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

This anime really told us "that life is worth living"... It's just kind of sad when all of them dissapear one by one because they have fullfilled the regretness they have in their real life.. And I really like the last song.. Ichiban no takaramono ~

Angel Beats is the saddest anime I've watched so far. It's beautiful, sad, hilarious, heartbreaking and the music and emotions are amazing. You just get so attached to the characters and the last episode just left me there absolutely crushed. The way he screamed Kanade in the end literally broke my heart. And I just had to watch it to the very last second to see if he disappears too. It left me in such a sad awe that I didn't even think of watching another series for a couple of days. I felt that it would ruin the moment. It leaves you sad and crush but at the same time your happy and feel kinda free and fulfilled. If you haven't seen this then you should type it in right now. It's just breath taking. Must see!

Angel Beats is the best/saddest show ever the saddest episodes were 10 and 13 but 10 is the saddest it made me tear up for days

My God. Sadder than clannad by a long shot

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2 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.

SPOILERS! The main character's (Tomoya's) wife (Nagisa) dies giving birth to their daughter Ushio, who he then gives up to Nagisa's parents and falls into a deep depression for five years. Then, he makes up with Ushio after he decides that he wants to try his hardest to take care of her in probably the most powerful scene in anime history, and then Ushio dies months later. Is there really any question as to why this is the saddest anime ever made?

CAN I GET AN AMEN! AMEN/Amen

Ok ok ok *Breathes In* this anime is DEPRESSING

While the first series is more let say 'Aimed at a younger audience' the second series played with my heart strings... PROFESSIONALLY 0_0 lols

Eh lets start with something no one really talks about shall we: The fact that Okazaki Tomoya was showing the cold shoulder to his dad to finally realize as an adult that he himself is going though a similar phase; not to mention when seeing his dad off, he bursted into tears to what all these family drama and loneliness has caused his dad to become. he even burst into tears when Uschio (his daughter) accepted him knowing that she could have put Tomoya through the same Predicament. :'( Although this is not what highlights the anime, I thought it may be great to mention. :'(

I definitely caught the feels for many reasons which I can go on and on and on about but one thing that really got me; is how everyone just disappears in life and how ...more

This anime shows us how important our family is. No, I mean seriously. By family, I mean friends, too... - IhuntHunterzz

Absolutely beautiful. This anime does an amazing job at making you connect with the characters, and then to see what they go through, you can't help but to experience the pain that they are feeling. One of my favorites.

Half the series went by I thought it isn't sad at all, then the force hits you...it hits you so hard untill your soul is broken completely. This has to be the most saddest. By the time I reach 19 eps I was completely destroyed and I had no more tears to shed. I knkw ep 21 was most saddest but I had really no tears left I was broken to the core, all I did was sob.

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3 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.

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"

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).

Their mom dies, their dad leaves, their teacher's baby dies, their best friend's parents died from the same person they saved from dying... Enough said...

This show made me cry sad tears and then happy tears. It was wonderful!

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4 Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso

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 short series touched me in so many emotional ways! I haven't had feelings since my twin/best friend died and that was over a year ago! One of the reasons why it's super sad because it's so realistic with all this boys memories going with this abusing mom just so he can be good to live on his own without help and seeing how she cared and once she died he died too only inside then he meets a girl who changes the way he looks at the world who helps him face his fears makes him become a stronger person emotionally and to see all the stuff she hide and her amazing acting! She wasn't one to be a depressing girl who knew she didn't have too much time she lived it to her fullest she was happy even knowing her life was short and she wanted to make a change even in the slightest way she wanted people to remember her. I live this anime cause it actually changed me has a person how to be strong even in the toughest situations and that me have to move on but for them to still be in our heats ...more

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.

*holding carton of ice cream* I'm NOT CRYING OK I JUST SPILLED SOME WATER ON MY FACE

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5 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!

The story in Anohana is too pure and emotional. A cheerful and lively girl dies before the story starts and departs in the end of the episode when finally everyone finally made-up to each other. Menma brought everyone together and before she leaves them, she hands them letters that she loved each and every one of them including she wanted to marry Jintan. Menma should've just stayed with them instead of leaving them... Then again that would make the anime happiest ending rather than sadedst ending...

I think that the story of this anime is the saddest anime ever. Can be that inicial is not too sad, but the final, is very very sad! If you don't still watch, WATCH! I recommend for everybody! And too if you don't like much, don't mind, is only 11 episodes!

