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

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 breathtaking. Must see!

Angel Beats is one of the best animes I've watched. Usually I don't finish anime shows because I just get bored of them but Angel Beats was worth watching. I loved the art and the music and it was funny, sad, and just overall beautiful. I feel like it was one of those rare animes that really gave all of it's characters spotlight. All of their backstories made me cry and I was really in tears by the end of this anime... This whole anime was such a roller coaster of feelings and I really did become attached to every character. I am satisfied but brokenhearted by the ending... Angel Beats is worth watching over and over again. It really is amazing in every single aspect.

Yes this anime was the most saddest anime I've ever watched. It was sad at the end when the characters I loved the most disappeared one by one. During the ending credits, they usually make all the Angel Beats characters appear together in one big picture but on the last episode, it started off as all of the characters being there then they all disappeared. And after the ending credits they showed a clip where when they get their 2nd lives, it shows Yuzuru passes by a girl (Tachibana) with a hoodie over her head and he passes by her, the girl starts humming a song that was from a band when they were dead that she and Yuzuru liked. Yuzuru hears, pauses, the turns around and sees the girl start to walks the opposite way that he was going. So then Yuzuru runs to the girl and reaches his hand out and the whole series ended with his hand an inch away from her shoulder.

Well deserving of the top spot. It makes you laugh, makes you cry, and everything in between. The premise is amazing and unlike anything I've ever seen anywhere else. The creator really knew what they were doing. Even while mostly developing the main core of characters they make you care about every other character. That's no small feat.

I watched every second of every show, from the opening to the ending themes. They even make the smallest of scenes emotional. Watching every character go from appearing in the ending credits to disappearing one by one in the final episode is absolutely amazing.

It remains to this day the only anime I've ever watched a second time. I can't say enough about how wonderfully this anime is and how well they deal with emotion.

2 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. more.

Let me just say for the record that I have a stone heart, and NONE of the other anime on this list following this one have EVER gotten me to cry (in fact, no other anime EVER). And in Clannad AS, I was bawling like a little child. No other show, book, movie, video, or ANYTHING has ever gotten me to cry so hard (except for maybe a couple of Thai Life Insurance's videos haha). It is so deeply grounded in family values and it really shows you what emotions feel like. You never will truly connect with any other character/anime than you will with Clannad AS. If you don't mind the rough ride, Clannad AS is one of the most- no, THE most- beautiful, heart-meltingly sweet anime I have ever seen, and I urge you to watch it.

The Anime is a masterpiece on pulling your heartstrings, Clannad alone was a decent anime with memorable characters, with tear inducing scenes here and there. But After Story sold it for me, Giving almost life-like feeling of life after high school. Wondering what career we should pursuit and if it's the right choice. Tomoya's struggles really connected with me, making me actually shed a tear for the losses, in the end any gave him the motivation & purpose in the first place. Phenomenal Anime, Phenomenal Story, Phenomenal Characters. Always be one of my favorite anime... No, stories ever!

Clannad & Clannad After Story was the first ever anime I watched and I still feel so much pain remembering those scenes. (Fellow Clannad After Story Victims, you know which ones I am talking about. ) Despite the emotional torture, if it wasn't for Clannad & Clannad After Story giving me the most beautiful and wonderful introduction to anime, I would never have experienced anime at all! And to be honest, even if I didn't go on to watch other anime after that, Clannad & Clannad After Story are such masterpieces they are all I need to have watched in their genre to make me feel fulfilled.


Although I was extremely saddened by Nagisa's death I didn't cry. It was to calm for it to be sad. The parts that did make me cry however, were all of the scenes where Tomoya remembers Nagisa, the scenes when he tells Ushio about it and after a while the simple mention of her name would bring me to tears.

Ushio dying was also extremely depressing as well as she was so much like her mother.

I also think this show did very well with what I like to call 'Crying Triggers'. This is when the studio making the anime does something that makes you cry. For instance, Nagisa's theme was played through out the first series and was used whenever she was happy. In season 2 though after her death, they used it when ever she was talked about. This would bring back all of the happy memories with her and I would cry. This also happens if I am not watching the show.

It probably didn't help that I watched the whole of After Story in just over 24 hours though.

3 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 more.

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"

I'm happy this is here. I'm probably a little late in commenting on this, but I feel like this anime gets overlooked. I have a roommate, who watches a lot of anime, who doesn't like this show, yet he suggested elfen leid, and that sucked. I forget specifically why, but I think it was because he found it childish. I've watched enough anime to know what's childish. And the reality is, if you see it on T.V. it isn't reality. But this anime has hit home in so many ways that much more commercial anime hasn't. Interestingly, this show can provoke so much emotion without death in the first episodes. Then, more happens. (Spoiler later) I've never been religious, and I'm not after this show, but what I love about this show is that it deals with a corrupt government, criminals, and general philosphy about life, and also immortals. What would you do if you knew your destiny was to fight someone people considered immortal. What do immortals want? Why would they want to live/die? Why do you want ...more

Most of the time, people praise FMA Brotherhood for better plot, character development and faithfulness to the manga. But one thing was and always will be better in these old series - and those are THE FEELS.
Brotherhood surely had its moments - but these were mostly deaths of beloved characters. Old FMA is sad in general. It has way darker atmosphere, since brothers end up killing people and that is something they avoided in manga and Brotherhood. Ed suffers pain and depsair when he learns his opponent is dead and he is the killer. Not mentioning the existence of homunculi is in these old series utterly depresing. And ending, oh boy, the ending.

Like it's not enough that I cried practically every two episodes, the end (last few episodes actually) had me sobbing on the carpet in a fetus position. Just thinking about fma (especially 2003 series) or listening to the openings makes me feel so sad because I remember everything that happened to Ed and Al and all the wonderful characters that ended up dead (not gonna name them because I don't wanna spoil it to anyone who hasn't watched it yet). However, this is, and always will be, my favourite anime ever. It's both funny and sad (even scary sometimes), has an amazing plot and I feel like you can empathize with every one of the characters including the "bad" ones (except Shou Tucker, seriously what is wrong with that guy).

4 Anohana: 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!

This is the best anime I've ever watched. I feel that Anohana is in a sense more 'real' and all of us can better connect with it. The entire anime is focused on depicting the importance of friends and the different types of conflicts among them. It intends to make people feel sad and empathize. Well... It did a good job It is respectable that the places in the anime are crafted based on real life locations. It's really amazing. Plus, the music makes the show really beautiful. Anohana is beautiful. I can feel as if I am really in that world. I feel this strong attraction that I can relate to. I can really understand what it's like. The story, it's just so real.

It shows the impact of one life on so many people. All of the characters are genuine and deal with their issues in different ways. The progression of the charcters is amazing, you see them struggle with all the issues that come to light and they really do change throughout the story. Menma is impossible to dislike and her interactions with the main characters feels genuine and never forced. Unlike some great anime like Angel Beats the story is focused and always the right pace. The ending is perfect in every way, a tearjerker for sure. Not to mention it has the best art and music of any other anime at the top of this list.

This whole anime was definitely meant to tug on your feelings... Every single part of this anime was heartbreaking and I was definitely crying by the end and in between. The finale broke my heart and if I had to say one anime that made me really feel it would be this one. It was heartbreakingly relatable and taught me many lessons. It dealed with the topic of death and showed how five people coped or tried to cope after one of their loved ones died. I think it is definitely an anime everyone should watch, it was happy but yet sad.

5 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

This anime is so freaking depressing! L dies so fast and I couldn't get over his Death, Misa killed herself on Valentines Day, Light dies regretting how he lived his life

I started to watch Death Note one day after I heard it was complete. I watched every episode before 26. The 25 episode was very sad (spoiler) as L died. I was discouraged and didn't watch it anymore. Later I decided to complete it to see what will happen in the end. But, I couldn't help myself to not to see the spoiler of (spoiler) Light's death. I was scarred for life. I was so traumatized that I didn't even think of it anymore. The's writer's obsession with the alphabet "L" was scary itself, (If you know what I mean. ) The opening was sad and the tunes in the background scary. This was truly a masterpiece which even now, I cannot bring myself to watch.

Death note (which is great by the way) gives you extremely likable characters and then rips them all away with emotional deaths. L is killed right after it seems like he and Light could be friends. As Light dies, he has memories of his life before "Kira" and when he's dead, he seems like an innocent young man again making his death hard to watch. The year after Light dies, Misa commits suicide on valentines day, most likely because of her lost love.

Death Note isn't THAT sad. Sure it has really sad moments like the deaths or Misora, Soichiro and Light Yagami, plus the entirity of Episode 25, but on the whole, Death Note is more dark than sad

6 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.

The anime and the manga were both really sad. There was a game that I was addicted to playing. I would spend a lot of time on it everyday. After elfen lied, well, I stopped playing for weeks. I just sat on my bed and thought about the unfairness of the world. Later, I tried filling in the void it left behind by watching other anime like Fullmetal Alchemist and Angel Beats. Fullmetal Alchemist was interesting, but no where as sad as elfen lied. Angel Beats was actually very sad, mostly because of the ending and the incredible soundtrack. But, the lack of character progression made it so that the ending wasn't as depressing as Elfen Lied.

Elfen lied is one of the most depressing animes I've watched. I loved both the anime and the manga but the manga was more deep in the story. By far the manga's ending was much more depressing than anime. It took me forever to get over the ending and I'm still so sad when ever I think about that ending. After I just finished the manga I was crying so much that the next few days I was so depressed. Everything was so unfair in the manga and the anime. Even though I finished the manga and the anime a long time a go I still get depressed when I think about it. Elfen lied's manga is one of my favorites and the one I read the most. But whenever I read it I skip the ending because it was too sad for me to handle another time. When I finished the manga I really wanted to watch the anime. After Elfen lied I started loving the tragedy genre. It's what made me watch all those other sad anime that I love. This is one my favorites and I miss it a lot.

