Saddest Anime SeriesAnime series have been divided into several categories - comedic, romantic, mystery, science-fiction ... but what has caught my attention are tragedies, or animes not necessarily tragedies but emotional ones that have caused people's eyes to water.
The saddest anime series should be dependent on the content of the anime, the character backgrounds and just anything that has made them such emotional masterpieces sending people to tears.
The Top Ten
This anime really told us "that life is worth living"... It's just kind of sad when all of them dissapear one by one because they have fullfilled the regretness they have in their real life.. And I really like the last song.. Ichiban no takaramono ~
Angel Beats is the saddest anime I've watched so far. It's beautiful, sad, hilarious, heartbreaking and the music and emotions are amazing. You just get so attached to the characters and the last episode just left me there absolutely crushed. The way he screamed Kanade in the end literally broke my heart. And I just had to watch it to the very last second to see if he disappears too. It left me in such a sad awe that I didn't even think of watching another series for a couple of days. I felt that it would ruin the moment. It leaves you sad and crush but at the same time your happy and feel kinda free and fulfilled. If you haven't seen this then you should type it in right now. It's just breath taking. Must see!
Angel Beats is the best/saddest show ever the saddest episodes were 10 and 13 but 10 is the saddest it made me tear up for days
My favorite anime so far I'm not the person who cries but this anime literally left me in tears but in the end how they met again was even more sadV 271 Comments
SPOILERS! The main character's (Tomoya's) wife (Nagisa) dies giving birth to their daughter Ushio, who he then gives up to Nagisa's parents and falls into a deep depression for five years. Then, he makes up with Ushio after he decides that he wants to try his hardest to take care of her in probably the most powerful scene in anime history, and then Ushio dies months later. Is there really any question as to why this is the saddest anime ever made?
CAN I GET AN AMEN! AMEN/Amen
Ok ok ok *Breathes In* this anime is DEPRESSING
While the first series is more let say 'Aimed at a younger audience' the second series played with my heart strings... PROFESSIONALLY 0_0 lols
Eh lets start with something no one really talks about shall we: The fact that Okazaki Tomoya was showing the cold shoulder to his dad to finally realize as an adult that he himself is going though a similar phase; not to mention when seeing his dad off, he bursted into tears to what all these family drama and loneliness has caused his dad to become. he even burst into tears when Uschio (his daughter) accepted him knowing that she could have put Tomoya through the same Predicament. :'( Although this is not what highlights the anime, I thought it may be great to mention. :'(
I definitely caught the feels for many reasons which I can go on and on and on about but one thing that really got me; is how everyone just disappears in life and how ...more
This anime shows us how important our family is. No, I mean seriously. By family, I mean friends, too... - IhuntHunterzz
Absolutely beautiful. This anime does an amazing job at making you connect with the characters, and then to see what they go through, you can't help but to experience the pain that they are feeling. One of my favorites.
This was the first anime that make me cry like a baby... it was emotional anime with a comedy life. I think this should be number 1 or 2.V 314 Comments
This show is amazingly sad. "SPOILERS" Two brothers who just wanted things to be the way it was before. When they were toddlers their father left them. When they were 8 and 7 their mother dies. They take you a teacher who has lost her only child and then lost the ability to give life. After a year of training they go on to try and resurrect their mother at the ages of 11 and 10. It fails and as a result the older brother lost his leg, and the younger lost his whole body. the older brother then sacrificed his arm to tie his brothers soul to a suit of armor. The older brother gets prosthetics to set out with his brother to find a way to get their bodies back. This happens in the first 6 episodes. There's 51 eps and a movie. Imagine what happened after that."Spoiler ends"
Like it's not enough that I cried practically every two episodes, the end (last few episodes actually) had me sobbing on the carpet in a fetus position. Just thinking about fma (especially 2003 series) or listening to the openings makes me feel so sad because I remember everything that happened to Ed and Al and all the wonderful characters that ended up dead (not gonna name them because I don't wanna spoil it to anyone who hasn't watched it yet). However, this is, and always will be, my favourite anime ever. It's both funny and sad (even scary sometimes), has an amazing plot and I feel like you can empathize with every one of the characters including the "bad" ones (except Shou Tucker, seriously what is wrong with that guy).
