Intro: Anime is often known for its upbeat and light-hearted nature, but sometimes it can be quite the opposite. Here are ten anime that will make you cry your eyes out. Whether it’s the story, the music, or the characters themselves, these anime are sure to pull on your heartstrings. So if you’re looking for an emotional roller coaster ride, look no further than these six tearjerkers.
1. Your lie in April:
One of the most notable examples is Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), an anime about a young piano prodigy named Kousei Arima. Due to his mother’s death, he could not hear the sound of his piano playing, and for this reason, he developed a fear of music that would stick with him for years.
However, when he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono, Arima’s life is changed forever. This anime does a beautiful job of exploring the theme of reaching for your dreams even in the face of adversity and fear. In addition, there is an overarching plot twist that changes how you view the show entirely. You can download this anime from Pirate Bay to binge watch it in one sitting.
2. Angel Beats:
Angel Beats! is set in the afterlife, where high school student Yuri finds herself caught between life and death. While she has not died yet, Yuri wakes up to find herself in a strange high school setting that resembles a location from her past life. Yuri must bring together other students who share regrets over their deaths to pass onto heaven. However, Yuri discovers that she cannot die in this world, leading to her joining the Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS), the student council fighting against God for sending them to this limbo.
One of Angel Beat’ significant themes is “to live,” exploring the idea that life’s hardships make it all the more special and more precious. Angel Beats! is a 13-episode anime that aired in 2010, produced by P.A. Works and Aniplex. Seiji Kishi directed the series, with scripts written by Jun Maeda, who was also responsible for the original concept, characters design, and music composed by Maeda himself and the group Anant-Garde Eyes, who formed the opening theme “Brave Song.”
3. Plastic memories:
A world where there are mechanized souls called Giftia, who can survive up to 81,920 hours (that’s a little over a decade) after the time they were purchased. Tsukasa Mizugaki begins working at a company that handles Giftias with his sister as an apprentice and meets Isla’s beautiful female Giftia.
Everything might seem like fun and games, but as Tsukasa gets further into his assignment as a Giftia handler, he begins to learn what it means to love one that is bound by time. Plastic memories take the viewer through a narrative with points of light and dark, where tragedy ultimately reigns supreme. Though there are moments of happiness and comedic relief, the overarching tone of the report is bitter and filled with sadness. Anytime a character makes progress, there’s seemingly always something there to obstruct them from moving forward.
The world of Naruto is filled with memorable characters and heartwarming moments, but for me, one scene stands out the most. One of my favorite arcs in this series features a little boy named Konohamaru who dreams about someday becoming Hokage like his idol and grandfather: The Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. During the arc, Konohamaru learns a valuable lesson from Naruto about being a shinobi.
Rather than becoming Hokage, Konohamaru says he wants to become strong enough to make his grandfather proud. Though this scene is relatively short, it packs quite the emotional punch. When Naruto teaches Konohamaru that strength isn’t just about power but about the will never to give up, you can’t help but get a little teary-eyed.
5. A silent voice:
Shoya Ishida is a grade school student who mistreated his deaf classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. After a while, many of his classmates turned on him for what he did, and he ultimately got into a fight with Shoko. In elementary school, Shoya repeatedly bullied the new girl in his class, Shoko.
To make her leave, he used his airsoft gun to shoot pellets at Shoko, who ended up getting a gash on her forehead courtesy of the new girl. No one helped Shoya’s victim, and instead, they blamed her for it all. One day, when playing with Shoya in an abandoned building, an accident left Shoko profoundly deaf. After that, Shoko’s father decided to transfer her to another school. Since then, many years have passed, and Shoya has become a delinquent who has been getting into fights with his old classmates over the past four years.
6. Wolf Children:
Hana was a 19-year-old college student living with her boyfriend, Hideo’s older man. When it became apparent that they wanted to have children but couldn’t, they decided to adopt children from the same orphanage. The children were abandoned by their parents because of the poor conditions in which they lived. The children were named Ame and Yuki after the Japanese words for rain and snow. Hana was ecstatic to have her new children, but Hideo couldn’t cope with being a young father and left them behind without saying anything.
If you’re in the mood for an emotional roller coaster, be sure to check out these six tearjerker anime. With powerful stories and heartbreaking music, these anime will make you cry your eyes out. So if you’re looking for a good cry, look no further than these heart-wrenching anime.