Hey guys, Samurai here, pressing on with Day 12 of the 30-Day Anime Challenge! Today is a more subdued topic: saddest anime scene. I had quite a few contenders for this particular moment. In fact, just for giggles, I did a small countdown of my favorite moments on Twitter. The 6 Runners-Up I picked were the following (In no particular order…)
#7 – Chrono Crusade – Episode 24 – Chrono and Rosette’s final scene. A beautifully done scene that is emotionally crushing.
#6 – Metropolis – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Scene. A scene that’s both deliciously epic yet carries a strong emotional impact.
#5 – Fullmetal Alchemist – Episode 7 “Night of the Chimera’s Cry”. If you have NO idea what I’m talking about, re-watch FMA RIGHT NOW.
#4 – Kodocha – Episode 49 “The Final Scene”. Painful to watch, but amazing to witness. This show, for all the comedy, really pours on the drama
#3 – Barefoot Gen – THE ENTIRE FREAKING MOVIE.
#2 – Aria The Natural Episode 17 “After That Rainy Night”. It’s rare when an anime touches me on such an emotional level.
And coming in at number one is…
Day 12: Saddest Anime Scene — Trigun Episode 23 “Paradise” – Wolfwood’s Confession
Once again, Wolfwood graces the 30-Day Challenge. This time, it’s Wolfwood’s final moments on camera that I would like to focus on. After being mortally wounded and giving Vash some important information regarding his brother Knives. In a way, Wolfwood finally hears the confession from Vash that he offered to hear in Episode 9 “Murder Machine”. Though Wolfwood only did it jokingly to try to get some change from Vash, one could interpret this as Wolfwood hearing that confession before going to the church to give his own. The character comes full circle for the viewer.
Without a word, Wolfwood makes his way to a church and gives his own confession. He lays his sins bare on the altar, the cross so full of mercy resting on his shoulder. It’s interesting when you notice Wolfwood’s posture in this scene–he walks in the church dripping blood, and then, when he mentions how heavy his sins are, we see him fall to his knees, holding the cross, as though the sheer weight is too much for him to bear. It may just be a simple gesture to some, but when you look at it from a spiritual aspect, it speaks volumes–Wolfwood comes to God, clinging to the cross, broken and dying, his sins literally killing him and through death, God delivers Wolfwood from his burdens. It’s an extremely powerful moment, made even more powerful with the following scene that has Vash, Meryl and Millie mourning Wolfwood’s death. Millie’s sobbing is almost too much to bear. It’s a flawlessly done moment made even more heart-rending when you factor in the PRODIGIOUS acting in the english dub by Jeff Nimoy and Lia Sargent.
Check back tomorrow for a much happier Day 13 of the Anime Challenge–“Anime Character You Are Most Similar Too”. I PROMISE this one will be much more upbeat!