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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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9,263 1,440
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5,215 1,843
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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4,307 2,089
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2,967 1,623
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3,685 1,737
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,664 1,203
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,630 1,288
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2,828 1,203
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,817 3,155
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4,194 1,325
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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4,002 2,005
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2,882 2,204
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,728 1,159
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,237 2,879
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3,090 242
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Kanon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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4,713 507
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,883 1,571
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,737 383
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,252 543
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,079 625
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,474 1,418
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1,421 171
Orange is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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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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715 547
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Erased is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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769 662
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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740 393
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Super awesome anime. Some parts are sad most light hearted but i think its sad. The picture glitched. Sorry!

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