Top 10 Saddest Moments in Anime

Those moments in anime that got you all emotional and made you cry.
The Top Ten
1 Death of Maes Hughes - FullMetal Alchemist

The funeral was what really killed me. Elicia crying...and even Mustang cries, possibly the only time in the series he's cried...Dear God this series isn't kind to small children. Nina got turned into a chimera and killed, Elicia's dad died, Winry's parents died whne she was little...the list goes on. Poor Hughes. I honestly can't think of any dads in FMA who were genuinely kind to their kids and managed to survive to the end.

This was one of the saddest deaths. The funeral brought me to tears, especially Elcia's reaction. The way he died was horrible too. Why, ENVY WHY?! It was bad enough you were killing him, but you also had to look like his wife to do so...

I have never even seen this show, but, just for fun, I decided to watch his funeral.

Like I said, I know nothing about this show but it still hurt me hearing that little girl saying..

"Why are you burying Daddy..? "

Hughes' death is devastating enough, but combine it with Mustang's reaction at his funeral and it is just completely heartbreaking.

2 Homura's Past Timelines - Puella Magi Madoka✩Magica

Homura Akemi: I'll do it over, no matter how many times it takes. I'll re live it over and over again. I will find a way out. The one path that will save you from this destiny of despair. Madoka my one and my only friend. I don't care because if it's for you, I'll stay trapped in this endless maze... Forever.

This moment was so sad, Homura's perseverance has amazed me and also made me cry. She is truly a strong character to live through those events and I love how she gave everything up just to save her best friend. She showed me to never give up, her story is just so inspiring for me.

Never giving up. Always going. She went through so much, and in the end, still was unable to prevent her one friend from making a contract,

This girl is badass. If it was me, I would've killed myself from the 4th or 5th timeline

3 Korosensei is Killed - Assassination Classroom

Koro-Sensei's death was just a "ah, he's dead, let's cry, then forget about it by the end of the episode" kind of death. His death was dragged out for the whole episode (and the whole chapter for the manga), and they crammed everything they could into those 22 minutes to make it sadder that they could. It was his birthday, he just made peace with his enemy, he just did roll call, the other teachers called him Koro-Sensei for the first time, they show a bunch of scenes where they were having fun with Koro-Sensei. Then he dies, and it's kinda odd to say it was beautiful. He floated into the sky as glowing particles that swirled around the moon. Then seeing the whole class crying their eyes dry made it even sadder, and made you feel like crying along with them. Koro-Sensei impacted every single one of the student's lives in big, if not major ways. He brought the light forward in every student. And now, he is reunited with his lost love.

It was kind of hearth broking. I thought that Koro-sensei could live because he was good with the kids but, when he dies it's so emotional that even if you already know that he dies you can't contain your tears. I felt like to cry was a way to pay respect to him. So that is the most emotional anime I have watched.

I haven't watched a lot of anime yet, but this is the saddest moment so far. It was so beautiful to see his students finally assassinate him. They had gone through so much which made the moment even sadder.

This is the only time, ever, that I have cried from any form of media. No anime, cartoon, movie, book, comic, manga, or video game has EVER made me feel so much. This was the final point in the story, and it was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

4 Eye-Opening Arc - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

The anime is tragic, but the manga is worse. SO much worse.

5 Alucard's Past - Hellsing Ultimate

This made me cry almost as much as Pips death and the last lines

6 Death of Ushio - Clannad After Story

I have watched both Clannad and Clannad: After Story multiple times. I will not lie this scene is one of the most heart breaking scenes I have ever seen. I literally just got done watching this episode, about give minutes ago. MY heart is broken, and I cried. Not going to lie, I even knew that this was going to happen and this still got to me. This anime is hands down one of the best anime I have ever seen. This scene in specifically is one of the most heart breaking scenes ever! MY feels man, my feels.

If you've seen Clannad: After Story, (Which hopefully you have if you're reading this) this is a no-brainer. After Nagisa dies giving birth to Ushio, Tomoya finally reconciles with his child after leaving her for five years. And then when everything cools down...

Clannad and Clannad: After Story are unbelievable. Not only are they hands down the saddest anime in recent memory, but they are also certainly one of the best.

This is just too cruel. His life, career and drem just got broken by his father, his dad practically disowned him, his life fgot repaired by a girl and that girl died while giving birth to his baby. He abandoned the baby (and of course, feel guilty) and got her back.
And that baby, our main character here, also died. That's just too terrible.
Imagine the same thing happen to you. You won't be able to stand up

Clannad was a typical High School anime with slice of life elements thrown in but after story spun it around and turned it into a heart felt and at times heart wrenching anime.
Clannad ~AS has two of the most moving and tear jerking moments I have ever seen in any anime and the death of Ushio is the most tear jerking of them.
AS doesn't really hide whats inevitably going to happen but build the story and characters guiding you to along the story to the moment you hope you where wrong about. Its because of this and the way the story is developed that this for me is the saddest moment of any anime!

