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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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5,985 1,259
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6,191 1,231
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4,813 696
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2,484 853
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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2,941 556
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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2,332 590
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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1,772 442
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Charlotte

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3,258 1,448
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,341 932
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2,127 844
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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2,211 621
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
christian-stanley added Akame ga KILL!

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1,879 643
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1,426 610
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,577 557
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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1,413 568
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,441 420
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1,503 225
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Heartfelt Fancy added Hotarubi no Mori e

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858 417
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1,175 517
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2,284 692
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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2,076 1,021
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1,054 93
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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1,558 922
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,567 1,370
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1,836 1,223
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1,341 451
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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789 104
Erased is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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973 189
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,471 624
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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1,569 737
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609 237
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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526 256
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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259 17
A Silent Voice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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610 189
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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533 298
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452 206
Nana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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549 216
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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456 103
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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688 317
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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377 34
Orange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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366 161
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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399 138
One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 44 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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434 162
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain

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462 328
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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322 146
Pandora Hearts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
AvaCohen added Pandora Hearts

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227 68
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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338 115
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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417 205
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist