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)

The second season of clannad made me cry so hard.

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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 Clannad is based off a visual novel. It follows the story of a high school senior named Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who floats through life caring about very little. He hates the town he lives in and his alcoholic father. ...read more.

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.

This is a very underrated anime - Justaloli

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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.

Tears. I haven't cried in years... Tears. Amazing show and an overall extraordinary performance.

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5 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.

So many betrayals and sad deaths, the worst being the final one. T_T I still tear up when I hear the music. - -Clementine

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6 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.

i cried

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7 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!

Anohana ITS REALLY SAD GO WATCH IT!

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8 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

I cried when they find minma

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9 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!

Just, Just... It's One piece man

All the sad scenes in one piece made me cry

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10 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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The Contenders

11 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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12 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

Very disappointed that this is fifteenth. I have watched Naruto, Your Lie in April, Fairy Tail, and One Piece and I gotta say, Elfen Lied beats them by a long distance.

Naruto, Fairy Tail, and One Piece were sad at some parts, but not really tear jerking. The reason they're above Elfen Lied is probably since they have huge fan bases.

Your Lie in April... that was sadder than Naruto, Fairy Tail, and Ine Piece but not as sad as Elfen Lied. It was tear jerking for sure, but actual tears never came out for me. I just really wanted to cry.

Elfen Lied, in the other hand, ACTUALLY made me cry. Tears were actually falling down my cheeks. I never thought two hours of manga could leave me like this. - Silverfroststorm

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

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

I HATE YOU, LUCY! WAHHH! T-T

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13 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.

Its really good, I cried lot of times the story of this anime makes me feel and gives me inspiration every one should watch this anime

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14 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.

Its truly one of the most amazing anime of all time this series has the best plot best story it will make you sit in the edge of your seat while watching you will experience best comedy best action and I will garantee that you will cry and want more its truly my favorite anime forever it touched my heart the moment I saw it and if you don't like this series you have a mental illnes I foolly recommend this to any anime fan and to non-anime fans it's a must watch and see the original 2003 fma its still pretty good but fmab follows the manga.

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15 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 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! 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 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!

ummm hello

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16 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?!?

When the director show the movement of the Setsuko (After dead).. how she stayed when her brother tried to find for the food... and that can make me cry.

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17 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.

This made me cried for weeks.

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18 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.

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..

Amazing. Most emotional anime I've ever watched. I don't understand why Fairy Tail is placed above it, because Fairy Tail has a horrible plot compared to Attack on Titan. I cried like a baby when Eren's mother died, and I only knew her for one episode!

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

Both sad and gruesome! - Nononsensecapeesh

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20 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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21 Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

The last episode was the saddest. I cried for a good half hour after the series ;-;

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

Episode 8-finale will make you cry like a baby. Especially on the last parts.

Its Super Sad, All the feels were had

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22 Wolf's Rain Wolf's Rain Wolf's Rain is an anime series created by writer and story editor Keiko Nobumoto and produced by Bones Studio.

I don't know why this is not on the top. I think most people haven't watched it but if you you just can't stop crying in the last two episodes

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

23 Wolf Children Wolf Children

Seriously, if you haven't watched this TWO HOUR MOVIE yet, you need to. Some people might have a problem with the more "traditional" and "realistic" art style, but if you can get past that and to the end, the reward is well worth your time.

It's sad because the main character, Hana, a 19-year-old college student lost her father and then later on she met a man who is actually a werewolf. They had two kids and then he died. Losing a loved one is very depressing.

THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER. I felt so attached when the dad died the feeling of loneliness and emptiness for the mother and the children.

This made me cry so much in sad and happy tears. At least things worked out in the end.

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24 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

Bleach is one of the best anime I've ever seen. It made me cry like a baby a few times but it also made me laugh. I like almost everything about it except for the fillers :/ I wish they could just bring back the anime :( The manga is good but I prefer anime.

I believe that bleach was the first anime I watched. And I honestly couldn't have asked for anything better than it. So many laughs. So many tears. So much love for this anime.

I think Bleach would be tied up with One Piece but the thing is that One Piece is more bizarre so it isn't as sad.

The movie made me cry..
So hard...
I feel like I want to watch it again
...by the way
Why is this #21 on this list?.?

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25 Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.
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27 Dragon Ball GT Dragon Ball GT

This is the best manga I've read since my childhood. While watching it, it feels like the characters are just like someone we know from our life and feel the excitement and sadness in their battles and lives.

Dragon Ball GT should be much higher, because the end is so heartbreaking. Anyone who is a fan of Dragon Ball surely cried at the end. This was the ending of all Goku adventures, and I still miss them :(

But you have to watch 1000 episodes to get there

The end of DBGT was so sad! Also the movie 'A Hero's Legacy'. It's like watching Goku grows up, makes friends, gradually gets stronger, then eventually has to say goodbye : ( Seeing Goku leave woth Shenron in the end along with the sad music of 'Dan Dan Hikareteku' truly drove me into tears : ( - Goku02

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28 YuYu Hakusho

Old, great, amazing story.

