Anime Underground The Saddest Anime Series of All Time  

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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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12,543 2,359
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Caesura added Your Lie in April

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8,727 1,875
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3
7,304 1,118
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4
8,633 1,854
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5
4,080 1,438
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,673 907
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

7
3,630 970
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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4,682 2,512
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

9
3,455 1,565
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10
3,020 1,377
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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2,306 1,173
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

12
2,114 967
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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2,937 1,038
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2,290 2,325
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Celebrities With Problem Children

15
2,332 954
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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3,381 1,038
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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3,717 619
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1,188 678
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Air

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1,677 793
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3,152 1,566
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2,875 741
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Charlotte

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2,689 2,161
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2,328 1,617
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
LIUFA added Death Note

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2,670 401
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

25
3,077 980
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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785 437
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,921 701
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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1,140 441
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 Seinen Anime & Manga Series

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1,128 460
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3,156 337
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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1,840 158
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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2,264 1,168
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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1,872 285
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,100 1,142
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2,153 453
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Дијана Вукајловић added Assassination Classroom

The Best Criminal Biopics

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1,299 427
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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940 397
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
_1449037242995 added Golden Time

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685 432
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677 339
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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600 468
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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958 474
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
roura added Fruits Basket

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990 254
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

The Best Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Quotes

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518 159
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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582 302
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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818 961
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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742 699
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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574 429
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645 228
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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614 246
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain

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618 499
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time