Saddest Moments in Anime

those moments in anime that got you all emotional and made you cry.

The Top Ten Saddest Moments in Anime

1 Death of Maes Hughes - FullMetal Alchemist


He was basically comic relief for a few episodes. He was there when Ed needed him (and when Roy NEVER needed him) AND THEN ENVY KILLS HIM! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS!?!?

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

When Mustang stood in the funeral and told Hawkeye that it's raining.. she said it's not.. and he said it started already.. that made me cry for the whole day :"( ;-;

Maes Hughes. You may have been taken away from us, but you will always hold a place in the hearts of everyone who loved you.

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

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

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

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

This girl is badass. If it was me, I would've killed myself from the 4th or 5th timeline - Kuroemon2002

3 Korosensei is Killed - Assassination Classroom

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

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

Seriously; who didn't shed a tear while watching the entire episode where Korosensei is assassinated? The final attendance checking, Nagisa before bringing down the knife to kill him, EVERYONE CRYING AFTER KOROSENSEI DISAPPEARS... sigh.

The entire episode. I was cried so much lol. So much emotion crammed into a single episode.

4 Eye-Opening Arc - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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

God! This arc was so sad. ;____;

5 Alucard's Past - Hellsing Ultimate

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

This was so sad and beautiful

Alucard's past is just dark, he got abused and raped by bad men in his young age

6 Death of Ushio - Clannad After Story

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

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

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

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

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

I cried like I never did

7 Death of Nina Tucker - FullMetal Alchemist

Two deaths stand out the most in Fullmetal Alchemist Maes Hughes and Nina Tucker, Hughes was such a lovable character and a real family man and great friend who died way too soon after Envy disguised as his wife kills him, Nina Tucker had it worst she was just a little girl who ended up becoming a part of her crazy fathers sick and twisted experiment whats worst is there was no way to return her back to normal, her death was more of a mercy killing because Scar knew that she could never return to normal and would be forced to live out the rest of her life as lab experiment. - egnomac

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

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

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

8 Lucy's Childhood - Elfen Lied

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

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

Dog is my second favorite animal...Damn

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

9 Nico's Death - Casshern Sins
10 Itachi's Death (Itachi vs Sasuke) - Naruto Shippuden

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

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

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

Ok maybe not Itachi's death scene but when Sasuke finds out Itachi's truth,DAMN.. FOR ALMOST ENTIRE SERIES HE WAS CONSIDERED a bad guy and then we were wrong.. This should have placed way above this rank also Naruto's parent's death,minato disappeared on his son's bday and of course jiraya's death too

The Contenders

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

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

I'm gonna say the n word! NO! that's racist! don't say the n word!

12 Sayaka's Witch Transformation - Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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

Bonus points for the fact that Kyoko dies whilst fighting Sayaka's witch form

This scene was so sad even when you saw it coming and the music just made you feel how Sayaka felt

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

13 The Death of Kaori - Your Lie In April

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

The build up made this the saddest moment in anime for me

Kaori miss you a lot

Should be in top 5 - KalloFox34

14 Death of Portgas D. Ace - One Piece

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

This is the first time an anime/ manga ever made me cry, I sobbed myself o sleep after this. I was on a geeky 9 hour manga read fest because this arc was so cool. After an entire arc of breaking into the worlds number on most dangerous prison facility trying to rescue your only remaining and adoptive brother, he dies saving the one who came to save him. And if that's not enough to make me cry they have to go into a back story of how nobody ever wanted ace except for Luffy and the 3rd brother who also ended up Dead.


(or so u they think)

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

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

15 Death of L - Death Note

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

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

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

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

16 Kanade Disappears - Angel Beats

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

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

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

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

Honestly, Yui disappearing was more sad to me. I didn't shed a tear when Kanade disappeared.

I cried for four days straight after this I wish it wasn't so sad but the second series/season is supposed to come out December 2015! So excited

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

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

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

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

He is one of the characters who are willing to die for what they stand and deserves eternal respect

18 Goodbye Mother - Your Lie in April

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

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

I cried bucketfuls after that episode. I have no regrets

It felt like I was the mother and my daughter was dying

19 Ash, Misty and Brock Part Ways - Pokemon

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

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

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

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

20 Goodbye Pork Bowl - Silver Spoon

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

21 Gaara's Past - Naruto

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

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

22 Meruem and Komugi's Death - Hunter x Hunter

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

By far the best emotional scene I have ever seen!

