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(Anime News Network)   The most depressing animated movie ever made is about to get the live action treatment. Pass the sleeping pills now   (animenewsnetwork.com) divider line 182
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2012-11-23 09:52:42 PM  

Fano: CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."

"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"


Jurassic Bark and Fireflies both crushed me pretty thoroughly, but My Iron Giant didn't hit me all that hard for some reason.
 
2012-11-23 09:53:09 PM  

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Elfen Lied actually had a decent ending. The one you wanna go for is "End of Evangelion". That was a twisted mindfark of an ending.
 
2012-11-23 09:58:38 PM  

Rwa2play: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

Elfen Lied actually had a decent ending. The one you wanna go for is "End of Evangelion". That was a twisted mindfark of an ending.


As to one that had a great ending, I thought "Code Geass'" ending was actually a good one; little too much of the biblical analogy involved, but good nonetheless.
 
2012-11-23 10:01:29 PM  

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Texhnolyze. Especially when you realize the significance of Ran's face on the (last) cover. None of the characters are all that sympathetic, but the ending is still a huge downer that can't help but stick with you.
 
2012-11-23 10:04:33 PM  
And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-11-23 10:07:00 PM  
Having lived a lot of my life under the threat of nuclear war, and having watched "The Day After" when it was first broadcast, I had to go look up "Threads" and watch it. Two hours later I have come back to this thread....

Well, not a tear shed, not a gut wrenched. I'm not depressed. Either I have no soul, or I have understood for many years exactly what a nuclear attack would be like and so nothing was a surprise.

I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.

Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.
 
2012-11-23 10:07:06 PM  

CptnSpldng: And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Hah~! You wanna know what depressing looks like, see "The Eyes of Mars". That had a very depressing ending.
 
2012-11-23 10:09:25 PM  

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died


it's cool, cause old yeller was about a dog and the stuff in grave of the fireflies happened to animated depictions of yellow people, so that's like double not gonna ever matter.

/sarcasm.
//was there when grandpa put down a beloved family dog that had turned and killed a couple of the farm goats.
///old yeller is sentimental bullshiat.
 
2012-11-23 10:10:49 PM  

Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks


Read the book when you hit 50-60. Hell, for that matter, read a whole lot of books over again when you hit 60.
 
2012-11-23 10:11:02 PM  

MooseMuffin: Fano: CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."

"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"

Jurassic Bark and Fireflies both crushed me pretty thoroughly, but My Iron Giant didn't hit me all that hard for some reason.


Futurama I think has a trilogy meant to crush everyone: Jurassic Bark, Luck of the Fryrish, and Leela's Homeworld. So maybe you aren't a pet owner. Maybe you don't like animals, who knows. But if you have a sibling you fought with or parents you didn't know cared? Elzar sez "BAM!"
 
2012-11-23 10:11:23 PM  

CptnSpldng: And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


the final five or six episodes of death note were stunning.

maybe not the ending any of us wanted, but the ending it DESERVED.

/also i was rooting for L up till that episode.
//drying feet scene way creepy.
 
2012-11-23 10:11:39 PM  

silvervial: Having lived a lot of my life under the threat of nuclear war, and having watched "The Day After" when it was first broadcast, I had to go look up "Threads" and watch it. Two hours later I have come back to this thread....

Well, not a tear shed, not a gut wrenched. I'm not depressed. Either I have no soul, or I have understood for many years exactly what a nuclear attack would be like and so nothing was a surprise.

I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.

Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.


If there *were* parts of the world that were unaffected: a) they could get no contact with the outside world due to radiation interference b) they would have to conserve much of their supplies because of the scarcity after such an event.
 
2012-11-23 10:15:19 PM  

silvervial: Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.


Yeah. "Grave" is sad, but it's nowhere near the soul-crusing experience many people claim it is.

Makes me think that people really, really have it easy nowadays, if "Grave" is the most depressing thing they've ever seen.
 
2012-11-23 10:15:25 PM  
i.imgur.com

Strangely dusty in my room during that episode.
 
2012-11-23 10:16:36 PM  
thought it was going to be David the Gnome.

silvervial: I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.


You read and see a lot of England's post WWII literature/drama revolving around England being left alone against DARK FORCES. I just finished Day of the Triffids and half of it is "Oi, when is the rest of the world going to get around to saving us? They aren't! Well then let's go it alone like we always do. Fish and chips!"

