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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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7,894 1,650
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7,904 1,671
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6,523 966
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3,599 1,235
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,151 780
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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3,240 847
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,152 1,320
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4,288 2,178
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,783 1,194
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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2,086 994
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,881 833
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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2,621 912
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2,078 2,039
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2,114 823
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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3,053 900
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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1,095 598
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Air

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3,346 558
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1,542 700
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2,837 1,390
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2,460 1,879
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The Best Games To Play Online

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2,114 1,400
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
LIUFA added Death Note

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2,552 647
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Charlotte

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2,327 347
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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2,856 891
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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708 383
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,751 616
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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981 364
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

The Best Fan Service Anime of All Time

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2,017 979
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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2,544 242
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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1,363 101
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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1,951 1,019
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1,526 225
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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1,010 397
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1,773 370
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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809 332
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
_1449037242995 added Golden Time

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1,064 351
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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637 394
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616 297
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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559 423
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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892 427
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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760 836
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through

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849 205
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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526 256
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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667 619
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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529 394
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566 194
One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 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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414 132
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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572 436
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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560 224
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain