The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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Are you looking for sad anime that will make you cry? Well look no further, because for this list we're ranking the saddest anime of all time. These series come from a wide variety of genres, but they share the commonality of being depressing as hell. Yes we've included mainstream shows like Naruto, but don't even try to say that show doesn't have some of the saddest moments in anime history. Films are included here too, so you'll be seeing sad anime movies like 5 Centimeters Per Second and Grave of the Fireflies on the list below. 

Sometimes even one death in an anime can cloud the whole series with sadness. Perhaps the saddest death in all of anime goes to Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist. The funeral and burial scene is notorious for making people cry, especially when Hughes' daughter Elicia starts to ask her mom where daddy is (the scene is included below if you want to watch it).

Are we missing a really sad or depressing anime that you feel deserves to be here? Go ahead and add it to the list! How melancholy something makes you feel is subjective, so don't be afraid to add an obscure or less mentioned anime.
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    Clannad After Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Clannad After Story

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    Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Anohana: The Flower We Saw Tha... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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    Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso

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    NOT as sad as afterstory but still really sad 

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    Plastic Memories is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Your lie in April is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Tokyo Ghoul

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    Toradora! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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    Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Air is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Kimi No Na Wa (your Name) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    Berserk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time


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    One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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    One Week Friends Super awesome anime. Some parts are sad most light hearted but i think its sad. The picture glitched. Sorry!

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