The Ending part was the saddest

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6 Death Note 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".

Lots of people die in this one, it's a very dark and intense story, and it'll have you hooked almost instantly. I recommend anyone watch this.

All three main characters and other supporting characters have really sad deaths. L is killed by Rem to protect Misa (Rem dies as a result of this. ) Light's dreams are shattered and then he's killed. Misa commits suicide (although not shown) because Light is dead..

This is the saddest anime I've ever seen! Never cried as hard as I did on this one :< L's death is so emotional, because of the flashbacks he has as a child, and his look when he died.. And the way he closed his eyes.. Just... Just...

This anime actually made me cry when it ended. It gave me an empty feeling inside, and got me hung over it for a week.

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7 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

The anime was sad but no where near as depressing as the manga. After I finished reading the manga I sat in a corner in total shock of what happened and I just started crying.

I watched it like 4 times and still cried on the last episode so much it's so beautiful Anime in its own way, I love it! And I recommend it to every mental disorders fan!

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.

I finished the final episode and felt like crying forever just from the last minute

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8 Naruto 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 ...read more.

The birth of a innocent child naruto... The death of his teacher jiyara... The death of itachi are the saddest moment in the anime

Sadness moments of Naruto's life...

The birth of Naruto is just so sad and when grief starts to play I always end up crying :�'(

Almost everyone has a tragic story

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9 Code Geass R2

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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

So sad... I nearly cried in the end when Nanaly finds out that her brother had tried to create a peaceful world just as she wished. The death of Lelouch was so sad

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.

I can't blame you for picking it as the best

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10 Clannad Clannad

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

I know that Clannad Afterstory was pretty sad too, but I think that the original is much more sad. I mean, (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD) a little girl in a coma's spirit making wedding invitations so her sister can live a happier life getting forgotten about by everyone? Even after her grand finale and the closure she got, she hasn't woken up by the end of the series. In my opinion, Fuko's story has more feels than Nagisa's, even if only by a little bit.

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!

So sad

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The Newcomers

? Dragon Ball GT Dragon Ball GT

This is the real sad not the Z ones. - JamesDaryl

Yeah

The Contenders

11 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.

Every character has a personality. And it's incredibly easy to find something to like about all of them. But the world that they live in, there's so much risk involved in simple living. Each moment could be the death of someone else we love.

This anime will literally turn you inside out and question what you have done with your life. Everything you watch from this show will just struck you. It tore me apart to the point that I was choking in amazement; I couldn't even cry. Good luck with this show.

Amazing... I am a full attack on titan fan... Their past and everything is just wow. Attack on titan may be this action and adventure anime but as you go along, learn peoples past, it makes you think about how lucky you are. How you don't have to live inside of a "cage". How you don't have to suffer the way they do. Overall it is amazing

WHAT THE HELL It's SO SAD IMAGINE JEAN DIES please NO TITANS EAT INNOCENT BEOBLE

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12 Kanon

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.

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.

Most people who pick Clannad over Kanon for the saddest, probably haven't seen Kanon. It's far more depressing, even more so than Angel Beats. - calmeehan

Kanon (2006) is honestly the only anime that I have ever cried during. The end of the Makoto arc. Dear god. every time. - taishisohma

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13 Grave of the Fireflies

This is the only movie that has gotten me to cry because the ending was terribly sad and it never got any better for him or his sister and everyone died around him bit by bit so ghibli studios is your reading this can you make this an anime or do a second movie with him and his sister and mom and dad in heaven please I loved this... this is my number one saddest anime movie

This should really be number 1 on the list. The story is really heart wrenching and you can't help but empathize with the characters, the worst part of it is you know something bad is coming as you get towards the end, and the emotion just builds up without you even realising.

Seriously? This only 19th? come on guys. This anime series just made me rethink life so many times while crying. It made me cry at the first second it was shot. This is a story about two siblings who mother died in a huge attack. They then went to they're mothers friend who wasn't satisfied with them not working. They then go to a mine/ abandon bomb shelter. This is where the older sibling try to make his younger sister happy. This movie is about Pride vs. Duty. This more depressing than kanon, clannad and air.

When I watch any movie or anime I bearly ever cry. When I was watching Grave of the Fireflies I couldn't stop crying. Grave of the Fireflies is a very touching movie I recommend that everyone watch this beautiful work of art. (To be honest, I thought this would be higher on the list)

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14 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.

