Saddest Anime Series

Anime 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.
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The Top Ten

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Clannad After Story
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 life changes. you don't realize it but everyone changes from primary school (elementary) to high school and university/college onwards, who knows 10 years from now I might not even watch anime and I might look back on this comment like HELL NO laugh out loud. heck some of us may be living on the streets thinking about all those special times we spent in high school, watching anime and so on...

It really got me depressed because the 'slice of life' genre is no joke, it really emphasizes on real life situations and maybe, JUST MAYBE, reminds some of us of many misfortunes we have felt in the past. but still, I can really relate to tomoya because I'm pretty lonely myself I can see people disappearing one by one (special people as well, those I loved and so on... )

ONE THINGS FOR SURE, I have become a person, a person of more honesty, and respect and I have also become way more mature after watching such a beautifully scripted anime. CAN I GET A AMEN!
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.
[Newest]This might be the only show that has left me so heartbroken and hurt. It brings out your emotions in a really magnified way.
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2Angel Beats!
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
[Newest]I've only made it up to episode 9 and realised that Angel Beats! Is an anime worth to watch. It's beautiful and heart touching.
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3Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
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!
[Newest]I cried in every single episode
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4Naruto
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 :'(
[Newest]Every one had a sad end
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5Fullmetal Alchemist
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"
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...
I've had so many emotions with this anime and when it came to the deaths it was just too much. Maes Hughes for one had me bawling because I could relate fully. Nina and Alexander had me saying please Scar don't just don't. Edward's emotions had me feeling like I was feeling them myself.
[Newest]Fullmetal Alchemist is about sacrifice for loved ones and is full of action. The story is sad since both brothers lose their mother and tries to revive her but things starts to happen.

6Clannad
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
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!
You Need To Watch This version before watch the after story one

7Elfen Lied
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!
The story of this anime is great, and so sad too. This was the first anime to make me cry, and that is almost unheard of me crying. I've been to family funerals, and not even cried.
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I thought it was more sad than angel beats, but not as sad as anohara, but whatev it's a matter of opinion anyway. All of these series are AWESOME and great in their own way.

8Attack on Titan
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.
I cried when watching every single episode.
[Newest]I've never had to pick another favorite character so many times... This show ripped the happy out of my soul. THEY WEREN'T READY.

9Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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 she too would face the same fate as the rest of the other Puella Magi.

Homura's situation is utterly pitiful. Mixed with the opening theme song of the anime, it becomes even more bittersweet. It is one of the few anime that symbolizes what it was like for fighters in the real world, such as World War II soldiers. That was the deadliest conflict in human history, and countless of lives perished either due to despair or combat, and they had to fight in the defense of their loved ones.

The depth of PM's dark themes is entirely up to the viewer to dig deep into. The more allusions (such as this WWII one, for example) and analogies they muster up, the sadder it becomes. That being said, it is without a doubt one of the saddest animes out there.
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 the elements of horror, psychological, tragedy and maybe even action. This anime is very tragic, it can be scary at times, some parts can have action in them, and it is of course, very dramatic. I recommend this anime to any fans of the action, tragedy, psychological and/or horror genre.
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).

10Kanon
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.
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.

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People really need to watch this series, I personally found it more sad than Clannad.
[Newest]I like this show.

The Contenders

11Code Geass R2
SPOILERS
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 peace until it was too late.

They say that no one mourns the wicked, so no one mourns Lelouch. He was a demon but he was better than most people on Earth.
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
This show had us so attached to the characters,
And to show a brilliant student who made the world hate him and resent him just so that the world would cease to fight against each other and work towards world peace. The ending was just so sad
[Newest]End is very unexpected...
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12Death Note
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...
[Newest]Death note is brilliant, I was sad it ended and how it ended.

13Sword Art Online
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.
Cried so hard when Sachi died ;_; *sniffle*
[Newest]A really touching anime based on romance and adventure. I love SAO after watching it all and probably am gonna start on the next season.

1407-Ghost
The story, the characters, the art, and the music; everything is just so sad and beautiful. It's a funny thing when (SPOILER) Mikage died in the manga, I didn't cry, but after I watched the anime, suddenly I just realized how sad it was and found myself cried uncontrollably in front of my computer screen. A definitely worth watching!
It's beautiful, sad with a simply amazing soundtrack. The storyline is just so good I can't even-- It should be more well known!
It's the most beautiful tragedy ever!

