Top Ten Animes That Made You Cry

List of the 10 top animes that made you cry (or extremely sad) whilst watching it!

The Top TenXW

1Clannad

This should be number 1, this quite like a real life story... I cried like a child here. I couldn't imagine from clannad to clannad after story that they could make it realistic and really connect every episode. I believe when Nagisa (physically weak) on labor I hopes she can survive it but she died after giving birth to her daughter, Ushio...

I cried here too... This makes Tomoya changes his life badly, he become irresponsible father to Ushio for five years. He's been depressed and blaming himself for the dead of his wife. He work and spend his money in casino or drunk himself till morning, like his father, to forget Nagisa and his life without her. Luckily, after five years, Tomoya force to spend time with Ushio (thanks to the plan of Sanae-san).

Soon, we see how Ushio suffering losing his mother and not having a real father with her side, spending birthdays and holidays, first gift from parents, holding hands while walking, asking question about simple thing like fire ...more

I'm not a big crier, but I cried like a baby while watching this. This is the only anime, and I have watched a lot, that has ever made me cry. I really think that the reason that I cried was because of how well I got to know the characters and their stories throughout the anime. Because of that you really get to share their pain of losing a loved one. You get to experience the joy and happiness of their carefree high school life, and suffer with them through the trials of being an adult. I wasn't surprised that this anime is #1. It definitely deserves to be. However, it isn't just the sad tears that made this anime #1, but the happy tears as well.

This is a very sad story, and this is the saddest anime to me. This story starts with a girl named Nagisa who have no friends at school. She is usually sick and her mother almost died when she born her. After that Nagisa got married to Tomoya, and when Nagisa give birth to her baby, she died because she is to weak. After that Tomoya gave the baby to Nagisa's mother to take care. After that Tomoya admit that he had did the wrong thing and started being the baby's dad that stay by her side. But, one day the baby was really sick and she died. (I know I skipped one of the parts)

This anime will make onion ninjas appear next to you. Even the toughest men with a heart of stone will cry. This anime is a brilliant masterpiece

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2Angel Beats!

This anime should be a lot higher than it is. The first few episodes will have you laughing then you'll start crying. Like Anohana it gets you connected to the characters SPOILER FOLLOWS and rips them away from you or builds relationships then destroys them like when Angel graduated ;-; But on Anohana it's really just the last episode where EVERYTHING hits you all at once and with Angel Beats there's tears all through out. With 5 centimeters per second I read the manga and it was really sad all around but no tears from me. With Naruto and Code Geass you just have to be emotionally involved to cry. I cried at EVERY important character death in Naruto. I was DEAD when Asuma, Neji, Gai, Pain, Itachi, Gaara, Deidara and Konan died. I cried during Naruto only because I'm REALLY emotionally connected but it isn't a SAD anime. Hell, I cried in KnB and Free!

This is a really good anime, and it deserves to be higher than death note. NOT SAYING I don't LIKE DEATH NOTE, Death Note is probably my favourite or at least very high up in my favourite animes. Its just Death Note didn't make me cry at all, well, besides when ( I wont say who but whoever has watched death note will know who I mean ) dies. But angel beats was really beautiful and tear jerking.

I cried in episode 2, when people began sacrificing themselves for the other team members, when Yuri revealed her background, when they tried taking on Kanade, when I saw Yuzuru's story.
I have finished the series, and I can truthfully say, every episode made me cry, growing more and more towards the end, where I was fully blown sobbing for ages.
I can honestly say, I have never grown so attached towards characters, and never has an anime made me cry, before Angel Beats. I thought of these characters as strong, driven human beings, there to get revenge, trying to fulfil their reason to be in the afterlife, to avenge God for giving them such painful lives.

Better than clannad. Man I cried

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3Clannad After Story

One of the very first animes to make me really feel.
Joy, sadness, regret, these are are all things your average person can really relate with, which is why this particular anime really hit home for me personally, a definite 10/10, should have been #1

Every episode from 16 to the end non stop bucket of tears. The first anime that made me flood my room of tears. I didn't even watch any anime for like days (that's a big thing for me) because of how this show made my heart so fragile.

The plot drags you in and makes you really feel for each character, then they give you several different endings that are all amazing and an odd mix of happy and sad all at once. It was the first anime that made me cry tears of sadness and joy at different times.

Actually the anime can be more touching if his father show up more and their story

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4Anohana

If you have ever lost a friend this show will hit you hard. Watching how Menma's friends deal with her death in all different ways were heart breaking. Through out the show I laughed and cried a little. The end though, it's like a truck full of tears just hits you on the free way and smacks you into cry baby ville. Believe me it's that horrible. The Lost episode is so heartbreaking. I had to pause it just so I could wipe the tears out of my eyes to see. If you haven't watched it. WATCH IT

Appreciate friendship today, because tomorrow may be too late. Ts. I cried a lot like insane. Watch it, too feel the FEELS! :(

I swear that my eyes got teary in every episode of it and near the end I cried like a baby like you'll cry. JUST WATCH IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

You have to watch the last episode then you will cry like a child locked in a cage.

