seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 9: Saddest Anime Scene

I've been on vacation, which has very much restricted my posting opportunities... so I have a lot of catching up to do.

Like my inspiration arcadiagt5 , I think I'm excluding from this scenes from anime that are pretty much unrelieved gloom (or possibly 95% gloom with 5% leavening to keep you from dying of depression in your chair before the end); sadness within sadness is not nearly so striking as sadness within something far brighter.

And for that kind of sadness, I think I have to go to one of the mainstays of bright and beautiful: Ah! Megamisama, aka Oh or Ah My Goddess. For reasons (at that time) unknown, Belldandy and Keiichi's presence is starting to cause disruptions in the very fabric of space and time, and Kami-Sama (God) contacts Bell and tells her she has to leave.

Worse, she has to leave and remove all traces of her presence. It will be as though she never met Keiichi, as though Keiichi never dialed the wrong number -- or right number -- and made the wish that a "girl like YOU!" would stay with him forever, the most honest wish he could make which was, at the same time, only made because he was convinced that the whole thing was a trick and thus he could wish for anything and it wouldn't matter; he would never have IMAGINED making that wish if he actually thought it was true.

And so we come to the saddest scene of all -- which is, quite honestly, bringing a sting of tears to my eyes just to remember -- when Belldandy is finally acting on those orders, moving through the house... and erasing herself from Keiichi's life, deleting herself from photographs and albums, removing every personal trace of her presence. All while Keiichi, knowing exactly what's going to happen, is driving himself almost to death so he can afford to give her a ring (not THAT kind of ring) that he had promised her.

She's wiping herself from his life, tears streaming down her face, while he is devoting his final days of his knowledge of her to fulfill one single promise he made -- even though, afterward, he won't know what he did, or why he is so exhausted, and nor will anyone else. His life will be empty and his heart broken, and he won't know how, or why, or -- probably -- ever be able to come to terms with what's wrong.

THAT is the saddest scene in any anime I've ever seen.

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme
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