Saddest Anime SeriesAnime 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
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
I've never really been one to cry during an anime. I've watched Clannad and Clannad After Story, as well as Kanon, but none of them really hit me that hard. Then I watched Angel Beats!. Though the story seemed a little rushed into 13 episodes, there is an absolute connection between the audience and the characters, since they are truly easy to relate to. I teared up for the first time in a while near the end of episode three, but that was a warm up for episode 10, where I bawled my eyes out, and didn't even want to watch the final three episodes for a couple days since every time I even thought of that scene tears welled up in my eyes. Yet, the best part is that it isn't a scene of one character being torn from the rest, but a beautiful act of acceptance that, while sad, really spoke to me. The show was a beautiful sadness, as episode 13 shows us at the end that any act of kindness you can perform can greatly impact other people, and most of all, life is worth living. (Hell, this show ...moreV 305 Comments
SPOILERS! The main character's (Tomoya's) wife (Nagisa) dies giving birth to their daughter Ushio, who he then gives up to Nagisa's parents and falls into a deep depression for five years. Then, he makes up with Ushio after he decides that he wants to try his hardest to take care of her in probably the most powerful scene in anime history, and then Ushio dies months later. Is there really any question as to why this is the saddest anime ever made?
CAN I GET AN AMEN! AMEN/Amen
Ok ok ok *Breathes In* this anime is DEPRESSING
While the first series is more let say 'Aimed at a younger audience' the second series played with my heart strings... PROFESSIONALLY 0_0 lols
Eh lets start with something no one really talks about shall we: The fact that Okazaki Tomoya was showing the cold shoulder to his dad to finally realize as an adult that he himself is going though a similar phase; not to mention when seeing his dad off, he bursted into tears to what all these family drama and loneliness has caused his dad to become. he even burst into tears when Uschio (his daughter) accepted him knowing that she could have put Tomoya through the same Predicament. :'( Although this is not what highlights the anime, I thought it may be great to mention. :'(
I definitely caught the feels for many reasons which I can go on and on and on about but one thing that really got me; is how everyone just disappears in life and how ...more
This anime shows us how important our family is. No, I mean seriously. By family, I mean friends, too... - IhuntHunterzz
Absolutely beautiful. This anime does an amazing job at making you connect with the characters, and then to see what they go through, you can't help but to experience the pain that they are feeling. One of my favorites.
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 BABYV 352 Comments
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.
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.
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.V 275 Comments
Not sad at all
its cool - hcraw17
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...V 49 Comments
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...
In my opinion, the best anime every created. People will disagree with me on this, but no other anime has had me sobbing like a small child to the opening theme 6 months after finishing it. The way the characters come together to deal with their grief is beautiful. The first few episodes are generally lighthearted, but the last one will hit you HARD. Trust me, you're gonna need more than a box of tissues for this one.
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!V 232 Comments
I hated Mello because I'm allergic to chocolate
Also Matt is bad he only appears when he dies
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..
There is no anime in the world with an end as sad as death note's...V 65 Comments
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 was sad but no where near as depressing as the manga. After I finished reading the manga I sat in a corner in total shock of what happened and I just started crying.
I love the story and it's ending was depressing
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.V 91 Comments
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 :�'(
Naruto, a young damaged child. Throughout the series it's heartbreaking and loving at both times. All characters play a role in the show. Loneliness is not just a way to depart but a way to connect. From all of the destructive and insecure characters they all connect in a way which is endearing. This particular series urges me to cry repetitively.V 165 Comments
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
Code geass is also my favorite anime's out of them all I watched it so many times and I still love it - Videogame
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.
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
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.
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.
I've watched this a million times and I can never, and I mean it when I say, never get over the amazing relationships all of the characters have with each other. When the characters die, they most likely had someone very dear to them... And it kinda just makes you wanna cry in a corner for a little bit. I would recommend this one out of all of them, for quite a lot of tears have been shed!V 89 Comments
This one is just heartbreaking. It's not scary, it's not surprising, it's just pure calm sadness that overwhelms you. There is happiness there is peace, but it's a false happiness, a fake peace that you need for the sake of your sanity. There is no future, there is nothing afterwards to possibly look onward towards. It is the end, the absolute and indisputable end.
I know it's sort of a cute girls doing cute things anime, but still...
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..
This is the saddest anime of all time! I cried 90% of the time. You get to learn about all the characters and their past which makes you have a connection with them all.
Like all or them die. And even does the love interest.
