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Top 10 Tearjerker Anime

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Japanese anime fans forced to admit which anime reduced them to tears supply an intensely tragic ranking sure to wet the eyes of even the sternest anime aficionado.

The ranking can sensibly be divided into late-night anime (i.e. what most non-Japanese regard as the “anime” genre) and mainstream Japanese animation (i.e. animated films and cartoons) – first the late-night anime:

1. CLANNAD

2. AIR

3. Evangelion

4. Gurren Lagann

5. Eureka Seven

6. Fruits Basket

7. Saikano

8. Kanon

9. Twin Spica

10. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

Other high placements in this genre are Nadia, Toradora! and Utawarerumono; pure mecha anime also did well with high placements from Gundam, Macross and Code Geass.

The mainstream anime ranking is predictably dominated by Ghibli and childhood classics:

1. Grave of the Fireflies

2. A Dog of Flanders

3. Crayon Shin-chan: The Adult Empire

4. Laputa – Castle in the Sky

5. Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur

6. 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother

7. Heidi

8. One Piece

9. Crayon Shin-chan: Appare

10. Toki o Kakeru Shōjo

See also the top 10 anime movies, or for a late-night selection the top 10 unmissable anime.

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