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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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5,951 1,250
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6,151 1,223
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2,467 849
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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2,918 552
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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2,314 585
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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1,749 439
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Charlotte

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2,332 926
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3,242 1,441
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,117 838
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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2,194 620
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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1,866 635
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1,411 604
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,408 560
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
dreamertilldawn added Steins;Gate

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1,566 553
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,486 222
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,169 516
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2,267 690
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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2,062 1,016
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1,025 90
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,548 916
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,561 1,363
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1,827 1,216
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1,333 450
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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778 101
Erased is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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955 187
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,462 620
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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604 234
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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520 254
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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599 185
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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A Silent Voice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Nana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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542 213
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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682 316
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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367 33
Orange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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362 161
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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396 137
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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433 162
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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458 326
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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319 146
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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226 67
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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336 114
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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414 202
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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