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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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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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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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Charlotte

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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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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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Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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

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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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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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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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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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My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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

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liya__libovich added One Piece

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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 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