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

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

It is so sad! I find it sad because you see pictures of madoka ( the main character) and the others and they look cute and you don't expect the dark turn the story takes. Another reason I find it sad is because almost every character has a sad ending ( unless you count the last movie, then the ending is different).

I cried so mycj

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15 Akame ga Kill! Akame ga Kill!

Jesus christ! This anime made me love it and despise it at the same time! (SUPER SPOILER ALERT! ) I mean first u start to like this character after they show u her back story then she dies then the most reliable older brother figure gets on a mission with the kid that admires him the most dies then, their leader recruits two new members and one of them hasnt even had enough screen yet dies then this amazing imperial arms in human form who is very reliable and virtually can do anything at light speed gets to grow close with his team then dies then, the kid who has grown to like this other kid only gets to show her true feelings to the boy as he kisses him then dies then, the pervert who was kinda creepy and funny tells the reason why he joined the team guess what, he dies, then this kid who is righteous and fights to defend his friends who was suppose I thought to be the laeding girl's guy had a showdown with a giant robot and prevents that robot thing from falling to the people with ...more

I absolutely loved and hated this anime at the same time it has so many great elements but it is very sad and dark everyone has a dark past and then everyone you like will die if you have a ship it will die and when you think it can't get worse it does this anime shows the real meaning between life and death and it has a great life lesson in it I highly recommend people watch this despite it being sad it is my overall favorite anime right beside Another and Magi The Labyrinth Of Magic

Full of unfortunate fates, painful lives, and sad deaths. A touching show that display the monster inside humans and how much they can harm one another. It is like a tribute to out history. Such a great anime. Teaches the "REAL" meaning of death and pain.

I thought I had watched some quite sad shows/animes till then, but this one really left an open wound afterwards. its just cruel, I have almost seen every anime ahead of akame ga kill! in this list and maybe just one of them is sadder oder comparable, rest should be ranked lower by far.

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16 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.

I balled for days after the whole series ended, The saddest anime is sao, I cried ALLOT after Kirito said sorry to Asuna about not getting her back to the real world and she tells him about how she enjoyed every Moment with Kirito, and then tells him she loves him and what I thought was their last time together.

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.

Every episode someone dies. When Sachi dies she says slowly "Thank You. " Plus the game creator trapped 10,000 people in a game that kills you if you die in the game.

(Spoiler Alert! ) The saddest moment in my opinion is in the second season and that is the last episode mothers rosario " Yukki's Death." I at least cried for 5 minutes!

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17 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate

Probably the absolute biggest shock I ever got out of an anime, ever. (SPOILERS AHEAD! ) at first its a sorta happy-go-lucky series, with memes and 4chan references, but still some creepy parts. But there are no words in this world to describe how dead serious this series got about halfway through. It goes directly from soul-eater happy to Nina-Tucker's-death serious- and keeps hitting you with emotional bombshells the rest of the series before having an absolutely amazing ending.

(BIG SPOILER! )

The part that hit me the hardest was when Okabe realizes that he was the one who stabbed and killed the girl he loved- and it was caused by him going back in time trying to save her in the first place. Her looking at him and whispering "i'm so scared... I don't wanna die...I.. Don't want to die" then bleeding to death in his arms made me cry my eyes out

(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.

Why is it so down low? Every character death in this anime made me cry

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18 Future Diary Future Diary

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...

THE ABSOLUTE SADDEST ENDING EVER T^T the story builds up all this emotion between you and the two main characters and then it just destroys you. It left me empty and dead for a couple days after finishing it.

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.

The ending was no better than the beginning or central plot.

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19 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 by far one of the most saddest animes ever. It teaches the lessons of never giving up on your own life, living it to the fullest, and sharing it with your comrades. I cried in nearly every arc...especially the one with Erza and Jellal

Sure fairytale has its ups and downs but that doesn't mean they lose hope. You can really relate life to these events that happened in this in the series, for example when Lucy looses her dad or even when natsu gets beat by someone. They never give up even when it's the end of the world they never give up and stop trying. 10/10 (plus great plot)

I'm up to date on both the manga and anime for fairy tail... This is one you should watch. It teaches you so many life lessons. The episode where you cry for hours afterwards. Where people never give up. Practically giving your life away to save their guide members. It is amazing

Super WOW anime!

