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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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5,961 1,253
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6,163 1,225
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2,472 852
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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2,927 554
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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2,318 588
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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1,759 442
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Charlotte

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3,248 1,444
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,336 930
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2,121 842
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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2,203 621
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,870 640
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1,416 607
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,411 564
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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1,571 555
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,436 420
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1,492 225
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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852 417
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1,172 517
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2,272 691
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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2,069 1,018
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1,036 91
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,550 919
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,563 1,367
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1,831 1,217
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1,336 451
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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780 103
Erased is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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961 188
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,465 622
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,562 736
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605 236
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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523 255
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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602 187
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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451 206
Nana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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546 215
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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453 103
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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686 316
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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370 34
Orange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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364 161
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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398 138
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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459 327
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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321 146
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 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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336 115
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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415 203
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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