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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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15,408 3,012
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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10,374 2,230
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8,864 1,385
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10,034 2,162
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5,005 1,780
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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5,659 1,118
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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4,507 1,156
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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4,168 2,004
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Charlotte

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2,822 1,539
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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4,716 740
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3,555 1,691
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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5,496 3,115
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,570 1,167
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,517 1,248
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2,722 1,159
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,704 3,007
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4,021 1,285
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
christian-stanley added Akame ga KILL!

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1,365 813
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3,274 497
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,781 2,088
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,845 1,944
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3,612 1,124
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,117 2,757
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2,834 225
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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928 543
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,449 544
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

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4,395 468
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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2,262 826
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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2,777 1,494
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,318 543
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2,553 369
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,194 523
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,411 1,361
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2,869 599
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,289 156
Orange is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,739 568
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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1,186 566
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Nana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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689 535
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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722 212
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,342 352
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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747 631
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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790 647
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liya__libovich added One Piece

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706 378
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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775 278
One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added 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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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Youssef Khaldi added Noragami