15 Best Heartbreaking and Saddest Anime
Anime is a sophisticated entertainment, with rich tales, wonderful settings, and a diverse cast of engaging people. Doesn’t that sound intense? It’s no surprise that numerous anime series are known tearjerkers. So, what is it about these melancholy anime that makes them so sad?
The combination of story, setting, and characters results in an anime tearjerker. What if your narrative has a gloomy concept or a bleak setting? You’re doomed to collapse into a crying mass of mush. What about the cast of characters? If a character has a particularly sad origin and spends the entire anime attempting to mend his broken past, you’re in for a whiny character or a sentimental sob fest.
With that in mind, continue reading to learn about some of the best sad anime available, so you, too, may enjoy a good cry or two over some of this amazing medium’s saddest moments.
15. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Tokyo from 25 kilometres beneath the sea, two young siblings, Mirai and Yuki, find themselves unable to contact their parents as they make their way home from a robot show in Odaiba. Mari, a single mother and motorcycle courier on her way to her daughter and mother, is assisting the children.
Throughout their long and difficult journey to rejoin with their families, the three finds comfort and support in one another and, in their own way, becomes a family. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a harrowing, moving, and realistic representation of the aftermath of a massive natural disaster as seen through the eyes of three well-developed individuals. It is certain to have an impression on anyone.
14. Flavors of Youth
Flavors of Youth brilliantly conveys the most gloomy of sentiments, nostalgia. The loosely interrelated stories in this delightfully animated anthology examine the power of nostalgia through the prism of food. Footage from the first entry, The Rice Noodles, have been utilised in numerous aesthetically pleasing posts and will undoubtedly make you cry. Not to be outdone, the next two simply build on the intensity of The Rice Noodles, delivering up meaningful, emotionally charged, and sad tales to make you cry.
A Japanese-Chinese adolescent stories: memories imprisoned in a bowl of hot noodles, a fading beauty finding her way, and a heartbreaking first love.
13. 5 Centimeters Per Second (Byousoku 5 Centimeter)
Makoto Shinkai’s films are distinguished by their breathtakingly beautiful visuals, which set them apart from nearly everything else on the market. While his hit Your Name is undoubtedly his one of the best-made film overall, 5 Centimeters Per Second is the one that hits fans the hardest in the feels. The film is about growing up and growing apart, and it revolves around two close friends who are torn apart by life.
Despite their best efforts, the characters continue to drift apart as they go through life. Despite the growing distance between them, their memories of each other remain, and they continue to hope to meet again. The film depicts the natural progression of life and how people naturally drift apart from time to time. The title alludes to the speed with which cherry blossoms fall.
12. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime that tells one of the most heartbreaking storylines ever. It’s the story of two young brothers who defied alchemical laws by trying human transmutation in order to resurrect their deceased mother. The brothers paid dearly for their transgression. Alphonse, the younger, lost his entire body. In the process of resurrecting his brother’s soul and tying it to a suit of armour, older brother Edward lost his leg and subsequently his arm.
Yet, these strong and determined brothers refused to accept their destiny and set out to find a means to reclaim their bodies. They thought the Philosopher’s Stone was the key, but when they discovered its actual nature, they had to consider the moral consequences of employing it. That is only the tip of the iceberg. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a complex, layered, and moving anime with multiple heartbreaking stories that will make your blood run cold and your eyes well up.
11. Wolf Children (Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)
Wolf Children has a sweet premise, but it’s quite the tearjerker. It tells the story of Hana, a single mother trying to raise her two children. That’s difficult enough, but the children are also half-wolf. Her children’s father went out hunting and was killed, leaving Hana to raise these children alone.
Even worse, Hana discovered his body as the trash collector was about to dispose of it. The audience will feel the same emotions as Hana as she struggles to raise her two supernatural children.
10. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
There are few anime that cause the audience to cry not only for eleven consecutive episodes, but also to cry on cue when they hear the first notes of a song. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is an A-1 Pictures original anime that aired in the spring of 2011. This anime depicts a group of childhood friends, now teenagers, attempting to cope with the death of their childhood friend Menma.
The group of friends has grown apart five years after Menma’s death, but the ghost of their long-lost friend may be enough to bring them back together. The group reassembles so Menma can finally fulfil her wish and move on, while also giving her friends the closure they need to move on without her. Throughout the story, viewers see how Menma’s death affects each of her friends as they struggle to cope with and overcome their feelings of guilt. Anohana is a moving, tear-jerking experience that no one should miss.
9. Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories is one of those shows that gives the audience a jolt of reality while also reminding them that nothing lasts forever. The show’s premise revolves around the creation of androids that are nearly impossible to distinguish from real humans.
Tsukasa Mizugaki, a boy who fails to get into college but manages to get a job nonetheless, ends up working for Giftias, a business that creates lifelike androids with short lifespans. He is assigned to work in one of the termination facilities, where he meets and befriends a Giftia named Isla, with whom he soon realises the worst.
8. Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)
The concept of fate is not new in anime. It’s a common trope in a variety of genres in the medium. Your Name, on the other hand, approaches it from a fresh angle that is sure to make the audience cry. The plot revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. They are both high school students from ordinary, humble backgrounds.
The anime follows two protagonists, Mitsuka Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, two teenagers who unknowingly wish they were in each other’s shoes. A strange phenomenon allows them to live their dreams but in the body of another person. They begin to seek each other out in order to find an answer to this.