15Air
Although I have watched this anime time over time, My Tear still drops... I Can't even forget a little thing in this anime... If you r trying to search for an anime that make you cry 'cause it just simply sad... Don't watch this anime, But I strongly recommend you to watch this anime if you r trying to find something that make you cry 'cause it's beautiful and also leaving something in your mind after you watch... 12 episodes in this anime will make you to have a felling that you have lived in that world since long long time ago... I don't really want to be a spoiler so I just want you to know that this anime isn't interesting from the begining but if you watch it all, you will find something undentified that make you cry nonstop in the end... So, Have Fun in watching this anime or at least I hope so... And sorry about my bad English too... ^^!
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.
Hysterical crying by the end of this anime. Really one of the saddest I've watched in a very long time. I would definitely recommend it.
[Newest]Absolutely the BEST anime I've come across, even if it's a little short. You would love it if you like a some mystery and love. It's SO sad, I was crying like hell at the last episode

16Fairy Tail
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
Fairytail is a must watch anime. Enough said. You won't regret. Just try it.
:/ sad, really sad
[Newest]Currently watching it and gotta say... AYE SIR!

17Guilty Crown
All I can say about this anime is the story is tragic the government is basically a dictatorship and has the right to kill anyone they think might be "infected" and that's where funeral parlor comes in hell even the resistance name is sad the story revolves around Shu ouma who ends up using the King's power also known as the void to help the resistance funeral parlor and try to change the world along the way shU loses himself and ends up turning evil he ends up returning to normal to stop the government but even so in or I pays the ultimate sacrifice to heal all the infected truly a sad beautiful show
It is really sad.. If you watch the first episode when shu got the power, its epic but in the middle of story.. You will say that it sad.. sorry I'm not good in explaining but I'm sure you will like this anime..
It made me cry when inori and hare died
[Newest]My heart died when Inori passed away.. enough said..

18Future Diary
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.
This anime is SO depressing. Every single death scene in this one makes you want to cry, and that is a lot of death scenes, considering the Hunger Games type of situation this story revolves around. This anime does a great job of making you love characters despite the things they have done in the past, and mourn for them in their final moments. I personally couldn't hold my tears on any longer by the infamous last few episodes. If you want a real tearjerker of an anime, watch Future Diary.
I will agree that this is one of the saddest anime EVER! If not the saddest, then at least in the top 5. My anime watched list is over a hundred, so when I say in the top five, I mean REALLY SAD! Though this is just my opinion, I've learned to respect the opinion of others through the watching of anime. All in all, very SAD anime. I would not suggest watching if you have a weak heart :P. Also that these particular anime, in my opinion, are better watched alone in a dark room.

19Dragon Ball Z
The only sad scene that tugged at the heart strings was Vegeta being killed by Frieza. Other than that, everyone lives again when they are wished back by the Dragon Balls.

One can assume every single main character in this series only died due to old age at the very end, otherwise they were brought back with the dragon balls.
Are you kidding me? This anime isn't sad. Everyone can be easily revived using the dragon balls...
Don't worry, Dragon Ball Z is a world of resurrection.

20Blood+
Just those last few episodes with the confrontations and the deaths and just... tears, and so much love, and damn. An amazing anime with action, fighting, romance, and drama. And a lot of blood..
The last episode made me cry like a baby... So damn sad.

21Full Moon o Sagashite
I still cry every time I watch the part where she finds out Eichi had died two years ago. To think about all the times she's struggled, she thought of him and worked so hard to become famous just to see him again and it's so heart breaking to know that the person you have loved for so long had passed away without you knowing and you were way too late...
What first tore me to bits was the fact that by first glance (a.K.A. the Opening), this looked like the happiest story anyone could ever imagine. Even such little things like the story of the old man and the flower were so memorable, and everything Mitsuki had to go through.. all of her wants, the only thing that she thought was worth fighting her fate for.. already left her a long time ago. And everything, from when she became truly weak, singing a song with struggle, even Takuto.. This anime was a beautiful, and don't let the opening trick you into thinking it's all cute sunshines.
This anime is the saddest I've watched- the constant struggle Mitsuki faces throughout the entire show just to find out that the person she loves is... I rate the anime so much higher than the manga!