I was In a bad state of depression but it was worth it I cried at every single death apart from Chelsea since she killed bols and he was awesome every death had me crying (ha Chelsea) and to be honest if u say 'oh this is bad there is too many deaths blah blah blah' well not every anime has a happy endingV 93 Comments
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!
To be honest I find the first season almost as sad as after story. mainly because of kotomi's story. I think Kotomi gets forgotten about too much when clannad is brought up, because she was only a supporting character. but, she deserves about as much attention as Fuko gets.
(sorry about my grammar and lack of capital letters by the way)
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
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.
SPOILERS! Kurisu x Okabe is really the only sad thing that hit me with this series... when they had to send Kurisu back to the time when she got killed, the two share a few goodbye kisses and making them one of the most heartfelt kisses in anime. AWW... MOVE IT TO #1 THE OTHER ONES ON THIS LIST aren't SAD AT ALL!
(BIG SPOILER! )
The part that hit me the hardest was when Okabe realizes that he was the one who stabbed and killed the girl he loved- and it was caused by him going back in time trying to save her in the first place. Her looking at him and whispering "i'm so scared... I don't wanna die...I.. Don't want to die" then bleeding to death in his arms made me cry my eyes out
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
Basically depression the anime
I remember watching it as a kid I was trying to remember the name of it and here it is I'm so grateful that u made this saddest anime page and I would like to say thank u - VideogameV 85 Comments
This needs to be in the Top 5! - LedgerDraven
We were watching this is History class... that one girl at the back of the class who watched it already went crazy
I'm crying so much!
It is thw worst saddest animeV 29 Comments
(SPOILER)This anime was very sad(for me anyway) when yuno died I cried so much.
I remember watching the last episode but not finishing it and it was too much to handle so I didn't watch the rest so I cried for the longest time and I didn't know that it ended better than I thought - HelloImDeadInside
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.V 57 Comments
OH COME ON GUYS THEIR LIKE THE SAME THING
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. - calmeehanV 30 Comments
The best anime, bad-ass boys and girls. Hardcore love ships. Savage moments. Easy to fangirl about. And unlike most animes. This anime has a lot and I man A LOT of what moments.
Dragon cry is so sad - hcraw17
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
Whenever I'm sad or happy I watch this and I'm rewatching it right now and the one scene where lucy is being beat my gemini/angel, gemini here's this thought mommy can you teach me how to summon celestial spirits. celestial spirits are my servants they are my friends so its really a heartwarming showV 84 Comments
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.V 26 Comments
I loved this anime - hcraw17
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
Oh hell noV 82 Comments
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.V 10 Comments
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
After death note this anime was great (both are great though)
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).V 37 Comments
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.
There are times where it is too much to bear.V 14 Comments
Sadest show and movie ever - hcraw17
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
While watching this I felt like crying multiple times the main time being when hana's husband died.
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.V 7 Comments
This anime was truly beautiful and the events that occurred within its story arc were things that happen in earthquakes and realistic scenarios that might take place in a magnitude 8 earthquake in Tokyo. I was a tsunami victim of the one that occurred in Japan during the same year this anime was released. I was eight years old when it happened. It was hard to get back home and a lot of my sister's school mates thought we were dead. When I watched this a few months ago, I thought of my own little brother in Yuki's place and the tears wouldn't stop falling
This is rated lower due to the fact that its not as well known as the other Animes and even though I do not know for sure (as I haven't seen every Anime ever created, believe me when I tell you that it is definitely in the top 5 saddest Animes ever created, I read things about other Animes being sad and after watching the whole series I'm like, "ehh yeah a little here and there" this is all very sad and an amazing Anime series that truly deserves further praise.
Special mention to "Wolf's Rain" as well, another sad and just as a whole fantastic Anime series, easily my favorite, best soundtrack and acting.
One part wanted to make me cry, but the it felt as though it told me to just wait a little until one part where it went all out and I started bawling my eyes out. This anime is awesome because it was showed in the year 2009 based on what might happen to 2 siblings in an massive 8.0 earthquake in Tokyo 2 years before the actual Tokyo earthquake had happen, but I know the 2011 Tokyo earthquake was a 9.0
This anime is even sadder than Angel Beats - an_anjuV 18 Comments
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
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
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 MikanV 7 Comments
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 watchV 1 Comment
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
Are you kidding me? This anime isn't sad. Everyone can be easily revived using the dragon balls...
