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 Saddest Anime Series

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.

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

A show filled with emotions that helped us understand so much- about friendships, and about love. There were tragic backstories that filled our eyes with tears, then there were the fun times that wiped those tears away. In the end, all that remains is our emotions. - SasoriNeko_09

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.

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?


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.

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 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.

Spoiler begins When lust killed Hughes and his daughter was yelling why are they burying daddy I started to ball

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...

4 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.

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.

I love this so much it deserves a happy ending if I watch the ending again I think I will die from sadness

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!

THIS ANIME IS JUST TOO GOOD TO DESCRIBE IN WORDS. It just made me cry that easily. The first episode was just enough to make me weak for next one. I cried very thoroughly watching all the episodes. LOVED ALL THE CHARACTERS. Fun mixed with emotions and those sad moments made this anime something. It was so touching that how the friends reconciled with the help of menma. That playful little girl, grown up like them but still having a childish mind was a perfect character. I'm a Bangladeshi and I might not know that much of Japan and their language but watching this is like, it can get into our feelings so easily. The visuals were great. Oh and those songs were just mesmerizing (both the opening and ending). It had many things to do with real life. THIS 11 EPISODE ANIME CAN MAKE YOU WEEP LIKE CRYBABY. It's so sad seeing menma leaving them. But it had to be done. They know it u know we all know it from the beginning. THAT'S THE MOST SADDEST PART OF THE ANIME. It's just so sad to see Menma ...more

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".

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..

The film is very good, very touching. And this is the best anime I've ever seen.

He can never truly understand the actual way to instill justice. Also L’s death is sad.

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.

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.

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.

Very depressing and dark. I cried just because of how empty and was it made me feel. The character deaths weren't all that sad, but just... Wow...

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!

8 Code Geass R2

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.

Code geass is also my favorite anime's out of them all I watched it so many times and I still love it - Videogame

9 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.

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 :�'(

the saddest moments is when Naruto's parent die and leave him when jiyara died and when he lost his arm fighting and when useless sakura was born because no one likes her

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.

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, 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 ;(

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 them. You ...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.

To an extent I can see why being it might not spring to mind at first when one says "saddest anime" since it's more tragedy in general, and in a way like a couple other series, it makes you feel more pity than sadness for what they have to go through but its because that they keep steeling their resolve and beliefs that the characters (at least most of them) can move forward so quickly and therefore appear strong and composed and so with every pain and hardship they endure, one might feel more pity than sadness for them, simply because they are used it and so it doesn't show sadness as much.

Personally I think it's only when characters break and collapse and show that they can no longer bear the hardships that one might then feel sad for them, because they are finished. However, the main characters of AoT have strong beliefs and because of that, they don't tend to fall often and even if they do, they pick themselves back up, making one forget about their sadness in ...more

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.

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.

How this isn't in the top 10 is unbelievable. Without a doubt one of the saddest anime ever. At least half the episodes had me tearing up or crying.


This anime tells an amazing story and does an incredible job at getting you to connect to and care about each character just for them to be killed off.

This is honestly so damn sad don't read the other comments because they are filled with spoilers but honestly this anime is brilliant and very very sad which will definitely make you cry but overall good

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

Saddest anime I ever seen...
If you love someone - dies
If you hate someone - they will make you to love him and then he dies..

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. It also has 3 movies, 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's so sad because in the end sayaka and madoka are removed from the world and the only traces left of that are Homura Akemi and madoka's younger brother. What was even more upsetting in the end was the fact that the only way for Homura to save her very best friend was to beat walpurgisnaicht which is even more of a risk.

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).

14 Grave of the Fireflies

This film broke me...
There is no other anime in this list that has made me break and shatter until I cry. - Yodledodle

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.

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

We were watching this is History class... that one girl at the back of the class who watched it already went crazy

15 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.

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.

Greatest anime I've ever seen - Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood was good, and so was the 2003 adaptation, but this was actually genuine writing gold. - Yeshua


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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

17 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

People really need to watch this series, I personally found it more sad than Clannad.

