Pointless Debate #39: Reset Endings, Ranked


1. RahXephon
2. Future Diary
3. Big O
4. [C]
5. Madoka Magica
6. Mai-HiME
7. Serial Experiments Lain
8. Abenobashi
9. Wolf’s Rain
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion
11. Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
12. Sailor Moon
13. Squid Girl
14. Devil Survivor 2
15. Angel Beats
16. Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~
17. Magikano
18. H2O: Footprints in the Sand
19. Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
20. Pokemon: The First Movie

56763. Being stuck in a time loop where you are run over by a train repeatedly forever
56764. Clannad After Story

10 thoughts on “Pointless Debate #39: Reset Endings, Ranked”

  1. The ending of Magikano was very disappointing to me because it didn’t resolve anything. Not as bad as “rocks fall everyone dies” (e.g. Venus versus Virus) but not a whole lot better.

    1. I don’t know about that. At least the everyone dies ending provides some sense of closure even if it is incredibly stupid. The start everything over again ending just means the viewer wasted their time on the whole story since it has no meaning.

  2. Could this blog be counted as a spoiler?

    You got Clannad After Story all wrong. It’s on spot 56765 right after being reborn as Brazil’s goalkeeper in the 1950 World Cup, Moacyr Barbosa.

    1. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say these are spoilers. There aren’t any details provided as to the before and after, just that there is an element in the conclusion. As for your point on the Brazil goalkeeper, that actually did turn out to be quite a sad story. Poor guy suffered for 50 years for one mistake in the deciding game of the World Cup.

  3. to this day I cannot believe how oddly good the ending to Rahxephon turned out. I assumed it was going to end in a complete disaster, but the ending actually turned out pretty likable and romantic. Where did that come from?

    Also two robots had sex. That was weird.

    1. I think they could point at the Evangelion ending when writing it as a guide on how not to end the series. If there is a right way to do a reset ending, Rahxephon is a perfect starting point.

      1. I think it might be because in none of those other shows, the main reality is what felt like it was out of place. The ending or Rahxephon was clearly that world as it was supposed to be, without the Mu or any of the time dilation.

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