>>11706052>>It's not a BAD END. It's an ambiguous end.
Except it's not really all that ambiguous. I've read on more than one occasion how some anime creators in Japan think it's strange that we tend to want our stories to spell out every little thing. >>Watanabe has never come out and said if Spike died or if Spike lived.
That just means he's covering all bases. They COULD always bring Spike back in the future but I really think that the show itself points to the fact that he's dead.
The narrative itself uses heavy foreshadowing - the fact that only Vicious can kill Spike and vice versa, the story about the cat with 9 lives, the Indian guy's prophecy (who was never wrong about anything previously), Spike's final goodbye to the crew... Not to mention the music (hardly ambiguous, it talks about how life is but a dream and about ascending), plus the star going out at the very end just before it fades to black.
Just because nobody came out and said "yes! Spike's dead!" doesn't make it so. Not every story has to hit you over the head.