Top Ten Animes That Made You Cry

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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 fly,

And finally a big impact WHY USHIO CRYING ONLY IN WASHROOM---well everyone who watch clannad should know why...

I cried too in their other arc (Tomoyo, Kyou and Ryou) and to its Motion Picture (movie)
And other episode of Yoshino, Kotomi, Fuko, Misae and Yukine,

Even Sunohara have a big impact why I cried.
And finally a big help too from the Girl and robot from the other world which is Tomoya and Ushio in real life..

I cried a bucket in the scene where Ushio is not holding back anymore to his dad, Tomoya...
Its a deep mix emotion of happiness because Ushio become open to his father, secret why she should cry in washroom and his father shoulder, sadness because after five years Tomoyo irresponsibility and Ushio's ignorance and toughness. Honestly, I cried Ushio in that scene (never in my life I cried like that)..

This anime should not only be #1 in this section but also the #1 short story that have ever made.

CLANNAD make me realize the importance of life and make me love, appreciate and be more open to all ANIME.

Thank you clannad
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)
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2Angel Beats!
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.
I watched LOT OF anime romance, combat, drama etc... Angel beats, episode 10 and 13 are probably my top of any anime watched who made me cry, the song and the story at the end of those. Wonderful
Who wouldn't cry after all those friends found each other after they were lonely, and faded away. Arigato...
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3One Piece
One Piece is sad in terms of the characters' histories and the reasons whyt they fight.
Just, Just... It's One piece man
I've only seen several anime, but One Piece definitely made me cry the most out of them. The music paired with the character's sad backstories really makes me feel sorry for them. Not to mention character deaths.
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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!
THIS ANIME.. It's just.. So.. Heartbreaking, I cried so so so so much when I watched this. This really is something.
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5Clannad 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.
Honestly, this should be number 1! Clannad first season got you read for this, then BAM! The second season is what got most people!
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6Death 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.
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7Fruits Basket
Question: Why do people think NARUTO and BLEACH are 'cry-able' and not Fruits Basket?
Answer: Because they haven't read the manga. The Sohmas' pasts are worth shedding tears for and Tohru's attitude make me cry. Even the last page was so sentimental, with the juuni-shi toys and the altar pictures and stuff!


Fruits Basket was the perfect mix of depressing drama hilarious comedy. It had me crying so much. The Sohmas had a tragic past and Tohru's ability to make others around her feel good is really inspiring. Although both of her parents are gone, she's still the happiest character in the show. It really made me cry at the ordeals that everyone had to go through.
I cried when tohru was left alone during christmas and she had to celebrate it alone because her mother already died but they both came back for her. So sad I cried so much
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8Naruto 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
Naruto is an awesome anime and you get so heart broken when your fave character dies. Like Gaara. I cried so much. I even cried when they were talking about him and Narutos past. Because he was so lonely... ;(
Naruto is one of those animes where you wanna jump into the screen and hug everyone.
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.
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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

10Fairy Tail
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!
One of my favorite animes, it has good plot, its hilarious, and its sad. Try the first episode, you won't stop watching after that!
Fairy tail is a great anime, it makes you feel like you're with them, laugh with them, cry with them in every single episode.
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The Contenders

11Code 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


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.
Many characters that you grow fond of die plus the people that the main characters' like end up dying as well.
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12NG Life

135 Centimeters Per Second

14Immortal Rain
It was one hell of a journey. You never know what's comming next, but you can always hope for the best. Even when everything seems hopeless and miserable they still manage to get through it.
I read the books! I cried a lot!


Bleach is one of the best anime I've ever seen. It made me cry like a baby a few times but it also made me laugh. I like almost everything about it except for the fillers :/ I wish they could just bring back the anime :( The manga is good but I prefer anime.
Bleach has lots of sad scenes, we're the people you love end up getting killed, I cried my eyes out when Gin Icimari died attempting to save everyone... :' ( anyway I think bleach is the anime were you ither cry because it's TOO funny or because it's EXTREAMLY sad, I do both. ^_^
I think Bleach would be tied up with One Piece but the thing is that One Piece is more bizarre so it isn't as sad.

16Air TV
THis anime is so sad but so heartwarming
Air made me cry so much that I was angry with myself.
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.

17Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
There are a lot of life lessons to be learnt and the fact that the anime opens up with a guy trying to hang himself (suicide) is pretty blunt and really supports my case!

18Ano 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.


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19Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT should be much higher, because the end is so heartbreaking. Anyone who is a fan of Dragon Ball surely cried at the end. This was the ending of all Goku adventures, and I still miss them :(
But you have to watch 1000 episodes to get there

20Elfen 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.
no other anime on here made me cry more.
no other anime has ever disturbed me so much either!
I bet the only reason it's so low is because next to nobody has seen this because it's not as popular.
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...

21Grave of the Fireflies
This is one of the most heartwarming anime movies ever. I cried within the first minute or so of the anime.
10 out of 10 (y)

22YuYu Hakusho

23The World God Only Knows

24Future Diary
Brutal start Touching end
This is the only anime except One Piece that me cry and I didn't even cry when I watched Angel Beats!

25Ef: A Tale of Memories
This shouldn't be number one, BUT it really should be way up there. This show really tugs on your heart, and before you know it youll be crying!

26Rurouni Kenshin
I found Trust and Betrayal and Reflection to be very tragic and heartfelt. I cried each time I watched the OVA's and fell in love with the scenarios between Tomoe and Kenshin then Kenshin and Kaoru. The OVA's style was realistic and understanding. Overall, I found SAMURAI X (Rurouni Kenshin)to be well written and highly cherished.


In Memories 'Kotowari' playing during the most crucial scenes when Hiko meets Kenshin and the flashback where Tomoes spirit embraces Kenshin. Powerful scenes I will always treasure. Trust and Betrayal evoked strong feelings within me. Intense and dramatic. I felt the main series lacked much of the emotional grief of the samurai x 3 films. That is to be expected though as rurouni kenshin is about the protagonist transforming himself like a dark knight to paladin. Killer to protector. Beautiful story of rage evolving into peace. 10/10 (tearworthy)
The flashback of Kenshin's past was really sad.

27Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎
This is by far my favorate anime ever and I cryer at least ten times and I'm not the biggest cryer

28Puella Magi Madoka Magica
I thought that Puella Magi Madoka Magica was such a great anime! It had excellent character development and beautiful soundtracks. I cried whenever I watched this anime because you could relate this to real life situations. This anime deserves to be one of the top anime. Even though it only has 12 episodes, it's worth a watch, And for those who've watched,

" Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone."
This anime was such a well made one. All of the events were connected together and you could relate this to a real-life situation. The soundtrack was also very selective and contained beautiful music. Not to mention the characters. They were above perfect. The character development was also more than enough. This anime made me cry every time I watched it. Even though it is only 12 episodes, it's worth a watch.
This is such a sad anime! It has so much power and emotion in it that it made me cry! A lot! I feel so sorry for Homura! She may never see Madoka again! The thing that mad me cry the most was this, " Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone."
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29Dengeki Daisy


31Sword Art Online
Makes you cry on more then one way


33Boku No Pico
Wow thanks for posting it is very heartwarming anime
It's very heart warming. I love the interactions between the characters, and it's really cute. Everyone should watch it!

34Neon Genesis Evangelion

35Full Moon o Sagashite
A beautiful tale of a young girl who only wants to sing. We take our voice for granted while Mitsuki have tonsuffer with the pain of throat cancer that stands in the way of her dream. This is one of the first shows that I cry and worse I cry 3 times in the anime. Its filled with emotions and character developement and tragic pasts. Accompanied by beautiful music and light hearted moments as well as melancholia that could pull your heartstrings. Its truly memorable. To makes things even more depressisng, Takuto and Meroko's voice actors passed away in a car crash. This will be an anime that you'll never forget.
If you can't cry for this show then I salute you.

36Princess Mononoke
This movie was sad and different. I suggest you watch this although it's a bit gruesome.

37Hotarubi no Mori e
Hotarubi no Mori e is the first anime that made me cry. Even if it's a 45 minute movie, it really gets you attached to the two characters in the little time that they are shown. A lot of emotion was carried into this anime from the character's feelings and actions. Every year Hotaru goes to the forest and she always brings something new that Gin isn't familiar with and this makes the story interesting. The main reason when I cried at the end is when it just suddenly comes to a stop when Gin disappears and Hotaru is left with only his mask as a memory of their time spent together. If the relationship betweent the two stayed only on the friendship level and not on the affectionate level, I probably wouldn't have cried. But since they did mention at the end that they were falling in love with each other so that's what got me the most. I highly recommend this anime to anyone because it is beautiful, emotional and suitable for all ages.