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5One Piece

It should be placed higher. Unlike most short anime, One Piece has a HUGE plot development and the sheer time you spend watching the anime makes the feels more intense, as you can relate to the character more and spend more time with them. Whenever a past is revealed, or a character dies, I cry waterfalls. I have seen most of the anime on these lists, and OP made me cry the most. The other ones only made me teary eyed (I'm a pretty cold person lol).

This is THE anime for me because it has overtime made me feel all the types of emotions there are. This anime has both light sided story and even the intense story. Over the many years as an anime viewer I have never found another anime like this well except Fairy Tail maybe but OP is the best in make anyone cry without having regretted those tears. Hats Off to the Greatest Anime ever!

One Piece is sad in terms of the characters' histories and the reasons whyt they fight.

This anime can be surprisingly sad at times, despite its light-hearted look, it can actually make you cry over a ship!

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6Kanon

You will laugh for 9 episodes and in the 10th episode you wil cry like you never did

Kanon will make you cry and you won't stop crying. Please vote kanon

You'll never know what hit you until it's too late.

You watch it and you tell me if you cried or not.

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7Naruto Shippuuden

The best ever there's no words to describe how touching this show is I love you Naruto. This show was the only show that really made me cry it had meaning. The sorrow the sadness heartbreaking friendship and even guts. No matter what who it was he wont let them get to him nor did he give up. The story of his mother and father, the people he lost that meant the world to him. He didn't let it drag him to wards the darkness, he stood by his word AS ALWAYS AY

I have cried in a lot of anime. Clannad made me bawl. Angel beats made me sob. But never has any show, anime or otherwise, made me tear up as often, either sad or happy tears, as Naruto Shippuuden. From characters' deaths causing true grief where I can't even talk I'm crying so hard... To watching a sensei catch a tired student on his shoulder, and feeling my throat get choked up with happiness and the LOVE you develop for these characters! I have cried an ocean of salt water over this show.

I think the parts I cried a lot where when Choji was fighting and became a butterfly, when kakashi died (was depressed for a LONG time), when Jirya died, Itachi, and Asuma.

I'm sorry but I cannot exactly describe how awesome Naruto ship pudding is

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8Code Geass

I'm just not sure how bleach and Naruto Shippuuden is up there, sure people like kakashi almost died and bleach so long.

BUT, we aren't here to talk about the other anime, we are here to talk about CODE GEASS AND ESPECIALLY R2. HAVE YOU WATCHED THE SHOW? The last episode is the absolute most beautiful ending I think I have ever seen. It made me depressed for an entire day of what lelouch did and the sacrifice he did for his sister. I recommend all anime fans to watch code geass, the whole thing. Some might say that it has plot hole, but just overall I think it is the best anime. If you don't agree with me in that, you cannot deny the last episodes sadness and beautiful orchestra. I won't give too much spoilers so GO WATCH IT

CODE GEASS FANS UNITE WE CANNOT BE BEATEN BY BLEACH AND Naruto.

ALL HAIL LELOUCH

I rarely show any emotion when watching anime, I might find something genuinely funny or sad and would still not show it. But the last episode for Code Geass... the feels unexpectedly hit me like a freight train, before I knew it, my throat felt uncomfortable and hot tears were pouring out of my eyes without my control. It's like that now as I type seeing as I JUST FINISHED WATCHING IT! I feel strangely pleasant for some reason.

When you watch an anime like Code Geass, one would expect death, right? I mean, the anime's basis is war and in war people die... But I never thought it would be as heart wrenching as it ended up being. Especially in R2... I'll be honest, I didn't sob, because very few things make me sob, but there were many parts that seriously gripped my heart and wouldn't let go.

Code geass is by far my favorite anime I love lelouch! and that ending had me chocking back tears

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9Air TV

I just can't explain how I feel about this anime... I cried so hard since chap 7! And every time I watch this... I just cry over, and over again!
But I love it!

Fruits basket is good but it'll never be as sad as air. This show and calnnad need to be much higher. Like this numer 2 and clannad number one.

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10Ano Hana

This seriously made me cry the most. I cried for 45 minutes after that 11th episode and I still have a tough time telling my friends what it is about. It was very heart-warming and pretty funny too. I recommend this show to everyone. Be sure to keep a box of tissues near you when you watch this anime.

I Love this show... For some reason I thought it was a funny show... But by the time I read the last episode... My eyes were deep red... Rate 5 for me... This show is the BEST!

I cried like in every episode of this! Waahh
I don't even know why it isn't on here! I don't care if its such a short anime it is the best anime ever, that Will make you cry. - XIITsukiIIX

Wait...isn't it spelt Anohana? Like the one that's in 4th place?

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The Newcomers

?We Were There

This ending made me cry so much! This was my first (true) anime besides Pokemon (i was 8 okay ) but I loved it...The ending killed me.-.

The Contenders

11Death Note

L and Light are both my favorite characters in Death Note. Seeing the two battle it out to find who could catch the other first was so amazing. I didn't want either to die.

When L died, I couldn't believe it. I thought it was some elaborate trick. And when the feeling sunk in, I started to cry. L was such an interesting character, and the part when his eyes turned from their large, removed state to normal eyes made me cry even harder.

