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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12,615 2,390
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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8,771 1,896
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3
7,350 1,124
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4
8,663 1,868
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5
4,099 1,455
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
jason-brown added Clannad

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4,703 913
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JasonZKam added Plastic Memories

7
3,649 980
Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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3,476 1,580
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4,702 2,543
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kiniaryaa added Tokyo Ghoul

10
3,036 1,390
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Ana Stark added Code Geass

11
2,316 1,187
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miro-pettinen added Toradora!

12
2,131 970
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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2,949 1,047
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14
2,297 2,347
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
2,340 962
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
amandapersaud26 added Guilty Crown

16
3,394 1,046
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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3,732 623
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1,191 681
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Air

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1,683 797
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3,169 1,579
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2,885 748
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Charlotte

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2,340 1,629
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
LIUFA added Death Note

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2,698 2,179
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2,682 404
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

25
3,089 986
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

26
787 441
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
adrian-gliński added Kanon

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1,925 704
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ScissorBlade added Death Parade

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1,147 443
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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1,131 464
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3,184 339
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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1,864 161
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citlalichavezvega added A Silent Voice

32
2,276 1,178
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

33
1,885 287
Erased is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Holly Ellis added Erased

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2,108 1,149
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2,166 461
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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1,309 431
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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947 402
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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689 435
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680 340
Nana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
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601 470
Shiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
JoeScott added Shiki

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962 477
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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998 260
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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522 160
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

44
585 305
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

45
821 968
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

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579 433
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746 708
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time
Homura Akemi (Angelina) added Soul Eater

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652 230
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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617 248
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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621 504
My Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Anime Series of All Time