Top 10 Anime to Move You to Tears

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A ranking of the anime most likely to induce fits of tears in the viewer provides some choice sad, sad anime.

The ranking:

1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

2. Clannad

3. Angel Beats!

4. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai

5. Toradora!

6. Code Geass

7. Gundam Seed

8. Bakemonogatari

9. Natsume’s Book of Friends

10. Air

See also the top 10 tearjerker anime for a similar ranking, albeit one based on a completely different set of anime fans.


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    Avatar of Sukunai
    Comment by Sukunai
    22:12 20/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Air TV and Clannad Afterstory, everything else comes second place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kanon, dont forget Makoto!
    And dont forger Saikano... or Chrno Crusade. Or of course Hotaru no Haka.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 14/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    of course CLANNAD saddest anime, i cant believe ef a tale of melodies isnt in the list but both of them are the saddest animes i ever watched and the most beautiful ones i will tried some of the list just to see why the hell is clannad second and not first and why dosnt ef appear... and also toradora rocks but its not that sad its happier

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed completely. Maybe it was because i watched Kanon right after Air, but it didn't have such an impact on me.

    Still. Madoka. Madoka? Madoka?! lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree, but Air was so-so.
    Now Clannad After Story...I cried like a baby when Nagisa and Ushio died T_T

    Oh also when Fuko disappeared.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 25/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for spoiling it you inconsiderate asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous

    But Air TV was pretty bad, at least compared to what it was supposed to be.
    Needed twice the episodes

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 20/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    What's Bakemonogatari doing up there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:21 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These lists are retarded, its always moeblob shit that clogs it up no matter what the category is. There are some much worse older or classic animes for this category.

    Try watching the honey and clover anime without getting misty a few times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont understand what sad about bakemonogatari @_@

    there should be Chrono Crusade on the list.

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    Comment by Andices
    00:23 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Agreed with the Chrono Crusade

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:47 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    real men know when its okay to cry in front of other people (which is always if it has to do with Rosette and Chrno, or Tomoya and ushio/nagisa/tomoyo, or yukito and the alien girl, or yuuichi and ayu ayu/makoto. But definitely NOT with senjougahara/nekomimi pres/mayoi snail.)

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    Comment by Castian
    03:12 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chrono Crusaders ending!
    damn i was move to tears but had to stop because i was watching the anime with all my buds, D&D party, the whole.

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    Comment by VZ
    02:45 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    When you find out Mayoi is dead all along.

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    Comment by Kyle8910
    16:12 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How in the hell is that even remotely sad? It was surprising, but emotional?

    PS I really liked Mayoi, so it should have had an affect on me.

    Most of that list is bullshit. Madoka certainly belongs in there, but others deserve more recognition. Already mentioned, but Grave of the Fireflies should be number 1.

    Toradora? It was a mostly happy series. I don't remember truly crying cause of it.

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    Comment by Majineko
    08:10 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wat about patlabor3?

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    Comment by obro
    23:56 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also Hoshi no Koe

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    H2O was shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And H2O

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 25/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a crime that Chrono Crusade is not on this list. Had to be one of the saddest endings I've ever seen personally. Great story and memorable characters too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    bakemonogatari?
    maybe eps 12, who knows >.>

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    Comment by Aliaus
    01:05 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the question is: where is Evangelion? that show moved me to angry tears.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck shinji, prick shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    shinji is truly a prick though. cant deny that

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lol shinji is a fucking prick!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's Kanon (2006). This list has been influenced be the hype effect.

    I do agree with clannad being that high tho. But seriously what is Madoka doing on first place?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe it's just me, but the list IS the "move to tears" list. Maybe that means something a bit different than just "sad."
    Some action series with no actual sad scenes make me cry simply because the main character is a genius and sticks to his ideals better than I'd expect.

    Madoka, for me, was SORTA like that. It was definitely moving and jaw-dropping, even if I didn't actually cry until the 10th episode...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, even being a "move to tears" list, Clannad should be up top (if not higher).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know what you mean. I can get teary eyed at
    some scenes which are just too awesome. Such as the scene in Giant Robo when this music plays http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG_0fak-7y4

    Or in Heroic Age when everything seems lost, but then they figure out what must be done.

    Numerous scenes in the first Gunbuster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I too miss Kanon.
    Oh well.

    Code GAY-ASS moved indeed moved me to tears, but they weren't tears of sadness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same, the back-stories were slightly depressing, but the result made everything look 'happy'

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    didn't seem sad at all really...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly what I was thinking.