Anime is not really good, since it's adaptation, but manga actually got me on the edge. And I loved it. But then the mangaka decides it was probably just too much and magically brings nearly everyone back, just as if realizing it was just over the top, that it crossed the line and people could get really mad - to prevent that from happening, we just get a happy ending with so many resurrected characters, I can hardly count them. I loved how dark it all actually was, but then it slides down to all the naive fantasy animes where no one really dies no matter the situation. Sad story indeed.

When I finished watching the anime I thought it was the saddest thing I have ever seen. I just sat there tried to comprehend what I had just watched and try to find more things about Elfen Lied, that's when I found the manga and started to read it. When I had finished reading it and had read the note at the end I just couldn't hold back the tears and was crying like never before, after that I was depressed for like weeks and nothing else mattered. Elfen lied is truly one of the saddest animes out there.

7 Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series more.

I have only watched what Naruto I can on Youtube because I don't have Netflix, but I know it's a real tear-jerker. But the weird thing with me is...well...let's start off with 2 examples: Gaara and Rock Lee's back stories. I cried for Lee's and I didn't cry for Gaara' does that make sense? Oh...I know. I can relate to Lee's childhood, because many times, I've felt like a loser and thought that I always will be a loser. I know how it feels. I don't know how it feels to have a dad who hates you, no mom, assassins trying to kill you, a village that scorns you...I don't even know how it feels like to have a big sister (I have a big brother). I can't relate to him. But I can with Lee. That's why Naruto is one of the saddest animes, because no matter your childhood, you probaly felt at least ONE characters pain, from Lee to Gaara, to Kakashi to Naruto, from Sasuke to Itachi. But it can give you hope too. Lee became a father and one of the Konoha 11. Gaara became Kazekage. Kakashi ...more

Naruto is surely my favorite anime and one of my first's too. It is totally worth watching it even if it not short and, I think you'll like it at least a bit. This is the anime I cried the most on and I have not even finished shippuden guys like come on! :( I will most likely cry way more from just thinking about things in the show that I will watch and the parts that I watched.

Naruto was neglected, hated, despised, isolated, and feared his whole life, for something he didn't ask for and something he couldn't control - Yet he always smiled, saying he would be Hokage, and hoping for a better day tomorrow. He meets Iruka, Kakashi, Team 7, the Rookie 9, Jiraiya, and so many people who finally acknowledge him as a shinobi; as someone who means something. And he's so happy that they saved him from his own depression and sadness, heck, who wouldn't be? As if they're not already stuffing enough feels into our faces, Naruto is forced to endure even more, suffering deaths of close ones, and the loss of his best friend and rival Sasuke. He continues on through life, affecting so many people, changing the hearts of his enemies, friends, and teachers alike. He strains so hard to save what helped him so much, to keep his friends safe like they helped him. It's heart-wrenching to see the sad but close bond he shares with people like Gaara, Sasuke, Killer B, and anyone who ...more

The series as a whole, is about overcoming loneliness, hatred, being from nothing to something and never giving up on your goals, shows monsters like Gaara to being a Hero of his people, Naruto from being lonely to making friends and to becoming a Hero as well. People like Sasuke who have dealt with depression over the ENTIRE family of his putting him in the state of seeking mad revenge. Many characters with many stories to explain with their many personalities. Many characters have depressing lives with War, Famine and Death, many emotional damaging stories. Naruto is my favorite.

8 Code Geass R2

The moment I saw Lelouch die, after everything that he has been through. How could this not be the saddest thing ever?! His sacrifice for the greater god of humanity is such a huge burden for him to bear. And to think that everyone else shunned him without knowing what he had give them.. It is so cruel. In another way, it was a poetic and beautiful ending, even if it ended with his death.

In fact, Lelouch's sacrifice reminded me of Romeo and Juliet's love story, with how they can never be together as long as they are alive.. Just like Lelouch, they died so that their wish would come true. If this isn't a tragedy, then I don't know what is.

Code Geass will always be my favourite anime and one of the best anime of all time. You see the main character Lelouch go through so so much, he's not doing it for himself but for his sisters wish of a gentle world. You witness him succeed and drastically fail. This anime changes your life and makes you want to change the world. Lelouch's character is so well developed and complex, there are times when you wonder if you're supporting the right side anymore. At the end of the day he was still just a boy, a boy who lost his home, betrayed by his mother, father, best friend, the company which he built from the ground and most importantly his little sister. CC also has to be one the best written characters I've ever come across who's story is also tragic.

But the thing that hit me the most was that Lelouch did and sacrificed so much but got absolutely nothing back. Only a few were on his side at the end and only a few actually realised the demons master plan for world ...more

I was crying so hard when I saw naruto being neglected just because he was a jinchuri of the nine tails. Everyone deserves a chance in life. And why does the death of someone in naruto has to be so sad-no offense. Eg neji, he died with a smile on his face. It was so heart wrenching to see him bond. This anime is just so emotional story about friendship and strength. Amazing

As I finished the last episode, I started crying like I lost someone very dear to me. I tried to fall asleep since it was night, but as soon as it became silent, Lelouch came back in my head. I could not forget how Lelouch was killed to make a new peaceful world, how his sister cried when she saw into his memories. I rewatch the last episode every now and then and start crying every time. I cried when Shirley Fenette dies and even for Rolo's death. I am not usually moved by someone's death, but for some reason, this anime got me crying for nights.
I will never forget Lelouch's sacrifice.

9 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.

Just ask my friends, I have a heart of stone and never cry but this anime, but this anime, I just completely lost it. It had me sobbing throughout the whole last two episodes. When Kaori started to play the final duet with Kousei and then she dissapeared right in front of him and the cat... even as I write this tears are falling down my face I have never been more touched. Kaori's letter to Kousei hit me so much. She'll never know Kousei love her back.

The story is something beautiful as is the music. It is the expressiveness of Romantic Classical music in anime form! At the end, I essentially curled into the fetal position and gave a meek "ow" as I clenched my heart. I then thanked it as it leaves you feeling sad, but also shows the beauty of sorrow itself and how it can create something beautiful. It's poetry! Some characters could've used more development, but the characters who were developed were developed WELL. The animation is astounding. I also like how it makes you cry, but doesn't go out of its way to emotionally hurt you and leave it at that. Rather, it shows you that pain is a part of life and that human beings have a knack for getting through it with softer hearts and gentler smiles.

Oh my goodness, this show. I'm not the type of person to cry, but it has brought me closer to tears more times than I'd like to admit. The characters, the visuals, the music, all blend into what I consider to be an absolute masterpiece. It demands you feel something, and you can do nothing but comply. Definitely not an experience I'll forget any time soon, likely due to this emptiness that I can't seem to fill after watching. Hilariously enough, I'd still recommend it to anybody without hesitation. You leave with something, perhaps a new appreciation for the smaller things in life, the motivation to push past your fears, sorrow for things lost, whatever it may be. I don't really know how to feel, other than amazed.

I met the girl under full-bloomed cherry blossoms and my fate has begun to change. I've been touched by a purely beautiful story that I wouldn't have expected possible from an anime, and I don't regret a second of it.

This anime had me sobbing the first time I watched it. The animation style was different than what I'm used to, but it didn't take long at all to fall in love with. Its style is both modern and unique, and the characters have you tripping over yourself, trying to figure out who you like more from episode one. It has the perfect amount of first love sappiness that every anime needs while also managing to center the story around something else.
The music that they play is also gorgeous and the visuals are just as perfect. I recommend this anime to anyone who prefers a very real anime, and who want something that will surely have them crying. I can't begin to explain how this anime made me feel, and how empty I felt after it was finished. To this day I cannot find a sad anime that made me feel like this one made me feel! This is my favorite anime of all time (and not just because I'm trash for anything piano related) and I always find myself thinking about it!

10 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, more.

I just finished season 3, and I don't cry. But some episodes nearly tore me apart and even made me shed a tear. The end of season 3... I'm not gonna spoil, but you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen it. To be honest, this isn't an anime that struck me as "sad". I saw it more as an action/gore. But the author created these characters beautifully! Even the smallest ones have emotional depth and personality. And if the smallest characters have it, imagine the feels for the largest characters! The scariest art of this anime is that no character is safe. Absolutely NO ONE. Word of advice: don't get emotionally attached to any character because they most likely will be gobbled up by a naked humanoid. As silly as that sounds, it just adds to the horror that something that is seemingly inferior based on intellect and attractiveness has so much power over humans, in the end making US unworthy. But if you look at the real story behind the titans, your opinion WILL change on them. You ...more

I nominate AOT because it really is sad and the most important and loved characters die or they betray humanity. like Marco and Erwin's death they tore me to million pieces and when they made like eren died in ep.5 and also Carla yeager's deat

I find it sad how Annie only did the things she did because of her father. Everyone seems to hate her, but I kinda pity her. Annie was only really used by her father as a simple pawn to carry out the things he could never do himself. Life can be unfair sometimes. Poor Annie, and the people who were killed trying to defend humanity. Poor Levi too. A part of him was lost when his squad was destroyed, and Petra was all he had left. Until she was killed.
Poor people!

This is one my saddest anime in all of the ones I watched as I see all my best characters one by one getting killed and how Erwin Smith died made me so sad.

The Contenders
11 Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted more.

It is a shame that Clannad and Clannad Afterstory get separated when it comes to anime discussions because they function as part 1 and part 2 of a incredible story. That being said clannad hits a rock bottom in terms of saddest around halfway through with the arc, while the Afterstory is able to take the foundations of the story and end hit a more memorable heart-wrecker near finish of the story.

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

The oringinal clannad was good, but after story was way better, but I'm here to say to stop hating on clannad for being a bad beging, because in my opinion its not, and its fine if you have yours, I'm okay with that, but it wouldn't make sense if the begging didn't happen. You wouldn't shed a tear in after story. Just saying. All in all, amazing anime

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!

12 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.

Everyone should watch this series. I showed it to my mom and she loves it. I showed it to my friend and we stayed up all night watching it.

I have some advice for anyone who wants to watch this anime. First piece of advice-never judge a character based off of first impression. So many characters do not show who they really are at first. I don't want to give any examples, as they would be spoilers, and I hate to spoil for people

Next piece of advice: take some tissues with you. Even I cried, and that means something. Enough said. You will cry, even if you're me.

Anyways, let me get to the review.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is a series worth? Especially one like this. There are not enough words to describe this anime. Beautiful, sad, almost even heartbreaking series like this are the kind of things I enjoy no matter what. I can't seem to find any other anime like this. Perfectly executed, everything fits together. It combines ...more

The dynamic between Homura and Madoka in this series is staggering. It is quite essentially the signature highlight of the anime and one of the major reasons why it is so depressing.

It is first revealed that Homura is much akin to an ice queen with seemingly no desire to make any sort of friends at her new school (being a transfer student) but looks can be deceiving, but when it is revealed that she is a time traveler with a hardened desire to protect Madoka, her seemingly calm disposition is torn apart instantly and outlines her true nature as a once shy and frail girl.

Her previous failures to protect Madoka in alternate timelines proved costly for her once soft-spoken demeanor. Many times she had failed to protect Madoka from becoming a magical girl, and every time has she had to see her friend suffer the deadly fate that comes with her bestowed power. Being pitted endlessly against time, only because she had no other choice but to fight, for if she were to give up ...more

Just about every scene made me cry. The way that characters are built up over time, then killed so suddenly, makes you scream for more. I almost died watching episode 12. The fact that everyone fight for their own cause, only for it to be for nothing in the end, is a real tearjerker. Sayaka practically gave up her life for someone who would fall in love with her best friend, making her depressed and 'worthless'.
Homura begins the series as a heartless killer, but later on it is revealed that she can only stay strong in that way, so she has no choice but to feel no emotion. Endless timelines go into saving Madoka, and every timeline fails her. It just goes to prove that no matter how hard you try, no one can change another individuals fate.
Kyoko wished for her father to get followers. She thought that if she did, she could make him happy. But this led to his suicide and family's murder, shortly after finding out about Kyoko being a magical girl.
Mami was the only character I ...more

When I fist watched this anime I was like oh great another stupid magical girl anime. Still thought I continued to watch it, and was about to give up. then came episode 3, I mean really I liked Mami. I continued and let me tell you this has got to be the saddest anime I've ever watched. First, it was Mami, then came Sayaka, then Kyoko, then Homura, and finally Madoka all their pain was like a stab in the heart. I loved them all and love this show, and suggest you watch it if you haven't. But beware the feels will get to you.

13 Akame ga Kill! Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

Akame Ga Kill was one of the saddest anime I've watched. There were so many nearly every death in the season was sad in its own way, although it felt a little good to see the minister die.

This is like action + sad, it would be perfect for a person who likes action and very sad things. I would rate 5 star for this.(SPOILERS AHEAD) it was so sad when like everyone died! Included Tatsumi and Mine. For me, I couldn't believe it, Tatsumi and Mine never got together in the end. And everyone died a heroic death, but only Akame stayed alive. I would rate this like a 5 star for being sad and having action. And it's like the opposite, the kingdom is bad and Night Raid is good. (SPOILERS END) This show can make you cry, but you have to find out yourself!

Akame ga kill, a perfect anime. Funny, it can be gory but I get grossed out easily and I wasn't scared, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. The characters you'll fall in love with. You'll have an awful lot of ships, probably with the main protagonist, Tatsumi! There's some bittersweet twists along the way. Definitely one of the best animes of all time. It would rank probably in my top 5 at least. A great anime, get ready to be addicted

Here's how the creators of this anime seems to thing.
"Hey guys so you need to see how this character is... yeah, they're a straight up jerk aren't they? But look at this, they actually have a really hard backstory and just need something to help them, and they're finally getting it! Oh? What's that? You love the character now? Oh.. well that's too bad, you can't enjoy yourself here" and then they're brutally murdered.

14 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise.