Their mom dies, their dad leaves, their teacher's baby dies, their best friend's parents died from the same person they saved from dying... Enough said...
Most of the time, people praise FMA Brotherhood for better plot, character development and faithfulness to the manga. But one thing was and always will be better in these old series - and those are THE FEELS.
Brotherhood surely had its moments - but these were mostly deaths of beloved characters. Old FMA is sad in general. It has way darker atmosphere, since brothers end up killing people and that is something they avoided in manga and Brotherhood. Ed suffers pain and depsair when he learns his opponent is dead and he is the killer. Not mentioning the existence of homunculi is in these old series utterly depresing. And ending, oh boy, the ending.
This is one of my favorite anime's, such a masterfully developed story that shows lot's of meaning and tugs quite a bit at the heart strings. The protagonist's are all quite admirable and all have a strong, but sad background story of how they could've changed Menma's life that day showing how many regrets you can have. Emotions of characters are really shown strongly and the Opening and Ending are amazing songs! The final scene will have you crying like a little girl so be forewarned! :Make sure to bring some buckets and have tissues at the ready. Overall, this is an anime that is quite unique and amazing, can't wait for the movie this august!
The story in Anohana is too pure and emotional. A cheerful and lively girl dies before the story starts and departs in the end of the episode when finally everyone finally made-up to each other. Menma brought everyone together and before she leaves them, she hands them letters that she loved each and every one of them including she wanted to marry Jintan. Menma should've just stayed with them instead of leaving them... Then again that would make the anime happiest ending rather than sadedst ending...
I think that the story of this anime is the saddest anime ever. Can be that inicial is not too sad, but the final, is very very sad! If you don't still watch, WATCH! I recommend for everybody! And too if you don't like much, don't mind, is only 11 episodes!
Better than Angel beats. Nice story and excellent character development, and in my opinion the saddest anime ever.V 211 Comments
Oh my goodness, this show. I'm not the type of person to cry, but it has brought me closer to tears more times than I'd like to admit. The characters, the visuals, the music, all blend into what I consider to be an absolute masterpiece. It demands you feel something, and you can do nothing but comply. Definitely not an experience I'll forget any time soon, likely due to this emptiness that I can't seem to fill after watching. Hilariously enough, I'd still recommend it to anybody without hesitation. You leave with something, perhaps a new appreciation for the smaller things in life, the motivation to push past your fears, sorrow for things lost, whatever it may be. I don't really know how to feel, other than amazed.
I met the girl under full-bloomed cherry blossoms and my fate has begun to change. I've been touched by a purely beautiful story that I wouldn't have expected possible from an anime, and I don't regret a second of it.
The story is something beautiful as is the music. It is the expressiveness of Romantic Classical music in anime form! At the end, I essentially curled into the fetal position and gave a meek "ow" as I clenched my heart. I then thanked it as it leaves you feeling sad, but also shows the beauty of sorrow itself and how it can create something beautiful. It's poetry! Some characters could've used more development, but the characters who were developed were developed WELL. The animation is astounding. I also like how it makes you cry, but doesn't go out of its way to emotionally hurt you and leave it at that. Rather, it shows you that pain is a part of life and that human beings have a knack for getting through it with softer hearts and gentler smiles.
I began to be annoyed with this series around half way through and was going to write it off as a Clannad knockoff with an emphasis on music. Some things were eerily similar such as the male protagonist having an abusive parent and the female protagonist having some sort of mysterious health issues and parents working in a bakery. I'm really glad I stuck with it though. The payoff in the end was extremely satisfying. Not only was it as emotional as you would hope for a series like this, but it didn't feel the need to have some sort of strange deus ex machina supernatural bail out in the end like Clannad did. It was a bit more grounded in reality. I think Clannad Afterstory will always be my personal favorite, but this deserves more credit than it has in this list.
