Top Ten Animes That Made You Cry

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

The Top Ten

1 Clannad

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

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

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

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

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

Especially whenever Ushio cries and particularly when Tomoya and Ushio reconcile. - Nononsensecapeesh

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2 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

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

This is the only anime that made me cry like a cry-baby lol. Seriously guys, this is a very good and interesting story, you should watch it.
The best part is the Graduation Day. And I really like Kanade, her efforts in writing the tofu song, making certificates. I love it. I love how Yuzuru changed the Vice President of the Student Council (I forgot his name, not good with Japanese names).
And the most crying part is when they deliver their speech and disappear one by one. Plus the part that strikes me the most, is when Yuzuru keep repeating the words "I love you Kanade". Then Kanade disappears. Sorry, I spoiled you guys. But you should really watch it. You know, I can't delete the 13th episode on my phone cause I just want to watch it every time.

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

First anime that made me cry like a baby when I actually never really show any emotion much at all,much like Kanade!

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3 Clannad After Story Clannad 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

It's the most amazing and touching anime I've ever seen. It made me fill buckets with tears! (no exaggeration). The best part is that it really is super relatable to the real life, and you will surely shed tears with the protagonist in the end. It's a all time classic for me and I highly recommend this to all those who really want to enjoy a great anime.

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.

As I already said above. - Nononsensecapeesh

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4 Your Lie In April Your Lie In April Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.

This is the most life changing anime I have ever seen. When you finish it it leaves a different feel then all of those other animes. You feel like crying? You'll cry at least 5 times. And it won't be for a short amount of time. It will be from that point till the end of the episode, sometimes a little over.

This anime left me emotionally devastated for like a solid three days after I finished it I can't even begin to tell you how hard I sobbed. I know the overall message is supposed to be happy and hopeful but oh my goodness. And even though you know exactly what's coming, it hits you SO HARD. It's a beautiful story, and one of my favorites despite how much I cry every time haha.

This should be number one. When I watched the last two episodes, I finished a whole tissue box from crying. The scriptwriters and the animation are amazing. Taking a look at it at first, I thought it would be a romantic comedy anime. Heh. I was wrong. This has changed me life forever. It's beautiful. Who knew a lie could cause a wonderful story.

Hit me right in the feels, so emotional. Taught me so many life lessons over just 22 episodes.

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5 Anohana

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

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

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

It is awesome

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6 Code Geass Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

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

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

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

ALL HAIL LELOUCH

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

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

I really love code geass <3
The very part that I cried is when Shirley died.. that's really (T__T)
and Lulu... looking forward for the season 3.

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7 Kanon

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

This old Army Ranger retiree bawled like a 3 year old, one of the most heartrending stories ever.

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

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

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8 One Piece

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

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

I never thought I would love this anime as much as I did and presently do. As time went on and the more episodes I watched, I felt more and more connected to the characters and their stories. I'm reading through the manga now and all I can say is that I fell in love with the series even more. Not to mention, cried even more.

This is that one anime that can make you cry over a wheel. I consider myself very emotionless but, man I cried like a baby to this. It has very melodious background music along with very emotional scenes in the development of the anime, this opens
Viewer up emotionally and allows them to be swayed. This should hands down be way higher if not first in my opinion

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9 Ano Hana

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

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

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

This should be on number 1 or No.2

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10 Naruto Shippuuden

Naruto is so sad! I cried at every character's death, and Naruto's will is the strongest thing in the world. The art is fantastic and beautiful, while the story and plot are sad and emotional. But even when something is sad, there is a happy, funny, or heartwarming event as well. When you watch the first episode of the first series, be ready to cry. When that first episode is over, you will have to go watch to the very last episode of the second series. You will want to watch every movie too. This show will take you along on an emotional roller coaster. Plus, if you pay attention to the actual plot and specific words, you will be in a wonderland of thought that will change your world. You will see friendship, bonds breaking, characters dying, characters crying, protection, dark, light, love, fights, and you will even see how you can save someone with words.I recommend Naruto to anyone, and if you do watch it, the tissues are on the counter.

