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17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional

Updated November 26, 2019 7.4k votes 2.1k voters 44.3k views17 items

List RulesVote up the overly emotional anime where the characters would most benefit from a chill pill.

Anime with overly emotional characters can be a deal breaker for some viewers. Their overreactions are either pure entertainment or pure irritation. However, anime drama queens can be found in all anime genres, from action and adventure to slice-of-life. Sometimes entire casts can be so emotional that you can't fathom how they even function, and other times it just takes one crazy character to make them all seem a little wacky.

The anime on this list have some of the most teary-eyed, over-the-top angry, and even downright insane characters in the history of animation. Most of these antics wouldn’t slide in real life, and would likely elicit looks of horror and confusion. The overly emotional characters and their reactions don’t take away from the series they're in, however, and in many cases they provide the best comedy. Regardless, it's a trope that doesn’t sit well with everyone. However it sits with you, these series are still worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is all about.   

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  • School Days is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional
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    Young love hurts, but it's nothing to lose your head over. Unless, of course, you're fighting over a guy with other criminally insane people. Then things might get ugly. School Days is infamous for its violent ending and violent school girls. It shows audiences the kind of bloody love triangles they're familiar with from Dateline or on Lifetime movies. It doesn't seem possible that girls would get so crazy over a pathetic protagonist like Makoto (he's also gross and sleeps with multiple girls concurrently), but somehow they find that insanity deep down inside.

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    Future Diary

    Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional
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    Competing in a death game would definitely warrant some extreme emotions, but the characters in Future Diary still somehow manage to overreact. For example, take the character of Yuno Gasai. The epitome of yandere, she murders anyone who even looks at protagonist Yuki, which is obviously and objectively bonkers.

    The characters only get more outrageous as the series progresses and the death count rises, making it difficult to really root for any of them. Their flaws make the show intriguing and unpredictable but seriously, these characters need to take some deep breaths.

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  • Attack On Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional
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    Attack on Titan features some extremely tense and emotional characters. After all, their lives are constantly under threat. The highly sensitive characters are a lot to handle each episode, and their worries can be so pronounced they start to wear on the viewers. Eren is easily one of the most angst-ridden protagonists ever, spending a great deal of time getting in people's faces or just yelling in general. Seriously, dude needs to learn what an inside voice is. 

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion is well known, perhaps infamously, for the instability of its characters. Shinji is a tragic hero who has a difficult time coping with his own loneliness, while Asuka and Rei can't seem to relate to others and usually frighten them away. The show makes a point of exploring the characters' emotional journeys, so it's no wonder their feelings (intense though they may be) are put on display.

    It might be frustrating to watch as characters sometimes take two steps backward for every one forward, but they are being forced to fight a war using giant robots, so hey, cut them some slack.

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