18 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.

Awesome anime, but not sad on deaths, it's more focused on childhoods

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

It doesn't have a lot of deaths, but my god it knows how to make one emotional with it's amazing OST and character interactions. - SeirezZ

Of top 4 shonen(Bleach,One Piece,Naruto,Fairy Tail) this is second saddest after Naruto.

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

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.

For me, this was not sad at all. I can't emotionally connect with a character when I have nothing to connect to. The scenes which maybe are supposed to be sad, like when Sachi died, Yui died, and Asuna didn't come back, weren't sad at all for me because for the first two deaths (Yui and Sachi) didn't have time to build on the character enough, they were both very two dimensional. In the scene when Kirito logged out of SAO without Asuna, I didn't feel a thing. Frankly, SAO isn't really serious about the 'die in game die irl' thing. When Yui died, Kirito didn't even flinch to 'pull something out of his ass' and hack the extremely complex system of Sword Art Online to remind the viewers that Yui wasn't actually gone. Since it has already been established that the writers won't let anyone extremely close to Kirito die, and the unspoken rule in anime (which applies to the majority of all the shows produced, and only has a few exceptions) that main characters never die, the emotion in the ...more - InstantNoodles

HOLY CRAP I have NEVER cried watching any anime before but this one broke my record oh my god when Yuki died I ACTUALLY FOUND MY SELF CRYING then I was like wait why am I crying oof when Yuki died that was sad

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.

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

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.

21 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

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).

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.

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.

This was a great anime. The ending was heartbreaking and something you never quite saw coming. I would compare this to claymore in its ability to create sudden tragic plot twists.

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

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

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.

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

24 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 is by far the saddest show that I have watched. I would so watch any sequel movie that they put out I wish that they had a sequel but I don't think they'll ever make a sequel

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

25 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

After being challenged to watch sad anime and not to cry, I failed to this masterpiece... I started watching it at midnight and ended up at 5 or 6 am crying until lunch time. I was not expecting that.
The character development is great, REALLY great. The way that Yuki is seen as a light of hope in many situations is marvelous. The way that Mirai is made to showing her protective true self. The way that Mari shows her kind heart to these kids while worrying about her own. It's just amazing...

Now there's a hole in my heart that cannot be filled...

26 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

One of the only anime that actually made me cry. Even though the first half of the show is comedic and happy, while the second half is dark and depressing, that is mainly what makes a good drama anime. Anime that build up ask the happy moments enough that the sad stuff hits hard arewhat really make me cry. What really kept this from beating CLANNAD was the ending. The first half worked great with all the happy and comedic moments. Then when the sad stuff hit, it was depressing as ****, and it went on for so long. Then the last episode came, which was basically like waking up from a really awesome dream where you're like king of the world or something except in a sad way. But the sad stuff itself I think was more depressing than CLANNAD. It was just that ending that brought it down. - MottScurry

27 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

28 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

Gakuen Alice is awesome my favorite are Natsume And Mikan

29 A Silent Voice

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.

This deserves to be way higher. Cried through the whole movie. Also cried over the manga. I'm very dedicated to this fandom because it is such a beautiful story. - _Lelouch_

Beautiful way to incorporate and portray such heavy topics (bullying and suicide) in an anime!

For me it' the saddest anime ( movie ) I've ever watched I kept crying through the whole thing

30 Claymore Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue, but was moved to one of their sister magazines as the content was deemed too adult for Shōnen Jump’s target demographic.

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

sad story

31 Your Name

The movie itself is so sweet. Its not till the end that you get the mad feels. I loved it so much

This anime is one of the saddest anime you'll ever see... Its similar to Your Lie In April but completely different ending.. This anime should always be in the top ten - TsubakeRyota

How come there are anime like Soul Eater above this, this movie was a true masterpiece, it made me cry a lot at the end, I recommend you watch it as soon as possible

One of my favorites. The most emotional anime movie

32 Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a Japanese manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008.

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

33 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 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.