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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.

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.

This is a very beautiful anime, it is definitely worth watching if you are a fan of clannad, angel beats and kanon, although the middle episodes don't link in very well, it is definitely worth sticking with it! A great and emotional anime

Not only depressing but underrated. I mean Clannad may be a little more real, but Air has something special about that is different and more relatable to me. Misuzu's death made me cry so hard.

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21 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

Are you kidding me? This anime isn't sad. Everyone can be easily revived using the dragon balls...

What kind of idiot lists Dragon Ball Z as one of the saddest anime? Fairy Tail is much sadder than DBZ! Shallow characters with no information on past whatsoever (except Vegeta, he is a well developed character). No PERMANENT deaths... Everyone can be revived using the Dragon Balls. Villains with no background as to why they became bad... DBZ is one of the best anime but doesn't deserve to be in the list. - Hellblazer94

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

One can assume every single main character in this series only died due to old age at the very end, otherwise they were brought back with the dragon balls.

Why didn't someone add Dragon Ball GT or vote for it instead of this. - JamesDaryl

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22 Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

This anime was one of the most tragic I have ever seen.. The characters were beautifully presented and you could really become attached to them. The ending was so unexpected that I couldn't even cry from the shock..

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 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.

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23 Claymore Claymore

Teresa's relationship with Clare was beautiful, and sad.

The story is sad for everyone. Most of the characters are orphans whose parents were killed by monsters.

Man those monsters always made me cry whenever they harm someone it's a great anime to watch

24 Guilty Crown 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 ...read more.

Well although this is not an overall sad anime and I must say they rushed the ending a bit. Know this I am a kind of person who does not get sad or starts to cry at an emotional anime or movie. But I actually wasn't expecting the outcome of this anime. It actually almost made me have tears in my eyes. I mean first this Shu guy lost a girl that he well cared about a lot and that changed him a lot. After that in the end he also lost the girl he loves. Sad enough? Well not quite so turns out the girls actually saves him and he is left all alone in the end that too with only one arm and no vision ( For those who don't know what I'm on about watch the full anime ) so yeah it really was a sad ending and I was surprised not to see it in the top 10 or top sad endings of animes. Don't judge me guys I'm new to this stuff I don't usually watch animes. I was out of movies and started to watch this on someone's reference and honestly I left my games and movies for this and finished 22 episodes in ...more

All I can say about this anime is the story is tragic the government is basically a dictatorship and has the right to kill anyone they think might be "infected" and that's where funeral parlor comes in hell even the resistance name is sad the story revolves around Shu ouma who ends up using the King's power also known as the void to help the resistance funeral parlor and try to change the world along the way shU loses himself and ends up turning evil he ends up returning to normal to stop the government but even so in or I pays the ultimate sacrifice to heal all the infected truly a sad beautiful show

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).

All I can say is that the ending was way too sad. Go and watch the full series if you wants to find out why.

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25 Hell Girl

Hell girl have different story because of the victims in each episode and some of their stories made me feel sad.

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

The irony makes it feel sad and makes a person emotional at times.

Awesome anime not the saddest but definitely awesome!

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26 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

There is nothing sadder than whoever put this on this list

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

How can it be sad! Whoever put this on the list, seriously dude I'm laughing. Yes - some episodes were sad yet it was dominated by funny/child friendly episodes

what

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27 Berserk 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.

The ending is really really sad. No words to describe it.

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

It should be higher. at least higher than pokemon!
it has one of the saddest anime plot I have ever seen

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28 Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

This anime was truly beautiful and the events that occurred within its story arc were things that happen in earthquakes and realistic scenarios that might take place in a magnitude 8 earthquake in Tokyo. I was a tsunami victim of the one that occurred in Japan during the same year this anime was released. I was eight years old when it happened. It was hard to get back home and a lot of my sister's school mates thought we were dead. When I watched this a few months ago, I thought of my own little brother in Yuki's place and the tears wouldn't stop falling

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

Special mention to "Wolf's Rain" as well, another sad and just as a whole fantastic Anime series, easily my favorite, best soundtrack and acting.

