Some of My Favorites: Five of the Best Endings in Anime

The ending of an anime is what separates “great” from “legendary.”

An ending is the last hurrah, the thematic synopsis, the final moments in which an anime can distinguish itself from the rest.

These are some of my personal favorites, not the greatest literary, thematically satisfying, most powerful of all time.  So, other endings that would probably be considered the “top” might not be here!  Also, obviously, be prepared for spoilers!

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Orange: Kakeru’s Depression, and an Application to Real Life

Warning: With this topic, I write rather honestly and personally on thoughts involving Depression, and as such, makes for a longer, more emotion-driven post.  It shouldn’t be anything too heavy, but if that’s not your thing, just wanted to give you a heads up!

Okay, so, Orange.

Kakeru, the central focus of Orange’s plot, spoke to me a lot.  His depression was depicted in a very real, tough way, that I know resonated with many other people as well.

It’s a great anime, that tackles a tough topic- Depression- but does it do it well?  How accurate is it to real life, and is there truly something to be learned from it?  Well.  That’s what I’d like to talk about today- clinically, psychologically speaking, does Kakeru’s depression in Orange hold any weight?   And what, exactly, can we learn about real-life depression from this example?

This is going to be a bit of rough, long topic, so strap yourself in- let’s get to it!

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A Review of: Orange (2016)

What does it mean to have depression?  What does it look like?  And how can we help stop it?

Orange is one of those feely anime.  You know the ones- through some way or another, they aim to make you cry, convey a message, and make some meaningful, powerful statement that makes you think about life.  Normally, these anime tackle powerful, crippling backstories, relationships that make the characters tackle huge moral questions, or romance that forces the characters to face their innermost demons.  However, Orange is not quite like that.

Simply put, Orange deals with depression.  It’s rather tame, as far as feely anime go, but that doesn’t stop it from being profound and powerful in its message.  Orange has many things it does wonderfully, and others that, honestly, I found a bit of fault with.  There’s a lot to say about it, and so, let’s get to it!

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