Top 10 Most Tear Inducing Anime

Clannad-Tears

The latest survey of which anime titles have succeeded in jerking the most tears out of otaku seems to demonstrate that they do indeed appreciate things other than fanservice after all – with top Key creations Clannad and Angel Beats! scoring high marks on the list, though all are bested by the sheer emotional powerhouse that is AnoHana…

The ranking:

1. AnoHana

2. Clannad

3. Angel Beats!

4. K-On!

5. Madoka Magica

6. Toradora

7. Space Battleship Yamato

8. The Dog of Flanders

9. AIR

10. Gintama


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    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Naoe
    03:09 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think this is from people actually "feeling sad" at the end of season 2, and the K-On movie...It's still dumb though for K-on to be on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If someone tied me on a chair and forced me to watch a full run of K-On, I'll tear up for sure. Yep, K-On at 4 makes sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-on was one of the most tedious anime to watch, I couldn't bear it yet after blazing through season 1, season 2 had to be watch. I am a masochist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I've watched K-On four times. I love it more each time.

    And each time, the manly tears come when Azunyan realizes, really realizes, that the others are going to graduate and leave her all alone.

    But it's okay if you, and many others, don't feel that way. Not everyone has a soul, after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did cry a few tears here and there with K-On! (though I wish that during the much-hyped festival ep in S2, they would've quit talking and played some frickin' music already!), but I also wouldn't count it among the top tearjerkers of all time.

    @StealthMomo - your post was coherent and reasonable until you went off-the-rails with the ALLCAPS ranting about dubs, which only proves that you haven't seen the K-On dub, or probably any quantity large enough to judge "95%" of them. At least for the second season, the K-On dub *does* include honorifics, and suffers greatly for it. But in your eyes, dubs are screwed no matter what they do, whether they drop honorifics, translate them, or keep them in at the expense of awkward phrasings and mispronunciations -- that's what you get when you try to constantly shoehorn words that aren't ENGLISH into an ENGLISH dub made for entertainment purposes.

    And since when has CR been involved with creating dubs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    my soul is the silver one. not a pink one like you.

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    Comment by stealthMomo
    15:42 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to agree that K-ON! does not belong on this list for the simple reason that K-ON was a slice-of-life comedy and does not fit the criteria of this list.

    That being said, your view of K-ON! as being tedious has nothing to do with what we are discussing here.

    I mean, I can see if it is not your type of show you wouldn't want to watch it. But out of any criticism you could level, you go with 'tedious'? All that does is tell me that you judge shows based on you own personal taste and ignore any of the merits the show may have. really? You found the ENTIRE series tedious. Out of 38 episodes, not one came up to you erudite standards? Amazing.

    Stuff I consider 'tedious' I simply don't watch. But I know it's the thing to trash on 'Type B' 'Moeblob' shows lately. Good for you. Now you're one of the cool kids.

    I'm not saying that K-ON was the pinnacle of this type of show, but, Christ on a bike what were you expecting out of it? It was an enjoyable show that was often genuinely funny, well written and well animated. What could be tedious about.... wait a minute. You watched the DUB version didn't you?

    You know what makes ME cry?

    DUBS!

    lOCALIZATION!

    IDIOTIC TRANSLATION POLICIES!

    BADLY DIRECTED VOICE ACTORS!
    (Most of them are talented people. You hear them in our cartoons and such and they do a good job. Why are they not allowed to perform the same for anime? 95% of dubs are simply HORRIBLE. Even if the voice actors are talented the voice directors seem universal in their ability to ensure that the end product sucks hardcore.

    DROPPING HONORIFICS!
    (because they assume you are all to stupid to understand the plot and characterization nuances they provide. And many of you probably are.)

    TRANSLATING HONORIFICS
    (you don't translate honorifics fucking morons. they don'r translate to anything in our language, except in the roughest sense. They simple mean what they mean. Uiharu-senpai DOES NOT mean Miss Uiharu.)

    THE WORST FANSUB GROUP YOU CAN NAME TRANSLATES BETTER THAN FUCKUMATION OR CRUSTYROLL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 15/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Senpai to Miss isn't actually that bad of a translation. Necessary? Probably not. But it's reasonable. It sounds awkward in English because no one talks like that in English. Normal behaviour in Japan is simply more formal that it is in western culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 22/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by EndlessGr8
    14:36 15/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love K-On and I will defend it with my life. Yes it is very emotionally attachable (for those of us who actually have a heart) and yes, it has a bittersweet ending. But no, i wouldn't really call it a tear-jerker and it really doesn't belong on the list.

