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15 Anime With 'Downer Beginnings' That Start Off Super Sad

Updated 5 Nov 2019 12.0k votes 2.2k voters 55.5k views15 items

The best anime makes its viewers feel something substantial when the series begins. While some opt for excitement, others opt for soul-crushing misery. For this list, we're going to take a look at some of those anime that start out sad.

Many anime with depressing beginnings also have depressing middles and depressing ends, though most will have rays of hope somewhere in between. As miserable as the beginning of Attack on Titan might be, things only get worse from there. However, other series go on to become somewhat uplifting, such as Kotoura-san, a slice of life series with a largely positive vibe that seems wholly unexpected given its dreary beginning.

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