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Why does sadness inspire great art when happiness cannot? When we are feeling down why do we usually seek more sadness? Is it some sort of catharsis? Do we feel more ‘human’ when we let go of our emotions or are we just looking for stories and characters we can relate to?
The answer is ‘hope’. Humans strive to look for hope to deal with their problems. Whether you have experienced loss, an impossible love story, shattered dreams, a traumatic past, depression, loneliness, failure, or self-hate, you will probably look for something that can express your thoughts and feelings. Whatever the reason, voicing these emotions can be quite difficult and that’s why art is such a great outlet. We listen to music, paint, write, read, watch shows, movies, and anime so we can let go and forget.
There is a saying that says: ‘feeling sad makes us more creative’. Dramatic stories stick with us way more than any happy endings because they give us a lot to think about. So whether you want to rebuild your confidence by watching the misfortune of others, want to feel miserable, or you are just looking for something to make you shed some tears, here is a recommendations list of some really sad and sorrowful anime.
Jinta Yadomi is living as a recluse and spends most of his time at home. On a summer day, his friend Meiko Honma, who has tragically passed away years ago, appears to him and asks him to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but unfortunately she has no memory of what it was. So Jinta tries to gather up his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace.
Dealing with the death of a friend or a loved one is never easy, no matter how old you are. Death is inevitable and everyone comes to terms with it in different ways. Anohana is an emotional story that portrays the different ways in which people cope with death, whether one decides to become a shut-in, blames himself, or creates obsessions in relation with the deceased one, it’s hard to deal with the emotional turmoil. It’s a great show that has deep characters, meanings, and messages focusing on how you should not forget about the departed but also not fixate over them.
Alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange: ‘In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost.’ But is bound by only one taboo – human transmutation. Edward and Alphonse Elric broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother and as a result Al lost his whole body and Ed lost his leg. In his attempt to bring Al’s soul back to life, Ed sacrificed one of his arms and affixed Al’s soul to a suit of armor. As they grow older, Ed enlists to the State Alchemists, where he becomes known as the Fullmetal Alchemist and fights alongside his brother in order to find a way to return their bodies back to their original state.
‘We’re not gods, we’re only human’. There are no words to describe the amazingness of Fullmetal Alchemist. It will make you smile, laugh, question life, and cry a lot. It blends in an incredible plot with outstanding action, and some particular moments of the anime will take your breath away. Despite its good humor, beauty, tragedy (probably the worst deaths in the history of anime) and touching moments, what really wins you over is the characters. You relate with them so much; you ask the same questions and really feel for them. They express such genuine human emotions in a way that has a big impact on you as a person. It’s an anime that will make you think twice about human nature, ideals and values.
2016 – 2018
Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old professional shogi player who suffers from anxiety and depression. After losing his relatives in a tragic accident, he is taken in by a family in which his siblings start resenting him greatly for his shogi skills. Using his skills to earn a living, he decides to move out by himself into Tokyo but he lets his loneliness take in and doesn’t take care of himself. Soon after his arrival he meets the Kawamoto family: three sisters and their grandfather who run a traditional Japanese pastry shop, who have also experienced great loss recently and who try to kindly take care of him.
This is an anime that describes mental illness, anxiety, bullying, and youth problems in a very touching and sometimes agonizing way. A story that is less about shogi and mainly about sadness where we see the main character constantly drowning in negative feelings and trying to cope with them. The pace of the story might be a little too slow but it has some deep and tense moments that really make you feel as anguished as the character. I think the reason why this anime is so emotional is probably because it demonstrates quite realistically how depression actually works, showing how challenging it is to always have fears and harmful thoughts about everything.
2006 – 2007
Nana Komatsu is a naïve 20-year-old who easily falls in love and becomes dependent on those around her. As she goes on the train to move to Tokyo so she can be with her boyfriend, she meets Nana Osaki, a proud and strong punk rock vocalist who tries to become a professional singer. After spending the entire journey getting to know each other, they have to separate as they reach Tokyo. But, fate brings them together once more and eventually share an apartment. As their friendship deepens and they try to achieve their dreams, they learn about love, loss, and the growth that comes with it.
This is not your typical love story and definitely not a typical shoujo anime. NANA really knows how to portray the joys, the pains, and the struggles that come with love and romance. It presents characters in a very realistic way, conveys their feelings and their flaws to the viewer perfectly, making it impossible to not identify and relate with them. NANA showcases its ability for unique drama through rawness, realism and understanding of human emotions. It is probably one of the most complicated romances I have ever seen and I won’t lie that I have cried my eyes out throughout the majority of the story. Its complexity makes it suitable for a wider audience and I think it could easily make anyone laugh, cry, and feel a strong connection with the characters.