Once L was dead, I was fully Team Kira. When Light died, I felt like I lost a part of me. I really can't tell you how devastated I felt when Light died.

I like both L and light. When L died I can't believe it. I
Then taught Light will kill every agents and rule the world as kira. In the last episode I taught near and the others are going to die, but light died, it was like I want to kill the writer of the episode. Light should not have been killed. I cried out.

L and Light fight the battle of wits in this series. Its really interesting. I've got no idea about what you will feel by the end of the series but if you watch it and understand it by the end of the series you will be shocked.

I'm not a big crier but this just broke me down

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12Fullmetal Alchemist

I have spent hours watching and re-watching episodes from this utter masterpiece. This anime has made me cry literal tears every time I reach the end. Never have I watched something so enjoyable and so interesting. The soundtrack will paralyze you with emotion and the characters mood affects your own. The storyline and deep plot might just ruin you for all other anime. After watching this pure, well written and perfectly executed anime I knew I would never enjoy something as much as I did watching this show.

I don't know why it is this low but it is very sad WATCH IT and if you don't like full metal alchemist watch full matal alchemist brother hood it's better

Number 13 yet it's the only anime that made me cry more than 2 times and I still cry when some speciffic NINA scenes happen

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13Fairy Tail

FAIRY TAIL! So Fairy Tail is my favorite show in the whole world. Is it as sad as Anohana or Clannad, no, no where near it, but this show does have it's parts of tears and times where their words move you to tears. This show makes you respect friendship and the people you have. If you like to laugh, watch people fight with supernatural powers, and cry a little then watch this show. There's a reason it's one of the most popular animes out there.

Fairy Tail is my MOST favorite series and movie. It's full of comedy, sadness, supernatural and friendship. it really made me cry! I cried for three hours every sad moments and I blamed my sister for making it so sad.

Fairy Tail is my most favorite anime.. Ever! It can make you cry and laugh at the same time! It make you learn that the power of friendship can overcome anything!

Fairy Tail makes you feel all kinds of emotions. You can laugh until your stomach hurts, or cry until your drowning in your own tear. This anime is just so amazing that I can't wait for every new episode.

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14Elfen Lied

This anime was so sad, yet so beautiful. Lucy had a horrible life and didn't deserve that. Everything she could come up with was killing people and even killed families with children. Her best friend was killed and she was locked up for years. Nanas only wish was to be with her "papa", but that was a wish that could never be granted.
Mayu got adopted, but was raped but the dad and her mother didn't care and she ran away. Kouta didn't remember much of his childhood and his family was killed by his friend. This anime should be higher in the list.

Wasn't quite sure which to choose-Elfen lied or mirai nikki, but not that I think elfen lied is more sad, I also think it's better... despite the fact that there were only 13 and mirai nikki had double... It was so touching and sad...

The feels in this anime is beyond words! Everyone should try and watch it. May be showing a lot of skin but you wouldn't even notice it because of the great storyline. Some scenes made me cry my heart out!

This is the only anime that ever brought me close to tears However, I've heard Clannad is really sad

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155 Centimeters Per Second

Never even knew it was Feels anime... I watched it in school and I was like trying my best not to shed a tear in the middle of class

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16Attack On Titan

I believe there is no anime that can compare to the intensity of this story. Look! The people there were almost wiped out by the Giants but still striving to survive. This anime is sure to be one of the best story and plot but like every anime, it still has its flaws.. But it sure does very unique to me..

I hate spoiling it, but after I realized how much Levi has and still probably is suffering, I just bawled my eyes out for three days straight, one hour minimum
On top of that, when I watched the OVA oml I cried.
Then the first 20 minutes into the anime I cried.
And God I could go on forever but I don't want to spoil. I think I'll go cry now.

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17Future Diary

This was the first anime that actually emotionally destroyed me. I have never cried so much in my life.

This really got the feels going man... At the end, anyway.

This is the only anime except One Piece that me cry and I didn't even cry when I watched Angel Beats!

This has the saddest ending ever

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18Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎

An amazing story about sacrificing all you have for what you love the most. The story of the brothers' is amazing and unique and I'm really not fooling you when I say that always when I think about the ending, I feel a little pain in my chest, and I'm 100% honest now. Amazing.

A boy just willing to give his most important achievement, his life for his little brother. Do I need to say more?

Never have I loved a series like this. Tears start to come to the surface even when thinking of this anime.

This is the only anime that made quite sad

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19Grave of the Fireflies

This is one of the most heartwarming anime movies ever. I cried within the first minute or so of the anime.

This is such a heart wrenching and beautiful anime by studio ghibli that really puts the Japan war into perspective. not to be salty, but I'm sure this animated film deserves to be nearer the top than animus such as death note. I love death note but it's not very angsty or sad?!?

If it doesn't make you cry you're no human! - abhishah901

I cry every time I watch it.

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20Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

This anime is so worth watching and worth the tears I cried for a week or more

I dare you to wathc this anime and it is for sure.. 100% that you can't stop crying.. Class S for Drama category.

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