Dying alone is a major fear that many people share. Even the most introverted, misanthropic people balk at the idea of being utterly alone in their final moments. When it happens, it makes already tragic demises all the more tragic - both in life and in anime. Anime characters who died alone are the subjects of some of the most heartbreaking scenes in anime history. Get the tissues out, because it's time to get sad.
In some cases, these characters are absolutely isolated - there's nobody nearby when they meet their maker - Wolfwood from Trigun is a good example of this. But most of the time, they aren't totally alone - instead, they're accompanied by the people who took their lives in the first place, or left to draw their last breath by said attacker. In other cases, they're surrounded by people, but all of those people are strangers - not someone who will show them compassion as they fade away. No matter what the circumstances are, these people spend their final moments in emotional isolation.
Which of these scenes had the biggest impact on you?
Maes Hughes' demise is one of the saddest parts of Fullmetal Alchemist, and it's made even worse by the fact that ultimately, he dies alone. Worse, he's shot by Envy, who is disguised as the one person Hughes would have most wanted at his side in his final moments, his wife Gracia. Those finaal moments are spent in a phone booth, trying to call for help as he slowly bleeds out.
After a final battle with Vicious that left him severely injured, Spike staggers towards a group of enemies and raises his fingers to them before uttering his final, iconic last word: "Bang." He then collapses, his life running out with none of his friends or his allies beside him.
Although Nicholas D. Wolfwood is victorious in his battle against his former mentor, he had to take multiple regenerative vials to make it happen, and this resulted in his passing. He manages to get himself to a church before it happens. While he's there, he thinks about how he wasted his whole existence taking other people's lives instead of solving problems peacefully - something that Vash had taught him was possible. He also thought about Milly, who he had recently developed romantic feelings for.
Seita passesa away in a crowded train station, but he's still very much alone. None of the people in the train station know who he is, and are largely ignoring him. When his life comes to an end, it's after losing his four-year-old sister Setsuko to starvation. The two of them struggled for a long time to survive after their hometown was firebombed during World War II, but ultimately they succumbed to a lack of resources.