Top 10 Saddest Anime Ever


The most tragically depressing anime shows have been ranked by voters, with the results likely moving some to tears as one occasionally carefree children’s show somehow secures first place.

The ranking:

1. Doraemon


2. Anohana


3. Dog of Flanders


4. Kimi ni Todoke


5. Toki o Kakeru Shoujo


6. Hanasaku Iroha


7. Natsume Yuujinchou


8. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso


8. Slam Dunk


10. Code Geass


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 22/11/2016 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ef? Kimi ga Nozomu Eien? Rainbow? Where all that titles after which we cry like little girls?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Nice attempt, mate. Rainbow was hilariously cheesy. Most ham-fisted delivery of drama ever seen in a work of fiction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    tsukihime, chrono crusade

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    tsukihime really?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I cried at how bad it was.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 22/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    No Kino's Journey? No Kimi ga Nozomu Eien?

    Another fail list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 22/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    How the bloody hell is Slam Dunk depressing? Because the anime got axed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga ended in the worst way possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga is depressing??? It ended. It just ended and that's it. The manga was nothing more than Inoue's way of working out his basketball obsession. By the end he had nothing left and couldn't continue the story. Because there wasn't even a story to tell. No plot. Just one basketball game after another. Oh, the beginning of the manga had something, but that went away quick once the series got entrenched. The main character was nothing more than a douche bag who got less development than any of the side characters. The few events that happened off the court carried no weight at all. Teams and characters were introduced and went absolutely nowhere. Seriously, why is Slam Dunk constantly hailed as one of the best manga ever? There are a ton of sports manga that is so much better. Hell, Prince of Tennis is more compelling. Like Bleach, Slam Dunk needed to end. The manga and the anime should be nowhere near a top ten list.

    "I am a Phenom."

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, The Slam Dunk manga is even more depressed than an anime.

    Really. Trust me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 22/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "Tragically depressing anime shows" = Doraemon?
    Someone care to explain? Seems like I've missed something really important.

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    Comment by DualStorm
    03:17 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The last episode of doraemon was "Goodbye Doraemon", also theres a movie about that episode called "stand by me Doraemon" except the movie has a happy ending and the anime doesnt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not only that, there are the old movies as well. The one Nobita with the Dinosaur was pretty good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 22/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    ive watched 6.Hanasaku Iroha three times now... no idea where the "sad" part comes in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess when they were forced to shut down the place?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    The current owner of Kissuisou decided to shut down the hot spring estate.

    Because he has no experience about hotels and hotspring in good reason.

    The grandmother of Ohana is weak due to overexert physical ability in many years ago.

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    Comment by Jim Heard
    08:28 22/11/2016 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    OMG... Where to fucking start?

    True Tears
    Tokyo Mag 8
    Angel Beats
    5cmXsec (Movies count?)
    Chrno Crusade
    Plastic Memories
    Parasyte the Maxim

    JESUS fucking christ.. Too many!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    White Album 2
    Full Moon wo Sagashite
    Ayashi no Ceres
    Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
    Myself; Yourself
    Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
    5 centimeters per second
    The Girl who Leapt Through Time

    I could name a ton more but these ALL should have been on the list and not most of the ones that were actually on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus Christ, Chrono Crusade... That shit dug pretty deep.
    And yes the joke was intentional.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 22/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Now and Then, Here and There?
    Grave of the fireflies?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    including Barefoot Gen or Char's Counterattack even Space Runaway Ideon.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    07:11 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Grave of the fireflies, yes. Nation of Japan not taking responsibility of it`s sacrificed people after dragging them to horrible war.Innocents taking punishment instead of those who caused death of millions of civilians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like most countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg, please! every kid knows, that those innocent civilians had died because, america was pissing it's pants, that soviet union will take all the credit. it was needless one-side butchery, finishing off opponent that already had lost.
    and stop saying it, like it was the only unjust war in the history of mankind. innocent people of vietnam, serbia, iraq, syria were dragged in this shit exactly the same way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Kimi ni Todoke ? Can someone explain me why this serie has come up in this list ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    my guess is its sad because nothing ever happens lol. you spend all of season one sympathizing with sadoko wanting her to get friends and make her relationship work. Then they reset everything in S2 and you go through the same shit. Just sad

    Comment by Anonymous

    my guess is its sad because nothing ever happens lol. you spend all of season one sympathizing with sadoko wanting her to get friends and make her relationship work. Then they reset everything in S2 and you go through the same shit. Just sad

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What was sad in Kimi ni Todoke? 4th place? WTF.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At least this list is not Newtype.

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    Comment by Usagi
    05:26 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where the hell are Saikano and Grave of the Fireflies?

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    Comment by kamehappo
    07:12 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder too.

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    Comment by planetarian
    03:45 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kinda lame that Plastic Memories didn't make the cut; that was pretty goddamned sad. So many other great series that could've made this list. I love KnT but why is it on this list? and Slam Dunk wut?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The first 5 episodes were kind of bad, boring, but after that the story and main charactrs are rock solid, im a married grown up man and kind of mature but the last chapter made me cry like a little kid, made me remember my dead grandma. Also made me thought with fear and sadness about losing another close relative.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    re:zero, when subaru found out that it was REM who's been stalking him and when subaru was being broken over and over again and no one understands what he's going through, even suicide cant help him.
    now thats just depressing as hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Book of Bantorra was kinda depressing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 25/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where CLANNAD??

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad end?? Really??

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Clannad Afterstory. This list is invalid.
    How the hell is Slam Dunk sad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Slam Dunk is only sad on manga.

    Not anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 01/12/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a stupid and pointless list. Didn't even have SaiKano on it. Whoever made this doesn't even know the MEANING of "sad". Fucking SLAM DUNK?! Seriously?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What??? you forgot Nobody's Boy: Remi Should've been number 1

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, sankaku, if you post shit-news about japan, and fail miserably to understand Japanese, be sure at least to use google!!

    正直泣いたアニメ means "anime that really made you cry"
    it has NOTHING to do with sadness. that's exactly the reason why, there are some generic happy-end anime there.

    P.S. and fuck the ranking with the winner, having only 78 votes :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, there are so many more sadder animes out there, I don't even know where to start. Very curious how the animes were picked and who actually voted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 24/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume Grave of the Firefly's was kept off the list by virtue of taking sadness to weaponized levels now banned by international treaty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zettai Boei Leviathan should definitely be #1

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a BS list again... slam dunk? wtf and no Clannad ? unbelievable

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    11:55 22/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime is always sad when it end for example doreamon i teared up on the last episode because my childhood

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No saikno I call hax

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 23/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just about all of the Key Animation anime should have at least been on the list if not topped it.

    Air TV
    Clannad / Clannad: After Story
    Angel Beats

    I mean, shows like Code Geass have their sad moments but aren't exactly 'sad' anime. The list is just dumb.

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