Anime Underground The Saddest Anime Series of All Time  

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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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11,840 2,114
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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8,267 1,751
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6,865 1,031
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8,245 1,740
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3,807 1,332
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,392 825
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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3,408 909
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,296 1,432
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4,476 2,330
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,896 1,276
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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2,191 1,080
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,999 891
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
dreamertilldawn added Steins;Gate

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2,777 966
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2,167 2,169
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48 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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2,217 876
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
amandapersaud26 added Guilty Crown

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3,210 953
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
christian-stanley added Akame ga KILL!

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3,526 582
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1,136 633
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Air

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1,608 746
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2,976 1,467
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2,699 689
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Charlotte

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2,575 2,006
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2,215 1,505
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,470 369
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Heartfelt Fancy added Hotarubi no Mori e

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2,983 929
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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747 406
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,842 656
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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1,071 420
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20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through

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1,063 396
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

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2,815 274
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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2,144 1,062
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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1,580 126
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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1,701 244
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,031 1,071
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1,942 413
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Дијана Вукајловић added Assassination Classroom

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874 357
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,185 385
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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659 412
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645 316
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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929 446
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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580 446
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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915 222
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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555 275
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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792 895
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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462 143
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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707 653
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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549 407
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605 209
One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 48 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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585 234
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain

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594 466
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time