The feeling of getting immersed in a great anime series to the point when you even feel an emotional connection with some characters is one of the unique traits of anime. However, sometimes a twist of the plot comes, and from all of a sudden, the artist decides your favorite character needs to die for the sake of the story. It can get you down for sure to see your favorite character getting sacrificed for a noble cause or dying without achieving any goal.
Though it is an entirely personal subject, Goo Ranking, the popular Japanese ranking site reached out to the community, and the readers voted for the most shocking, or surprising anime character deaths. Read the list of the ten most shocking anime deaths! However, be warned it comes with spoilers for many series, therefore approach with caution if you've just started to get into anime recently.
10. Raoh from Fist of the North Star
9. Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist
8. Kite from Hunter x Hunter
7. Tooru Rikiishi from Ashita no Joe
6. Kuririn from Dragon Ball
5. Kaworu Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion
4. Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
3. Kazuya Uesugi from Touch
2. Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
1. Portgas D. Ace from One Piece
For the full list of more than 40 shocking deaths - including other famous anime characters, such as Yagami Light and L from Death Note, Nagisa from Clannad, Jiraiya of Naruto, or Kamina of Gurren Lagann - head to Goo Ranking.