"Dango, dango, dango, dango
Dango, a great dango family"

7 Nico's Death - Casshern Sins
8 Itachi's Death (Itachi vs Sasuke) - Naruto Shippuden

The revived Itachi disappearing.
And that line
" For once I would want him to call me elder brother "

This moment broke my heart when the story was told about his truth... I Respect You Itachi

If this isn't hart trenching I don't know what is.

This is the death that touched me the most, when watching with my bro we just couldn't hold it in but I sobbed on and on even though I'm the older bro

9 Death of Nina Tucker - FullMetal Alchemist

OH MY GOD THIS MOMENT HAUNTS ME TO THIS VERY DAY! I cried water works and, thinking she would somehow be brought back to humanity, instead she gets murdered by Scar. That moment made me realize that this show is not going to be flled with miracles like I'm used to... and that's why Fullmetal Alchemist is my #1 favorite anime to this day. I appreciate Ed and Al so much for going through so much just to right their wrongs, even if their wrongs had the right intentions. This moment DESERVES this spot right here! This is for Nina Tucker!

Maes Hughes death was sad but Nina Tuckers death was was more tragic because Ed and Al were unable to save her from her crazy father.

Nina Tucker's death isn't the saddest overall death in anime, for me anyways. It's the saddest DISTURBING death in anime.

I knew she was the chimera the moment I, but that didn't make this scene any easier to read. That chimera crying over her father...*sniffles*

10 Lucy's Childhood - Elfen Lied

One of the saddest childhoods you'll ever see. The girl is made fun of because she has horns. This is suppose to show society persecutes people for random reasons (ex: white people enslaving blacks). She makes friends with a dog and her bullies kill the dog just because they hate her that much. I don't want to give to much more away but is a good anime and if you really want to be depressed read the manga. Will make you cry harder than Angel Beats

Rather than making me cry it made me want to go outside and randomly pick fights with people and beat them up... Is that a bad thing?

Dog is my second favorite animal...Damn

Goodbye anime...I'll miss you very much...

The Contenders
11 The Count's Past - Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Nothing could be more tragic than being pulled from the ones you love without cause, only to satisfy the ambitions of selfish men. To wait for countless days and nights alone, stricken with grief. To wait solemnly for death to take you into the darkness.
But wait. A light shines before you, promising freedom and revenge. You take its word, without regard for the destruction that lies ahead. But not all is as it seems, so you find, as your saving grace becomes your prison.
And when you have your final opportunity to deal the same cruelty back onto those wretched men, there couldn't be a more defeating thing in the world than knowing, deep down, that once all is said and done, you cannot reap the benefits of what you sow. You will die, or lose control to the monster that feeds your hate, confined to a mind that no longer belongs to you.

12 Sayaka's Witch Transformation - Puella Magi Madoka Magica

I already knew the twist before I watched madoka, but this scene really got to me. The way that sayaka could go from an hopeful idealist to a despairing nihilist is absolutely heart wrenching. Additionally, the music and animation really drive the sadness home.

I'm gonna be honest I didn't really care for Sayaka as a character. Sorry.

13 Death of Portgas D. Ace - One Piece

I was a HUGE One Piece fan! I started when the manga first came out. Luffy and Ace were my favourite characters of all time they were also the first anime characters that I got attached too. The love and respect that these two shared was something so amazing and beautiful. I cried for days and I know this going to sound pathetic but, after Ace's death I couldn't read or watch the series. To this day I find it difficult to watch any One Piece episodes knowing that Ace is gone. Looking at my plushies and action figures of Ace...sad face...

This death still makes me tear up as I watch it years and years later. what makes it the most said was ace saying his only regret was that he didn't see luffy fulfill his dream, as well as, thanking everyone for loving him, and the flashback with garp just added to it. "Gramps, was it good that I was born" "that's something you'll find out as you live" - did it from memory.

I still get depressed every time I think about him, I was so depressed I got physically sick from the sadness I felt. It seems like an exaggeration but it's not, this is the first time I ever cried because of an anime and manga and I will never let go of this. Ace was the coolest guy ever. The situation and everything that came before and followed was so freaked sad.. AACE NOOO!

Probably due to the fact of putting myself in Luffy's shoes, seeing your brother die for you, in front of you, remembering childhood and bringing back old memories while Ace is slowly dying in his arms, his final words he had to practically mumble to Luffy. This and hughes death from FMA is the only scenes in anime where I cried

14 The Death of Kaori - Your Lie In April

I cried so much when Kousei was desperately begging for Kaori stay with him... the music was also so intense and somehow sad for me. One of the saddest anime moments in my opinion

The ep 22 in general was the saddest scene I've ever seen.. And for the first time ever, I actually dropped tears

Kaori miss you a lot

Should be in top 5

15 Death of L - Death Note

I was sad when L died to, man I have to tell you I cried man I am serious I did, L is still my favorite ever in death note.

I was all for Light until this point. I was depressed when L died, and I couldn't help but be happy when Light died.

This showed you just how sad you could feel for someone who had you guessing up to the very end.