Who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class and that she needs to keep an eye on and take care of him. As she is trying to explain the mystery behind the letter she realizes that the letter is a warning not only for her future, but for Kakeru’s as well.
Orange is a shoujo-oriented story that adds on the element of time traveling for the sake of intriguing and engaging narrative. It addresses subjects such as suicidal tendencies, failing to truly communicate with the people around you, the pain of carrying a burden alone, and regret. Is it alright to change the future? Is it okay to make life-altering decisions and fulfill selfish desires for the sake of others? It’s a story about adolescence, young love that shows a troubled teenager learning to accept himself, earning trust and learning to let go with the help of his friends.
One day in Tokyo a massive 8.0 earthquake hit the city and caused massive devastation and death in its wake. Having taken her little brother to an exhibit in the other side of Tokyo, Mirai and her brother find themselves alone and helpless. They cross their paths with a kind woman named Mari who promises to help them get back to their family. The three travel the ruined city and face great dangers as they try their best to make their way home.
Natural disasters are probably the scariest thing that humans have to face and in a scenario that is not that unlikely to happen in Japan, a story that focuses on a terrifying earthquake, the loss and destruction it brings will definitely make you feel bad. The realism of the plot really shakes you; that hopelessness of being unable to help or protect anyone. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, shows how the normal life of a bratty teenager changes as she confronts the real face of humanity. A slow-paced story that really picks up in the last three episodes, as the journey comes to an end, for a strong and heart-breaking conclusion.
Yuuki Hase, a high school boy, is interested and kind of concerned about his classmate, Kaori Fujimiya. She always stays alone and never tries to establish relationships with anyone. After given a chance to get to know each other, Yuuki and Kaori begin to eat lunch together. Although they enjoy having conversations, Kaori, seems to keep denying their friendship. Later on she reveals to him that she has a memory loss disorder that makes her memories disappear within one week.
A heart-warming story focusing around true friendship and the subjectivity of memories. Isshuukan Friends shows that making friends is more than just reaching out and extending your hand. Socialising can be very simple for some people but can also be the most challenging task in the world for others. A good friendship takes time to mature and very often it is required to go through trials and tribulations and that is exactly what the characters in this story encounter as they begin to understand the meaning of true friendship. An anime that is honest, charming, innocent, relatable, beautiful with its aspects but at the same time thought provoking, with the necessary amount of drama.
During World War II, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko’s lives are turned upside down when their mother suffers fatal wounds from a bombing in the city and are forced to go live with their cruel aunt. As she keeps maltreating them, they decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. Having no adult to rely on and with food becoming scarcer than ever before, life is becoming very hard for them. Then, when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is…
The cruelty of war. A movie that sets its story during the darkest wars in human history. A heartbreaking reality about two children struggling to survive and probably the most depressing anime film you will ever watch. Even though the movie is mainly about the life of Seita and his sister Setsuko, they seem to represent the hopes, the dreams, and the suffering of all the people that experienced that war, making it really hard for you to hold in your tears. It shows the horrible consequences of war, the provoked damages, the catastrophes, the victims and the ruined lives of the remained people. This movie is powerful, tragic, and will haunt you for days after watching it.
Hotaru is visiting her uncle for summer and gets lost in the woods outside the village. She is eventually saved by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if he is ever touched by a human. Although they are barred from physical contact and meeting outside the forest, the two become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, when they start developing romantic feelings for each other, this one rule seems to be the greatest challenge for their relationship.
Hotarubi no Mori e is a beautiful movie with great art and animation. Captivating environments, backgrounds and character designs along with dramatic music that enhances the overall drama. Even though the story itself isn’t something unique, or exceptional it presents the idea of forbidden love in a tasteful and refreshing manner. It shows that love doesn’t have to be physical to be just as emotionally impacting.
Hana, a hard-working college student falls in love with a mysterious man, who turned out to be a wolf and together they built a family. Unfortunately, fate took away the love of her life, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Scared of finding out about her wolf children, she moves to the countryside where raising her kids ends up becoming a challenge and an adventure. Will she be able to face the challenges of being a single mother in an unforgiving modern world?
Parenting is a topic that is rarely portrayed in anime. There is no guide to tell you exactly how to handle parenting specifically and being a parent is one of the greatest challenges and hardships that a person can experience. Although the plot can be described as light and cute it has moments where the darker side of the story can be heart wrenching. It’s about a widow raising her two kids and how much mental and physical fortitude it requires but also gives the beautiful message that despite her predicaments she always prevails over the hardships.
Whatever it is that makes you sad or emotional, this recommendations list showcases a variety of sorrowful subjects that you can choose from. So get ready for those feels and tears.
Which anime do you think is the saddest and why? Let us know in the comments and make sure to add your own recommendations.
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