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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12,510 2,351
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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8,706 1,868
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7,287 1,116
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4
8,614 1,850
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4,067 1,433
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,661 906
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

7
3,618 969
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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4,674 2,505
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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3,447 1,561
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10
3,012 1,374
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

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2,300 1,172
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

12
2,110 964
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
dreamertilldawn added Steins;Gate

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2,930 1,037
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2,285 2,321
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2,326 953
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
amandapersaud26 added Guilty Crown

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3,377 1,036
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
christian-stanley added Akame ga KILL!

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3,710 618
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1,186 677
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Air

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1,676 792
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3,149 1,562
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2,868 739
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Charlotte

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2,682 2,152
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2,321 1,610
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
LIUFA added Death Note

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2,663 401
Hotarubi no Mori e is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Heartfelt Fancy added Hotarubi no Mori e

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3,069 977
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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785 435
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,913 698
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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1,137 439
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through

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1,125 458
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3,144 333
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
BuenaBaka added Your Name

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1,831 156
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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2,257 1,162
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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1,865 282
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,096 1,137
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2,144 451
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Дијана Вукајловић added Assassination Classroom

23 Toys That Prove Your Parents Didn't Love You

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1,289 426
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
alex zheng added Spirited Away

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938 394
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
_1449037242995 added Golden Time

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684 431
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676 338
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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600 467
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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956 472
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
roura added Fruits Basket

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987 252
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

The 25+ Saddest Anime Deaths of All Time

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517 158
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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581 301
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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816 959
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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742 697
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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572 427
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644 227
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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612 245
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain

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617 498
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time