, it’s only fitting that the one he is most amused by is his own. This stoic, brave warrior goes out the way he would have wanted; with a smile, and the caress of his fearsome cross to bear, Punisher.
Portgas D. Ace (One Piece): Luffy dealt with many adversities in his young life, but none was more devastating than the death of his half-brother Ace. After what seemed like an eternity, Luffy is reunited with Ace just before….well, just before the tears come. It’s probably the anime loss that stings the most considering the effort Luffy made to save Ace, but…that’s what family does.