29 Ai Yori Aoshi Ai Yori Aoshi Ai Yori Aoshi is a Japanese seinen manga written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki and serialized from 1998 to 2005 in Hakusensha's Young Animal.
30 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.

This should be number 1 Because it has amazing plot and the animation is good... This anime Deserves a second season But I think it is hard for the creators to make a second season Because the female protagonist is gone... I hope you watch this anime... This anime deserves a 2nd season or a Prequel... Hope you guys like this...

An absolute masterpiece, and it's only 12 episodes. Some episodes are very sweet and relaxing, a couple are very dark, the last 2 (especially the last one) are INTENSELY sad. Trying not to spoil but one of the main characters has some intense flashbacks to her life before arriving at Quindecim and I sobbed like crazy.

With all these characters and life stories, it is easy for people to see themselves in that situation, and also feeling the feelings of the characters in their emotional state.Their anger, fear, guilt, sadness, and love are all so real in Death Parade.It is my number one qualifier since viewers can bond with the characters in ONLY TWELVE EPISODES. - WitheredBonnie

The first ever anime to make me cry. - Haumea

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31 Plastic Memories Plastic Memories

This anime is one of 2 out of all the ones on the list that actually got me to cry. I could tell from the beginning that it was going to end how it did. I tried to not get involved in it, but somewhere along the line it just got so god. Then the end came, with tears, lots of tears. If your wondering the only other anime I have seen that made me cry was angel beats in the end credits as they all fade away in the order they disappeared in... Not even that matched the emotional train wreck of this one though.

Just watch it... You'll see what I mean. Maybe I'm just soft but every single episode made me cry.

2nd saddest anime I've watched. I've seen the majority of these ones above here, almost all of them don't have as many feels

I tried so hard not to cry at this anime but it was so hard when I knew (spoiler) that the main characterwas going to die but it got me and I was broken for quite a while

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32 Charlotte Charlotte

I liked this anime a lot but I expected more. It hasn't got the 'heart-breaking' touch the creators intended to create.

My favorite anime that makes you cry after angel beats

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33 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her ...read more.

Question: Why do people think NARUTO and BLEACH are 'cry-able' and not Fruits Basket?
Answer: Because they haven't read the manga. The Sohmas' pasts are worth shedding tears for and Tohru's attitude make me cry. Even the last page was so sentimental, with the juuni-shi toys and the altar pictures and stuff! - SapphBlood

I cried at almost all the character's back stories! Plus, the last episode made me cry for hours. Most of the anime is very sad, but if you like comedy, I suggest you watch Fruit Basket. Plus, I cried like a baby while watching this!

Fruits Basket was the perfect mix of depressing drama hilarious comedy. It had me crying so much. The Sohmas had a tragic past and Tohru's ability to make others around her feel good is really inspiring. Although both of her parents are gone, she's still the happiest character in the show. It really made me cry at the ordeals that everyone had to go through.

This is an amazing anime and manga it is so well set out how is it in 33rd place? it should be in the top five AT LEAST! this was the first anime that ever made me cry and the second was assassination classroom (for obvious reasons). I am a person who doesn't cry unless something is super sad so for me to cry in this anime tells me it is an awesome one.

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34 Nagi no Asukara Nagi no Asukara

Sad, cute, fun, beautiful, and emotional. The plot had you changing your ships every time and the suspense was so real. The opening of the 2nd part has so much feels, it really feels like you lost someone close to you or just being heartbroken in general. Really recommend watching it.

Also, the main character Manaka is VERY similar to Menma in Anohana in both personality and looks, which I also recommend watching too.

Great story

I was debating between Anohana, Madoka Magica, Angel Beats, Clannad and Nagi no Asukara, but I ended up voting for this. PMMM kinda got me scared so I eliminated that one. Angel Beats and Anohana hit me, but not as much as Clannad. I eventually chose this mainly because of Kaname x Sayu and how they were always the ones being left out, and also because of Chisaki who was afraid to change and accept her feelings for Tsumugu, because she thought that she'll be betraying her friends who were asleep. I imagined what I would be like without the person I love for years, not knowing when they would come back, and I figured, it might be worse than your loved one dying because at least you know that you can't see them anymore, where to Nagiasu, they didn't have a single clue on to when they'll come back. Miuna and Akari's relationship also hit me so that got it some points.

It was truly amazing. There was a lot of plot twists and you would feel like family while watching this anime. you would feel sad for every character and wouldn't know which side to go towards and who you shoukd support. the ending was very good too. and when a character realizes something it really touches the the heart because uts situational and dramatic irony in most fo the episodes. I thknk this should at least be tenth.

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35 Fate/stay night Fate/stay night Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A ...read more.

This series will twist you inside out and make you question the meaning of life. A real heartbreaker. It is about the fifth Holy Grail War. This is a war where seven mages are chosen by the holy Grail to fight to the death to have the Holy Grail grant one wish. Each mage must summon a heroic spirit to be their servant. Most of the characters have tragic pasts and die brutal deaths. Like four characters survive. Will make you sob uncontrollably. Make sure to watch Fate/Zero first. It will make everything even sadder.