54? it is by far the time I've cried the most in my entire life! and I'm a 17 years old dude...

Made me depressed, 10/10 very heart wrenching

23 Welcome Home Ed and Al - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

So sweet,sad and fills you with lots emotions

24 Third's Death - Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King
25 Code Geass ending

One of the saddest moment in anime for me. Before the ending I was thinking if Lelouch is doing the right or he turned evil then when the ending came I was devastated to see how all the actions he did was for the sake of future that Nunally wanted to see also everyone. He made himself other hate him and ended this hatred by letting Zero which is justice kill him

This was one of the saddest. I think it is the way Nunnally cries amidst all the others who are cheering for zero that brings it out. We are left with an irony that really hurts.

First anime death I cried over! Definitely not the last, though...

The way lelouch dies is just epic and sad at same time.

26 Yui Disappears - Angel Beats!

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

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

27 I Love You - Angel Beats
28 The Death of Kamina - Gurren Lagann

I watched every Anime that is featured abouve and this should be way higher, like in the TOP 5!

Why is this not higher, if you basically kill one of the main characters within the first 10 episodes :'(

My death

29 Hide's death - Tokyo Ghoul Root A

Even though we now know they Hide doesn't die, every time I hear unravel I cry

When Hide died my heart started hurting then when Kaneki said "Let's go home, Hide" it hurt even more and then when he started carrying him and unravel started playing I just cried till I couldn't anymore.

Oh my gosh... I remember watching this part, and I had to get tissues. Hide was one of my favorite characters since he is Kaneki's best friend, but when he died...
(Or at least when in the anime it said he died. Of course, he didn't die, but at that time I thought he did.)

At first I didn't know who it was because I didn't pay attention to the dialogue but when a friend of mine said to me that it was Hide that died I was in complete shocked

30 Karou Reveals to Aoi Why He Left the Hanabishi Clan - Ai Yori Aoshi

It was so sad hearing about how he was forcibly separated from his mother and had to endure all the hardships with being in the Hanabishi Clan alone. - egnomac

I just felt like beating up the grandpa rather then crying...

31 Ash's Buterfree Leaves - Pokemon

It shows a bond between ash and its Pokemon. When I watch this moment I cry.

Caterpie was the first pokeomn Ash ever caught and raised it was really sad seeing Buterfree go. - egnomac

32 Abel's Death - Trinity Blood
33 Wake Up Ash! - Pokemon the First Movie

This and Pikachu's goodbye should be #2.

Pikachu's goodbye made me legitimately cry. No other moment in anime has done that to me. Maes Hughes's death is still the moment in anime. It didn't make me cry, but back then when I was an anime noob and the only anime I watched was Pokemon, my was no where near as tough as it is now.

34 Chelsea's Death in Episode 17 - Akame Ga Kill

It was painful. Episode 17 was so devastating of what just happened to Chelsea. She was beautiful. - NaruHinaBlaze1

Her death was so devastating!

35 Minato and Kushina's Last Words to Naruto - Naruto Shippuden

Forget kushina... If you've read the newest manga... After beating the sage's mom (forget her name) Naruto and minato talk as the reanimation is being released.. Had me like T-T

This should be higher on the list! This made me cry so hard! POOR Naruto!

I hadn't cried for years until I watched this for the first time... I was sobbing so hard it hurt

This was one of the saddest moments in the whole series

36 Tina Leaves for America - Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi

This was one of those moments that made me both sad and angry, Tina just ups an leaves without ever saying goodbye and then completely forgets about em she doesn't write or even calls, eventually she does decide return to Japan. - egnomac

37 Yami Yugi Leaves to the Afterlife- Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yeah right! This is far from sad. If it was sad, (SPOILER ALERT! ) why does he appear in the Yugioh GX finale? - SelfDestruct

Just replying to the GX guy, that was just Yugi grown up, as you'd expect he has a deeper voice.

38 Gintoki's Past - Gintama

Episode 305 shows that Gintoki's past is much darker and sadder than we thought. Had me cry louder and longer than I have in years.