22One Piece
Saddest show ever! I mean, it makes you so happy with how upbeat and funny it is, just to depress you the next moment. Every Straw Hat has about the most depressing past ever, and then it shows how happy they can be and how they got over it. And then stuff like "I want to live, " the Going Merry's final moment, and the Whitebeard War arc just to make you sadder. And THEN they're all happy again, like yeah, stuff happens but we got over it! It's an emotional roller coaster!
It should be number one, are you guys serious, I mean death note is in top 10, I know that its a good anime but definitely not the sad one, on exception of misa's fate and L's and kira's death but what about attack on titan and dragon ball z, the only saddest episode in dbz is the final episode and in attack on titan you get used to its plot of people getting killed. Nothing can be compared to one piece's sorrow, past lives of robin, chopper, luffy. Nami, brook r especially touching and ace's death, hilluk's speech while dying and many more, ONE PIECE IS EPIC IN EVERY WAY.
Even though, One Piece is always having really funny scene and amazing scene of adventure. It still has it sad moments such as the past of the character, the slavery, the tswited justice, the sterotype of pirates etc..

:::SPOILER:::

When Portgas D Ace died sacrfice his own life to his younger brother. It was heart breaking moment as he gave his final speech.
[Newest]How this is below DBZ, Fairy Tail, Death Note, Mirai Nikki, Phantom, and dare I say even Clannad is beyond me. The feels are to many to count in this series but man the scene that really messed me up badly was the Going Merry funeral scene. I mean when a series can make you cry over a ship than you know this series is powerful.

23Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
This anime was one of the most tragic I have ever seen.. The characters were beautifully presented and you could really become attached to them. The ending was so unexpected that I couldn't even cry from the shock..
The ending crushes all the feeling you had for all the characters.
Ya that anime made me realize my existence

24Toradora
This anime shows the adventures and mishaps of Ryuji and Taiga, along with their friends. Throughout the anime you will meet confusing problems relationships, until the end which the confessions are made and tears start flowing. This anime holds a special place in my heart.
It deserves a great place on this list, sometimes its sad but, you would like to be part of that story
So amazing, the last couple episodes killed me though, many tears were shed...
[Newest]So much feels in this anime

255 Centimeters Per Second
It's very sad anime. The story between Takaki and Akari who love each others. Maybe the setting took on 90's, Takaki trying to find Akari but he cannot find her because the technology in 90's. He's so stressed out. But finally he trying to move on to another girl but failed. Go watch by yourself
This anime tore me pieces, crying in my room due to the horrifying reality this movie shows. It's so realistic! It shows how no matter how hard we try, you ant always be with the one we love...
They are not meant for each other :-(
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Sad love story. Which teaches us the reality of life.

26Hanasaku Iroha

27D. Gray Man
This anime really has its sad moments. Gah, cried so much when Tyki broke Allen's innocence D:
Although this anime has plenty of laughs and times where you just giggle, it also has its tear jerking moments and absolutely heart-wrenching twists. Some examples (*ahem* heavy spoilers alert) in the anime are Eliade and Krory's tragic love story, when Lulu attacks and destroys May-Lings innocence just after she resolves to become an exorcist, the ENTIRE Noahs Ark story arc, Suman's ordeal of his innocence rejecting him and turning him into a destructive monster whilst it slowly killed him from the inside-out, when Tyki destroys Allens innocence and leaves him for dead, when Allen all but gives up hope and is frustrated when he can't regain the use of his innocence, and Lenalee and Komui's backstory as to how they ended up working in the Order. There are plenty more in the anime, and it just gets sadder in the manga. Kanda and Alma's story really just cut me up inside, and that's not even getting into the whole Noah awakening in Allen ordeal. It's just... It's a real tear-jerker, and deserves to be on this list.

28Gosick
This is one of the most satisfyingly tragic anime's I've ever watched. The Sherlock of anime's. 'Tis a must see for all anime enthusiasts, it includes everything from prime detective work, to action and fighting, to romance.
The ending is just... I don't know what to say. Had me crying for hours.
Is the best anime ever

29Little Busters
This anime is more emotional than sad, but every moments made my cry out of happiness or sadness. by the way second season was really hard to get by because the sadness progresses higher with each episode
This anime is very emotional and depressing how they ended up telling their life stories :/
Yeah, some things in this make you get very emotional, I cried at some points :(
[Newest]This is the only anime that make me cry this anime is very sad

