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 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.

I had a good time watching this series the comedy was really good
I laugh a lot watching the brigades shenanigans and drop tears of sadness after seeing their past lives and another tears of joy seeing them move on
From miyasawa to yui to kanade their departure was really unforgettable
How I wish all drama are like this. It made me cry but at the end the there was still a happy ending

This anime is an emotional-train, its sad, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The end really gives you a hit on the heart! I cried when Kanade dissapeared, luckily though. On the last few minutes of the last episode we're given a short cut-scene, this cut-scene kind of stitched my heart back together. You'll have to see it for yourself though. I'd give this anime a 15/10!

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!

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.

Definitely the saddest anime I've ever watched. Never have I ever cried while watch ANYTHING (including movies), but this anime is literally the ONLY anime or show I've ever cried in. It was funny, sad, great ending, everything that makes an anime great.

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.

I just finished watching clannad and clannad after story and man. what I never thought I see the day when a show especially a anime show would make me cry. I am a 20 year old male that literally cried a few times in his life, the last time I cried when I was in 6th grade and lost my right eye. This show should be going down in history for one if not the BEST anime ever. It hit each and every emotion on a very intense level. I don't think I can ever watch the clannad series again just because in my opinion it was that intense on me. I'm not going to spoil the series but you get so emotional attached to each and every character and to see these characters go through high school and go through real life situations and barely over come them is just absolutely superb, marvelous and down right a masterpiece.

This anime is the most saddest thing I've ever seen... I'm just a 14 year old boy who doesn't feel anything in heart and never cries just because of some T.V. shows or any dramatic cause I think they're lame, in fact I've never cried since I was 13!.. But this piece of cartoon (in japanese:anime) series almost made me throw my onions away! Whenever I think the emotional part of the series I feel like I'm also about to cry especially when tomoya remembered nagisa from telling ushio about her mom. SO THEREFORE I VOTE THIS ANIME THE #1 SADDEST ANIME THAT CAN MAKE you WHINE LIKE A BABY

3 Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso 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. The series was serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 to May 2015.

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.

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.

I'm sorry to all the Angel Beats fans, but when it comes to my opinion and "saddest anime" then Your Lie In April takes the cake, it buries Angel Beats. I found this anime the most depressing of all the ones I watched before. That end was just too much for me, I've never been so depressed or sad after watching an anime before. At the end of the 20th episode I nearly flipped my desk and I burst into tears, if only for a while. As inspiring as I found the anime it was more depressing than anything else. By the end I knew that the girl would die but I didn't wanna believe it and that's why the end was such a shock. And that letter she wrote just before dying was also too much. "An April, without you", that broke me. Add all that up and it's easy to see why this is the saddest anime of all time.

I began to be annoyed with this series around half way through and was going to write it off as a Clannad knockoff with an emphasis on music. Some things were eerily similar such as the male protagonist having an abusive parent and the female protagonist having some sort of mysterious health issues and parents working in a bakery. I'm really glad I stuck with it though. The payoff in the end was extremely satisfying. Not only was it as emotional as you would hope for a series like this, but it didn't feel the need to have some sort of strange deus ex machina supernatural bail out in the end like Clannad did. It was a bit more grounded in reality. I think Clannad Afterstory will always be my personal favorite, but this deserves more credit than it has in this list.

4 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.

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).

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.

5 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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.

So far, this is the saddest anime I have watched, like I can't even think about it without crying a bit. The first few episodes are a bit funny but still a bit sad and the last 2 or 3 episodes had me in tears, like even though I new Menma was going to end up disappearing, the way it was animated it just broke my heart.

Ending Killed me. The storyline was great. the ending was very sad but made me happy that the characters could finally move on and grow. the thing that after you watch this, you will cry literally every time you hear THAT DAMN SONG

The whole anime is sad, from beginning to end. The idea that the world doesn't stop to let you grieve and the concept of losing your friend is so sad.

6 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".

The ending made me cry. Even though he can be seen as the villain, Light was so intelligent and he could have done great things but his life was changed the moment he found the Death Note. It just makes me sad thinking about how things could have been different...

