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17 Anime Series That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby

Updated 14 Jun 2019 80.8k votes 21.4k voters 403.7k views17 items

List RulesVote up the saddest anime series and films that make you want to curl up in the corner and sob.

While a lot of anime stays pretty lighthearted, most viewers know that it isn't always fun and games. There are many depressing anime series and films deal with strong subjects like death, failed romance, illness, and catastrophic tragedies of all sorts. This list looks at some of the saddest anime out there and the moments that will definitely leave you in tears - that means there's spoilers about major plot points below. 

While becoming immersed in a show or movie, you develop deep attachments to the characters in the story, which makes you all the more empathetic to their dejected feelings and unfortunate life paths. Sometimes the things that happen to them are so relatable that they pluck your heart strings in all the most sensitive places. Anime like Clannad, Your Lie in April, Grave of the Fireflies, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 are all great examples of sad anime that'll make you cry. So get your tissues, get ready to cry like a baby, and check out these sad animes.

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