Beautifully animated, amazingly well written, touching and musical. If you're looking for a sad but beautiful experience, I highly recommend.V 180 Comments
All three main characters and other supporting characters have really sad deaths. L is killed by Rem to protect Misa (Rem dies as a result of this. ) Light's dreams are shattered and then he's killed. Misa commits suicide (although not shown) because Light is dead..
Lots of people die in this one, it's a very dark and intense story, and it'll have you hooked almost instantly. I recommend anyone watch this.
This is the saddest anime I've ever seen! Never cried as hard as I did on this one :< L's death is so emotional, because of the flashbacks he has as a child, and his look when he died.. And the way he closed his eyes.. Just... Just...
Don't watch it if you're new to anime because you will find every other anime bad. It's a 10/10.V 46 Comments
The anime was sad but no where near as depressing as the manga. After I finished reading the manga I sat in a corner in total shock of what happened and I just started crying.
I watched it like 4 times and still cried on the last episode so much it's so beautiful Anime in its own way, I love it! And I recommend it to every mental disorders fan!
I've seen a lot of sad anime and have experienced lots of depressing moments, specifically in Naruto where every character has a sad past. The anime wasn't even a 1/4 a sad as the manga. People I finished reading it a while ago but every time I think about I drown in tears. SPOILERS: lucy's heart-wrenching death!
I loved Elfen Lied. The visuals could have been better, but the plot was amazing and always kept me excited, with all the twists. This wasn't just some sort of cheesy sad anime, it actually was carefully thought out, original and unique. - ArtyLilyV 73 Comments
The birth of a innocent child naruto... The death of his teacher jiyara... The death of itachi are the saddest moment in the anime
Sadness moments of Naruto's life...
The birth of Naruto is just so sad and when grief starts to play I always end up crying :�'(
Every death in this anime mold the series into an emotional roller coaster where we learn about sad pasts and the things people are willing to do to protect their beliefs and friends.V 126 Comments
Code Geass will always be my favourite anime and one of the best anime of all time. You see the main character Lelouch go through so so much, he's not doing it for himself but for his sisters wish of a gentle world. You witness him succeed and drastically fail. This anime changes your life and makes you want to change the world. Lelouch's character is so well developed and complex, there are times when you wonder if you're supporting the right side anymore. At the end of the day he was still just a boy, a boy who lost his home, betrayed by his mother, father, best friend, the company which he built from the ground and most importantly his little sister. CC also has to be one the best written characters I've ever come across who's story is also tragic.
But the thing that hit me the most was that Lelouch did and sacrificed so much but got absolutely nothing back. Only a few were on his side at the end and only a few actually realised the demons master plan for world ...more
So sad... I nearly cried in the end when Nanaly finds out that her brother had tried to create a peaceful world just as she wished. The death of Lelouch was so sad
The moment I saw Lelouch die, after everything that he has been through. How could this not be the saddest thing ever?! His sacrifice for the greater god of humanity is such a huge burden for him to bear. And to think that everyone else shunned him without knowing what he had give them.. It is so cruel. In another way, it was a poetic and beautiful ending, even if it ended with his death.
In fact, Lelouch's sacrifice reminded me of Romeo and Juliet's love story, with how they can never be together as long as they are alive.. Just like Lelouch, they died so that their wish would come true. If this isn't a tragedy, then I don't know what is.