7. The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)
Takao Akizuki, a 15-year-old boy with a passion for shoemaking, goes to work on his shoe ideas in a garden. He encounters Yukari Yukino, a 27-year-old lady who is adrift in the adult world, here. The two have a similar bond and continue to meet in the garden several times after that, finding solace in one another.
Some believe The Garden of Words is about forbidden love, while others believe it is about loneliness. I believe the narrative is about both. The short anime film examines the concepts of unknown futures, alienation and loneliness, and the loose idea of a forbidden relationship. Great storytelling and imagery. The soundtrack is also excellent.
6. Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! begins with a boy named Otonashi waking up only to discover he is dead. Fortunately for him, a rifle-toting girl named Yuri informs him that he has arrived in the afterlife and that she is the head of a name-changing battlefront that rebels against God and fights God’s henchwoman, the student body president Angel, who possesses superhuman powers.
Angel Beats! is actually rather humorous, until it isn’t, and viewers forget what laughter is. Otonashi doubts the morality of the battlefront’s conduct as it orchestrates and executes numerous missions against Angel. The true nature of the afterlife school is eventually exposed, and Otonashi begins working with Angel to grasp the purpose of this limbo, which allows those who have undergone trauma and hardship in life to pass on. It’s heartbreaking to watch these characters’ stories unfold as they try to let go of their links to their prior lives.
5. Clannad/Clannad: After Story
Clannad is the anime version of the same-named visual novel by Key. It is possibly the most well-known sad animation. Clannad: After Story, a twenty-four-episode follow-up to the anime, is significantly more gloomy. While the first part deals with typical high school drama, mostly friendships and love relationships, the second part offers a much more serious and profound look at adulthood’s challenges, with an emphasis on the value of family.
Clannad is a rare anime that shows the characters’ entire lives rather than just high school graduation or the couple holding hands. Clannad doesn’t hold back. It will break your heart and leave you in a pool of sorrow. People that like the experience should look into other Key anime adaptations, such as Little Busters!
4. Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
Following the death of his mother, Kousei Arima, a piano prodigy and famous child musician, loses his ability to hear the sound of his own piano in Your Lie in April from A-1 Pictures. Two years later, Kousei meets Kaori Miyazono, a lively violinist who shows him that music should be played freely, rather than in the strict, structured manner taught to him by his mother.
Your Lie in April tells the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than just hitting each note perfectly, falling in love with Kaori along the way. Unfortunately, Kaori’s cheerfulness, like the anime’s bright colour palette, is merely a mask for the impending tragedy. Your Lie in April is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about emotional trauma, overcoming loss, and moving forward, set to a beautiful, touching soundtrack. It’s enough to make anyone cry.
3. I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai)
I Want To Eat Your Pancreas is one of the most depressing anime films of all time, and it will undoubtedly leave the audience in a state of shock. The story follows Haruki after he discovers and reads Sakura’s journal. Sakura has been suffering silently from a fatal pancreatic disease, he discovers. When Haruki returns to the journal, he is surprised to discover that he is the first to learn of Sakura’s illness. Haruki promises to assist her in accomplishing everything on her bucket list before her untimely death.
This anime is tragic, and the most painful event occurs without warning. Sakura talks about her death casually, but she hides a lot of fear behind her bubbly exterior. She teases Haruki throughout their relationship, but he doesn’t realise his true feelings for her until it’s too late.
2. A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)
A Silent Voice, a 2016 anime film from Kyoto Animation, isn’t a pleasant experience, yet that works in its favour. This film does not want viewers to feel at ease. Its goal is to let the audience experience what the characters on the film are feeling, and it succeeds. A Silent Voice tells the story of Shouko, a deaf girl who was tormented by her friends in elementary school and had to shift schools several times.
Shouya, the boy who bullied Shouko and ultimately became the object of bullying himself when he turned on his pals, is also featured in A Silent Voice. Shouya, in his third year of high school, decides to embark on a quest of redemption, haunted by his wrongdoings and lamenting his past actions. He runs upon Shouko again and attempts to make amends. Unsettling and sad, A Silent Voice is also comforting and hopeful.
1. Grave Of The Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)
Grave of the Fireflies is one of the most heartbreaking films ever made. The film is set in the final days of World War II and tells the story of a boy named Seita and his younger sister, Setsuko, whose lives have been devastated by the cruel and brutal war that has left them without their parents and home.
When the siblings are left to fend for themselves in the Japanese countryside, their youthful optimism is blinding in the face of unyielding adversity, giving them the strength to resist an unavoidable fate. Grave of the Fireflies is an achingly depressing, profoundly beautiful, and profoundly moving film that will not disappoint.
Here are a couple more suggestions from our end that you might like
- Elfen Lied
- Violet Evergarden
- Banana Fish
- Barefoot Gen
- True Tears
- Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
People cry for numerous reasons when they watch anime. Some people cry more than others. Anime has a tendency to run us over with the feels train. Even though an anime is not classed as “sad,” it can make us cry like babies! Consider Attack on Titan. It contains heartbreaking scenes. Even the end of our favourite series can make us cry. These episodes will undoubtedly expand your anime knowledge and teach you about the ups and downs of life in general. So get your tissues, sweatpants, chocolate, ice cream, and weeping pillows ready, because these fantastic series will make you cry like a three-year-old!
Still, some don’t cry and carry anguish in their hearts. As, Everyone bears pain in their heart.