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

36 Nana

Nana is about two girls, both named Nana, who coincidentally meet each other on a train to Tokyo. They meet again shortly afterwards when they both try to get the same apartment, which they end up sharing. After that, both Nana's get a good taste of what the real world is like.

It's a really, really good anime. It starts off fun and lighthearted but when it happens, it happens. The drama is very intense, the characters are very realistic, the ending is bittersweet and it would have you shedding some tears, especially if you read the manga.

In my opinion, it's up there with Clannad If you like drama, romance, music, comedy, and tragedy, then I highly recommend this anime.

This should be so much higher on this list. I've cried so much to this show. Sometimes I didn't even know why I was crying. Some things seemed so little and then later became such extreme plot devices... this show is an emotional ninja. The start of the series is so deceiving to the rest of it.

I've never cried this much to anything before. It's crazy. As in many episodes straight of just tears.

Nana... The most intense romantic anime... And great emphasis on true friendship... Very emotional.

i cry

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37 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, ...read more.

This anime was such a well made one. All of the events were connected together and you could relate this to a real-life situation. The soundtrack was also very selective and contained beautiful music. Not to mention the characters. They were above perfect. The character development was also more than enough. This anime made me cry every time I watched it. Even though it is only 12 episodes, it's worth a watch.

This is my favorite anime ever, purely because of the way I connected with the characters. At some point, I hated most of the characters, but in the end you have to love them. There's always a deeper story behind the way that they act, and it will bring the tears big time. I cried so much, and there's honestly nothing I would change about it, because then it simply wouldn't be Madoka Magica anymore.

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

" Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone."

Made me cry hard when sayaka turned into a witch,Homura's backstory, kyoko killed herself, mami got killed, Madoka saves everone who died by or as a witch (preventing kyoko's death) but everyone fogets her and she becomes her brothers imaginary friend and finially when modoka's would be mom comments on Homura's ribonns and she talks to madoka's brother about madoka and how wonderful she is.

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38 The World God Only Knows The World God Only Knows The World God Only Knows, abbreviated as Kaminomi, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tamiki Wakaki. It has been adapted into three anime series produced by Manglobe.

I think the anime itself is not that sad but you will appreciate the efforts made by "Divine Brother" especially to its last part of season 3.. It made me cry.

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39 Pokemon

I watched this movie in the cinema twice when I was younger. And I balled each time at the Pokemon crying scene.

The Movie... All the Pokemon crying, Ash turned to stone, Pikachu using his thunderbolt to wake him up. Couldn't help but cry.

I remember watching the movie




Spoiler:






Ash almost died
And pikachu cried
Making me cry as well

It's so sad

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40 Kodocha
41 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
42 NG Life
43 Doraemon Doraemon Doraemon is a fictional character in the Japanese manga and anime series of the same name created by Fujiko Fujio, the pen name of writing team Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko.

Watch the stand by me movie. I almost cried - MLPFan

Full of emotions, it 's the best japenese manga ever

Doraemon specials, notably Obachan no Omoide... watch it, if you ever loved your grandma that much and let's say she passed away when you were young, and you had few but strong memories of her, just try not to cry. Just try.

What's Doraemon doing here? Lol Doraemon is funniest anime I've ever watched

44 Planetarian

When she hoped that there will only be one heaven and tell him the reason why... I broke down

The ending hit me hard... - Sande13

45 Princess Mononoke

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

Iv watchen this like 20 times or more, Man my parents were mean look what they use to let me whatch but man it's nice and violent

This anime had a lot to deal with the environment and pollution. As expected of Studio Ghibli. The relationship between the main characters (San and Ashitaka) was doomed to begin with because humans will never be at peace with nature. San=nature, Ashitaka=humanity. Is was so sad when they had to part ways. The ending with the little spirit thing was very bittersweet.

46 Ef: A Tale of Memories

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

47 Another Another Another is an anime based upon the Novel and Manga of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji. There also exists a live action movie based on the novel.

Another is awesome anime, how can it be so low?

Good anime. horror. gore blood. lots of death. like game of thrones. tryit

48 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

This was one of the best animes I have ever seen. The plot was fabulous and the characters were amazing, I wouldn't change a single thing. When some characters died (no spoilers) I was crying my heart out, especially in the last few episodes of season two. If there is going to be a third season I'm sure that it will be as brilliant a the first two, if not better.

This is to date the only anime that has ever made me cry. I mean like, tears streaming down my face. A few others have made me well up but this one beat them all. Great story, great animation, great music!

Oh man, this anime! By far my favorite anime I've ever seen. It's got ups and downs and romance and action. My manly tears of ultra manliness ran down my face many times.

End of Season two...all the feels. All the tears.

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49 Immortal Rain

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

I read the books! I cried a lot! - Animeartist23

50 Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

How the heck is this not on here. I cried every single episode. Touching. Deep. Meaningful. It can be summed up in one word - beautiful.

As long as anime like Rainbow are placed so low, this world will never move forward.

This was great, beautiful

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