May I add that the MUSIC IS AMAZING!

38Wolf Children

39X / 1999


41H2O: Footprints in the Sand
I like the story so much that moves my heart, I am not into in anime or 2d's nor have an intention to watch this kind of set, I am thinking that a 24 years old guy that could cry into this kind of masterpiece.
I have my wife for 5 years that I am almost blind to see her sacrifices and attention that much for my sake that I take for granted, this anime is a waking up call for a people who is in a relationship that you should have high hopes and love each other and create memories that you shouldn't regret living together and rely on each others back, God bless this master piece as an eye opener for me and now we have a healthy relationship and I admit that I am newly addicted to anime about sentimental romance.

42Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
How the heck is this not on here. I cried every single episode. Touching. Deep. Meaningful. It can be summed up in one word - beautiful.
This was great, beautiful


44Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan
I don't know why this anime never got popular, but it's in my top 5 ever. The story will make you cry on multiple occasions, and you'll get attachted to Okita, Hijikata, Heisuke, and all the other shinsengumi captains. You will cry. Yes, there's a bunch of death.

45Waiting in the Summer
Might sound weird weird at first but once you get to know the characters its pretty hard to let this one go. Each character grew a lot throughout every episode. Highly recomended
This anime will also maje you cry just watch it first.

So sad! The pain they all went through and then to have to continue on! I love this anime its awesome

The first episode pulls you in. One of the best most well written shows that I've watched. The characters are really connect with eachother and have great chemistry. This show might be hard to connect with at first but the main theme is what would you do if you could have a do over?

48Chrono Crusade
If you watch to the end it so sad but very heartwaming but there was only one grave wheres Chrono's graave...

49Zatch Bell
Zatch bell although is not emotional at all times, but it has got strong emotions indeed. From the first episode a strong bond of friendship is shown in the series. The main characters have a very harsh past and I don't know why it is not there in the list.

50Sket Dance

This is the best racing anime series in my opinion. Especially between episode 28 - 32, there was so much intensity and suspense and at the end you definitely can't stop yourself from shedding tears for capeta for his will-power to win. :'(

52Ceres, Celestial Legend
This is an amazing series! The amount of pain Aya endures is amazing, the love between her and Tooya is amazing! Not many people know of this anime but it touches deep.

The events that follow Kobato are so sad but the love connection is not one to be missed this anime has one of the most memorable endings!

54Wolf's Rain
If you haven't seen it, watch it. From beginning to end, and I dare you not to choke towards the end. I rank this in my top 5, probably 2-3 by he side of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Naruto Shippudon. I think One piece had a good story with Luffy & Ace as well

55Welcome to the N.H.K.
I might have been the only one to actually cry watching this. But the atmosphere is incredibly sad and lonley at times and it makes you feel depressed. One of the only animes that actually made me think, about myself and my life.


57Gakuen Alice

58Fushigi Yuugi
It appears to be a cheesy romance adventure anime ( it is ) but the show managed to make you love that characters and dive deeply into a whirlpool of emotions. Tears will fall due to the character developments and the sacrifices made. An anime that is old school and like none other.

This show contains strong emotions

60Letter Bee

61Inu x Boku SS
If you're into romance/comedy animes, you'll love this one, all eps are pretty funny but then at the end, you may cry a little

62Fullmetal Alchemist

63Fate/stay night
Fate stay night really made me cry a lot and so did db gt and fma and loads of others. Strike the blood is amazing as well please watch fate and strike the blood

64Natsume Yuujinchou
So underrated; so beautiful. Unlike something depressing (in a good way) such as Rainbow, this show was heartwarming. Most of the tears I've shed from this series were of happiness~
So underrated; so beautiful... This series is heartwarming, which most tears I've shed from watching it were of happiness~

65Guilty Crown

66GJ Club
Somehow, GJ-bu ended up as one of my favorite anime of all time. How it managed to do so is unbeknownst me. I have tried to explain why, but much like every other relaxing slice of life anime it is nigh impossible since it all bottles down to “feelings”.

What I can say, however, is the following:

I love you, GJ-bu.

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