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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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15,373 3,007
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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10,352 2,228
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8,844 1,380
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10,019 2,159
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4,994 1,776
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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5,650 1,114
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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4,485 1,154
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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4,157 1,999
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Charlotte

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2,817 1,535
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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4,688 739
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3,549 1,689
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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5,486 3,111
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,565 1,165
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,509 1,245
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2,720 1,156
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,698 2,988
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4,013 1,283
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
christian-stanley added Akame ga KILL!

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3,264 496
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,770 2,082
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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3,831 1,931
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3,598 1,122
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,107 2,744
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2,813 224
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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923 540
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,441 543
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

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4,381 463
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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2,253 825
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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2,769 1,486
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,313 542
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2,540 366
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,191 520
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,405 1,357
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2,859 598
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,278 156
Orange is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,724 563
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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1,180 565
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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685 535
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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720 211
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,333 350
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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746 630
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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liya__libovich added One Piece

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703 378
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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775 277
One Week Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Youssef Khaldi added Noragami