Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: September 24, 2021 at 18:03 PHT (GMT+8)
As painful as they can be, tragedies are often needed to create major turning points in a story. And the world of anime is definitely no stranger to ending some of our favorite characters.
This time, we feature seven supporting characters who, while not being the main cast, hurt us with their untimely deaths. If a Life Note (the opposite of Light Yagami's Death Note) existed, we would save these characters in a heartbeat. For now, bring us those tissues.
Warning: Major spoilers ahead. Readers are advised to proceed with caution.
1. Oda Sakunosuke (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Ultimately, it's Odasaku's death that makes the Dark Era in Bungou Stray Dogs really dark. A former assassin, Odasaku had turned a new leaf and sworn never to kill again, only to be killed in a twisted plot devised by Ougai Mori. His unwritten story and last wish to save others live on in his best friend, Osamu Dazai.
2. Rolo Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2)
Rolo's death was painful because he was supposed to be the first to betray Lelouch in R2 but ended up as one of the people most loyal to him. His family connection to Lelouch may have been a lie, but Rolo proved that his feelings were genuine at the very end.
3. Kyoujurou Rengoku (Demon Slayer)
Losing Rengoku felt like losing one of the most grounding forces in Demon Slayer. He was one of Tanjirou Kamado's most significant mentors, a leading example of how to live with honor and use one's power for others. With the Flame Pillar gone, it's the job of young demon hunters like Tanjirou to continue carrying the torch.
4. Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
As everyone agrees, Maes Hughes was gone too soon. He will forever be one of the best father figures in all of anime. He was a parent to everyone of the cast. He remains a parent to all the FMAB fans too.
5. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto: Shippuden)
Itachi was initially one of the Naruto series' most hated villains, only for the plot to unfold and make us (most importantly Sasuke) realize he was a true hero. It would take too long to explain the complex circumstances that shed both light and darkness on Itachi, so like his Sharingan, we'll let the fans see the truth for themselves.
6. Tomomi Masaoka (Psycho-Pass)
Tomomi is the father of Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza, however, their relationship becomes estranged when Tomomi becomes a latent criminal. But Tomomi never stopped loving his son and proved it to him at the very end, choosing to save Nobuchika over the call of duty.
7. Keisuke Baji (Tokyo Revengers)
Instead of Baji himself, we're choosing this photo to remember him by because that's what he would have wanted from us fans and from the Tokyo Manji Gang. Thank you for everything, Baji-san. May you have all the Peyoung Yakisoba you could ever want in heaven.
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