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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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7,870 1,644
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7,886 1,664
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6,505 960
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3,587 1,230
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,141 777
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

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3,233 839
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,141 1,314
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4,276 2,167
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

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2,773 1,191
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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2,083 989
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

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1,876 830
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,612 911
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2,071 2,029
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2,111 817
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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3,042 898
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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1,094 597
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Air

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3,337 557
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1,536 699
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2,828 1,381
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2,453 1,870
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The Best Games To Play Online

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2,102 1,396
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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2,547 646
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Charlotte

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2,319 346
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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2,850 889
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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706 381
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,747 615
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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976 364
Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
smeteorx314 added Garden of Words

The Best Fan Service Anime of All Time

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2,009 974
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Muhammad Amirul Fadjri added Attack on Titan

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2,532 241
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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1,350 101
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

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1,947 1,016
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1,520 225
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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1,008 397
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1,763 366
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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807 331
Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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1,058 348
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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636 394
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615 297
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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557 423
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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891 426
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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759 834
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through

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843 205
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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525 256
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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666 619
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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527 394
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414 132
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Jack Hanggara added Bokudake ga inai machi

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564 194
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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571 436
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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559 224
Wolf's Rain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jessica-walker-peeples added Wolf's Rain