Cliffhangers are typically meant to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats, itching for a continuation to see how it gets resolved and what happens to their favorite characters. Anime typically has a habit for ending a season, leaving something to look forward to once the next one comes out. However, sometimes these end up being one big nothing.
Anime can have big earth-shattering or game-changing finales that leave themselves open to more seasons if they leave the viewer hanging, but whether it’s because the series couldn’t deliver on what looked so promising or because outside forces got in the way, some anime cliffhangers just didn’t go anywhere.
10 IT’S A NEW ARC…OR IS IT? (BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO)
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is the kind of series that’s hard to understand, mainly because it aims to not make any sense at all. Still, the spoof-like battles that Bo-bobo and friends would get into were action-packed as they were hilarious. It’s ending, however, ends up being the crowning achievement in making fun of a cliche ending.
As Bo-bobo and the gang run to face a new enemy bearing down on them, the anime promises that there’s much more in store for this weird band of heroes, only to reveal at the very last second that this was actually the last episode. With no future seasons insight to adapt the rest of the manga, this cliffhanger was killed in seconds.
9 YOZORA LEAVES THE CLUB (HAGANAI NEXT)
Love triangles, insecurities, and revelations, despite Haganai being a comedy anime, it still managed to pull off a good cliffhanger in the second season’s final moments. In it, just as Kodaka is about to make things right with the neighbor’s club, a heartbroken Yozora sends a group text to the club telling them that she’s going on a little trip on her own and won’t be with the club for now.
Yozora leaving the very club she started is shocking enough and leaves the viewer wondering if she’ll ever come back or if the club’s connection with her will be permanently damaged by this or mended. Unfortunately, it’s been quite a few years since Haganai NEXT, which means a new season resolving this cliffhanger will probably never happen.
8 ONE LAST HURRAH? (HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD)
Regardless of what anyone thinks about Highschool of the Dead, it can’t be denied that it stands out in the vast sea of zombie-related media. Combining the horrors of the zombie apocalypse, over-the-top action, and copious amounts of fanservice, this anime is definitely a unique one, and sadly one that ends on a cliffhanger that never gets resolved.
The final episode ends with the gang of survivors planning to face down a horde of zombies in a blaze of glory. Unfortunately (other than the OVA of course) this would be the last we’d see of this fight against the undead. Sadly, with the author of the manga, Daisuke Sato, the series was canceled and the hope of closure along with it.
7 HAKURYUU GOES TO THE DARK SIDE? (MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC)
Despite 37 manga volumes, two solid anime seasons, and a prequel anime too, Magi sadly never goes further with its story after its second season. It’s a real shame too, given the amount of material that was never adapted and the way that The Kingdom of Magic ends.
With the war between Magnostadt and Reim concluded all seems to be well for Aladdin and the others, but in the distance, Judar and Hakuryuu watch on as they absorb the Black Rukh. Hakuryuu vows that he has to walk a dark path now and leave his friends behind. Without any continuation in the works, what Judar and Hakuryuu plan to do is left unknown unless you read the manga.
6 A CONFESSION, CHAOS, AND THEN…NOTHING (SPICE AND WOLF II)
Spice and Wolf can be something of a slow anime since a lot of it focuses on the economic system of its fictional world, but the conclusions to its two seasons were rather interesting. Its second season ends on a much more tense note, while also being pretty vague too.
After confessing their love, Lawrence and Holo leave for the port amidst the destruction, chaos and fear during a coup d’état going on. The ending leaves open the possibility of seeing the travels of Lawrence and his wolf companion continue, but no such thing happens.
5 THE GAME ISN’T OVER YET (BTOOOM!)
The dark battle royale anime, Btooom! is full of tense moments that aim to keep viewers invested during Ryota’s fight for survival. The anime ends with only one season under its belt and a cliffhanger that requires reading the manga in order to find out what it means.
Tyrannos Japan, the masterminds behind this big game of death, plan to head to the island all this is taking place on to see things for themselves. Tsuneaki Iida, however, silently implies that he might have done something to help Ryota. For anime-only fans of Btooom! this plot thread was left unanswered.
4 WHAT ABOUT THAT LULLABY? (DEADMAN WONDERLAND)
Deadman Wonderland is full of delightfully insane twists and turns that go back as far as the first episode. After the explosive finish of the last episode, fans were ready to see Ganta surviving in this hellish prison and find out the identity of the Red Man. Instead, they were left with this dangling cliffhanger.
As the last few moments focus on various things, the final scene sees Ganta and Shiro sitting together as Shiro begins to sing a song. Ganta remembers it and says he heard that song right before the Red Man massacred his classroom. A cliffhanger that left a crucial clue to discovering who the Red Man really was, that ultimately never gets followed up in another season.
3 THE BATTLE FOR THE KOUKA KINGDOM THAT NEVER CAME (YONA OF THE DAWN)
A story’s buildup can be great when it’s leading up to something amazing, but without that endpoint, it just becomes disappointing. Such is the case for Yona of the Dawn, an anime featuring an exiled princess who goes on a quest to retake her kingdom.
After successfully gathering the Dragon Warriors of legend, Yona is ready to take back the Kouka Kingdom and her group prepares to march there. Truly something epic was brewing here, but since the anime never got a continuation, it ends up being buildup for a battle that wouldn’t be seen.
2 ZERO REVEALED (CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION)
In a lot of cases, an anime isn’t able to get another season and leaves a cliffhanger to never be resolved, in other cases, there is another season, but the cliffhanger ends up being pointless. Thankfully Code Geass was able to tell its story at full length and the cliffhanger between its first and second seasons was amazing, but sadly didn’t go far.
As Suzaku confronts Zero, Lelouch is revealed to be the leader of the Black Knights before both him and Kallen. This escalates into an epic standoff between the two, and they fire their guns at each other before the episode ends. R2 however, skips ahead after this, spoiling that Lelouch had survived his encounter and has amnesia. The beginning of R2 effectively makes the cliffhanger in season 1 mean nothing.
1 “SIKE, I’M A DEMON!” (PANTY & STOCKING WITH GARTERBELT)
Panty & Stocking isn’t typically known for being the average example of what anime is like, which may have helped it garner its fair share of popularity. While it did have a pretty good run, its ending is infamous.
At the end of the final episode, Stocking suddenly sticks her sword right in Panty’s head and dices it up into cartoonish pieces. If that wasn’t enough yet, Stocking then reveals that she’s been a demon this whole time. Every character is left dumbfounded right before leaving the viewer with a “To Be Continued”. Perhaps it was this anime’s intent to leave off with such a huge and bizarre cliffhanger with no resolution, but it goes nowhere whether it was for the sake of a joke or not.
Anime shows have a habit of giving epic cliffhangers… that remained unresolved. Highschool Of The Dead, Deadman Wonderland & more are on the list.