30Black Butler
Madam Red's cinematic record had me with tears in my eyes and especially her acceptance afterward and a beautiful funeral thanks to Ciel. Ciel's death and especially more when Sebastian delivered all the letters and when it showed the date and everything had me very deeply affected. Alois Trancy had me impacted.
I loved this show so much, but it pulled at my heart strings. When Ciel died, I started bawling because it was so sad and beautiful...
I can't explain it it's just making me cry

31Pokemon
Really sad maybe not the saddest but do you remember the episodes: bye bye butterfree, charizard's burning ambitions, the fir-ing squad, bulbasaur the ambassador, gotta catch ya latter, do I hear a ralts, the whole togepi and mirage stuff, and sweet baby dreams.
This is like the total opisite of sad

32Ai Yori Aoshi
This anime shows love, tenderness, devotion, trust, honesty and loyalty, things that show be part of our everyday life. That with your close friends and others but specially with that one person you love.

33Chrono Crusade
It's very sad in the end, Rosette and Chrono died. Also... In the end, Aion didn't (or maybe can't) die. It means that this story will bound to happen again in the future just for delaying Aion's true purpose.
Actually have the bad ending with the death of Rosette Christopher and Chrono. The main evil Aion does not death at the ending is the meaning the god does not let him death?
This is by far the saddest anime that I ever watched but really good if you want to cry.

34My-HiME
I remember watching this show at first just for the simple fact that it had big bouncing boobs but as I progressed through the show it became filled with all types of emotions and betrayal. one of my favorites
One of the only anime that actually made me cry. Even though the first half of the show is comedic and happy, while the second half is dark and depressing, that is mainly what makes a good drama anime. Anime that build up ask the happy moments enough that the sad stuff hits hard arewhat really make me cry. What really kept this from beating CLANNAD was the ending. The first half worked great with all the happy and comedic moments. Then when the sad stuff hit, it was depressing as ****, and it went on for so long. Then the last episode came, which was basically like waking up from a really awesome dream where you're like king of the world or something except in a sad way. But the sad stuff itself I think was more depressing than CLANNAD. It was just that ending that brought it down.

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35Gakuen Alice
Never in my life will I find a anime better than this! In the manga it always keeps you on your toes, wandering what will happen next. I personally was able to relate really well to Mikan, the main character. This story has the power to put you into depression and cry yourself to sleep. Amazing.
Gakuen Alice is awesome my favorite are Natsume And Mikan
This manga is so heartbreaking! SPOILER I really want to see Hotaru again. Hotaru and Subaru sacrificed themselves so that Mikan and Natsume could have a happily ever. I miss Hotaru so much
[Newest]This is a really happy-go-lucky anime. It's more fun and happy when you watch it, but the manga is more sad and also has more romance.

36Fruits Basket
Everyone's story is just so sad! Momiji's was sad for me only because I was adopted. It's just a beautiful series though.
This anime had to be one of the saddest of all. It was the first one I have ever watched and at the end I couldn't help it.. It was just so sad!
It was just really emotional for me... I read th manga with teary eyes almost every chapter
[Newest]I love this anime so much kyo is my love

37K
This may not be this sad. But this anime is one of the few anime's the made me cry.
This was one those sad animes because you know the in the end he is dead but you want to believe he is alive
Maybe not the saddest, but one of the most awesome animes

gya


38Deadman Wonderland
Loved it, but a very sad manga!
The anime wasn't that sad but the manga is so depressing. One of my favourites

39Hell Girl
Every episode is a different story and in most of them, you find yourself getting attatched to the characters only for them to be deceived and thrown into Hell or some other sort of tragic happening.

40Claymore
Survive... To revenge.
It's very sad to know your precious person was killed right before your eyes.. TT.TT

41Steins;Gate
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
You must watch the movie as well that's where it gets really good. Trust me, if you watch the movie as well your mind will not only be blown but forever scarred from how good it is. (P.S. you need to take note of the small details from the series to fully get the experience that I got; it's simply awesome) but I would rate this 2nd saddest next to the Clannad series because that is first media of any sorts that made me actually cry :')
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This anime is SO sad! HE HAS TO FIGHT TIME FOR LOVE PEOPLE! Constantly going through timelines watching the same person die over and over again and every choice he makes, someone else dies! You will cry.

