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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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9,890 2,127
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8,386 1,302
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9,597 2,072
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4,756 1,683
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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5,379 1,061
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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4,243 1,108
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,938 1,881
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3,395 1,606
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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5,250 2,969
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,678 1,428
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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2,427 1,112
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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3,364 1,188
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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3,346 855
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Charlotte

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2,574 2,781
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2,611 1,115
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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3,825 1,215
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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Air

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2,631 1,924
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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3,627 1,831
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The Best Fantasy Authors

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1,877 913
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3,405 1,091
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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2,991 2,556
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3,081 476
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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885 515
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,366 513
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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2,505 208
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through

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2,163 796
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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2,615 1,392
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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1,258 524
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4,022 428
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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1,120 485
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,338 343
Erased is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,314 1,308
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16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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2,641 562
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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1,617 536
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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1,118 545
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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663 520
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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674 198
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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1,233 327
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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705 587
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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liya__libovich added One Piece

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664 360
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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640 482
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736 265
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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917 1,126
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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822 821
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater