Top 10 Most Heartwarming Anime


Anime fans yield up a ranking of what they regard as the anime titles with most heartwarming atmospheres, perfect for those looking for the full Type B smothered-in-cotton-wool experience.

The ranking:

1. Tamayura ~hitotose~

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends

3. Usagi Drop

4. K-ON!

5. Ano Hi Mita Hana

6. Kamichu!

7. Minami-ke

8. Hidamari Sketch

9. Clannad ~After Story~

10. Kimi ni Todoke

With both K-ON! and Clannad forced from the top spots, this is probably not a result many would have predicted.

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    Avatar of cats2
    Comment by cats2
    04:50 24/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    3. Usagi Drop

    Because a guy who adopts a girl and eventually goes from "dad" to "I wanna fuck her..." after a few years is heartwarming?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Shhhh don't tell them. They will look for doujins...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Felt like the mangaka tried going for a H&C-esque taboo type ending, but the build up was lacking and poorly executed.

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    Comment by Manji88

    Having read the manga to the end, I can state with confidence cats2's analysis of the plot is DEAD FUCKING WRONG.
    Read it for yourself and see what really happens.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oh shut up the the manga ending sucked ass and was rushed to try to make a edgy ending in attempt to save the manga after it degraded into a piece of crap once rin grew up.

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    Comment by Raven
    01:51 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What happened to Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Gosick, Lucky Star, Hanasaku Iroha or Azumanga Daioh?

    Comment by flood
    02:31 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Why did you mention Lucky Star?
    Now I'm filled with nostalgia and sadness.

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    Comment by Actar
    02:45 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Tell me about it. That sketch with Konata's Mom, most heartwarming thing I ever saw.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    05:50 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kamichu was good.

    I'd like to add ARIA and two of ABe's works, Haibane Renmei and Niea_7.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the f--k is Aria??? That whole anime is made to soothe you. Not to mention it is awesome...

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    08:21 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:22 30/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love how people forgot Aria series even existed. =(

    Comment by flood
    03:28 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here's a video to greatly amp up that nostalgia

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 24/10/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    what is this lucky star you speak of?
    some ancient and antiquated relic of days gone by?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gosick? It's all kinds of awesome, but certainly not heart-warming. I'm at ep 11 now, and themes covered already include ethnic discrimination, sexual child slavery, arbitrary rule and surprising amounts of blood all set in a generally unjust and rotten world. I hear there will be (implied) organized rape later too.

    To be honest I was caught completely off-guard when I started watching it with my only knowledge of the show coming from coverage on this site...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I didn't think the anime was that special when watching it either but after finishing... umm its actually amazing and I really miss it, and its tragic/heartwarming near the last 1/4 episodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Watch it to the end then. Then you'll know why it is heartwarming. Some things take time to develop you know?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Uhmm... no? It was depressing till the last second. The dream-like end couldn't change that at all. In fact, having just finished it I'm seriously in need of strong happy-pill of a show right now.

    It's completely beyond me how people can call continuously heaping suffering and misery on the characters "heart-warming".

    It's already been five days since I wrote my comment but I had to say this.

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    Comment by Raven
    12:33 29/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You missed the point of the anime then. It is about two people being together, even when they are apart. Gosick was full of relationships that were against all the odds. That's the heartwarming part of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ef - a Tale of Memories should also be on this list...

    it's sad that it's so underrated... =(

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    Comment by nocturne
    02:27 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haibane Renmei and Aria, imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...where is Aria? This seems like a top10 to be dominated by Iyashi-kei slice-of-lifes, but the paragon of those was somehow omitted.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:03 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Lucky Star is placed #11
    The rest:

    12. Aria
    13. Atashi no uchi
    14. Azumanga Daioh
    15. GA Arts (♥)
    16. Kobato (♥)
    17. Fruit basket (♥)
    18. Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa nai
    19. Ichigo Marshmallow
    20. Hanamaru Youchien
    21. Binchoutan
    22. Uchi no 3 Kyoudai
    23. Bonobono
    24. Akachan to Boku
    24. sketchbook full color's
    26. Mahoraba Heartful Days
    27. A little Snow Fairy Sugar
    28. Nyankoi (s2 when?)
    29. Esper Mami
    30. UFO BAby
    30. Jewel pet
    35. Morita san wa Mukuchi
    36. Mainichi Kaasan
    41. Poor Sister Story
    42. Aishiteru Baby
    44. Nichijou
    45. Kanamemo

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What the fuck!! Kanon 2006 should be in the Top 3, and it isn't even in the Top 45. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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    Comment by Actar
    03:52 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great, great heartwarming Anime. Lucky Star, Ichigo Mashimaro... Brilliant stuff to watch when one is stressed. Like I am now.

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    Comment by dantesmaster

    Lucky Star is not heartwarming, otherwise Nichijou would end up in the same category

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Did you just compare Nichijou to Lucky Star?


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Nichijou > lucky star
    well known fact

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    bro mad u?

    (not same anon)

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    Comment by dantesmaster

    U mad, bro?

    Comment by flood
    04:05 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just cuz they're both slice-of-life series doesn't mean they're the same show.

    Nichijou ended just like that.
    Lucky Star's ending was frickin feel-good.

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    Comment by dantesmaster
    04:48 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not their not but both r four-panel comic strip

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    07:20 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Nichijou isn't a 4 panel manga.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    01:35 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


    This is a troll post right? You want everyone to die of sadness, right?

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    Comment by Travis
    02:52 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Clannad isn't heartwarming? Have you actually watched until the very end? The journey is very depressing, but the destination is anything but.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they cheated and pressed the reset button. shit ending is shit.

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    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    15:19 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that you said it, they kinda cheated...
    Resetting and altering the past is too big of a miracle, sorcery, too sudden and too big of a jump; because 24+23 early episodes are pretty much normal. Yeah, there was a spirit stuff and all, but it's still acceptable.
    Tomoya should just died together with her daughter.
    Now that's a real tearjerker.

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    Comment by MARl0
    01:37 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    It has its heartwarming moments though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    it sure does

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    05:52 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FU Vishy why did you had to make me cry?

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    Comment by Vishy
    03:48 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dango dango dango dango dango daikazoku~

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun

    Dangos are sure heartwarmers

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. Clannad After Story was soulcrushing rather than heartwarming.

    "Hey kids, hope you enjoyed high school, here's a life of drudgery, misery and fucked-up relationships!"

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    15:01 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wondering why they put After Story up instead of the first season. After Story taught me true pain...Not that this list would have been good even then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thought exactly.. Clannad doesn't fit there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kanon would fit more I think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it ends happy? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly, heartwarming and dramatic is not the same.
    I hate sad anime, but I love heartwarming anime.
    If I read the ranking backwards it would make a little bit more sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hence why it's not number 1.

    It had it's fair share of heart warming scenes, though later it just ends up kicking you in the balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 24/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    They'll put K-ON on any list, won't they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha Gay-on! isn't first

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-ON wasn't even heartwarming. Azusa cried the last episode, woot. Clannad was not only heartwarming but heartbreaking. I don't think K-ON even remotely deserves to be on this list, let along above Clannad

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    Comment by Penko
    15:36 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    BLASPHEMY! K-On is as heartwarming as Clannad, just without people dying.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    05:55 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before Azusa cried it was already a feel-good healing series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you said clannad is the opposite, so why does K-ON need to be below it?
    K-ON should be on this list, but lower. It is heart warming, but not intensely like some anime in the full list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i think heartwarming and tragic drama are 2 opposite things. the tragic element only brings down the overall heartwarming lvl. clannad first half was heartwarming. k-on well i'd say every ep aside from the last. aria definitely deserves to be much higher imo though aria the origination was kinda sad as it was building up to alicia's departure and their graduation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHERE THE HECK is Aria the Animation? It doesn't get more heartwarming than that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like they complement each other.
    sad element> over come > heartwarming

    don't really understand what you think is heartwarming.. "every ep beside last of k-on is heartwarming". so a normal slice of life or moeblob episode is heartwarming to you... just walk around outside and you find your neighbor heartwarming too? lol. you must be the most positive person ever -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 24/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    clannad is both at once which only makes its heartwarming abilities more powerful ;D

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