12 Dumb Ways To Die In Anime

Disclaimer: The nature of this article necessitates images some may find disturbing, though not in a purely gruesome and shocking way. They are intended to evoke a sense of humor.

Death is not an uncommon sight in the world of anime; in fact, it’s quite expected to go hand in hand with plenty of blood for any occasion. Mock deaths, funny deaths, dramatic deaths — every type of death imaginable has most likely been carried out in a series or two. Here are 12 of the dumbest ways to die in anime.

1. Falling on your umbrella

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Another is a show filled with death scenes, and few were as memorable or the cause of as unbelievably bad luck as the umbrella death. Falling down the stairs only to have your umbrella land perfectly in front of you, at an angle that would pierce your throat is an unlucky and dumb way to die.

2. The super poke

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Be wary of pointed fingers; Fist of the North Star teaches us that fingers are deadly. Who knew getting poked in the head would cause such a headache, and by headache, I mean head explosion.

3. The flashy entrance

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You always want to make a good first-impression, but unfortunately tragedy strikes when we least expect it. Pulling out all the stops for this flashy entrance resulted in the Mayor’s unexpected demise from Excel Saga. At least he went out in style.

4.  Voluntarily eating food from someone who cannot cook

© Studio Deen

Dying from food is not exactly uncommon, but when you are fully aware that someone like Seraphim from Is This a Zombie? can only cook toxic concoctions of death, well, you look like an idiot for choosing to eat it.

5. Being an oblivious clutz

© Arms

The sirens are blaring, the voice over the speaker phone is telling you to escape; but no, you decided you absolutely must deliver that cup of coffee to your boss, only to trip over your own feet right beside the now free human experiment that wants to slaughter everyone. Good job oblivious secretary from Elfen Lied.

6. Being the unfortunate third wheel

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Person A wants to kill Person B, but you are Person Z, a person no one is interested in, so unfortunately you also have to die. Kirito from Sword Art Online was quite popular amongst his peers, as well as various jealous individuals who wanted him dead, so maybe it’s not a good idea to hang around someone who attracts this much attention. You might get caught up in his assassination attempts and become a victim yourself.

7. Your name is Yamcha

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Oh Yamcha, Being a cocky idiot might get you killed, several times. In nearly every Dragon Ball saga he is either killed, severely injured, or already dead.

8. Unintended self electrocution

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Elaborate plans, or chance opportunities to get at your target are always great, which is why unfortunate backfires causing your own demise are hilarious. Bludgeoning Angel Dokura-Chan is entirely focused on the ridiculous deaths of the poor protagonist Sakura Kusakabe.

9. Who carries around a halberd at school?

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There’s nothing quite like waking up in the nurse’s office only to be killed by a 100 hit death combo from a guy wielding a halberd. Angel Beats! has quite a few of these dumb deaths.

10. Tripping over your own feet

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This dramatic death from Nichijou shows us just how dangerous tripping can be. You ought to be wary of your feet at all times.

11. Ordered to stop someone far more powerful than you

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Not only are you incredibly weak, but you were told to prevent an unstoppable warrior from getting past you by using a sword with no blade. Might as well throw it at him and hope for the best. Katanagatari is all about swords, too bad this particular sword was incredibly useless.

12. Coughing up blood

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I don’t even know how to describe how silly this bloody scene from Excel Saga is.


And there you have it, 12 dumb ways to die in anime. Are there any anime deaths that you find particularly amusing?

Dylan tends to stay up to date with each anime season and is a huge fan of thriller and psychological genres. He loves colourful artwork and is constantly watching AMVs. In his spare time he is often playing an assortment of JRPG's or working on developing his own indie game based on 999.
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