Originally Posted by SenninKorby
I agree that the distinction should be made between how the death itself affected and how the posthumous reaction to the death affected the reader.
Haku had one of the sadder Posthumous reactions, but his death itself wasn't terrifically tragic. Zabuza, on the other hand, got very little in the way of postmortem reaction, but his death itself was decidedly tragic.
I have to say, the saddest/most well done deaths/near-deaths themselves would probably be Obito, Yahiko, and, IMO, Danzo.
Of the "what happens after they die" category, the best have GOT to be Hiruzen, Asuma, and Jiraiya.
But, the only death I really feel is good in both categories has gotta be Itachi. Because the way he died, we weren't sure what to feel at first, and then all the revelations occured. His death itself became very, very tragic, and the 'reaction' to his death is still going on as Sasuke continues to make his death more and more sad by making Itachi's sacrifice pointless.
BIG WORDS HURT BRAIN!!!!!
I think that Gaara's death-rebirth-and Chiyo-Ba's sacrifice scene was epic!!! It illustrated what a tragic character Gaara was in PT.1 and how through his will to be a better person (Naruto's influence) he had gained soooo many friends and has found a life worth living. It also united the Sand and Leaf even more than before to the point that i think they'll be forever allies.
Obito's death was pretty F-ed up too. He was a kid half crushed by rocks, then scavenged for parts by his comrades while still alive (i know it was his idea, but still) and later we find out that Kakashi failed at the kid's dieing wish of protecting Rin. That's a shitty death