42Monster
Probably one of the most brilliant animes I have ever seen... but it just scarred me... a talented doctor pays a horrible price for doing his duty, because he thinks all lives are equal... but as the story unfolds; you see how the monster, Johan was created... & even when you start hating those who destroyed numerous lives for sake of experiments, you feel sorry to see their present state of affairs, how all of them end up repenting it for the rest of their pathetic lives & the sad endings which Johan has written for each of them... you start wondering who the real monster is; and the extent to which consequences of mistakes once made, can end up to.

43Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
I really believe this one is entirely underrated. It had the first instance where I teared up for a character's death and the first time I absolutely bawled at the end of a series. It had so much heart and sadness, it's a shame it went unnoticed.
THIS. It can make you cry in a lot. Besides the good story and wonderful art, the first arc can make you cry. And so does the lonely girl travels the world.
I cried so much when Ai had to say goodbye to Alis... I had cried a couple other times during the series too but when Ai's dad died and when Ali's had to disappear we're the ones that really got me... I think it's underrated because maybe it's not known enough as some of the other anime... Either way it is a fantastic anime that brought the feels ON FULL POWER!
[Newest]I have seen so many sad animes, never has one actually made me cry so much like this one. The art is so beautiful and the story is so sad.

44Gundam Oo

45Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Definitely one of the saddest, if not the saddest I saw, I think with more views, it could be the top 10 easily
Emotionally potent through and through, not just at the ending. Everybody loses in this story.
THIS IS SOSOSOSOSO SAD OHMYGOD

46Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai
I found it way more sad than Clannad ;n;
A lot died... Every character has a personal tragic story behind them yet they put a fake smile on TTWTT
It seems happy at first, then just it hits you with death and emotional bombshells D:

47Soul Eater
Just a good anime sad it's over
This is a good anime but it is NOT sad
FOR SOME REASON I read it as soul "Easter" I found out it was eater like 2 days ago xDDD ~i'm such a failure ~~

48Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
This is rated lower due to the fact that its not as well known as the other Animes and even though I do not know for sure (as I haven't seen every Anime ever created, believe me when I tell you that it is definitely in the top 5 saddest Animes ever created, I read things about other Animes being sad and after watching the whole series I'm like, "ehh yeah a little here and there" this is all very sad and an amazing Anime series that truly deserves further praise.

Special mention to "Wolf's Rain" as well, another sad and just as a whole fantastic Anime series, easily my favorite, best soundtrack and acting.
One part wanted to make me cry, but the it felt as though it told me to just wait a little until one part where it went all out and I started bawling my eyes out. This anime is awesome because it was showed in the year 2009 based on what might happen to 2 siblings in an massive 8.0 earthquake in Tokyo 2 years before the actual Tokyo earthquake had happen, but I know the 2011 Tokyo earthquake was a 9.0
Any parent would cry at this series. I as a sibling also cried thinking that what if my sib was in this situation as well. Really glad it was released in the US after such a long time so I could cry again.
[Newest]I have seen all the Anime mentioned here, I would rank Tokyo Magnitude 8 #2 under "Clannad After Story". Very well written award winning Dramas. No spoilers here, watch it.

49Wolf's Rain
If you love wolves, you may wanna stay away from this anime. It's a heart-warming, not to mention heart-wrenching tale about a pack of wolves who can take the form if humans in order to reach what they call "Paradise." All of the characters are likable and memorable, from the strong willed warrior Kiba, to innocent little Toboe.

All characters die gruesome deaths. The entire Earth freezes over a dies at the end. Yet, life seems to start over. Only problem is, no one knows each other.

This anime will leave you in tears and feeling depressed for who knows how long.
I started watching this not knowing what to expect biting was hooked after the first episode. Throughout the series I grew so attached to all of the characters then the end of the series killed me inside. I was crying for the entire last four episodes. I decided to watch the series again a year later and I still cried like a baby.
I love wolves and this anime literally killed me and buried me. Each death had it's own moment and attention and I'm grateful for that but it wasn't fair because history still repeats itself. It was death after death in the last ending chapters and even with paradise it didn't make things easier.
[Newest]I cried so much watching this anime.

50Ef: A Tale of Melodies
The things that girl went through, being forgotten by the one she loved, and there, at the end. Just heartbreaking.