The best sadsest anime . When L dies it leaves anyone to tears , even the one who has no cried of watching anime . And the look that L gaves while he dies is know . And when Light dies it easily makes anyones heart fa into despair. It is the most saddest anime for sure...

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.

7 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.

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.

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.

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.

8 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.

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.

Naruto... uhhh Where do I even start? Even now, when I look back on the 15 years of pure Naruto (which by the way took me the best 2 years in my anime life to catch up), tears start out of my eyes. If I was Naruto, I wouldn't be able to endure all the pain he had to undergo. The only down fall of Naruto and the squeal Naruto Shippuden is the ambiguous amount of filler, episode in which the anime producer insert so the anime won't run in with the manga. However, enjoyed the fillers because of the abundant sadness factor. This is a short opinoin that barely scratches the surface of Naruto and his misery which later turns to fruits of labor.

Naruto is really sad I watched it and I cried when they showed Narutos past but also awesome too so you should watch this show at first when my my friend told me to watch it I was like na it maybe boring and the next day I watched to first episode and I was like I'm starting to like this show and I loved Naruto and Naruto Shippuden that's when it starts to get good because Naruto gets stronger and learns who his father is while fighting pain and his master dies which was really sad so you should watch this show from episode 1 to episode 220 and in Naruto Shippuden watch episode 1 -384 but more episodes in Naruto Shippuden are coming out.

9 Code Geass R2

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

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

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.

10 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.

So, I have already been over this before, clannad IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE SADDEST ANIME! this anime is sad but the afterstory is also sad, if you want to see more saddness then get another box of tissues ready because the after story is even sadder. not a lot of people that I have met before watched clannad and wouldn't understand the sad parts of the anime because you need to watch the whole anime to truly feel depressed ;(

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

The Contenders

11 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 ...more

I got so attached to each of the characters, especially the ones who died. I think the pairings make this anime even sadder, (Jeanmarco, Rivetra etc. ) The whole series has this feeling of "There's no way all of us are going to make it out alive, anyone could die at any minute." It's got me to the point where I even dread rewatching the series. Not to mention all of the characters have their own tragic backstories (SPOILERS) Christa was abused by her parents, Levi lost his only friends trying to save them, Erwin's father was killed by the corrupt government, Eren watched his mother get eaten, Armin's grandparents were sent away to the war, Mikasa watched her parents get killed and was then kidnapped, Ymir was turned into a titan for 60 years, Sasha had to fight for her food because her village was starving, Annie, Reiner, and Bert were forced to fight a battle they never wanted to win, Connie's family was turned into titans, AND SO MUCH MORE. I feel for all these characters so much it ...more

Honestly I think Levi's story is far by the saddest in the anime.

In the ova "No Regrets" it shows he had two friends,Isabel and Farlan, who where killed during that episode. I'm not sure,but Levi was really close to both of them and he proubably considered them family. And after that soon in the anime Levi's whole squad is killed by The Female Titan (Annie). It's like the world wants him to be alone. Ah, Same for Eren though. He didn't even get a chance to apologise for being rude to his mom after she was eaten by the titan. Aot is really a heart-breaking anime. You don't know who's going to die next or it'd be more proper to say, "The only thing we're allowed to do... Is believe we won't regret the choice we made."

Honestly, I'm afraid of this anime. It's not the horror of titans eating humans that scares me rather it's the fear of losing someone very precious at any time, it's scary. It is so like reality, anything can happen. According to Levi, the outcome is always a complete mystery, and that's just the way life is. I don't know what's in store for the characters but Levi armin mikasa eren hange should not even think of dieing.

12 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.


This anime didn't make me cry but it definitely stabbed a hole in my heart. I never expected that so many characters that we became attached to would all die.

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

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!

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

13 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.

Broken characters in an awful world watching them die due to the fact they were misguided by a creature that pretended to be their friend. The saddest part for me was when Kyoko asks god to let her have a happy dream.

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

I usually don’t cry while watching TV shows, since I know that I can always rewatch it and everything will be alright. But, when I watched Madoka Magica I cried. I can’t explain why, but I did.