He died with everyone hating him to save the world. A lot of people like me may say that they would die for the world, but could you die for the world knowing that humanity would hate you for eternity, despite your goodness? I mean, it's implied that people figure it out over time, but still... that's sad. Greatest anime ever. It doesn't use pervertedness to attract an audience unlike other anime. Great story and morals. Inspiring.V 64 Comments
A lot of people seem to forget about the original Clannad because the after story was so sad. But the original Clannad had a lot of tearjerking moments in it and is easily one of the greatest anime for storyline and likable characters. Also is a must see if you plan on watching Clannad Afterstory
I know that Clannad Afterstory was pretty sad too, but I think that the original is much more sad. I mean, (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD) a little girl in a coma's spirit making wedding invitations so her sister can live a happier life getting forgotten about by everyone? Even after her grand finale and the closure she got, she hasn't woken up by the end of the series. In my opinion, Fuko's story has more feels than Nagisa's, even if only by a little bit.
It's not that depressing and sad compared to the after story. If you barely managed to handle this then the harder it is to handle Clannad after story. This is just the start of the feels so those who plan on watching it, prepare for the feels!
Damn sad anime I ever watched nothing can match its sadnessV 28 Comments
Every character has a personality. And it's incredibly easy to find something to like about all of them. But the world that they live in, there's so much risk involved in simple living. Each moment could be the death of someone else we love.
This anime will literally turn you inside out and question what you have done with your life. Everything you watch from this show will just struck you. It tore me apart to the point that I was choking in amazement; I couldn't even cry. Good luck with this show.
Amazing... I am a full attack on titan fan... Their past and everything is just wow. Attack on titan may be this action and adventure anime but as you go along, learn peoples past, it makes you think about how lucky you are. How you don't have to live inside of a "cage". How you don't have to suffer the way they do. Overall it is amazing
I personally believe this anime was only half as sad as people make it out to be. RIP Marco.V 64 Comments
This has got to be the most underrated show of all time. Of over 60 anime shows I've watched, this is my number one pick. I personally think Clannad and Clannad After Story is sadder, but Kanon overall has a much MUCH better story.
Kanon is far, far better than Clannad/After Story. Clannad sucked. Most of the "sad" moments were just shoved in and manipulative. It was completely unnecessary. Whilst in Kanon, the whole story was evolved around sadness so it made a lot more sense. Kanon's story is far superior to Clannad's. The characters are better developed and more fleshed out as well. And don't get me started on the ending of Clannad After Story. If there's one thing I hate, it's massive cop-outs. Kanon's ending didn't feel like a cop-out. so it was acceptable. I'm not saying Kanon is perfect, it has flaws too, but it is so much better than Clannad, yet it doesn't even get half the credit that Clannad does. Kanon deserves it far more than Clannad.
Most people who pick Clannad over Kanon for the saddest, probably haven't seen Kanon. It's far more depressing, even more so than Angel Beats. - calmeehan
I'm not sure what it is about Kanon, but it's become my favorite anime when I watched it a couple of times to appreciate the plot details hinted at throughout the story. Sure, it doesn't have as many sad moments like Clannad, but this hidden gem needs some loveV 27 Comments
The dynamic between Homura and Madoka in this series is staggering. It is quite essentially the signature highlight of the anime and one of the major reasons why it is so depressing.
It is first revealed that Homura is much akin to an ice queen with seemingly no desire to make any sort of friends at her new school (being a transfer student) but looks can be deceiving, but when it is revealed that she is a time traveler with a hardened desire to protect Madoka, her seemingly calm disposition is torn apart instantly and outlines her true nature as a once shy and frail girl.
Her previous failures to protect Madoka in alternate timelines proved costly for her once soft-spoken demeanor. Many times she had failed to protect Madoka from becoming a magical girl, and every time has she had to see her friend suffer the deadly fate that comes with her bestowed power. Being pitted endlessly against time, only because she had no other choice but to fight, for if she were to give up ...more
Everyone should watch this series. I showed it to my mom and she loves it. I showed it to my friend and we stayed up all night watching it.
I have some advice for anyone who wants to watch this anime. First piece of advice-never judge a character based off of first impression. So many characters do not show who they really are at first. I don't want to give any examples, as they would be spoilers, and I hate to spoil for people
Next piece of advice: take some tissues with you. Even I cried, and that means something. Enough said. You will cry, even if you're me.
