Saddest Moments in Anime

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

The Top Ten

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 :"( ;-;

No words. Only tears.

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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

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3 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

I hate Shou Tucker and I wish he should have died instead of Nina - TwilightKitsune

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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

6 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.

Dubbed or subbed if you don't cry while watching this you have no soul

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7 Korosensei is Killed - Assassination Classroom Korosensei is Killed - Assassination Classroom

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.

I cried both times, first reading the manga and then watching the anime episode... It's one of the few anime deaths that has made me really cry, not just tearing up, but actually letting tears fall on my keyboard. It deserves a better place.

I've been with assassination classroom since the very beginning of the manga in 2012, it was too emotional for me because when Korosensei died I realized it was over

Its impossible not to cry to his death. KORO-SENSEI!

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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

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9 Nico's Death - Casshern Sins
10 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"


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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.

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.

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13 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.

This was sad, but he should've stayed dead, so it'd be sadder.

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14 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 cried bucketfuls after that episode. I have no regrets

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...

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

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15 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.

Seeing Brock and misty separate really made me cry and the fact that Pokémon anime eternally changed after this moment makes it even sadder

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16 Goodbye Pork Bowl - Silver Spoon

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

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

So sweet,sad and fills you with lots emotions

What Happend in this episode?

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

Whenever I see it I just remember what lelouch said..."those who kill should be ready to be killed". And the ending song continued story by hitomi is emotional

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

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

Dude, I cried for 3 days. I'm not even joking. - Debbie9

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20 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

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Homura's Past Timelines - Puella Magi Madoka✩Magica
2. Eye-Opening Arc - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
3. Alucard's Past - Hellsing Ultimate
1. Death of Nina Tucker - FullMetal Alchemist
2. Death of Maes Hughes - FullMetal Alchemist
3. Goku Says Farewell To Friend's and Family as He Dies - Dragon Ball Z
1. Kanade Disappears - Angel Beats
2. Death of Nina Tucker - FullMetal Alchemist
3. Code Geass ending

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