In the world of anime, character deaths can be powerful storytelling tools that evoke emotions and leave a lasting impact on viewers. Whether tragic, heroic, or unexpected, these deaths can shape the narrative and the characters’ development.
In this article, we explore eight anime series that dared to make the contentious decision of killing off their main characters, and how these deaths added depth and significance to their stories.
|Anime Series||Main Character Death||Synopsis|
|Dog & Scissors||Kazuhito Harumi||High school student reincarnated as a dog|
|Princess Resurrection||Hiro Hiyorimi||Encounter with a supernatural royal|
|Jujitsu Kaisen||Yuji Itadori||Becomes host to a malevolent curse|
|Dragon Ball Z||Son Goku||Iconic battles and heroic sacrifices|
|KonoSuba||Kazuma Satou||Fantasy world adventures with an inept goddess|
|Code Geass: Lelouch||Lelouch Lamperouge||Rebellion against a powerful empire|
|Death Note||Light Yagami||Deadly pursuit of justice with a dark twist|
Anime Where The MC Dies
DOG & SCISSORS
The story of “Dog & Scissors” revolves around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school student infatuated with literature. One day, while reading in a cafe, he is shot and killed while trying to protect a random stranger during a heist. However, Kazuhito gets a second chance at life but not in the way he expected. He is reincarnated as a long-haired dachshund, all because he is determined to read his beloved author’s unreleased final work. What makes this twist even more intriguing is that his savior, Kirihime Natsuno, turns out to be not only his favorite novelist but also a sadistic individual who enjoys teasing him with scissors.
Hiro Hiyorimi’s life takes a dramatic turn when he moves to Sasanaki Village to reunite with his sister and crosses paths with “Hime.” In a fateful encounter, Hiro sacrifices himself to save Hime from a speeding car. But to Hiro’s surprise, he awakens and discovers that Hime is more than meets the eye. She is a member of the Monster Realm’s royal line with the power to temporarily resurrect the dead as half-immortals. This sets the stage for a series filled with supernatural adventures.
Yuji Itadori, a high school student, avoids the track team to care for his ailing grandfather. However, his life takes a dark turn when he encounters a cursed talisman and becomes the host of Ryomen Sukuna, a malevolent curse. Yuji’s transformation sets him on a path to protect others from curses, all while dealing with the dangerous power he possesses.
Dragon Ball Z
“Dragon Ball Z” is a beloved anime known for its epic battles and complex characters. Despite its shonen roots, the series isn’t afraid to deliver heartbreaking moments, including the death of its main character, Son Goku, who sacrifices himself multiple times to save his loved ones and the Earth.
Kazuma Satou, a high school student and loner, finds himself sitting before a gorgeous but irritating goddess named Aqua after dy!ng a stupid and pathetic death on his way back after buying a game.
She gives the NEET two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s fantasy world! Kazuma, who has chosen to start a new life, is swiftly charged with defeating a Demon King that is terror!sing villages. But before he leaves, he can choose one object of any type to help him in his mission, and the future hero chooses Aqua. But Kazuma has made a critical error—Aqua is entirely useless!
Code Geass: Lelouch of The Rebellion
The Holy Empire of Britannia is developing itself as a dominant military nation in 2010, beginning with the conquest of Japan. After being renamed Area 11 following its rapid defeat, Japan has experienced significant resistance against these tyrants in a bid to reclaim freedom.
Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, is caught in the crossfire between the Britannian and Area 11 rebel armed forces. He is able to flee, however, thanks to the timely presence of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows Geass, the “Power of Kings,” on him. Recognizing the tremendous potential of his newfound “power of total obedience,” Lelouch embarks on a risky trip as the masked vigilante Zero, launching a deadly offensive against Britannia in order to exact final vengeance.
Light Yagami, a brilliant student, discovers a “Death Note” that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. He takes on the persona of “Kira” and seeks to rid the world of criminals, setting off a high-stakes battle of wits with the brilliant detective L.
Character deaths in anime can be both poignant and thought-provoking, enhancing the overall storytelling experience. These eight anime series masterfully employ character deaths to create memorable narratives that resonate with viewers.