Anyways, let me get to the review.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is a series worth? Especially one like this. There are not enough words to describe this anime. Beautiful, sad, almost even heartbreaking series like this are the kind of things I enjoy no matter what. I can't seem to find any other anime like this. Perfectly executed, everything fits together. It combines ...more
It is so sad! I find it sad because you see pictures of madoka ( the main character) and the others and they look cute and you don't expect the dark turn the story takes. Another reason I find it sad is because almost every character has a sad ending ( unless you count the last movie, then the ending is different).
Watch it in one sitting. I dare you. The emotional trainwreck you'll be in will leave a depressing scar on you for years to come.V 60 Comments
I balled for days after the whole series ended, The saddest anime is sao, I cried ALLOT after Kirito said sorry to Asuna about not getting her back to the real world and she tells him about how she enjoyed every Moment with Kirito, and then tells him she loves him and what I thought was their last time together.
Every episode someone dies. When Sachi dies she says slowly "Thank You. " Plus the game creator trapped 10,000 people in a game that kills you if you die in the game.
Getting stuck in a virtual world sounds great! But not this time if you log on and die in the virtual world you also die in the real world! Now some times there's tear jerking moments when you want to cry when characters die. Or you may want to punch someone because they die!
That moment when asuna died was so sad ;-;V 68 Comments
Jesus christ! This anime made me love it and despise it at the same time! (SUPER SPOILER ALERT! ) I mean first u start to like this character after they show u her back story then she dies then the most reliable older brother figure gets on a mission with the kid that admires him the most dies then, their leader recruits two new members and one of them hasnt even had enough screen yet dies then this amazing imperial arms in human form who is very reliable and virtually can do anything at light speed gets to grow close with his team then dies then, the kid who has grown to like this other kid only gets to show her true feelings to the boy as he kisses him then dies then, the pervert who was kinda creepy and funny tells the reason why he joined the team guess what, he dies, then this kid who is righteous and fights to defend his friends who was suppose I thought to be the laeding girl's guy had a showdown with a giant robot and prevents that robot thing from falling to the people with ...more
I absolutely loved and hated this anime at the same time it has so many great elements but it is very sad and dark everyone has a dark past and then everyone you like will die if you have a ship it will die and when you think it can't get worse it does this anime shows the real meaning between life and death and it has a great life lesson in it I highly recommend people watch this despite it being sad it is my overall favorite anime right beside Another and Magi The Labyrinth Of Magic
Full of unfortunate fates, painful lives, and sad deaths. A touching show that display the monster inside humans and how much they can harm one another. It is like a tribute to out history. Such a great anime. Teaches the "REAL" meaning of death and pain.
This anime destroyed my emotions. - CoreylordoV 66 Comments
Probably the absolute biggest shock I ever got out of an anime, ever. (SPOILERS AHEAD! ) at first its a sorta happy-go-lucky series, with memes and 4chan references, but still some creepy parts. But there are no words in this world to describe how dead serious this series got about halfway through. It goes directly from soul-eater happy to Nina-Tucker's-death serious- and keeps hitting you with emotional bombshells the rest of the series before having an absolutely amazing ending.
(BIG SPOILER! )
The part that hit me the hardest was when Okabe realizes that he was the one who stabbed and killed the girl he loved- and it was caused by him going back in time trying to save her in the first place. Her looking at him and whispering "i'm so scared... I don't wanna die...I.. Don't want to die" then bleeding to death in his arms made me cry my eyes out
(SPOILERS) The scene when Mayuri gets killed by the car and Okabe has to relive her death for yet another time just killed me. And it especially hurt when he traveled back to when they were running the hack and he was just hanging his head unable to do anything. That scene really hit me hard.
Also, after Mr. Braun killed himself and the scene played of his daughter sitting alone at a table set for 2 just broke my heart. Best anime I have ever watched. Powerful emotions and an incredible story.
Why is it so down low? Every character death in this anime made me cryV 20 Comments
This is the only movie that has gotten me to cry because the ending was terribly sad and it never got any better for him or his sister and everyone died around him bit by bit so ghibli studios is your reading this can you make this an anime or do a second movie with him and his sister and mom and dad in heaven please I loved this... this is my number one saddest anime movie
This should really be number 1 on the list. The story is really heart wrenching and you can't help but empathize with the characters, the worst part of it is you know something bad is coming as you get towards the end, and the emotion just builds up without you even realising.
The story of 2 brothers and how they survive throughout the World war. Even if you only read the plot on some website you will have tears in your eyes. Its 10 times more emotional and tragic than Clannad.
Real and Harsh - people who have voted for others.. please watch this filmV 20 Comments
Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is one of the saddest anime out there fr viewers to cry over. It's not just the ending that brings out the emotions in this one, but the entire series. It's much like Angel Beats in that way. The story follows a devoted (and somewhat psychopathic) girl Yuno, and her boyfriend Yuki. Throughout the anime, you get to see tragic family events unfold. You become attached to these characters, so this isn't "Oh. Someone died...", this is crying material. These events help to build the love Yuno and Yuki eventually share for each other. Overall, the only flaw with this show, is that it made everyone really, really sad.
- Yes, that's a joke, not an actual flaw...
I've watched everything else in this list except for angel beats and so far none of them have touched me as much as mirai nikki has.
It may not deserve the top spot butit definitely deserved to be way way higher up. The entire thing is depressing and tragic from the start, and many characters are just as tragic as well (7th.)
I wont spoil but the relationship between Yuki and Yuno is one of the saddest I've seen in a while and I couldn't help but relate.
This is so far my all time favorite anime for a reason. Though it does have a LOT of valid criticism plot and development-wise, the emotional core and Yuno and Yuki's relationship just resonate with me more than the others there.
THE ABSOLUTE SADDEST ENDING EVER T^T the story builds up all this emotion between you and the two main characters and then it just destroys you. It left me empty and dead for a couple days after finishing it.
One of the best too! So nice! The love between the two mains characters makes me sad and other big emotion. I like this anime : evene Yuno is sometimes like a psycho this love is EPIC and make the anime a bit sad, but for a better end you should watch the OAV ^^V 47 Comments
I found this Kanon level depressing... I cried several times during this and the story line is so sad! I found it was a lot like Clannad with the arcs, but it was shorter and took a lot less time to get through. I would recommend it to people that can keep track as it is a lot of story in 12 episodes.
This is a very beautiful anime, it is definitely worth watching if you are a fan of clannad, angel beats and kanon, although the middle episodes don't link in very well, it is definitely worth sticking with it! A great and emotional anime
This anime is quite underrated compare to others Key anime. The only problem I found about this anime is that the plot is hard to keep up. You can get lost if you don't pay atention to details in the anime. But beside that, everything was good. The music, the plot, and the characters were great. The anime is quite similar to Clannad on the plot and the music. The anime itself was sad throughout the story. Not like Angel Beats that it's only sad moment was the end. I encourage you to watch it and I'm not gonna spoil you.
I cried..I cried...I cried... and I cried until last no a whole day.V 24 Comments
Fairy Tail is by far one of the most saddest animes ever. It teaches the lessons of never giving up on your own life, living it to the fullest, and sharing it with your comrades. I cried in nearly every arc...especially the one with Erza and Jellal
Sure fairytale has its ups and downs but that doesn't mean they lose hope. You can really relate life to these events that happened in this in the series, for example when Lucy looses her dad or even when natsu gets beat by someone. They never give up even when it's the end of the world they never give up and stop trying. 10/10 (plus great plot)
Not only is this an emotional anime, this is by far one of the best animes I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It teaches you great lessons on friendship, determination, moving on from your past, and so much more. Fairy Tail makes me feel at home, even though it doesn't exist. You can't go wrong with this anime. It definitely made me a better person
This should be on top
This gives you lessons to rise above all obstacles in life and live to the fullest..
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