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    Comment by Hayate
    03:46 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and anyone might tell me why the hell you would cry over Gundam Seed more than Bakemonogatari?(not to mention i never cried when watching Bakemonogatari)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wondering why anybody would cry watching Gundam Seed as well. The only thing I can think of, and hear me out:

    I watched Gundam Seed in English on T.V.
    Flay Alstar was a FUCKING BITCH AND I HATED HER.
    She died, Kira Yamato cried, I laughed my ass off.

    Maybe in Japanese, people didn't hate her.
    Flay died, Kira cried, audience cried too?

    /shrug. Other than that I can't really see any parts of Gundam Seed that were particularly moving...

    WAIT, STRIKE ALL THAT SHIT. I cried when Mu La Flaga sacrificed himself. What a fucking badass. Was kicking everyone's shit in his little gay strike craft, then he finally got a Gundam and had to man up and take the shot... What a guy.

    That shit and anything else in Gundam still doesn't make up for how sad it was to watch/see Maes Hughes daughter crying at his funeral was. FMA should be up on that list just based on that scene alone.

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    Comment by Abel Liegod
    03:59 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCKIN ANOHANA!
    Seriously, its nearly impossible not to cry watching that anime.
    Everyone had childhood friends, so tears are certain to drop.

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    Comment by Castian
    02:05 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    agree Bakemonogatari is cool but ol'TT Gurren Laggan moved ma tears several times
    maybe it's Ishihara's fault?

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    Comment by toyNN
    02:36 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yet another list with many current shows - how quickly otaku forget... Yes Gurren Lagann, original FMA (Maes Hughes) could have been on the list. Natsume's inclusion brings some legitimacy to it either way.

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    Comment by TFish
    02:52 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I think the people voting just see their favorite shows and vote without reading the question.

    Tokyo magnitude 8.0 should be on the list. That's the only anime or any media actually to legitimately make me cry.

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    Comment by demonhaseo
    02:56 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    At least code geass made it onto the list this time.. last time it was non existent >.>

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    Comment by Garrax
    19:47 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wolf's Rain, how about that one?

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    Comment by Castian
    03:09 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wolf's rain !
    yes yes thats a pretty awesome anime, lots of emotional encounters

    Comment by Anonymous

    I wouldn't be surprised to see shows that don't even exist yet on these top 10 lists!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tfish
    "Tokyo magnitude 8.0 should be on the list. That's the only anime or any media actually to legitimately make me cry."

    Agreed, i cried like a baby lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    No idea... also no canon and madoka? WTF...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    kanon XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    clannad fags beat u too it :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude, higurashi just made me drop kick my punching bag. theres no tears there. it was brutal

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    Comment by Neonie
    01:34 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Higurashi on this list? Madoka ahead of Angel Beats? I really dislike these lists because I never understand how the results turn out this way.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You think the forced drama of AB can win Madoka?? Angel Beats frustrated people more than it moved them

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    Comment by Shin Shom
    22:09 20/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    wow, Madoka made it first...... I mean... I really do agree, but Clannad fans "letting" madoka get first is an "wtf" moment ._.

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    Comment by Hayate
    03:57 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the fact that Clannad still get on top 3 even after 4 years is still a great news for me

    i mean some others got 1st but then didn't even make it on top 10 after 2 season...

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    22:14 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Madoka must be following K-ON!'s footsteps. But Clannad should be on top. By the way, what is up with these Top 10 lists recently? They are like broken or something.

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    Comment by Shin Shom
    22:22 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Clannad is tooo overated..... I mean..... it was awesome until one or two before last episode....... I mean.... in some point "TINTIN, nothing bad happened, it was just a bad dream and everything is juuuuuuuust fine and perfect"

    Watahell =/..... to me it just ruined the thing....

    a friend of mine told me it is related to the visual novel... something about dream spheres or watever... but in the anime there is no explanation to that....... so it was just stupid.... =/..... not that I REALY wanted the bad end or something, it just...... a "get out of the jail free card" was just plain stupid.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    09:04 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i mean i get how the ending made people mad, but "not getting it" is just a result of not paying attention.
    tomoya's wish (to bring nagisa back to life) was granted because he went through his life helping other people (or bringing them that moment of extreme happiness). That's what everyone was talking about when they say that the city is special.
    think about it like a special unlock after getting a high score.
    besides its not like a dream, think of it as an alternate ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Due to the insane (EVA the second) popularity and impression Madoka gave people.
    In EVERY poll that has Madoka included, Madoka ALWAYS win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hope must always win!!!

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    Comment by TC-man
    22:19 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, Kanon (2006) should be on top of the list!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck that show. kanokon is about some bitchy 300-400 yr old kyuubi girl constantly trying to rape a shota, he always tries to take the innocent route but he already smacked her ass so I don't want to see it on a list about tears from your eyes, this isn't about the tears from your dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kanon, dont forget Makoto!!! Ding, ding... T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES KANOKON~~~~~~~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous

    No, kanokon!











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