    What upsets me more is that AnoHana outranks Clannad, especially if the Clannad in question is ~After Story~
    Even slightly thinking about the flower field scene with Ushio's famous "daddy's arms" line tears me up immediately. It's hardcore. AnoHana doesn't have the same impact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    me too

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    Comment by Enfield Mundo
    11:10 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess that invalidates this list. Well, it did make me teaqr up a few times. Out of sleepiness. I tend to tear up when I yawn for some reason.

    Anyway, AnoHana, meh, sure. Although I think Clannad is the most emotional in this list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously people who didn't witness the grand finale of season two don't know what this is about.

    I can assure you that pretty much every k-on fan was bawling his eyes out at the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 13/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I enjoyed k-on but it never evoked any form of feels.

    EF on the other hand....

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Really shocked EF wasnt on here... and yeah.. K-on.. lmao...

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    Comment by stealthMomo
    15:50 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've got that right. Singing to Azusa was truly a tear-jerking moment. But to be fair, it was really the only scene of that type throughout the series.

    Not trying to downplay the emotionalism. But all of the other shows listed had multiple tear-jerking scenes throughout. K-ON was a 99.9% feel-good, slice-of-life comedy. I loved it, but it should not be on this particular list.

    Also, how Clannad was not #1 is beyond me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are correct, good sir.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wasnt it just ow were graduating and azunyan isnt yet and life goes on. boo fucking hoo.
    I enjoyed k-on as well, more so season one and the movie, but I dont remember it making me feel overly sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    same reaction as mi, why K-on! ??

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 16/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-on??

    seriously?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Lucky Star made me tear up more than K-on did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    tears of laughter yeah..Timotei~

    wouldnt have guessed any of these on such a list, first list I really have to agree its really bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You wouldnt have guessed clannad and anohana??
    I mean there are some other sad animes but these are kind of upheld everywhere as being extremely tear jerking. You likely havent seen either I take it?

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    Comment by Yamato
    05:52 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kanata, right?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I shed a tear from yawning so this list is legit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yea, i know right...you can tell this list is pure shit simply because it doesnt even have kemono no souja erin in it, as childish as that story may seem its really quite moving....
    the ones up here might make you cry at how terrible they are or how plainly emotionless they are.

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    Comment by stealthMomo
    16:43 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clannad, AIR and Madoka Magica are EMOTIONLESS? We must have a completely different definitions what emotions are.

    Of course Kemono no Souja Erin should be on the list. There are many anime that should be there above the 10 listed here. But NONE of the shows listed here are TERRIBLE.

    To be fair, I have never seen Space Battleship Yamato, so I can't judge it. But the other nine have their merits and I enjoyed them all. That being said, I never really got into AnoHana. But that was mostly because I didn't like the character designs and it moved to slowly for my taste.

    But you really need to explain to me how Clannad is emotionless.

    As for terrible, the only truly terrible anime I have ever seen was any anime that has been dubbed and put on Funimation Channel, Tonami, Adult Swim or whateverthefuck other station that has jumped on the bandwagon.

    And even most of them didn't start out terrible. They were made terrible by the lovely US licensing companies. Honestly, every single thing Funimation gets their hands on they turn into complete garbage. Which Americas youth eat up with a spoon.

    The few I have forced myself to sample, almost without exception, don't even resemble the Japanese version.

    To prove my point - in 2009 I was streaming season one of Strike Witches and season one of K-ON on my website. I received a cease and desist order from Funimation about Strike Witches through Comcast.

    It went to arbitration with a Pennsylvania Administrative Justice. I won! Why? NOT ONLY was I able to prove it wasn't Funimation's version (the ChibaTV network tics were clearly visible in the upper right corner) I was able to show that in the content of the given episode (episode 5) was more than 30% different from the original in dialogue, edited out parts and incidental music.

    Yeah, I mean you anonymous. Your comment is easily the the most worthless in this thread FILLED with worthless comments. If you consider the shows above to be terrible and/or emotionless, why do you even bother watching anime? Seriously. I mean, if you consider them all to be terrible, then it means you are lacking in something - not the creators or studios.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh and to add to the last reply, im not american so your rant about funimation etc is pointless...your rant about being right with "proof" is pointless, your belittling my opinion of shit that you might have jerked yourself off to, again, pointless, if you dissagree with somones opinion thats all well and good but going out of your pointless way to tell them their post is pointless goes to show your nothing more than a buthurt brat but thanks for giving me something to waste my time to reply to now ill go back to enjoying something else