If you want to watch a tragic story with n girls dying and a magical cat who betrays you well this is an anime for you. The show made me realize that some how this show and real life are similar despite girls trading their soul to save man kind from witches. But people do risk their life already knowing what their getting themselves into, people who are in the military or navy they know what they are risking their lives for. So do magical girls they know once they make that wish they are battling things that can kill them but they are doing it so they know that they are helping humanity survive.

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.

It's just a plain masterpiece. I had time to warm up to and adopt all of the beautifully written characters, and then they give me episode 22, which basically made every bit of moisture in my body leak through my eyes until I had to excuse myself to the bathroom because its kinda hard to watch something when the tears are blurring your eyes but you keep screaming "OHMYGOD MY SHIP YESSSS" at the top of your lungs.


This anime is just a rollercoaster of emotions, when I first saw Moeka pull a gun out and point it at Mayuri I thought she wouldn't pull the trigger, but she did, and that's a real shocker, I couldn't help but cry every time Okabe had to watch Mayuri die, when everyone had to give up everything they had gained from sending the D-Mails willingly to save Mayuri, watching Mr Braun kill himself and the scene cuts to his daughter sitting at a dinner table waiting for him, and just when I thought there couldn't be a bigger shock than that, when Okabe found out he was the one who stabbed Kurisu, gawd this anime was amazingly sad.

(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.

15 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.

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

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!

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.

16 Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is the most amazing animated movie I've watched, and it also happens to be the saddest. It truly shows just how much pain, fear, and hopelessness spread during WWII. This shows just how much humans have to lose during war.

For a movie released in 1988, the quality is quite impress. It doesn't hold back in any way, with both the imagery, dialogue, and the story itself. For me, when Seita and Setsuko died, that was extremely impactful. Watching them trying so hard to survive, and then lose their life. This was an extremely sad movie for me.

How the mom dies on the start literally made the story however it kind of made me sad due to the kids being on their own after Hiroshima hardcore story.

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.

I showed this to my class when I was teaching about World War 2. Amazing, beautiful, and painfully sad movie. My students loved it

17 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.

Fairy Tail made me cry more then once, it's a great anime. There's lots of adventure and sad moments. Fairy tail goes through many heart breaks but they get back up and keep moving. "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only thing you can be -Gray Fullbutster" "Take care of your friends, they are the most precious thing in the world to you. -Natsu Dragneel" NEVER GIVE UP! That theme comes up in Fairy Tail many times. I've spent most of my nights crying because the episode is really fustrating, upseting or powerful. Things my not make sense but the soon fall into a big picture. I love this anime. this was my first anime and it sprang my love for anime and Manga. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS ANIME!

Not only is this an emotional anime, this is by far one of the best animes I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It teaches you great lessons on friendship, determination, moving on from your past, and so much more. Fairy Tail makes me feel at home, even though it doesn't exist. You can't go wrong with this anime. It definitely made me a better person

18 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.

I didn't cry on this one, but the ending is very sad. Yukiteru looks miserable, it pains me realizing his situation and how it turned out in the end.

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.

19 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!

Don't you dare badmouth clannad! I mean I haven't seen kanon yet but still, u guys should understand that different people have different tastes which means not everybody likes the same thing. So please don't put others opinions down just because youbthonk yours is better. So don't say that clannad sucks! Or else I'm gonna have to personally kick your asses!

I'm not sure what it is about Kanon, but it's become my favorite anime when I watched it a couple of times to appreciate the plot details hinted at throughout the story. Sure, it doesn't have as many sad moments like Clannad, but this hidden gem needs some love

20 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 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.

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.

Despite what many people say, you can deeply connect with some of the characters if you try to get to know them more. Kuuki Konno is one of the best example because you have more to learn about her.

21 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.

Although I have watched this anime time over time, My Tear still drops... I Can't even forget a little thing in this anime... If you r trying to search for an anime that make you cry 'cause it just simply sad... Don't watch this anime, But I strongly recommend you to watch this anime if you r trying to find something that make you cry 'cause it's beautiful and also leaving something in your mind after you watch... 12 episodes in this anime will make you to have a felling that you have lived in that world since long long time ago... I don't really want to be a spoiler so I just want you to know that this anime isn't interesting from the begining but if you watch it all, you will find something undentified that make you cry nonstop in the end... So, Have Fun in watching this anime or at least I hope so... And sorry about my bad English too... ^^!

