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Old 2010-07-15, 18:03   Link #1
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The Ultimate Sacrifice

What I'm looking for is very specific, and somewhat depressing. I'm looking for an anime, or manga, in which a character makes 'the ultimate sacrifice', i.e they give/risk their life in order to save another. What's weird about my request is that I'm not bothered whether the character survives or not.

This doesn't mean that the anime/manga has to completely revolve around said scenario; it can be a major part in the storyline. I suppose that there has to be a degree of romance within.

Particular anime/manga that match the sort of description are; - off the top of my head

Spoiler for Soul Eater:


Spoiler for Change 123:


Spoiler for Busou Renkin:


Spoiler for Omamori Himari:


I can't help thinking I'm masochistic requesting anime/manga of this nature Any suggestions would be brilliant!
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Old 2010-07-15, 19:24   Link #2
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Seirei no Moribito, in addition to generally being excellent, revolves around the sacrifice of one of the lead characters. An excellent choice overall.
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Old 2010-07-15, 19:34   Link #3
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I'm not bothered whether the character survives or not.
I seriously lol'd.

Well its only like 4 episodes but Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal has what your looking for. With only 4 episodes its hard to have strong character development to feel really emotional towards it, but there is a sacrifice.
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Old 2010-07-15, 20:14   Link #4
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Seirei no Moribito, in addition to generally being excellent, revolves around the sacrifice of one of the lead characters. An excellent choice overall.
Second this.

I'll add Kannazuki no Miko[Might not seem it at the start but has it, though Yuri warning ] and Shakugan no Shana[first season].
Maybe Canaan and Bakemonogatari though doesn't happen early here either really.

One anime movie that should fit assuming it follows the game's plot then .hack//GU Trilogy, I haven't gotten around to the movie yet, but I know it was a major part later in the .hack//GU game series.

Also not quite what you're looking for, but I think you'd enjoy Mai-hime based off this post, just in a certain ironic kind of way .
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Old 2010-07-15, 20:14   Link #5
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Well, Dragonball Z fits, many times over
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Great work people, thanks for your efforts. Currently 1 episode into Seirei no Moribito, and loving it. All the other suggestions are on my 'to-watch list', so I'll get round to them.

If there are any more that people know of, please list them!
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Old 2010-07-15, 21:27   Link #7
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Chrono Crusade.

Am I really the first person to mention it?

Oh... Fullmetal Alchemist? Pretty heavy with this in that anime.

Those are the examples that leap first to my mind, but there are tons of anime that have this show up. Especially if you don't require the sacrifice to result in actual death.

Starblazers has it happen in the first episode (in the English dub anyways- it's a pretty good localization).
Read Or Die both the OVAs and ROD the TV
Ranma 1/2 (at least in the manga)
Full Metal Panic
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Neon Genesis Evangelion has this a few times.

Heh.. Mirai Nikki...

I'd suggest starting with Chrono Crusade

Then try Fullmetal Alchemist, Read Or Die OVA, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Of course, you might want to google the list I gave and pick one that appeals to you in other ways as well.
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Old 2010-07-15, 22:47   Link #8
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I second Full Metal Panic. Two scenes come to mind from the first series.
Spoiler for Scenes.:


Samurai 7 has some scenes where comrades sacrifice themselves in order for others to live.

You could also try Victory Gundam. Pretty much the female pilots from this series pays the ultimate price one way or another while protecting someone.
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Old 2010-07-15, 23:01   Link #9
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A few minutes contemplation suggests that many shows have this feature. However I think there are at least two types of shows that fit your general request.

One type places the willingness for self-sacrifice at the core of the story like Moribito does. I'd add Kurozuka, Noein, Real Drive, and perhaps Kure-nai and Ergo Proxy to this list. The pilots in Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings must contemplate sacrificing themselves to save others on every mission.

In other cases self-sacrifice represents just one event in a larger plot as in Twelve Kingdoms, Kemono no Sou-ja Erin, Toshokan Sensou, Monster, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Mouryou no Hako, or Mononoke Hime. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and PlanetES might also qualify here. Even Dennou Coil touches on these issues at a number of moments.

The Apothecary in Mononoke might be willing to sacrifice himself to defeat the demons he faces, but I think he believes he's so superior to his supernatural and human enemies that he's invincible. The same probably applies to Twenty Faces in Nijuu Mensou no Musume.

In his most angsty moments, Harima might consider sacrificing his life for Tenma-chan in School Rumble, as might Hanai for Yakumo, and both might be stupid enough to do so. (OK, I'll admit I might offer to sacrifice myself for Yakumo, too.)
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Code Geass -
Spoiler for BIG SPOILER !:
I didn't want to spoil very much..
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Code Geass -
Spoiler for BIG SPOILER !:
I didn't want to spoil very much..
I was considering Code Geass for that reason; however it doesn't quite fit what they want, but re-thinking now, I can of a different part of series that fits what they want more directly. So I'll second it
Spoiler for More Geass spoilers that fit better:
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Xam'd maybe?

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The pilots in Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings must contemplate sacrificing themselves to save others on every mission.
Great show, a must watch in any case.
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Old 2010-07-16, 07:11   Link #13
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There are some real moments in Higurashi especially in the one-shot Nienagashi... But yeah Bakemonogatari is a good example
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Old 2010-07-16, 07:23   Link #14
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The record of a fallen vampire is a manga that fully embraces the meaning of ultimate sacrifice, in more than one characters.
Fullmetal alchemist is also another great example, as is One Piece, right off the bat.
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Old 2010-07-16, 09:17   Link #15
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Terra e... and Gunbuster

Both have moment like you want and portray it with very epic.
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Old 2010-07-16, 09:40   Link #16
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Berserk. Eclipse.

Nothing more needed to be said.
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Old 2010-07-16, 14:09   Link #17
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Berserk. Eclipse.

Nothing more needed to be said.
2nd this, although it really isn't to save anothers life, you'll be surprised

and code geass

but if you ever want a game of it get persona 3 fes
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Terra e...
I second, third, fourth and fifth this recommendation.
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Old 2010-07-16, 14:43   Link #19
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Mai-Otome begins from an "ultimate sacrifice", and there are few more during the series, some end with death, some not.

Read or Die OVA would be a good choice as well.
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Old 2010-07-16, 15:03   Link #20
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Kaiba is another show with an epic sacrifice. One of the best from recent memory actually.
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