51No. 6
This made me so sad I just can't explain it. I don't want to spoil the story so I'm just going to tell you... Watch with tissues near you on the last episode! Even hearing the theme songs now makes me cry...
I am a pretty stoic person, but I cried for about thirty minutes non-stop in this.
I CRIED SO FEAKIN HARD. It doesn't compare to Clannad, but it is so... BLERG.

52Bleach
Definitely was one of the best anime series that I have ever watched, especially the movies, they always surprised me and most of them had feels at the end of them so in my opinion, I think this should be a little higher in the list.
A lot of the episodes were very sad, such as the story with Nozomi, and the fillers where kids in Soul Society meet unfortunate ends. Can't really explain it properly. All the others weren't all that emotionally racking, but it was those few I did see that counted.
I still think that death in bleach is sad.

53Fushigi Yuugi
A lot of people including little children die

54Hakuoki: Shinsengumi Kitan
This one was so sad.. When hijikata died fighting that oni. I really didn't see this one coming. I cried so much.. He died fighting protecting the girl he loved. It also has a lot of important deaths as well. It definitely worth watching.
I was devastated upon each death and bawling and it doesn't help any when the music fits the scene. When Chikage gave Hijikata his oni name and then seeing all the Shinsengumi together I broke even more. Sanosuke's death just about ripped me in pieces, Okita just had me gripping the laptop saying no please, Heisuke and Sannan I just couldn't handle. The implied death of Hajime, and Kondou-san. Beautiful all of it but it left me heartbroken.
THIS WAS THE MOST SADDEST, HEARTBREAKING, DEPRESSING ANIME I've EVER WATCHED! Of all the anime I've watched this one was the only anime that made me cry so hard like ! It took me days to get over crying in this anime! They're deaths are just so TOO MUCH heartbreaking. I cried like a child! Throwing tantrums! It made me SO DEPRESSED it's like I've lost real Persons so Important in my life. I felt so BROKEN at the end. Fighting for their country, on what they believe, and for their loved ones. God! I feel like crying right now haha. This is a MUST WATCH anime. When you watch this anime you will feel their emotions, you will be MOVED by this anime. The chills and etc!

55InuYasha
The most tragic scene was when kagura dies. Man, one moment she gets her heart back and the next moment she fades away.
This anime is not near as sad as the other anime but the last episode was kind of sad
Try to watch final action, when kikyo dead

56Golden Time
I think it was so sad
I'm crying watching this anime T. T
Angel Beats level sadness in here
[Newest]How is this not higher on the list

57Kyoukai no Kanata
I just finished watching this and let me tell you, I cried harder than I did when I watched Angel Beats. This is heart-breaking, heart-warming, and it makes me want to rip my hair out sometimes. I'm so happy I came across this anime
It has a lot of beautifully written moments and each friendship that the characters have with each other have such strong bonds. Really easy to get emotionally invested in this show.
This is real sad.

58School Days
I Pretty much stop watching anime for 2 weeks and layed on my bed and said to myself "really? Really? " and now I can't get over the ending! You don't have to watch it guys just watch the ending and find for your self...
This anime really deconstructed those "romance " visual novel games. It shows that in real life you can't toy with the emotions of girls like that.
This anime kept me up for 2 nights feeling miserable and torn... Never has a show had such a mental effect on me

59Romeo X Juliet
Such a breathtaking twist on William Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. I fell in love with the characters and its the only version of the story that has ever made me cry
Yes I loved this anime so much and the story to, The Ending I couldn't forget! So sad it changed me, the ending... I couldn't all take all theses feels at once! :(
A love made in heaven. When something complicated becomes awesome!

60Saikano: The Last Love Song on This Little Planet
The ending is tragic, it totally made me cry. It definitely has its good moments. The sacrifice and the love is intense
Man that was so depressing that I couldn't get out of my bed for a week :D

61Mawaru Penguindrum
This anime is so sad. It's a shame it's not up there with the popular, sad ones like Angel Beats, Clannad, and Anohana. The ending left me bawling and then left an empty feeling after finishing it.
I thought I had watched too many sob animes to cry anymore.
Guess who was wrong.

When I first found this while scrolling through "tragic" anime, I completely blew past it. Everything - the cover image, plot summary, character designs - didn't appeal to me.
Until I watched the first episode and my heart immediately latched itself onto the three main characters/siblings in the story. It was a bit slow at first, but things began to pick up speed really quickly and then...
[END]

Costco was more than happy to sell me their whole supply of tissues.
It's Madoka Magica + Shinsekai Yori. Beautiful anime and great plot progression.