It's a national psychological thing where every historical event is the last 20 minutes of a Lifetime movie. Forever.
 
2012-11-23 10:18:00 PM  
fc05.deviantart.net
Not anime, but incredibly, terminally depressing.

/Interesting movie, but I felt like my best friend had died.
 
2012-11-23 10:21:34 PM  

CptnSpldng: Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks

Read the book when you hit 50-60. Hell, for that matter, read a whole lot of books over again when you hit 60.


I read the book last year, I'm 35 now, I knew the show well from early childhood. I promise to read it again then. But I hope clouds don't get in my way.

When I first met my fiance, the Molly Grue reaction was mine as well, with the gratitude we had met, and I don't think either of us would have been prepared for the younger versions of ourselves.

You know, that could make a great thread, books/movies that are deeply meaningful in different ways at various points in your life.
 
2012-11-23 10:22:36 PM  
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2012-11-23 10:25:00 PM  

Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks


Best movie speech ever, as a kid I didn't totally get it, but now I do, and it makes me extremely sad and depressed, because growing older makes you a "Molly" in some sense.

/Christopher Lee was King Leoric in the animated film just to clarify because it isn't clear to me you acknowledge this.
 
2012-11-23 10:25:26 PM  
The emotional moments in One Piece really hit me hard: Hiluluk, Robin, Merry... Something with the music cues I think. The war ending wasn't bad, but what always gets me when I think about is Bon Kurei at the end of Impel Down.
 
2012-11-23 10:27:35 PM  

Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]


Oh, now that's just WRONG.
 
2012-11-23 10:30:00 PM  

CptnSpldng: Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]

Oh, now that's just WRONG.


I know, right? Farking troll~!
 
2012-11-23 10:33:14 PM  

Johnsnownw: Count me in as another that expected "Watership Down."


Nuh uh. Doesn't even hold a candle to the soul-crushing despair that is the experience of watching Fireflies.
 
2012-11-23 10:34:52 PM  
Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.
 
2012-11-23 10:35:23 PM  

mantidor: Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks

Best movie speech ever, as a kid I didn't totally get it, but now I do, and it makes me extremely sad and depressed, because growing older makes you a "Molly" in some sense.

/Christopher Lee was King Leoric in the animated film just to clarify because it isn't clear to me you acknowledge this.


Lee interviewed about his role

I cannot imagine another voice for Haggard.
 
2012-11-23 10:42:38 PM  

Arthur Jumbles: Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.


Seita tries to buy food from the farmer earlier, but is told there's none for sale (since the farmer has his own family to feed), then goes back to steal some and gets beaten. The director was attempting to make a point to modern audiences who are accustomed to always being able to buy things.

Of course, Seita makes a lot of other foolish decisions. But failing to buy food with money in the bank wasn't one of them.
 
2012-11-23 10:44:08 PM  
Does anyone think we will get that live action Ruroni Kenshin movie out in America in the next few months? DVD?
That is something I want to see. And the new Eva movie, of course.
 
2012-11-23 10:44:31 PM  

lemurs: Arthur Jumbles: Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.

Seita tries to buy food from the farmer earlier, but is told there's none for sale (since the farmer has his own family to feed), then goes back to steal some and gets beaten. The director was attempting to make a point to modern audiences who are accustomed to always being able to buy things.

Of course, Seita makes a lot of other foolish decisions. But failing to buy food with money in the bank wasn't one of them.


Damn you, Wikipedia! You've failed me again!
 
2012-11-23 10:47:19 PM  
Oh and mantidor, not to get your hopes up, but Lee was slated to also reprise his role in a live action. I would think him perfect.
 
2012-11-23 10:57:24 PM  
I just rewatched Jurassic Bark because of this thread. Face-soaked, dogs being held.
 
2012-11-23 11:06:53 PM  
Grave of the Fireflies? Feh!

Try to watch Watership Down without crying, Subbo.
 
2012-11-23 11:12:09 PM  

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


When They Cry
Mardock Scramble
Gurenn Lagann (second half moreso than the first...)

Mardock may be the only one from that brief list that is truly WTF, at least as compared to the heartbreak in Grave of Fireflies. Elfen Lied is the one anime that I got up and walked out of the room and never came back. And lord knows that I've seen some jacked up crap in anime.
 
