Top 25 Most Depressing Anime Ever



The most horrendously depressing anime ever have been solemnly ranked by ashen-faced anime fans in this list, showing most are still reeling from a certain recent magical girl massacre of truly historic proportions.

The ranking:

1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

2. SchoolDays

3. Grave of the Fireflies

4. Bokurano: Ours

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion

6. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni


8. Hell Girl

9. Elfen Lied

10. Inu x Boku SS / Ano Hi Mita Hana

11. 5 Centimeters Per Second

12. Mawaru Penguindrum

13. Yosuga no Sora

14. Umineko no Naku Koro ni

15. Kamisama Dolls

16. Saikano

17. A Dog of Flanders

18. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

19. Fafner in the Azure

20. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

21. Black Lagoon

22. Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

23. Full Metal Alchemist

24. Narutaru

25. Shuffle!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 05/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No Air in the full list of 38..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 05/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Clannad ~AS~ should be in one of that 25 rank

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 05/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seriously, where is Clannad, that show is way sadder than Madoka!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i agree

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's cause the heartwarming part overpowers the depressing part.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    where's spongebob squarepants? pretty depressing stuff... ;p

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    Comment by Assassinister
    09:38 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saikano should be number one. I don't know how many times the girl protagonist say "Sorry" its quite depressing.

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    Comment by Yamato
    12:24 08/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey, at least when MadoMagi hits a reset button (or five), it has the decency to remain bitter-sweet at best.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The only depressing thing about Madoka is that only two of the four characters I hated died.

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    Comment by dante0397
    16:22 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then dimension travel

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    overrated mainstream visual novel, it doesn't match up with masterpieces such as muv luv alternative. In fact, why hasn't there been an anime been made already?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:34 28/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah yeah!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 05/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    When do we get a list of worst lists? About time.. no Air.. PAH!

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    05:37 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We should really lobby for this...

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    Comment by Assassinister
    09:48 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Gantz and Basilisk are also depressing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gantz manga, awesome.
    Gantz anime, garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous

    but gantz just sucked, hard to get depressed about something when you can't even get into the anime

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    Comment by anonymphous

    Gantz is definitely still better than most of the other BS there on this list, you little weeabo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Ppl will kill me, but death note was very sad....

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, Death Note was sad because nobody learned to swim properly in the end.

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    Comment by Yamato
    12:35 08/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they got it down for the most part... but if only they knew how to kick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because L died?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misa didn't die in both anime and manga version, unless it was implied in anime version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Misa Misa died

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Misa didn't die in both anime and manga version, unless it was implied in anime version."

    I got the impression that Misa threw herself off of a building.


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yup, she love ligth so much she know when he will die and thats why she did it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 12/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misa didn't know when light was going to die. You can't see lifespans of another death note owner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Seriously, Air was the first time an anime made me the hell is it not on this list?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here! *brofist*

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Air...made me cry like a little bitch...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 07/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, me too. Air caught me off guard as I was expecting the last eps to focus on some sort of love plot between Misuzu and Yukito. A great series.

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    Comment by Yamato
    12:42 08/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    same here. I was expecting (stop reading this if you still haven't seen Air TV, or played the original game, and miraculously managed to avoid spoilers up to this point... in which case, you go fucking watch the series, now!)....

    Yukito sacrificing himself, possessing his doll, and somehow going back in time to reincarnate as a crow would've done something for Misuzu herself... but it was really only good for her cycle of reincarnation (and even that was merely implied). The girl was still doomed to go out in what is still easily one of the most heart-wrenching scenes Key ever made (which is saying a lot for them).

    Gooooal. T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No Clannad or Kanon either... Although Air really would be the saddest out of the bunch.

    Comment by Anonymous

    air really? sure it was sad but i think clannad and kanon > all

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 08/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Katanagatari should be on there as well. Elfen Lied doesn't even belong there for instance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My question is, where the fuck is Gungrave?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, Gungrave made me cry...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah~ cried at the end of gungrave T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 07/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Cowboy Bebop? Everyone splits up at the end right when Faye finally regained her memories and found a place to belong and of course what happened to Spike and Julia. In fact, alot of the episodes through out the series had tragic/bitter sweet endings. I think that's what made the series so memorable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black Lagoon? Because of the tarps? Or what? I cheered when they spoiler died /spoiler because they were so annyoing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is black lagoon there? O.o it's not depressing or sad? It's just awesomeness in it's purest, unsullied form!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Ginga:Nagareboshi gin either, on any of these lists...ever :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 18/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these are depressing because of how bad they are...Victory Gundam,Umineko(when compared to the Visual Novel)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any list without K-on is a good list in my books

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 05/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    clearly only a few people have watched saikano, or else it would be more near the top the top, thats why these lists are useless: only people who have watched all these animes have a right to vote, or else it just a popularity contest

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    agreed, the name Akemi still sends shivers down my spine. I went in thinking it would be a fairly average anime and ended emotionally butt raped

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bought the first DVD or two of Saikano, and *quit* watching the series because it was getting depressing.

    Same thing for Claymore.

    I'd bump Grave of the Fireflies to slot #1. I have the DVE. I watched the whole thing. Once.

    School Days was not depressing. It went into a W-T-F, unexpected-hard-left-turn horror-mode that left me amazed and laughing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. I'm all into depressing stuff and Saikano is by far the worst anime I've ever seen. It was more hilarious than it was sad. Same goes to Elfen Lied.

    That being said, it's actually quite a good list, with a few older/less known shows that deserve some attention, namely KimiNozo, Fafner and Narutaru.

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    03:39 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    saikano is one of the most depressing titles ever! I remember the funsubber putting a notice on the 10th episode saying "if you wish for a happy end, stop watching now".

    Its supah sad!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You know, when I saw everyone died, I thought it's actually a happier ending than what I expected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saikano is... just too much. You can only care to a certain limit. Past that point is... oh well, kill them all already. And rage starts to take over sadness and depression.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What if it's the worst anime list?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Anon 00:58: Any list with boring, overhyped ALREADY has K-On on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any list with boring, overhyped needs K-on!!!!!! in it.

    Slice-of-life is good, Azusa is grrrrreat, but the rest of it is boredom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you actually think K-on is not a depressing anime? You must be a fan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    24. Narutaru
    >_> with such place i wonder why its even in list

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    Comment by Animaksiat

    the comment are probably voted by newcomers otaku that wasn't even watch anime when Air and Clannad was aired

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont know, Clannad has sadness, but in the end, as a whole is not depressing. Same with Kanon.
    Air, in other hand... Misuzu!!! T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What I really wanted to mean was, yes most of them probably are newcomers, but there are a handful of old ones too, Vistory Gundam and Dog of Flanders (I'm pretty sure that this is old XD)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 05/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No not really, Victory Gundam was there. It's from 1993

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