At first glance, the show looks like your typical happy-go-lucky comedy--
--then as the series progresses, things get DARK. Progressively. I don't think it really hit me until [SPOILER] the protagonist got hit by a car in episode 9(? ) then hit me even harder in episode 22. 24 pretty much had me bawling.

Essentially, ALL the character have a sad/touching backstory of some sort and they're ALL relevant to one another (which is awesome and not just thrown in the show for the heck of angst). MP is an anime heavy with symbolism and EVERYTHING in it is meaningful (except for the penguin thing - I don't know what's up with that).

62Cowboy Bebop
I was able to vote for this twice? COWBOY BEBOP FOREVER!
Increadibly sad just for its amazing ending

63Ao No Exorcist
It makes me sad to think that they try to kill Rin in most of the episodes.
I cryed when they tryed to kill rin. I sat in my room and cryed at those epsiodes.

64Beyblade
Very sad, nobody likes it.
If this is the Metal Saga Beyblade you are trying to talk about, then it was sad at Ryuga's death, but if it's the older one, then no, I'm not that familiar with the normal Beyblade saga.

65Mirai Nikki
Mirai Nikki also known a the Future diary Is the saddest thing you will ever see if you are going to watch cancel all your plans for the week because when your done you will not want to do anything just cry and rethink your life.
Everyone just dies. The anime first shows the person's past then kills them off. Even if they are minor characters and only appear for a short period of time. The backgrounds are quite teary.
The ending made me cry for a month, at least.

66Little Busters! Refrain
It featured such an unexpected turn of events! The characters are developed so well that when they are gone, you feel like something is missing. The last few episodes made me cry like a baby!
Its getting dark and dramatic, second season of little busters the truth unveil and a tragedy happen. It's really sad.
This is pretty much like Clannad After Story is to Clannad. The final plot and 200x sadder.

67Boku no Pico
So beautiful and heartbreaking, I'm a man and I cried all times
It's just that good. You SHOULD watch this anime! It's an absolute must watch for any anime fan out there!
Are you sure? I had to skip a part in Mirai Nikki because my eyes couldn't take it.
The struggles of a kid trying to find his place in the world his friend being the only 1 by his side

68Utawarerumono
The end was so SADD oh my god! No Hakuro!

69Berserk
The ending is really really sad. No words to describe it.
Seriously, how is this not #1?
Spoilers - No matter how many times I watch this, I can't help but get emotional. Guts' abuse as a child, Griffith's fall from grace, the sacrifice of the Band of the Hawk and Casca's rape. These are just a few events that come to mind and of course there's much more. So many emotions involved; love, friendship, sadness, confidence, bravery, confusion, anger, betrayal, lust and aspiration.

70Sonic X
It has anime-like features, so it counts for me. The ending is a tearjerker

71Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
The actual ending was sad, but the lead up to it made me weep, and I mean a lot...for the first time in all the animes I've seen. Though the ending completely retcons the other thing
One of the saddest animes I've ever watched. The ending+ost was so sad and the manga made me cried

72The World God Only Knows
Although it is still on going, this anime had the greatest and comical scenes which made me smile. It also had really deep moments which will make you wonder about the main character's position (Katsuragi). It made me feel depressed several times. :(
Very good anime, one of my favourites. has many emotional scenes, I just loved it!

73Rurouni Kenshin
This one is quite melancholic throughout the whole series. Two people who are forced to live with each other despite their background and even manage to fall in love, only to be torn apart by their past catching up.

74Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no shichinin
This is the saddest and warmest feeling of an anime you'll ever get
The group of boys who join together in a delinquent reformatory camp and protect themselves from the harsh abuse. the tragedy of each and every single one of their lives. their close bonds and the murder of the brother. WILL LEAVE YOU CRYING, NO DOUBT

75Shaman King
"Shaman King can be one of the funniest anime to watch, but no matter how much you can put into it, anime can't always be funny, like this one, there are many downs, especially when Ren 'died' but comes back sooner, there are plenty of others I know, but Ren's death seemed to me the saddest..."

76Sunday Without God
I absolutely loved this anime. it was very emotional for me, I recommend it!

77Bokurano
Beats you over the head with a sad-bat. I've never seen a more depressing story.
Oh god, the whole thing is just so sad.
Straight from the start you are hit with such a sad start.

