Harem shows are the anime industry’s bread and butter these days, with studios churning out show after show wherein multiple girls vie for the affections of one (loser/bland) guy. It only seems logical that fans often have at least one particular girl in any given series that they end up rallying behind, which is why the creators often end things without any one girl being chosen, thereby keeping their audience sated while leaving themselves an opening for continued harem hijinks in the future.
But every once in a blue moon a show will make the bold decision, for varying reasons, to have one girl come out on top in the romance department. Naturally, with only one girl gaining exclusive rights to the male lead’s heart, it’s inevitable that one or more of the girls not chosen are going to end up heart-broken.
In these instances I often find that I have thrown my support behind the wrong girl, which leaves me almost as heart-broken as the girls I was rooting for. Hence the origin for this post listing the top ten anime girls that I felt the most sympathy for when their hearts were broken, even if we’re not really shown the extent of their heartbreak or it was obvious from the beginning that they had no chance.
***As if the title didn’t already tip you off, be prepared for major SPOILERS!!! ***
I have a rather large collection of anime on my shelves, but if there is one thing I learned pretty early on it was not to blindly spend my money on a show that I haven’t seen or watched to the end. My experience has been that while the first few episodes might be great, never expect the rest of the show to follow suit or, in a few cases, even follow the same plot or genre; others just end on sad or tragic notes because anime has never followed the Hollywood trope of happy endings. That unpredictability is actually what interested me in the format to begin with since I was getting bored with the whole “happily ever after” cliche that Hollywood churns out. Of course, that in itself is a double-edged sword. While some endings hew towards happy or bittersweet, others took that factor to its extreme conclusion and just went all-out batshit insane.
Several times I got burned when I purchased a show that was great for almost the entire run of the show only to quickly descend into an absolute clusterfuck in the last episode or two. As a result I have made it a point to never drop a dime on a show that I haven’t already watched from beginning to end (and if you’re curious why I would buy something I’ve already seen, it’s to support the industry – and my crippling habit to collect things).