One part wanted to make me cry, but the it felt as though it told me to just wait a little until one part where it went all out and I started bawling my eyes out. This anime is awesome because it was showed in the year 2009 based on what might happen to 2 siblings in an massive 8.0 earthquake in Tokyo 2 years before the actual Tokyo earthquake had happen, but I know the 2011 Tokyo earthquake was a 9.0

This anime is even sadder than Angel Beats - an_anju

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29 Wolf Children Wolf Children

Saddest movie on earth deals.. Hana marries a wolf man and raises their two children alone after he dies. They move to the countryside as peoples in the city got suspicious of them and the children have adventures in the woods and at school and Hana had to cope up with it.

It was sad and happy at the same time, and although not an anime its still a pretty sad movie.

It wasn't that sad but you saw and were connected with the siblings connection

People this list is called Saddest Anime SERIES this doesn't count

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30 My-HiME

I remember watching this show at first just for the simple fact that it had big bouncing boobs but as I progressed through the show it became filled with all types of emotions and betrayal. one of my favorites

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31 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.

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

Good drama movie...5 star

32 5 Centimeters Per Second

This anime tore me pieces, crying in my room due to the horrifying reality this movie shows. It's so realistic! It shows how no matter how hard we try, you ant always be with the one we love...

It's very sad anime. The story between Takaki and Akari who love each others. Maybe the setting took on 90's, Takaki trying to find Akari but he cannot find her because the technology in 90's. He's so stressed out. But finally he trying to move on to another girl but failed. Go watch by yourself

They are not meant for each other :-(

The sadist part of this Anime is it;s harsh reality. There is absolutely no sugar coating, it is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of life.
There are so mean undertones and metaphors there is no way to catch them all in one sitting; it is truly a work of art. For those who don't know this anime is about space not outer space or empty space. It is about the space between two people physically and emotional these both go hand in hand.
It is also a coming of age story about letting go of the one you love the most; it's not as corny as it sounds. Unlike many stories of the same topic this has nothing to do with death but has to do with the vacuum between two peoples hearts.
The personal part for me was a cautionary tail I received from this story. It is about watching the rest of the world pass you by. The protagonist did nothing to stop himself from drifting away from the one he loved and his life as a whole. He sat and wished that something else would happen and ...more

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33 07-Ghost

The story, the characters, the art, and the music; everything is just so sad and beautiful. It's a funny thing when (SPOILER) Mikage died in the manga, I didn't cry, but after I watched the anime, suddenly I just realized how sad it was and found myself cried uncontrollably in front of my computer screen. A definitely worth watching!

This anime comes in my top two anime! I've watched anime since I was 5, but this one is just awesome. After watching the anime, it's a must read manga. The ending is one of the most beautiful. Not only is the art good, but the opening, ending and background musics are one of my favourite!

It's beautiful, sad with a simply amazing soundtrack. The storyline is just so good I can't even-- It should be more well known!

I read it like seven times. I cry every time.

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34 Gakuen Alice

Never in my life will I find a anime better than this! In the manga it always keeps you on your toes, wandering what will happen next. I personally was able to relate really well to Mikan, the main character. This story has the power to put you into depression and cry yourself to sleep. Amazing.

This was normal anime but when you read the manga it is so much sadder. The deaths of the characters is heartbreaking. The manga is so sad even though is is long it is still great. It is still super heartbreaking I'm crying as we speak.

This manga is so heartbreaking! SPOILER I really want to see Hotaru again. Hotaru and Subaru sacrificed themselves so that Mikan and Natsume could have a happily ever. I miss Hotaru so much

Ok the ending is a bit sad but overall, but the manga ending brought me to tears in a happy way not crying of sadness. The manga was expertly done.

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35 D. Gray Man

This anime truly is a sad story about a boy named Allen Walker, Noah, Exorcists, and the Dark Order. I just finished it including its manga for the second time around. Sadly, what really makes this story make me have PADS for the first time is not in the anime but in the manga but truly, it is a sad story already even tou don't take account tge manga itself. Most innocence users have sadness in their pasts but the Earl and the Noah are just the same. Most of all, it does not give characters enough long peace to recover like there's only peace for one episode between depressing ten or more episodes. Its actionis not just action to destroy evil but there's sadness brought in it. It seems like even though they have powers and use Innocence to destroy Akuma, they're still human. Noahs are still humans too. For me, they're not completely evil.

So beautiful, perfect and hopeful that you almost forget how horrible the theme is, until it surprises you with a knife in the back. It's broken and wonderful. One of the most immersive, complex and artistic stories I've ever seen.