(SPOILERS) The scene when Mayuri gets killed by the car and Okabe has to relive her death for yet another time just killed me. And it especially hurt when he traveled back to when they were running the hack and he was just hanging his head unable to do anything. That scene really hit me hard.

Also, after Mr. Braun killed himself and the scene played of his daughter sitting alone at a table set for 2 just broke my heart. Best anime I have ever watched. Powerful emotions and an incredible story.

Probably the absolute biggest shock I ever got out of an anime, ever. (SPOILERS AHEAD! ) at first it's 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.

There is nothing that will compare to the second half of this show. Episode 22 is the most incredible climax to any anime in existence.

(SPOILERS) This is the only anime on this entire list that made me cry. I cried for a solid 5 minutes when Mayuri was hit by the car and train, Suzuha's damn letter, and when Mr. Braun kills himself and it cuts to the shot of his kid waiting at the table for a father who will never return, when Okabe kills Kurisu and dies in his arms, and in the movie when Okabe throws himself in front of the truck to save Kurisu. Best show in existence.

Oh my god! Why is this lower than fullmetal? Seriously I don't understand, its obviously sadder than fullmetal. And why the hell did I not now that there was a movie! God damn it! I mean I've watched this like 4 days ago now I moved on to other anime, then now I've just found out that there's a movie! Wraaghh! I am so frustrated right now...and I'm taking it out on my phone.
I failed...
I failed as an otaku...

15 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 more.

I love Fairy Tail as much as the next guy but this series isn't as depressing either. Lisanna's return is more like a very emotional reunion. No one in Fairy Tail dies either, the only confirmed death is Mavis, who died generations before the series. They never kill anyone off from Fairy Tail despite having 15+ members to sacrifice. Hell, Makarov almost died 3 times, hard to believe he'll die the next time when he's knocking on death's door again.

Other than that, Lucy's dad dying and sending her gifts on her birthday every year for 7 years (even though she wasn't present in the timeline) was very depressing, only because Lucy finally felt loved by her father.

Fairy tail has thought many people about facing the hard consequences of life, despite being emotional it relates to the spirit of living for your comrades.
I nearly cried in each one of the arc especially when Lucy lost one of her most trusted spirit Aquarius and also when Igneel died, I felt intense grief during the arc with Erza and Jellal and simply couldn't stop my tears during the Galuna island arc. Moreover everyone's feelings for the guild and support for each other truly makes fairy tail one of the best anime that can be related to our real life. Fairy Tail has thought me a lot it deserves to be at top.

In my opinion this anime was so funny and hilarious but it was, I mean *spoiler *

after future lucy's death the show and manga became so sad.
Gray found out his father was with bad guys and after that they found out Natsu is E.N.D and if they kill zeref Natsu would die too.

And I think zeref's fate was the worst he didn't want to do bad things but his curse was killing everything alive...even killed his love.same goes for Mavis she can not be with him cause he is her guilds enemy.

Fairy tail is such a beautiful anime. It makes you laugh and cry. It teaches you that you don't die for the ones you love, you live for them. Absolutely beautiful. Contains many emotional parts like Gray's past, Loki truth, Gray's teacher death, Lucy and her father, natsu and igneel, erza and jellal and when my favorite character ever in fairy tail levy Mcgarden cried I was on the verge of tears.

16 Guilty Crown Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items more.

Guilty crown is sadder than most of the above animes. Starting from Shu stabbing Gai through Mana, everything becomes so melancholic. Hare Menjou's death transforms Shu to become a harsh leader and implement the void ranking system. At last when Shu determines to save Inori, he finds her already resurrected to Mana and she starts the fourth apocalypse. Later he defeats Gai with Inori's void, which Inori's soul gives to him through a flower. And moreover at the end Inori dies and Shu becomes blind (due to absorbing the apocalypse affected people's cancer).

It took my feels are ripped them to shreds. Afterwards it tried to glue them back together a little and said "F it! " and decided to set them on fire and stab them simultaneously. I have never been so destroyed after an anime as this.

On a side note, how in the heck is this #17?!?!?

Dragon Ball Z is higher up and I was literally never sad in that anime. This anime made me CRY! Whatever. Oh, and AOT (as well as a number of others above this at the moment) wasn't that sad really. It's just super popular so everyone up-voted it from what I've seen. Sorry to bash on it Titaniacs!

