For day 25 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, I’ll be talking about the saddest death in anime.
This is a category that I am sure a lot of people take very seriously, and for good reason. A character death means a lot more than just the fact that the character is dead. It means that character no longer gets to experience life, something that most appreciated every day they are alive.
There are a lot of shows like Clannad that I have yet to see and as such can’t really consider for this category, but there is one show that still weighs heavily on me, ever since I watched it last year. That would be Shinsekai Yori, or From the New World, and the saddest death would be that of Shun Aonuma’s.
Shun’s death, while not exactly unexpected, was certainly impactful to the story in a way that made it hard to fall asleep after I stopped watching for the night. It is at his death and that point in the story where our main characters realize that the utopian society that they had been living in might not be so utopian.
Shun’s friends realize after his death that there is a lot that the all respected council is hiding from them, and it becomes apparent to Saki that many of the assumptions she had made about her classmate were false.
What is even more tragic about his death is just how much the rest of Kamisu 66 seems to want to move on from his death, not thinking about it at all. It becomes all the more tragic when the ending of the show is revealed and the cruelty of the Kamisu 66 and the remaining psychics gets exposed. But, that would be spoiling a show that I consider too good to do, so I will let you go watch it!
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