Not all anime has to be action-packed or thrilling. Sometimes we just want to cry or feel something. Whether it’s someone fighting for what they believe in, fighting for survival, or just trying to get through life, there will be an anime story that will make you emotional.
But that’s what makes anime so great. He is able to tell those powerful stories that can touch our heartstrings and invoke emotions for the viewer. The stories are either relatable or something we resonate with so strongly to the point where we can relate to what the characters are going through.
So grab the tissue boxes nearby because here are the top 10 best sad anime series.
ten. The promised never-never land
The promised never-never land is an anime about kids fighting for their freedom in a world filled with human-eating demons. While the first season is more of a thriller, the second season will leave you feeling emotional as our heroes try to survive outside Grace Field House. The longer these children live their lives on the outside, the more they face ethical questions about how to deal with the demons around them.
9. Assassination Classroom
Just like the previous anime mentioned, Assassination Classroom makes you more emotional as the series progresses. At first it looks like your usual action-packed shonen anime, but each episode gives background information on each of the students in Class 3-E, as well as how they overcome being the joke of the whole family. school to fulfill their dreams and murder their teacher. This anime follows the class journey from the start of the year to graduation so you feel like you bond with them as you follow them on their journey.
8. Japan Sinks: 2020
An anime quite close to home, Japan Sinks: 2020 takes place in 2020 when Japan is preparing for the 2020 Olympics, only to be hit by a natural disaster. It is the story of a close-knit family as the country begins to sink under water. Along the way, they encounter friends, allies, and those who want to do harm as everyone fights to survive.
7. Fruit Basket (2019)
Fruit basket will bring you to tears as it is a heartwarming story about love, friendship and an everlasting bond. Inspired by the story of the Chinese zodiacs, the anime follows Tohru Honda as she learns the secrets of the Sohma family and the heartbreak, pain, and hurt they must go through to keep this secret. This anime will tear you apart as you want every member of the Sohma family to be happy, but you are forever stuck in this bond that was originally a promise.
6. Plastic souvenirs
Plastic souvenirs is an anime where humans and androids coexist. But unlike other stories where the robots rebel against humanity, the androids have a limited lifespan and must have their memories suppressed before that time. The sad thing is that it’s a love story between a human and his android and the two have to find a way to save the android before it expires.
5. In search of the full moon
In search of the full moon is a 2002 anime about Mitsuki Koyama, a 12-year-old girl with a tumor in her throat. She befriends two shinigami who help her achieve her dream of becoming a pop singer. The anime follows a different direction from the manga as it was being produced simultaneously with the release of the manga. But it’s still moving and sad all the same.
4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Do you like magical girls? Did you grow up with Sailor Moon? Well, this anime flips the genre to the point where you feel bad and want to cry. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime about Madoka Kaname, who was given the opportunity to become a magical girl for a wish. However, Madoka is so satisfied with her life that she doesn’t know what to wish for. Meanwhile, a mysterious magical girl named Homura Akemi follows Madoka and her friends as she stops the pink-haired girl from becoming a magical girl. At first, everything is comforting and innocent. But later, Madoka and her friends learn the secret price that is paid once the wish is granted.
3. Your lie in April
This one’s for all those musicians out there. Your lie in April is the story of Kosei Arima, a piano prodigy who lost his ability to play and hear the piano due to the loss of his mother. He ends up befriending another musician and he learns to love music again, but at the same time he has to deal with his friend’s hospitalization. It’s a story of recovery, friendship and music.
Clannad is an anime based on a Japanese visual novel, as it follows a third-grade boy named Tomoya Okazaki who dislikes his life. He eventually helps one of his classmates restart the drama club where he meets new people and learns some of the sad stories from his peers, and deals with his own struggles. Good luck trying to hold back the tears while you watch this anime.
1. The angel beats!
The angel beats! is an anime that makes you wonder how you live your life and offers an interesting twist on life in the afterlife. It follows Yuzuru Otonashi as he arrives in a high school-themed afterlife with amnesia. He is then recruited to join the Afterlife Battlefront, a military organization, against an invisible god. But what begins as a comedic battleground anime slowly becomes a second chance to finish unfinished business.
Anime has the potential to tell powerful stories. While most huge and trending anime tend to be full of action and conflict, some are more poignant and thought-provoking.