78Kids On the Slope
Such a well made anime and has so many emotional nuances. Just an absolute must watch. Very real and relatable characters. It's hands down my favorite anime for music score and just all around goodness. Great ending that's a lot more realistic than anime you often see. It's not a happy ending, but a GOOD one.

79Hetalia: Axis Powers
America's storage cleaning... so many sad memories... :'(

80Haibane Renmei
Angels aren't always happy.
And the latter part of this anime certainly isn't.

81Serial Experiments Lain
I seriously just saw the first episode but the theme tells most of it, and the story of lain is that people in a school get emails from a girl WHO KILLED HERSELF by jumping of a tall building because of bullies
Sad story, depressing ending and frightening conclusion from the entire show.

82H20 Footprints In The Sand
This anime tells us that we must accept death no matter what and If you accept it good things will happen.
Okay, this is REALLY REALLY sad, I just finished it :'(
But it has a really happy ending!
This anime deserves more attention as it was pretty sad.
[Newest]This is the saddest anime I ever saw

83Darker Than Black Season 2
LOVED THIS ANIME, it made me cry, it might not be as good as the first season but still it is at an exceptional standard, I have to say it would be very close to the top in my most saddest anime list.

84Dangan Ronpa
Dangan Ronpa is an extremely good anime (though it's very rushed) and it's easy to become attached to the characters, making everything 10x harder.
I very good anime, you can get attached to the whole story very easily and the characters, a very intriguing anime.

85Kiba

86Hotarubi no Mori e
The Saddest Story Happened in 45 minutes of My Life. Saddest Ending Ever, like after 10 years meet, you only can touch your lover once, and it never going to happen again. I'm so depressed!
This was so sososososososososoosos sad I cried more than hotaru did when gin disappeared.
Ok why is this rank 84 :L it should at least be in the top 30 its heartbreaking

87Kotoura-san
The intro to the series was very sad, as it moves on it begins to get funny, but once all of the character development between family and friends get together you will cry
In this anime you will cry, it is sad but extremely funny. you bond to the characters and you really feel what they feel.

88Shuffle!
SPOILERS! It's very sad at the ending when the main character Rin chooses to be with a girl named Asa instead of the girl Kaede that loved him all her life but was too afraid to tell him. Kaede took care of Rin and did everything to make him happy, but he never noticed how much she cared about him and that she actually loved him. It's very sad.

89Skip Beat!
One of my favourite animes of all time, I can truly say I cried in it, the manga was exceptional too. you really start to bond with the main character and you can practically lose yourself in this anime. it was a ery inspirational anime.

90Lucky Star

91Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
The story is so great and sad in the ending

92Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

93Eden of the East

94Dog Days
Mane Character has blodn hari is very sad because reminds of Hitler
The mane character is kidnaped from his whome worle and leave viewer very sad at his poor fatee
Please too sad Nazis erywhere and they want kill main character and he family died and he so sad and *SPOILER* boys family was actually a mega Hitler robot who wanted to kill all the treaxes and it so sad please 100/10

95Nagi No Asukara
I think this anime was really touching. It's a lot like AnoHana with the art and character design and the whole friendship and heartbreak plot. It definitely made me cry tears of sadness and joy, and deserves a spot on this list

96Natsume's Book of Friends

97The Song of Tentomushi

98Kirai x Suki
SPOILERS SPOILERS BIG SPOILERS
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Rima's twin brother dies in that cursed house because he wanted her to be happy with Kei, how sad isn't that? And then she committed suicide leaving Kei alone ;-; I died so many times

SPOILER END SPOILER END

Rima and Ren started in a new school, really deep into a forest. When Rima wanders off she sees this boy Kei and he is next to a dead body. She gets scared and runs off but then she meets Kei at her school and he tells her a secret...

Basically it's drama, fantasy and romance it's so beautiful there are 24 episodes and a movie plus 3 Ova's and they might be making a new season about Kei called "Kirai x Suki: Hajimete no kisu" which will be about a few years before :o watch KxS!

99Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

100Looking Up at the Half-moon
This anime may not be the most popular ever, but it's the only one EVER that had made me cry. Elfin lied, Clannad, Kanon, Mirai Nikki... None of these have made me cry. If your looking for a tragety, this is your anime.
This anime is leave a good expression of love to me
And even its short. This make me Cry so hard

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