As some of you know, anime can make us cry. Now you ask, why would someone watch an anime that’d make you cry? Crying can be seen somewhat as comforting and it make us slightly more sensitive to things. Who doesn’t like a good old feels-train every once in a while, as long it’s not actually a super sad thing. In honor of tearjerking things, here’s ten anime (movies included) that might make you cry after watching them (please note that these are in no specific order):
1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day)
AnoHana is a renowned anime that is said to make even the “manliest of men” shed a tear.
AnoHana consists of a group of teenagers whose past separates them after a tragic accident. Each individual guilts themself for the what had happened in some way and they each try to forget it, but simply can’t. Except for Jinta Yadomi that is. Jinta doesn’t even have the chance to do so because his childhood friend, nicknamed Menma, appears and grants him a forgotten wish. He thought he was hallucinating from the Summer heat because after all, Menma died years ago. Good luck to those looking to watch this great slice of life, drama anime and not cry. To those who have done so, props to you, you are practically emotionless now.
2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
The story follows mainly male character, Kousei Arima, and a female character, Kaori Miyazono. Kousei, in the past, was basically a music robot, a prodigious pianist at that but with the passing away of his own mother, Kousei became traumatized and unable to hear the sound of his own piano playing. Two years pass and Kousei has a unique encounter with the violinist Kaori. From there their relationship builds and the anime goes on.
Seeming like a peaceful romance, school anime this anime will give you a one-way trip on the feels-train that you simply won’t be able to forget. May seem boring at first, but give it a chance. You won’t regret doing so… or actually… maybe you will after bawling your eyes out.
Amount of episodes: 22
3. Clannad: After Story
Watch this anime and go through adulthood alongside these characters, but try your best not to cry.
Clannad: After Story is the sequel to Clannad, but to watch it you don’t need to have watched the first season. After Story is amongst the most, if not the most, notorious anime that’ll make anyone cry.
4. Angel Beats
Angel Beats is one of those shows where even if you don’t like drama anime you can watch it for the action and comedic parts and maybe even get into drama anime. Besides being a very lively anime with only occasional sad scenes, the end will very likely get you emotional.
Incredibly great anime, not just for being a tearjerking drama, but for simply being a good and unique anime. You’re missing out if you don’t watch it.
5. Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories shows what it is to be human and how beautiful things can be. Great anime.
6. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Mirai Onozawa is unhappy with how her family is and makes a wish that she could tear it all apart. Just moments after, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake occurs, granting her wish. During the aftermath of the earthquake Mirai, along with her younger brother Yuuki, meet Kusakabe, a single mother, who decides to help the two siblings.
7. Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.)
Kimi no Na wa. takes place in two different places at a time. How? The story contains Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl who lives the life of a boy, Taki Tachibana, who lives in Tokyo as a high school student that wants to become an architect. One day, Mitsuha wakes up in an unknown room in Tokyo, but in Taki’s body. The same is happening to Taki, who is is Mitsuha’s body in the countryside. This phenomenon has a large impact on them and in their daily lives and thus they begin to search for one another. What will happen if they happen to find each other?
Kimi no Na wa. is an original one hour and fourty-five minute film worth each second of watching. I’ll repeat myself… watch it. You won’t regret it. Come on, it’s ranked #1 on MAL after only half a year for a reason.
8. Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimeters Per Second)
Well it may not really be “sad” so to speak, but if that summary doesn’t peek your interest I don’t know what will.
9. Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies)
Watch it. Just watch it. It’s old, but good.
10. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children)
Hana, a college student, falls in love with a mysterious man who turns out to be a werewolf. Long story short, she gets pregnant with two children, Ame and Yuki. She ends up having to raise the two alone. After getting stressed with raising two half-wolf, half-human children she moves to the countryside.