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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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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8,246 1,283
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9,465 2,042
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4,669 1,651
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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5,307 1,045
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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4,091 1,092
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,845 1,830
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3,343 1,576
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,625 1,393
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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2,393 1,092
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
dreamertilldawn added Steins;Gate

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3,293 1,171
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Charlotte

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2,525 2,712
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2,579 1,100
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
amandapersaud26 added Guilty Crown

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3,759 1,191
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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1,299 764
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Air

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2,587 1,873
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
LIUFA added Death Note

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3,540 1,805
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The Best Fantasy Authors

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3,340 1,075
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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2,949 2,506
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3,014 471
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Heartfelt Fancy added Hotarubi no Mori e

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876 506
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,342 505
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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2,564 1,356
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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3,900 411
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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1,107 475
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,270 342
Erased is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,287 1,290
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16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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2,569 552
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Дијана Вукајловић added Assassination Classroom

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1,557 517
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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1,070 535
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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Nana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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658 514
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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656 197
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series

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liya__libovich added One Piece

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691 576
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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1,189 317
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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654 354
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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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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899 1,103
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater