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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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Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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6,680 1,412
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6,834 1,380
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5,515 799
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2,866 994
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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3,412 626
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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2,646 662
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,648 1,682
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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1,684 732
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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2,382 957
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,581 1,053
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1,585 647
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,767 1,572
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2,151 742
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1,778 650
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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2,499 741
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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941 473
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Air

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2,067 1,428
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1,771 1,070
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,729 463
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1,282 574
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2,326 1,161
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2,097 542
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Charlotte

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1,861 263
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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2,490 763
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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593 288
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,494 514
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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1,701 732
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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744 275
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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1,670 152
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,084 143
Erased is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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668 40
A Silent Voice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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1,303 255
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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648 250
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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579 323
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768 244
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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506 230
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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491 352
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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760 351
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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680 682
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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415 193
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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580 509
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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510 355
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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596 146
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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445 336
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469 159
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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298 86
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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350 171
Pandora Hearts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
AvaCohen added Pandora Hearts