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

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

THIS ANIME IS BEST ANIME I've EVER SEEN SO WHEN NEJI AND JRIYA DIED I CRYED EVERY TIME I WATCH THE OLD EPISODES THERE IN THIS ANIME IS so GOOD OF AN ANIME IT MAKES YOU CRY I LOVE MOST OF CHARATERS.

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The Contenders

11 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.

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

Most episodes were funny but each episode get a layer of suspense and shows many life long lessons it truly touched me in end I really thought my favorite character died but seeing the movie made me happy. I just wish this anime had more episodes and SONGS. This is a very original anime and is my favorite.

This was one of the first animes that I've watched. When I just think about that scene, it hits me hard in the heart bad. When you meet her, you'll love her. Cute. Cuddly. When it comes, trust me, it's going down. My friends watched the scene where it happens and didn't cry. I told them the reason why they didn't was, 1.They haven't even watched the 1st ep, 2.They already knew about it. You have to try your best to avoid spoilers. 3.You have to get up to that part for the scene to make sense. If you watch that first episode by itself and that's the first ep you watched in the series, you haven't experienced it. I swear if I hear those 3 words in Japanese or English, my heart will die if inside.

Whenever Ed cries (seriously, you know it's sad when a guy as tough as Ed is crying), Nina's death, Maes Hughes' death, Elicia reacting to losing to her Daddy... - Nononsensecapeesh

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12 Air TV

Feels. So many of them, the anime of this can be hard to understand since the plot is sort of squished compared to the visual novel. But it is still very sad, the end especially.

THis anime is so sad but so heartwarming

Air made me cry so much that I was angry with myself.

What is the plot?

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13 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

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

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

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

The tower of heaven arc made me cry my eyes out.

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14 Death 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.

What an amazingly well written masterpiece this anime is. It is an awesome thriller and you will get the edge of the seat action and thrill no matter your age. It will surely move you on multiple levels and impact you deeply. It will make you cry towards the end. The hard-work in making this insanely good thriller is appreciable. I could say a lot more but don't wanna give away any spoilers.

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.

LIGHT SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED!

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15 Elfen Lied Elfen 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.

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

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...

Not my favorite anime but it is quite sad. Because I don't typically like it, I'm going to vote for it. Honestly the story itself will mess your head up for life.

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16 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎ Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎ Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

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

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

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

Haven't watched it properly yet but thanks to the manga, I've already got a rough idea how sad it is. - Nononsensecapeesh

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17 5 Centimeters Per Second

This anime was boring ass, it was a pain to watch the whole movie through

I don't give a crap about a stupid love story between dumb asses

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

5 cm per second is an AMAZINGLY ANIMATED/DRAWN/MADE 3 mini-episode/arcs packed into 1 movie representing the stages of life of the protagonist. The start of the movie will make you feel happy, and think "aww, childhood love... how sweet", but then reality kicks in because the two are separated by distance in which Makoto Shinkai clearly expressed in the movie. (The movie's theme is distance/love) The 2nd arc shows how the two people drift apart due to the distance and lack of communication. For the third arc... (I don't want to remember :( ) The viewers were expecting a cliche ending but no, Makoto Shinkai stuck with the theme and ended the movie beautifully and cruelly </3 All in all IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SAD I WISH THERE'S MORE (JUST READ A FANFICTION) Movie. Simply... A masterpiece.

18 Future Diary Future Diary

Brutal start Touching end

I cried when any character died, even if I hated them. This destroyed me, but it was one of the best animes I've seen in a long time

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

Oh.my.god. the ending had me so pissed off - ayumi-oki

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19 Attack On Titan Attack On Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

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

It Didn't make me cry but made me puke... - abhishah901

This hole series is to emotional and inspiring

Both sad and gruesome! - Nononsensecapeesh

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20 Grave of the Fireflies

This is seriously such a beautiful and heart warming story. Even thinking about the story makes me depressed. The characters were so human and lovable and they will really make you feel like crap :"( this anime will always be my favorite movie, its truly a masterpiece that will make you cry your eyes out 100%.

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

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

At least it is only a film and not a series. - Nononsensecapeesh

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