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i said emotionless, ill admit it might have been a bad choice of words ,as expected tho your overreacting to my opinions tho. clannad is one that i wont deny being on that list but K-ON, and a few others really shouldnt be. Ao-Hana does have its fair share of "emotion" but it all felled a bit forced to me and therefore i didnt feel much watching it at all, toradora meets the same standards as alot of the typical jp romances and again wasnt exactily registering on the emotional scale. madoka i just didnt even enjoy, again this is my opinion and its due to my tastes, but i found it rather boring. there are a few on that list i havnt watched due to the reason being that they dont fit in my scope of interest but my comments are based on the ones i know and have watched...or at least tried to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >calls someone else's action pointless
    >does the same thing, only in an even more retarded way
    >calls himself on it
    >still hits the button to publicly post this retarded shit-covered comment

    Just because you identify yourself as a stupid person doing stupid things for all of us to see, doesn't excuse you for being stupid.

    Good try though. Try some capitalization or hitting the return key every here and there.

    Rekt

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 13/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    AnoHana? Anyone who cried at Anohana is hypersensitive. I cried at other anime but yawned a lot at Anohana.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 15/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    AhoHana inspired some good porn though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks that show is overrated.
    Also, K-On??

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the songs that adds to it moved me, its like watching slam dunk---> "Sakuragi after shaved head in crucial moment order all to go on defend to avoid a mistake they made before", but no tears in Ano Hana, have some from Slam Dunk out of excitement xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's somewhat frightening how many people are agreeing with you, which indicates there are more soul-dead automatons masquerading as human beings than I thought.

    Although on further reflection, this will make killing enemy troops in the coming race/class/whatever wars much easier for me -- I'll just pretend they're all people who could watch AnoHana and experience no feeling, and hence are really already dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Count me amongst the automatons. Too much melodrama and characters that so dreary that they were hard to care about, let alone cheer for. It was manipulative enough that you can say the only purpose of the show was to turn on the waterworks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    agreed. the only scene I kinda choked on was the part where the big guy explains how he saw the girls body floating down stream. I didn't have much feels for any others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, overrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would laughed at the end but that would be emotion too, and this anime was too hideously boring even for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank you anon. At least someone knows how it is. Anohana didn't invoke any rael emotion in me a t all.. the thought of it even coming close to beating clannad is pure blaspheme.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:50 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    To be fair, it is pretty close to Clannad as far as evoking emotions goes.

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    Comment by stealthMomo
    16:58 14/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The difference being that Clannad dealt with a variety of real life issues, good and bad, with a wide cast and a span of years. When I think of all the various situations and people throughout both Clannad and After Story, I cannot agree that they come close.

    I mean, you have a group of drifted childhood friends and a dead girl. Or you have a guy whose mom died, whose dad became an alcholic, whose injury kept him from an activity he loved and whose wife ultimately dies in childbirth. and that's just the male lead.

    AnoHana didn't evoke emotions as much as hit you over the head with them. About as subtle as an elephant in the room. And I honestly was never able to develop a rapport with the characters like I did with Clannad. It seems to be high on the hype list but #1?

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    P.S. I love K-ON! But K-ON does not belong on this list.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    19:02 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I wanted to imply that both didn't evoke any emotions at all, but your point of view is legit, too.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @stealthMomo

    "I love K-ON"!"But K-ON does not belong on this list"

    "buju sob sob"

    yes it is!(^v^)凸

    now rage and die pedofucker!

    ja! ja!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you don't cry at the end of AnoHana then rest easy. The characters will do it FOR you!

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    Comment by HalOgen
    05:49 14/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I don't understand why these anime is on the list:

    K-On! (Where???)
    Toradora (Some sad moments but not tear inducing)

    And how come these don't make it on the list?

    ef
    Blood+
    Witchblade

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >4. K-On!
    >10. Gintama

    What

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Gintama makes you laugh so hard you'll cry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gintama got quite a fair amount of story arcs with emotional feel. Though for the most of it, the emotional part is at the very end of each arc but they are definitely tear-inducing;

    Memory Loss Arc
    Rengokukan Arc
    Shinsengumi Crisis Arc
    Beam Sword Style Arc
    Courtesan of a Nation Arc
    Fuyo (Tama) Arc
    Jail Arc
    Kabukicho Four Devas Arc
    Kintaro Arc
    Okita Mitsuba Arc

    And even that Madao pet episode is somewhat sad

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bawled my eyes out on the Mitsuba arc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 14/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually Gintama gets pretty fucking depressing at times. It absolutely deserves to be up there. More than K-On at least...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're not Hardo-boiled enough.

    It's I rather see One Piece right after Gintama than having K-ON! in the list.

    One Piece has it's extreme baw moments.








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