2012-11-23 11:15:33 PM  
farm6.staticflickr.com 

/hot
 
2012-11-23 11:16:27 PM  

fusillade762: Dresden Pictures? I predict it firebombs


I see what you did there. Even if noone else did.
 
2012-11-23 11:23:48 PM  
I was thinking Last Unicorn or original Little Mermaid.

I'm slightly terrified if watching these sad anime movies although I hear how amazing they are.
 
2012-11-23 11:27:13 PM  

mekki: FunkOut: I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.

I'd rather have a Totoro and Catbus done by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop. The puppets they did for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal still hold up to this day. I would love to see what they could do with that movie.


Oh, that would be way trippy.
 
Skr
2012-11-23 11:31:27 PM  

Korzine: [i.imgur.com image 704x396]

Strangely dusty in my room during that episode.


Damn, the Merry returning then burning, and the fight between Luffy and Ussop definitely hit my soft spots. Robin on the ledge breaking down during that arc was pretty powerful as well.
One Piece gives plenty of time to get attached to the characters, even a ship. My favorite series and have gotten many others to give it a chance.
 
2012-11-23 11:35:40 PM  
I saw the headline and immediately snarked to myself, "Subby's an idiot, the most depressing animated movie evar is Grave of the Fireflies and they've already made a live-action version, so the headline is obviously incorrect."

Fine, subby, you made me look like an ass to myself, are you happy now?
 
2012-11-23 11:46:45 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: Am I the only one who thought of Up?


Not the least bit in the same league.


And My Neighbor Totoro was always shown after GotF in Japan, so everyone wouldn't go home completely despondent.


/remember kids:
//down the road, not across the tracks!
 
2012-11-23 11:50:42 PM  
My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.
 
2012-11-24 12:12:55 AM  

Rwa2play: I'll say that it would be a hell of a contest: Which is the more depressing move, "Grave of the Firefiles" or "Threads"?


Isn't that what happeend at Jonestown?
 
2012-11-24 12:18:34 AM  

Arthur Jumbles: Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.


You know that is the thing that I think most people don't take away from the movie. They get distracted by the kids and the plight, that they fail to see that setia's own actions resulted in the death of his sister. There is a spectrum of emotions that they kinda miss out on: the non-personal sadness of the opening when you realize this kid is dead and no one gives a fark, then the shock of the firebombing and his mother's death, so then when the aunt comes along it almost feels very natural to be defensive towards the kids, of course that little fleeting hope afterwords followed by a slow turning of your stomach into this very personal despair. So you leave the showing with a very potent mix of anger towards the adults for not caring; hostility towards for the older brother for pride and ignorance but a little sympathy as everything he tries fails, every time he grasp at a little bit of hope its dashed away (either first by the warring powers, then by a local power of his aunt, and finally by his own power), then finally just that crippling "innocence lost" notion with the little girl.

Its a great movie to tug on the heartstrings, I don't think its the worst offender in the "most depressing" department though.

/That ending was just added so people didn't blow their brains out.
 
2012-11-24 12:21:42 AM  

CptnSpldng: Oh, now that's just WRONG.


Yeah, they would only have gotten one or two meals out of Seymour, then back to starving.
 
2012-11-24 12:32:22 AM  

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


You should include the Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama.
 
2012-11-24 01:33:13 AM  

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Arg, fark Saishuu Heikki. I randomly found that show not knowing anything about it, kept watching hoping something less-than-completely awful would happen. It didn't. Don't think I left my room for about 2 days after that.
 
2012-11-24 01:44:35 AM  

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


And Cowboy Bebop. Boy did that set off arguments for years.

I can't believe the creator has resisted the millions offered to him to make more. Gotta admire that artistic integrity, which you will not see in Hollywood.
 
2012-11-24 01:44:51 AM  
Mary and Max is getting made into live action? I thought stop motion was good enough...
 
2012-11-24 02:05:27 AM  

Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.



Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.
 
2012-11-24 02:09:34 AM  

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


If they're not streaming copious tears from their orbs (or at the very least wincing) by the end of these, they might very well be sociopaths:

Spider (2002)
Umberto D. (1952)
The War Zone (1999)
The Cement Garden (1993)
The Grey Zone (2001)
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Scarlet Street (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Winter Light (1963)
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
 
2012-11-24 02:16:47 AM  
Not sure if it qualifies, but the ending of Blake's 7 is a solid punch to the nuts.
 
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