This is so far the saddest anime I have ever watched... Guilty crown is about a boy named Shu Ouma who one day meets a girl named Inori Yuzuriha a vocalist from an Internet group called Egoist... She is also a member of a resistance group called Funeral Parlor whose goal is to defeat a government funded organization called the GHQ who prior to the story contained a deadly virus at the cost of Japans Independence... And from Inori, Shu obtains an ability called "The Power of the Kings"... Which he uses to draw out weapons called voids by touching other peoples hearts... Shu later falls in love Inori... The leader of the funeral parlor Gai Tsutsugami soon turns against his friends to help the girl he loves who just so happens to be Shu's forgotten older sister Manna who just so happens to be the person to spread the virus during a time called the lost christmas... Because of finding the virus manna goes insane and believes that she is to wipe out the entire human race and with Gai start ...more

Guilty Crown is not just an amazing anime but a beautiful and sad one too. The end was shocking and not expected, it was too sad that it left me crying and I have a hard time crying over an anime but this anime! This anime gave the one who watched such strong emotions that one couldn't help but feel them and cry. Even if one didn't cry the ache in your heart will forever be a mark and will not be forgotten.

17 Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The plot surrounds a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace between January 2006 and December 2010.

Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is one of the saddest anime out there fr viewers to cry over. It's not just the ending that brings out the emotions in this one, but the entire series. It's much like Angel Beats in that way. The story follows a devoted (and somewhat psychopathic) girl Yuno, and her boyfriend Yuki. Throughout the anime, you get to see tragic family events unfold. You become attached to these characters, so this isn't "Oh. Someone died...", this is crying material. These events help to build the love Yuno and Yuki eventually share for each other. Overall, the only flaw with this show, is that it made everyone really, really sad.

- Yes, that's a joke, not an actual flaw...

I've watched everything else in this list except for angel beats and so far none of them have touched me as much as mirai nikki has.

It may not deserve the top spot butit definitely deserved to be way way higher up. The entire thing is depressing and tragic from the start, and many characters are just as tragic as well (7th.)

I wont spoil but the relationship between Yuki and Yuno is one of the saddest I've seen in a while and I couldn't help but relate.

This is so far my all time favorite anime for a reason. Though it does have a LOT of valid criticism plot and development-wise, the emotional core and Yuno and Yuki's relationship just resonate with me more than the others there.

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.

This kid, Yuki, has gone through tragedy after tragedy after tragedy and had literally done nothing to actually deserve it. Episode 1, he talks to his, "imaginary friend" and he is like, "Oh, how about a chance to become the next god? " and Yuki only thinks it is his imagination and says, "Oh why not? " Next moment BOOM instant fight for your life. Even though that doesn't sound too tragic the big tragedies happen later on and are kinda spoiler-ish to the plot. I would recommend watching this 10/10 favorite anime.

18 Kanon

Kanon is far, far better than Clannad/After Story. Clannad sucked. Most of the "sad" moments were just shoved in and manipulative. It was completely unnecessary. Whilst in Kanon, the whole story was evolved around sadness so it made a lot more sense. Kanon's story is far superior to Clannad's. The characters are better developed and more fleshed out as well. And don't get me started on the ending of Clannad After Story. If there's one thing I hate, it's massive cop-outs. Kanon's ending didn't feel like a cop-out. so it was acceptable. I'm not saying Kanon is perfect, it has flaws too, but it is so much better than Clannad, yet it doesn't even get half the credit that Clannad does. Kanon deserves it far more than Clannad.

Not much makes me cry especially while watching anime or T.V. in general but the story sucked me right in I became attached to all the characters and at when I finished every episode in the end I was an emotional mess. I mean while writing this right now I am tearing up everything is blurry I have to re-type a few things just because the story is coming into my mind. It is incredibly underrated and deserves much more credit, I hope that one day the show will continue and bask in the glory it deserves! I hope my opinion was useful! PS it's a MUSTT WWAATTCCH!

This show, is my #3 anime for feels.
It has the atmosphere, and the seriousness to really pull it off.
Most of the anime in this list are not tragedy. This one is designed with that in mind, and as it is rather niche because of it, it is quite undervalued.

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.

19 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". more.

I don't see how people think this is a sad anime. I just don't. It isn't sad at all. Want a sad anime? Watch Tokyo Ghoul, You're Lie in April, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, Anohana, Future Diary. Any of those would be sad, but SAO? I don't see it. Don't get me wrong, I loved the anime and it's one of my favorite romance ones, but it just wasn't sad. Sure there was character death but it means nothing at all, I didn't care about Sachi because I knew almost nothing about her. If I was a little more connected to the characters other than Kirito, Asuna, Yui and Sinon maybe I would care. Or maybe I'm just a cruel, heartless person. Yeah, I have an opinion too. Sue me.

I don't think that this anime was really one of the saddest anime series of all time but there was one scene that had me crying. Yuuki's death. I will never get over that poor girl's death. It was so surprising to me and broke my heart. Yuuki was my favorite Sword Arts online character and I just loved her happy 'I wanna make the best about life while I can' attitude. I know that many animes typically use characters like her but I just got particularly attached to her persona. She had a positive look at life even though she was really sick and could barely wake up every day. She joined SAO to escape from her reality and do all the simple things she could never do with her condition. She was so strong and sweet in the game while in reality she was really weak and frail... I would give my heart for her, she really was one of the reasons I watched SAO even if she was only on the screen for a short time. I could never write enough about her

I rarely cry. RARELY. This may be the first time Iv'e ever cried at an anime, or a show for that matter! Also, side note: I've never seen such a beautiful story line before! And don't get me started on the graphics! Honestly, I've searched the ends of Netflix trying to find an anime that could just be as beautiful to look at as this! Other anime's I used to watch, before I learned about SAO, I used to think they were amazing, but looking back, they just didn't have that FEEL, you know? Definitely the best and saddest animes I've seen.