What kind of idiot lists Dragon Ball Z as one of the saddest anime? Fairy Tail is much sadder than DBZ! Shallow characters with no information on past whatsoever (except Vegeta, he is a well developed character). No PERMANENT deaths... Everyone can be revived using the Dragon Balls. Villains with no background as to why they became bad... DBZ is one of the best anime but doesn't deserve to be in the list. - Hellblazer94
The only sad scene that tugged at the heart strings was Vegeta being killed by Frieza. Other than that, everyone lives again when they are wished back by the Dragon Balls.
One can assume every single main character in this series only died due to old age at the very end, otherwise they were brought back with the dragon balls.
Why didn't someone add Dragon Ball GT or vote for it instead of this. - JamesDarylV 25 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
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.V 10 Comments
Coolest anime ever - hcraw17
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.
Ciel's and Aloise both had extremely tragic back stories that brought me to tears. Not to mention Madam Red as well as Book of Circus.
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...V 14 Comments
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.
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 storyV 9 Comments
EPISODE 10 (and also like 8, 9, 11, and 12)!
No anime has ever made me cry in almost EVERY episode.
Many sad scenes littered throughout the entire show.
Those last few episodes of the season were heartbreaking.V 1 Comment
The main charectar relly hot as hell - hcraw17
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.
- The main characters mom is dead
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...
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 everV 2 Comments
This show is not sad. - KalloFox34
This is 'sad'? Why would an anime made for children possibly be counted as 'one of the saddest anime ever'? This is preposterous!
The first movie when Ash Ketchum was turned into stone and all the Pokemon sat there crying over him
There is nothing sadder than whoever put this on this listV 22 Comments
It's actually hilarious and very clever and teaches a lot of life lessons. It's the ending that puts it on this list.
This SHOULD be number 1
Thinking of the ending puts me in a crying fit every time
I watched it three times and cried for two hours after Nagisa assassins Korosensei. Even Karma criedV 19 Comments
Most sadest anime ever and the movie - hcraw17
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 sadV 9 Comments
Note too self when playing and or watching Danganropa don't get attached to anyone ever
Dangan Ronpa is an extremely good anime (though it's very rushed) and it's easy to become attached to the characters, making everything 10x harder.
I very good anime, you can get attached to the whole story very easily and the characters, a very intriguing anime.
Despair enters your new tears when your favorite character dies.V 2 Comments
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
Very sentimental and cute romance.
I cried while watching this - lynxa
"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.V 63 Comments
I didn't really cry for this show but it's my favorite so I voted for it
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.
Found myself tearing up during the opening and then sobbing during the actual anime. Poor Rika. She has to suffer through traveling across the same world fragments over and over again. And of course the scene in the hospital where Shion sees Satoshi is just heartbreaking...
The ending was a happy one, I'll admit. However, seeing how Rika has changed psychologically makes it pretty bittersweet.V 7 Comments
I honestly have no idea why fairy tail is higher on the list. One piece has made me cry many times.
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.V 33 Comments
It starts out happy and then bam it hit u where it hurts so hard momijis background was sad and so was kisas but the manga is so much sadder plus the fact that its sometimes relatable it made me bawl my eyes out
This and fairy Tail are the only anime to make me cry. Fruits Basket is so great with great characters and a creative plot. The Momiji part go to me! My feels just died in this anime. This anime also has the saddest opening ever. Why are anime like Magica Madoka and Deadman Wonderland, soul eater, and black butler on here? Those are way more action than sad. This anime is suppose to make you feel the feels.
Everyone's story is just so sad! Momiji's was sad for me only because I was adopted. It's just a beautiful series though.
This anime had to be one of the saddest of all. It was the first one I have ever watched and at the end I couldn't help it.. It was just so sad!V 12 Comments
The episode about the with the dog got me the most. I was bawling.
Every episode is a different story and in most of them, you find yourself getting attatched to the characters only for them to be deceived and thrown into Hell or some other sort of tragic happening.
Hell girl have different story because of the victims in each episode and some of their stories made me feel sad.
The irony makes it feel sad and makes a person emotional at times.V 2 Comments
Okay, so overall this wouldn't be marked as sad. But this is the best anime I have ever seen. The best villains, the plot, everything about was good. And it stayed good all the way through the ending. And of course, it had some deaths and cries.
This was not only the anime, but the T.V. franchise that made me cry the most. I grew more attached to it then the first series, and I don't think I ever had that many tears on any television franchise.
The second to last episode had one of the saddest yet beautiful moments on anime history
Why do people not know about this anime?V 1 Comment
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