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.

22 A Silent Voice A Silent Voice Product Image

After watching this film, I did some research, only to realize that school bullying is very common in Japan and its sometimes ignored. A Silent Voice (as in the Manga) had some difficulty in getting published because of how it addresses the several psychological effects of being bullied. Kind of glad it got published because bullying does get addressed and it is possible for a bully to redeem himself in some way. Yeah, this is depressing given the context, but Shouya and Shoujo's relationship is adorable and it works to establish that we care for them.

Emotional and education, this movie conveys some very strong themes of bullying to the viewers. The plot of the movie revolves around a deaf girl who gets constantly bullied by a young boy, eventually leading to the moving of schools. However, when they reach their high-school years, their paths intermingle again and the young bully attempts to atone for his previous sins. The social struggles and constant change of mentality is an intriguing representation of teenagers and the troubles they face every day in real life. This truly is an emotional movie which viewers will feel truly connected to the characters and understand how they are feeling. This is a movie without a doubt worth trying out if you want to get your eyes welling up in tears.

I don't usually cry at anime or movies, but this even made me tear up the second time I watched it, and I knew exactly what was going to happen.

When I watched this one I only watched the movie and not see the manga but seriously everything in it made me cry... from the bullying to the betrayal to the sacrifices of his mother to the scuicide attempts to her forgiving him

23 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.

It took me a few weeks to get over this anime, when you get so attached to the characters and see them in the end, I literally ran out of my tissues at that time. It was an anime that I cried to the most.

I watched the last episode at 1 am and woke my sister up from how much I was crying, it honestly broke my heart even though I new it was going to happen.

Despite most of the series is light-hearted, the ending is very emotional. Especially when Koro Sensei asks to do the role call one last time.

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.

24 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..

25 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.

The ending, while not completely unexpected before the end, gave you a sense like watching a train that you were standing in front of slowly creep closer to you. I was hooked the moment Kaori was introduced and the hints that were dropped along the way leading up to her breakdown made me feel broken with her. But the ending was so full of bittersweet emotions, like Kousei not being able to actually say how he felt, you also feel robbed. Despite that feeling the letter wraps up the entire story and you feel doubly robbed as you don't get the satisfaction of breaking down completely. She came, she stirred the waters, she left, and then she calmed the tide of the aftermath. It was a beautiful story and even now I am fighting tears to write this. This deserves to be one of the top ten, not Claymore or Full Metal Alchemist. The sadness this anime offers is in the fact that you know something is wrong, you see it coming, but like watching a train coming at you and being unable to move you ...more

"April's coming. An April without you..." This show really understands what the "Feels Train" is. How is this not in the top 10? Sword Art Online, Fullmetal Alchemist? Really? I'm not saying there's anything wrong with either of this, but clearly the people who voted for those have never heard of this masterpiece. Despite the predictable ending, I still cry every time I rewatch it. Hands down, my favorite anime. With the vivid animation and blended colors that just seem to flow, the gorgeous music that gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it and the most beautifully, well-written, tragic tale, Your Lie in April will forever live on in my heart. It taught me the joy of music and how to cope with loss. This is a must-see anime that everyone should be watching.

How is this so low down on the list? This is the first anime series that made me cry. I mean, I know there are other animes that are a lot sadder but still. It was like Kousei fell in love at first sight. Kaori loved him too. Then through the whole series they grow closer and on the last episode she just... *Starts crying at the thought* (Trying not to spoil) She made him feel emotion. He has never felt anything like this before. He was just "The Human Metronome." All he thought of was playing the note correctly. He didn't play it with any passion at all. Kaori taught him to play with passion. She lit up his world. She was the reason he played piano again. Kousei only played the piano for her and no one else. Then she just...*Cries even more*

This anime completely brilliant in that (spoiler) the violin girl dies however piano guy just moves on. No big deal for him however this kind of annoyed me how he is supposed to like her but instead when she dies he’s just like ‘meh’ anyway this didn’t make me cry but it was sad anyway.

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