It's not a sad anime overall, however there were a whole lot of sad moments, and then I mean really sad. The finest examples are the deaths of Yui and Yuuki (especially the latter)

20 Air

It's the saddest anime I have seen so far. Clannad or Angel Beats are not even in half as sad as this one. Besides I love the main story of this series, the special summer energy. You can FEEL it. I'm sick of people who say that Misuzu is crybaby and immature - honestly, she has been having very harsh time, unloved and all alone, yet she tried to keep smile on her face, and definitely - after many fails - again tried her best. Never gave up. maybe she acted in immature way but inside she was very strong. People complain that they don't understand this anime - yes, you may get lost if you don't follow it carefully or don't read the subs well. "Air" is not a simple story. Anyway, ya. I was depressed for a week after watching this.

This anime is quite underrated compare to others Key anime. The only problem I found about this anime is that the plot is hard to keep up. You can get lost if you don't pay atention to details in the anime. But beside that, everything was good. The music, the plot, and the characters were great. The anime is quite similar to Clannad on the plot and the music. The anime itself was sad throughout the story. Not like Angel Beats that it's only sad moment was the end. I encourage you to watch it and I'm not gonna spoil you.

Whenever I think about re-watching this, or when I see scenes from it, I still feel a twinge of sadness. Air was one of the first animes I watched and it holds a special place in my heart for it's beauty. There's some plot holes, but they really don't matter. The emotion in the series is there and that's all that matters.

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.

21 Assassination Classroom

It is true, there was nothing particularly sad in the start of this anime but anyone who watched it through the end could probably tell you this was one of the saddest anime series they had watched. Koro-sensei's death really broke my heart. Very few animes have made me cry but I cried at his death. A lot. I really loved Koro-sensei and how he was able to bond with all of his students. So much that they didn't want to kill him even if he could end the world if he wasn't killed. The backstory behind why he decided to teach them really struck hard... He was a truly dedicated teacher... He really made an impact on each of his students and he will forever be my favorite teacher even if he is fictional.

The anime is absolutely beautiful. We're always left with a mystery as to why our "antagonist," Koro Sensei, has decided to teach the class 3-E, up until Episode 16 of Season 2. From that point on, a darkness moves in place, one of sadness and inevitability. And when the ending strikes, I cried. Very few things have ever managed to do so. Congratulations to this anime for achieving it sought in that incredibly emotional ending.

Such a good anime. At first I thought it was a comedy and nothing bad would happen, but then I got to the last 2 or 3 episodes and realized I was very wrong and ended up crying for like 2 hours. I would still recommend this anime to others though.

It was really by far the saddest anime I've ever watched. Character development was outstanding along with relationship's. The tears I cried were filled with so many emotions. This anime has such a beautiful ending.

22 Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

This one has the most impacting unexpected ending ever. Add the ED song to it and you need to buy a megapack of tissues, and I don't cry easily. Only two animes have had a great impact to me that it took me over a week with dreams and my brain was completely out of focus for a few days. This is the second one and Chrono Crusade was the first.

Epic, depressive and sad yet beatiful story. Nice character development. One of the most beatifully symbolyc endings that I've seen. Phantom Requiem is a story about the dark side of human heart, the manipulation to a person, loneliness, despair, guilt and the meaningless of life. A must watchable Urobuchi anime if you like dark stories, character development, nihilistic themes and action.

This anime made me think about the ending for weeks after finishing it! I've watched almost over 80 animes but this comes in at least my top 15. The ending was one of the most unexpected, considering how the story flows throughout.

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..

23 Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

This is the first anime I've ever watched, I don't know why I started with it but, it's by far the saddest anime I've seen. Guts went from hating everyone, to having friends that he could call his family, just for him to get shoved right back into the Abyss of loneliness again. His life is just so messed up in every way, he will forever be cursed.

A tragedy based off of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
The anime/manga contains the most heartbreaking betrayal in the history of fiction period, and the abuse and hell the main character suffers through genuinely made me tear up.

This anime is the definition of Tragedy. The crushing feeling of seeing Griffith withered away and the betrayal at the end leaves you speechless.

Easily the saddest most heartbreaking anime I have ever watched. Guts will forever be my favorite but most tragic protagonist.

24 My-HiME

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.

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

25 Arrietty

Cute. Funny but it will tickle your heart in the end. A great story of love and friendship.

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