Most of the time we are Jiggly, but sometimes all we want to do is lay on our bed, and watch sad movies or anime to match our vibes…The Saddest Anime Movies of all-time
Have your tissue ready, make your heart strong. And if you are someone embarrassed to cry in front of people, then watch it alone. Because I am sure, some of the anime movies listed here is gonna make you cry your heart out. With so many emotions, drama, fighting, love, romance involved romance genre anime movies stands out among other genres. Here is the list of 10 saddest anime movies that I’m sure will make you sad after you wish watching. So, give it a try…
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Top 10 Saddest Anime Movies
10. Your Name
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
Directed by Makoto Shinkai, a famous name in the world of anime movies- Your Name is one of the masterpieces. Your Name is about an endearingly loopy mix of time travel, body swap with a lot of plot twists. The story revolves around the two young teenagers whose bodies get swapped and slowly they start to know one another during the process.
High school students Taki and Mitsuha live completely different lives in different cities. But one day their body gets swapped. Taki wakes up in Mitsuha’s body and Mitsuha in Taki. Then, they start to know each other in the process of body swapping. They start yearning for one another.
This is a very interesting movie, keeping viewers entertained throughout the movie. Will fate bring Taki and Mitsuha together? or Will fate tear them apart?
9. Violet Evergarden: The Movie
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Violet Evergarden is a very heartwarming one from the list of anime movies. It’s about a child who is used as a war machine and taught to live in that way. Her mentor, Major Gilbert is only the person who gives her the warmth and fills her heart with human emotion, she could never give a name to it or describe it.
After the loss of her mentor, she works as a ghostwriter and begins to express the emotions of others, she comes to terms with her own. This movie shows great character development and successfully conveys human emotion.
It’s really heartwarming to know how Violet learns to say “I LOVE YOU”.
8. 5 Centimeters per Second
IMDb Rating: 7.6
It is a story about two people, Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akira bounded to fall in love with each other; both of them in their thirteen. They were friends from an early age and their friendship is put to a test when Akari has to move to another city.
Unable to protect the one they wish to protect; gradually grow apart farther and farther as time moves on due to their families, yet they still keep contact by exchanging letters. Yet as time continues to trudge on, their contact with one another begins to cease. Years passed by their distance and drifted relation but it is shown that tataki still longs for her and is unable to move on even after such a long passage of time.
This movie majestically portrays the longing of MC though the time keeps moving forward, his heart keeps denying the phase of it and still hopes to meet his first love someday, somewhere…..in his journey of loneliness. Will, he be able to forget her and move on ? Or will he keep living in his lonesomeness? Reveal this suspense as you watch this from your bucket list of sad anime movies.
7. A Silent Voice
IMDb Rating: 9/10
A silent voice movie is set in an environment where the hearing-impaired girl is mercilessly bullied by Shouya and the rest of his class for fun. It’s really a very moral-giving anime that deals with excessive bullying and suicide.
How Shouya realizes his mistakes and makes effort to redeem them is what makes this anime great. The reunion of old classmates- one being bullied and the other who bullied.
6. The Garden of Words
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Directed by a very talented and creative director, Makoto Shinkai-The garden of words is a very slow-burning romance between a 15-year-old teenage boy and a 27-year-old woman. Finding the Love in the midst of solitude and their huge age gap is what makes this one of the sad anime from the anime movies list so beautiful and consuming.
A boy having a dream to be a shoemaker and a woman going through a rough time in her life meet in a serene beautiful garden on a rainy morning. Whenever it rains, is when they meet every time and gradually, they fall for each other.
How can a 15-year-old teenage boy and a 27-year-old woman find their way to be together? It depicts their emotional trauma and hardship to accept their feeling. It also beautifully depicts the long-distance relationship.
IMDb Rating: 7.2
One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. In that letter, future Naho expressed her regret for not being able to protect and confess to a boy named Kakeru.
The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.
4. I Want To Eat Your Pancreas
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Popular, bubbly Sakura and aloof bookworm with no interest in others when encountering one another might have never thought they would form a bond beyond friendship. Haruki one day while waiting in the hospital finds a notebook “Living with Dying”. Sakura reveals that she is suffering from pancreatic disease and soon is going to die. She asks Haruki to keep it secret.
Haruki who did not feel sympathy for Sakura when knowing about her illness later on is scared of losing her and scared to accept his feelings for Sakura. Sakura was meant to die but how she dies is really a twist in the story. This anime is really so saddening making our hearts break.
3. Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
A very simple and soothing story with tragedy, about First Love.
This film is a flashback of a girl named Hotaru as a child, growing up with a masked guy named Gin. Hotarubi no mori e is a sweet little fairy tale story that includes the concept of spirit(Yokai). It gives the viewers the vibe of the fairytale, yet it still connects the story to reality in a melancholic way.
It is a story about Hotaru who gets lost in an enchanted forest and is rescued by a yokai named Gin. This is the one among all the anime movies, makes viewers feel nostalgic with its countryside scenario, evergreen forest, calm music, and lovely soft-hearted characters. This movie is about the blossoming love between a spirit and a human with a sad heartbreaking end.
2. Wolf Children
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Wolf Children is perfection made with simplicity.
It has a very deep message to tell us about Life. The hardship of a single mother raising two children, hardships of life, filled with despairs, the nature of the world that we live in, and the odds that have within us and our will to be accepted by everyone around us is all the tiny details this movie focuses on.
This movie gives us a life lesson that is to be treasured for a lifetime. A love story between a wolf and a human girl. A story of a single mother raising two Wolf Children teaching them to hide their wolf nature among humans. A story about finding their own self and accepting it. It’s a beautiful movie which is worth watching and learning lots of things from it.
1. Grave of the Fireflies
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
Based on the true story, perhaps the saddest of all anime movies ever made.
Portraying the destructive nature of war: Death, injury, malnutrition, illness, disability, and suffering caused to common people, Grave of the fireflies have beautifully conveyed its message to its audience.
A love between a brother and a sister. How a brother shoulder all the responsibilities of his little sister after the death of their parents, makes our hearts move and our eyes teary. In the midst of ruthless war, their fight for survival is very touching. The heartbreaking tragedy in the film will make u cry.
This film successfully makes its audience realize how destructive war can be. Conveys a message War is never beneficial for humanity.
These all are the anime movies that will make you feel sad and melancholic. Together with being sad, they also give you lessons, teach you lots of things. If you are in the search to watch sad anime movies, you should never miss all these above-listed anime movies. Thank you for reading till the end. We appreciate your love and support. Thank you!!