Depressing and beautiful

I MEAN'T COULDN'T FORGET IT

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36 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland

What? There's a difference between sad and disturbing, people. We didn't get to know Deadman Wonderland's characters enough for the terrible stuff that happened to make me feel sad. All we know about Ganta is that he had some friends and they all died. That's it. That's all we know about this kid. We know nothing about his past, we don't know anything about the relationship he had with his friends. We're given really nothing except for some 10-second Flash-Backs of Ganta looking happy in the past. Heck, we don't even see his parents once in the show. Ok, there is a scene really late in the anime where Ganta has a Flash-Back with a woman who may or may not be Ganta's mother. Also, this is a top ten for ANIME, not MANGA. If you're going to put the manga on a list put it on a top ten saddest MANGA list. Just because it has The same name as the anime doesn't make it the ANIME, as you have clearly stated that the anime and the manga are NOT the same...

Loved it, but a very sad manga!

The anime wasn't that sad but the manga is so depressing. One of my favourites

37 Mirai Nikki Mirai Nikki Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. It depicts a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future.

Why is this on the list twice? This anime as pretty sad. I felt really sad for Yuno throughout the series, and the character death scenes were sad too, because you get to grow attached to a lot of them, but the thing that makes it a little less sad is that the characters come back. It would have been so sad if they hadn't

Mirai Nikki also known a the Future diary Is the saddest thing you will ever see if you are going to watch cancel all your plans for the week because when your done you will not want to do anything just cry and rethink your life.

Everyone just dies. The anime first shows the person's past then kills them off. Even if they are minor characters and only appear for a short period of time. The backgrounds are quite teary.

In English this anime is called "future diary" for those of u who didn't know and this was so tragic because everyone died in the end

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38 Toradora

This anime shows the adventures and mishaps of Ryuji and Taiga, along with their friends. Throughout the anime you will meet confusing problems relationships, until the end which the confessions are made and tears start flowing. This anime holds a special place in my heart.

It deserves a great place on this list, sometimes its sad but, you would like to be part of that story

So amazing, the last couple episodes killed me though, many tears were shed...

My heart was torn to bits when ryuuji finally saw taiga as an equal.

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39 K

This may not be this sad. But this anime is one of the few anime's the made me cry.

This was one those sad animes because you know the in the end he is dead but you want to believe he is alive

Maybe not the saddest, but one of the most awesome animes - gya

I love this one! It made me sad at the end, but other then that, it was happy.

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40 Full Moon o Sagashite

I still cry every time I watch the part where she finds out Eichi had died two years ago. To think about all the times she's struggled, she thought of him and worked so hard to become famous just to see him again and it's so heart breaking to know that the person you have loved for so long had passed away without you knowing and you were way too late...

This anime was the saddest Anime I ever saw! I'm happy it was voted as one of the saddest animes because it really touches your heart. It shows life and death and how death brings apart sadly. :(( I still want a season two badly!

What first tore me to bits was the fact that by first glance (a.K.A. the Opening), this looked like the happiest story anyone could ever imagine. Even such little things like the story of the old man and the flower were so memorable, and everything Mitsuki had to go through.. all of her wants, the only thing that she thought was worth fighting her fate for.. already left her a long time ago. And everything, from when she became truly weak, singing a song with struggle, even Takuto.. This anime was a beautiful, and don't let the opening trick you into thinking it's all cute sunshines.

This is one of my favorite sad anime I still cry at the ending I recomend it

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41 Sora no Otoshimono SS3
42 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

Madam Red's cinematic record had me with tears in my eyes and especially her acceptance afterward and a beautiful funeral thanks to Ciel. Ciel's death and especially more when Sebastian delivered all the letters and when it showed the date and everything had me very deeply affected. Alois Trancy had me impacted.

I loved this show so much, but it pulled at my heart strings. When Ciel died, I started bawling because it was so sad and beautiful...

I can't explain it it's just making me cry

alois NOOO - nao

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43 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket

This and fairy Tail are the only anime to make me cry. Fruits Basket is so great with great characters and a creative plot. The Momiji part go to me! My feels just died in this anime. This anime also has the saddest opening ever. Why are anime like Magica Madoka and Deadman Wonderland, soul eater, and black butler on here? Those are way more action than sad. This anime is suppose to make you feel the feels.

Everyone's story is just so sad! Momiji's was sad for me only because I was adopted. It's just a beautiful series though.