DBZ is one of the best anime but is true that the series can not be taken as saddest anime. But if someone says that the story and characters have not much details so I prefer them to watch the series with full concentration and use their common sense

34 Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.

This was an absolutely beautiful anime that just made you cry! Stunning art, along with such intense character depth, tragedy, and moving on themes makes this my favorite sad anime.

This anime has a sad but beautiful story. It has made me cry way too much times. It also has beautiful animations the people are beautiful. I recommend this to anyone who loves a beautiful anime that has an amazing story.

Many sad scenes littered throughout the entire show.

No anime has ever made me cry in almost EVERY episode.

35 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.

36 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.

Just the loneliness of Yuki as god. It proves that he really, truly did love Yuno and truly wasn't happy without her.

37 Sora no Otoshimono SS3

First impressions of this anime may seem to be a bit inappropriate, but keep watching, any getting to know the characters will definitely lead to tears by the end of season 1.

It's really heartwarming to see a character grow and develops to love someone even though she's supposed to have no emotions and because she's like a robot.

38 Assassination Classroom

Ya boi cried at the ending. Jesus Christ the ending got me in the feels. - JuuzouSusuya

I cried at the end, it was so sad! Well, not really cried, but I was holding back tears! My brother(who was watching it with me) was like "Wait, why are you crying? " Bottom line; 10/10 would recommend. If you don't mind crying.

It's actually hilarious and very clever and teaches a lot of life lessons. It's the ending that puts it on this list.

The ending was the saddest thing ever but it was so beautifully constructed and it made me cry so hard. It was so tragic but hopeful at the same time and I just cannot get over this!

39 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

I think black butler is insanely sad. I haven't finished it but I just know its going to blow my feels up from what I heard.

40 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

This anime didn't make me cry but neither has any anime for that matter but when I first completed it I truly wanted to cry and couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks.

How is this not at the top this is by far the saddest anime I have watched

"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.

41 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.

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

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

I didn't cry, but I still got this dreaded feeling when I realised it had ended. I watched it in English dub and I LOVED it. It was the first serious anime I watched, **Apart from Pokemon, when I was a kid.** and it is by far, one of my favourites. It's just so... Oh, I don't know, I feel like it deserves more recognition because it's actually so good.

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

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

How did this end up here? - Saroosi

43 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...

44 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

Whoever made this list I will slap them and say this is the first saddest moment I wont spoil it but it made me cry so much I became the alantic ocean

This was an accident. I haven't even seen this show before. I choose Clannad Afterstory - SaphireStorm

Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo ghoul root A is one of the most saddest anime from episode number 1. Always questioning your existence, the unwanted life you have been granted. Turning into something you really hate. I am used to sad animes as I watch them a lot. But this one made me really cry over various episodes. And the watching the final episode of root A, I was too dumbstruck.

The ending of Root A literally killed me inside and I only cried for 20 days. I have no idea how this isn't higher on the list? The anime is just an epic tragedy in *spoilers* how Kaneki goes from being the pinnacle of innocence to an emotionless killer slowly over the span of the series and having every single person he has ever loved being killed or dying right in from of him - or in Hide's case, in his arms. HOO BOY. Watch this anime if you would like to donate your soul and tear ducts.

45 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

46 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.

This is 'sad'? Why would an anime made for children possibly be counted as 'one of the saddest anime ever'? This is preposterous!

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

47 Dangan Ronpa Danganronpa: The Animation is a 2013 anime television series based on Spike Chunsoft's murder mystery video game, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

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.

Note too self when playing and or watching Danganropa don't get attached to anyone ever

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

Still crying to myself about Chihiro...

48 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 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.

49 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...

It's sad, cause you can't not love the characters and then you watch them suffer awful fates. When it finished, I was crying for days, but I was a child. I now cry from nostalgia. Best anime ever.

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

I didn't really cry for this show but it's my favorite so I voted for it

50 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 851 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.

I honestly have no idea why fairy tail is higher on the list. One piece has made me cry many times.

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