Probably the saddest past story in Gintama

This should be in top 10

I cried watching Takasugi and Gintoki fight it out in between scenes of when they first met.

39 Kyoko Sacrifices Herself So Sayaka Won’t Die Alone - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
40 Menma Disappears - Anohana

I'm shocked this isn't number 1. Nothing in anime gets me near crying, Anohana's ending has got me a few times. Second would be Ace from One Piece, but in the end not a single tear's shed. It's such an emotional moment in Anohana, their friend drowned in a lake during hide and seek, and at the end they -finally- found her, along with her disappearance, the letters and music... nothing comes close.

How come this is so low? Anohana was 4th in saddest anime I don't get it. I can never listen to the ending song without tearing up

I mean, I cried JUST from seeing a guitar video with the anime going on in the background. It was ridiculously sad. Should be way higher.

Why isn't this #1 I legit cried the whole week even before the saddest part came should be #1

41 Wolf Man's Death - Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
42 The Eclipse - Berserk

When I heard what happened during the Eclipse, I couldn't believe it. Then I read Berserk, looking at Griffith and Guts being friends made me choke up because I knew what would happen. I knew Griffith was going to something irredeemable. Then during the eclipse I was in complete shock at Griffith's downfall. Seeing someone during the Golden Age Arc who I respected do something like this made me cry. I watched Griffith turned from one of my favorite characters turn into someone I despise. THIS should be number one.

Just three survived out of hundreds. While Griffith, the traitor earned Godhood, Guts lost an eye and a hand. Caska lost her mental health. Once cheerful Band of the Hawk ended in a bloody sabbath. - Undistinguished

That was SO messed up!

43 Going Merry's funeral - One Piece

No matter how many time I see it, the music and the feeling in this scene is just too much for my eyes to hold the tears

This is probably the most memorable moment of any anime for me, it had me bawling buckets when I first saw it many years ago in middle school. Now when I rewatch it as a 21 year old I may not cry anymore but the memory of what it first made me feel remains. I couldn't believe a show could make me care for a ship, especially with out me realizing it did, and that by itself is a feat. Not to mention merry rescued all her friends and sail one last time with them before ultimately giving in to what was inevitable, and don't even get me started about merry apologizing, only for luffy to say she had nothing to apologize for and it was their fault, while in tears. and to to top it off she got a viking funeral, what a way to go out.

The one thing one piece does best: nostalgia. The feeling of men setting out to find romance and adventure. But all things must come to an end. After all they went through together. merry had to go. She was like a member of the crew herself. This was the first time I had ever cried watching something.

Probably the only show I've ever watched who made me cry because of a ship. It was so sad because Merry was there from almost the begging of the journey and how luffy was upset and started regretting not taking better care of her. It was very sad and nostalgic at the same time.

44 Death of Clembot - Pokemon XYZ

The soundtrack of AZ's theme just nails it.

45 Karou Cheers Up Mayu - Ai Yori Aoshi

In the Flashback Mayu is really upset that her parents aren't spending anytime with who she hasn't seen for months she runs off bumps right into Karou, as she's crying all alone Karou tries to cheer her up with the stuff rabbit she dropped out of frustration she throws the stuff toy away and says that she hates her father and then Karou tells her his sad story of how he had to grow up with out his mother and lonely he really was and tells her that she shouldn't hate her father and that her parents care deeply about her she then breaks down and starts crying really and emotional moment. - egnomac

When Mayu is first introduced I didn't really like because she was a total brat but a later episode revealed the reason she acts the way she does is because her parents were never around and that she was always lonely, Karou manages to cheer her up and tells he that its better to have parents that are never around than to not have any like does.

46 Rue's Love - Princess Tutu
47 Winry Over Hears The Truth About Her Parents Death - FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Ed tried to keep Winry's parents death a secret but of course he ends up blabbing it out loud while fighting Scar with out realizing that Winry was standing right behind him her reaction says it all. - egnomac

I like scar but I wish he would stop being a jerk.

48 The ending of Your Lie in April

The only time I've ever cried in an anime...

That was by far the saddest ending I've ever seen. "An April's coming. An april without you." By far the saddest scene in anime

Without words...

I was hurt by 2d lovers

49 I Don't Wanna Die - Chrono Crusade
50 Nagato's Past - Naruto Shippuden

Because it's naruto

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