I have nothing to comment actually...but I also sad when he should be in top 5

16 Goku Says Farewell To Friend's and Family as He Dies - Dragon Ball Z

By far the best moment in dragon ball z. Cell was about to explode and take the entire world with him, so goku did the only thing he could think of. He sent himself to king kai's planet to get rid of cell and save the earth. Knowing goku can never be brought back, he saved the entire world. But he was there to defeat cell once and for all. It's this moment that makes the cell saga my favorite saga in dragon ball z.

To be fair, no death in DBZ was ever sad, except maybe for Vegeta's death. You always knew that they would somehow revive the characters using the dragon balls...

I cried for this.. For a while. And every time I watch it, it is still the saddest moment ever.

I start crying uncontrollably when he said gohan take care of your mom.

17 Kanade Disappears - Angel Beats

I finished Angel Beats yesterday... I'll let you know I only cried about this for like 30 minutes (I'm proud by the way) I'm crying again dang it!

What sets this apart for me is that I STILL tear up about this which is unusual because normally I cry once like at these moments: SPOILERS by the way Menma's disappearance - Anohana, Nagisa's death - Clannad AS, All other disappearances in Angel Beats, Yuuki's Death - Sword Art Online II (mother's rosario), Taiga leaves - Toradora, etc

Anyway, this has to be the most sad, yet strangely fulfilling, moment in anime that I have ever witnessed, this moment ensured Angel Beats's place on my top ten anime of all time

My God, if you don't find this worthy of at least one tear, you are truly emotionless! Kanade disappearing had me in tears. My eyes still tear up every time I think of it. And when Otonashi just screams her name, full of sadness and loneliness... God damn it, I'm crying again! If you don't take my word for it, go and watch the series. It truly is beautiful!

This was so sudden. It was just... Unexpected. That is exactly why it made me cry. Otonashi and Kanade were the best couple and it was so cute. Never mind just o e tear. If you've seen this scene, I'm sure you've still got buckets of tears.

That scene dead mad me cry, I mean angel beats had many sad scenes like hinata and yui scene but when otonashi was pouring his heart out to kanade and he waning to make her stah with him dead just made me cry... I had so many tears going down.. I was a mess.

18 Goodbye Mother - Your Lie in April

I'm one of the heartless bastards who feel asleep during the most heart wrenching scenes and never shed a single tear in this anime...

This is such a beautifully sad and happy anime. This episode was so sad, he finally let go, it was a big step in this anime.

Saddest thing ever. Just, no question, see I haven't really cried... about anything for a long time but this made me cry so much, I felt alive. This proved to me I am not souless.

He finally had closure

19 Ash, Misty and Brock Part Ways - Pokemon

Every time I watch this scene it reminds me of the movie Stand By Me in the end where Gordie and all his friends go their separate ways.

I am a huge Pokemon fan this is even more sad then bye bye butterfree and the first movie put together.

They were together for so long and then all of a sudden they go their separate ways.

I am a huge pokemon fan and I hope to see these three together again

20 Goodbye Pork Bowl - Silver Spoon

Flash back to me crying and hugging my dog while watching this ;_;

21 Welcome Home Ed and Al - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
22 Meruem and Komugi's Death - Hunter x Hunter

This is the one I was looking for.
I have not seen a more sad episode in any cartoon or manga.
A very powerful seen.
I thought Vegeta sacrifice was the saddest until I watched this.

This was very heartbreaking

I literally bawled my eyes out. This was the absolute saddest scene I've ever seen in any form of media, Eastern or Western.

By far the best emotional scene I have ever seen!

I never forgot this moment.

23 Third's Death - Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King
24 Yui Disappears - Angel Beats!

Okay, I get that Kanade is the main character and whatnot but SERIOUSLY!? Kanade's disappearance (touching and meaningful, but a bit too sudden and rather no buildup) is in the top 10, but Yui's is nowhere to be found... come on people. She couldn't move a muscle in the real world, so even with her tiny, fragile, delicate body she tries her absolute best and squeezes out every ounce of strength in her feeble body in the Afterlife to attempt to do the things she couldn't dream of in the real world. Then she is proposed the ultimate dream of happiness... so bright and colorful that she could envision them in the Afterlife... Yui's death was without a doubt the saddest moment in all anime for me, and it should be near the top for any anime lover as well.

This was one of the saddest anime moments from angel beats
I mean she was paralyzed when she was still little and only have her mom to take care of her but then hinata appears and told her that he'll marry her. No matter the handicap. Then began telling a story where he will accidentally fly a ball on her room and start to be with her
Helping her mother take care of her

If we can meet again, against the 6 billion to one odds, and even if your body can't move again, I'll marry you.

25 Gaara's Past - Naruto

This is the saddest story of all animes... He was made a monster even before he was born... He's been all alone, hated, feared and unwanted during his childhood and more... He didn't have any friend... I don't believe any anime character has suffered so, so much as he...

Gaara is my favorite charater when I heard how bad his past was I cried.

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