This anime had to be one of the saddest of all. It was the first one I have ever watched and at the end I couldn't help it.. It was just so sad!

This anime was pretty depressing

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44 Bleach Bleach

Definitely was one of the best anime series that I have ever watched, especially the movies, they always surprised me and most of them had feels at the end of them so in my opinion, I think this should be a little higher in the list.

A lot of the episodes were very sad, such as the story with Nozomi, and the fillers where kids in Soul Society meet unfortunate ends. Can't really explain it properly. All the others weren't all that emotionally racking, but it was those few I did see that counted.

Toshiro is the best

Gin's death is enough :( - Tuana123

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45 One Piece One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 749 episodes to date.

Saddest show ever! I mean, it makes you so happy with how upbeat and funny it is, just to depress you the next moment. Every Straw Hat has about the most depressing past ever, and then it shows how happy they can be and how they got over it. And then stuff like "I want to live, " the Going Merry's final moment, and the Whitebeard War arc just to make you sadder. And THEN they're all happy again, like yeah, stuff happens but we got over it! It's an emotional roller coaster!

How this is below DBZ, Fairy Tail, Death Note, Mirai Nikki, Phantom, and dare I say even Clannad is beyond me. The feels are to many to count in this series but man the scene that really messed me up badly was the Going Merry funeral scene. I mean when a series can make you cry over a ship than you know this series is powerful.

I believe this show should be in top 10. The most saddest part is Ace Death. You get connected to the scene very well. I Stopped watching One piece for a month, I didn't get that feel to watch it after Ace death. I recommend everyone to Watch One piece. Not only Ace, almost all characters have a saddest moment in their life. Brook Stays all alone on a ship for years. And many more. I believe its best than DBZ, Death Note and all others mentioned.

Why in the world is one piece lies sooo backward in terms of emotional...one piece is one of the emotional anime I have ever watch... every single story of op brings tears...but why...

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46 Shinsekai Yori

I thought that this was one of the most overlooked anime I've seen. I loved the story it was definitely emotional and gives you a lot to think about.

A beautiful anime that rips at your heartstrings, because no one is truly evil and yet everyone suffers.

It was really sad watching how your favourite characters dies...

47 Gosick

One of my favourite animes of all time with amazing characters and with wonderful story. This anime has everything. I can't say it's the most tragic anime ever but everyone must see this wonderful anime! +it has wonderful ending that made me cry from happiness!

This is one of the most satisfyingly tragic anime's I've ever watched. The Sherlock of anime's. 'Tis a must see for all anime enthusiasts, it includes everything from prime detective work, to action and fighting, to romance.

The ending is just... I don't know what to say. Had me crying for hours.

Is the best anime ever

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48 InuYasha InuYasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.

Inuyasha isn't the most saddest Anime I have watched but I does have its heart felt moments. Inuyasha and his past love kikyo always thought they betrayed one another in their final meeting leading to her death and his slumber for 50 years. Come later to find out they were pitted against one another by someone else but she died thinking he betrayed her when their love was starting to look like a bright future.

The most tragic scene was when kagura dies. Man, one moment she gets her heart back and the next moment she fades away.

This anime is not near as sad as the other anime but the last episode was kind of sad

This one has so many feels that it's hard to classify but it is definitely sad.

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49 Dangan Ronpa Dangan Ronpa

Dangan Ronpa is an extremely good anime (though it's very rushed) and it's easy to become attached to the characters, making everything 10x harder.

I very good anime, you can get attached to the whole story very easily and the characters, a very intriguing anime.

Despair enters your new tears when your favorite character dies.

THE FEELS ARE KILLING ME INSIDE. WHY DID MY SECOND AND THIRD FAVORITE CHARACTERS HAVE TO DIE? WHY ALMOST ALL LIKEABLE CHARACTERS DIE DANG IT. Also nAEGIRI FEELINGS ARE KILLING ME BECAUSE [spoilers]

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50 Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai

Found myself tearing up during the opening and then sobbing during the actual anime. Poor Rika. She has to suffer through traveling across the same world fragments over and over again. And of course the scene in the hospital where Shion sees Satoshi is just heartbreaking...

The ending was a happy one, I'll admit. However, seeing how Rika has changed psychologically makes it pretty bittersweet.

Almost everyone has their time to die.

I'm crying...T-T

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