Top 15+ Anime movies with sad and dreary endings



Surely when talking about Anime, almost everyone will not be strange, right? Anime will have many genres like talking about school, about music, … and of course there will always be sad Anime movies. And not everyone likes funny movies but wants to settle down, want to be more profound. So this article TopnList shares with you about sad Anime movies right here.

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice

The film The Shape of the Sound is a Japanese animated film directed and released by Yamada Naoko in 2016. This is also one of the sad anime movies that bring in quite a lot of revenue and views. The film opens when Ishida Shouya suddenly encounters a familiar face at the station. After that, he decided to start a conversation with her - the female lead Nishimiya Shouko.

The story suddenly goes back to 7 years ago when Nishimiya had just transferred to the class that Ishida was studying. Ishida is annoyed with Nishimi and always bullies her. Until one day, Ishida was suddenly turned away by the whole class. From then on, he became a victim of bullying and understood Nishimiya's previous mood. Is it possible that, after meeting 7 years, the relationship between the two main characters will change?

Movie Info: A Silent Voice

Film studio Kyoto Animation
Release date 17 month 9 year 2016
Directors Yamada Naoko
Category School, love, psychology
Time min

Elfen Lied (Singing Lover)

Elfen Lied (Singing Lover)
Elfen Lied (Singing Lover)

The film is about a mutant species of diclonius with the ability to kill people and control things from afar. The story revolves around 3 diclonius is Lucy, Nana and Mariko. Lucy, after escaping from the research room, was shot in the head and depersonalized, making her an obedient, gentle girl, losing her killer personality.

Nana and Mariko are also gradually sent to find Lucy with the director's evil intentions. Kouta, who was on the island that Lucy drifted on, helped her, Nana and Mariko a lot. However, in order to save humanity from the director's evil intentions, Kouta is forced to shoot Lucy to death.

The love song brings a look at the love, hate, and hatred of people. Thereby promoting the value of altruism and tolerance between people through the character Kouta.

Movie Info: Elfen Lied (Singing Lover)

Film studio ARMS
Release date 25 month 7 year 2004
Directors Mamoru Kanbe
Time 13 episodes

The Garden Of Words

The Garden Of Words
The Garden Of Words

The Garden of Words is one of the anime movies with the most touching sad ending. The film is about 15-year-old Akizuki Takao. He lives under one roof with his parents and brother. Akizuki has always kept in mind that only shoemaking can get him out of this land.

On a rainy morning, Akizuki was wandering in a garden to fulfill his dream when he accidentally caught a girl named Yukino Yukari who was also drinking beer. From two strangers, with their own feelings.

Now, they sit under that cool rain and think about their lives. Although they did not speak a word to each other, the same soul was the thin silk thread that bound them together. After the rain stopped, the girl said goodbye to Akizuki with a tanka song that confused him. Days later, they continued to accidentally meet again. Could that be fate?

Movie Info: The Garden Of Words

Film studio CoMix Wave Films, Sentai Filmworks
Release date 31 month 5 year 2013
Directors Shinkai Makoto
Time min
Category Emotions, psychology

Five Centimeters Per Second (5 Centimeters Per Second)

Five Centimeters Per Second (5 Centimeters Per Second)
Five Centimeters Per Second (5 Centimeters Per Second)

When it comes to the saddest Anime movies, it's impossible not to mention 5 Centimeters per Second. This is a story about Takaki and Akari who have been close since childhood, but due to their family moving, the two were separated. In the 1990s, when the telephone was not yet developed, two people used letters to write to each other. Then the letters began to fade because of the distance between the two.

At the last seconds of approaching the train tracks, Takaki saw the silhouette of a girl. He had thought it was Akari but when the train passed, there was only an empty space left, only Takaki with the cherry blossom petals scattered. The scene at the end of the movie makes Anime fans sobbing because it describes a harsh reality in love. People who love each other but can't find each other in life.

The name of the movie also makes others think about the meaning of love: “5cm/s is not only the speed of falling cherry blossoms, but also the speed when we quietly walk through each other's lives, fighting each other. lost the most passionate feelings of love.” Heartbreaking reality is what fans say about one of these saddest romantic anime movies.

Movie Info: Five Centimeters Per Second (5 Centimeters Per Second)

Film studio CoMix Wave Inc
Release date 3 month 3 year 2007
Directors Shinkai Makoto
Episodes 3 part

Your lie in April

Your lie in April
Your lie in April

This musical anime is about a genius piano boy named Arima Kousei, who has won numerous piano awards since he was a child. However, after his mother passed away, Kousei could no longer hear the piano when he played, although he could still hear people talking. It was a huge mental shock for him, after two years of living without touching the piano and retiring from the sport. However, he still has two good friends around him, Tsubaki and Watari.

Miyazono Kaori, a girl in Tsubaki's class, a violinist with a penchant for freedom. It was she who helped Kousei return to music and slowly change the way he plays. However, Kaori learned that she did not have much longer to live and lied to him that she was in love with Watari.

The film brings a super sad ending and attracts many anime fans around the world. In addition, the film also has a manga version and some side stories to help the ending not be too sad. People can read more side stories to be less sad after watching the movie.

Movie Info: Your lie in April

Film studio A1 Pictures
Show date 9 month 10 year 2014
Directors Ishiguro Kyohei
Episodes 22 episodes

Clannad: After Story

Clannad: After Story
Clannad: After Story

Continuing the plot for the first part of Clannad, this Clannad: After Story is a story revolving around Nagisa and the supporting cast. When Nagisa had a more mature look when she and Tomoya started to get married and live together. Tomoya's spirit crumbles when Nagisa and Ushio both suffer from the same illness and leave him.

Then, he got lost in a strange dream where there were balls of light. One girl said that if Tomoya collects enough of these orbs he will have another chance to redo everything. These orbs have appeared throughout Clannad as an element of a happier ending.

If you love the most touching anime, you should not ignore Clannad After Story. The scene of Nagisa's death has devastated many Anime fans, and the orbs are the rope that pulls them to a happier ending. The emotional frames that go up and down according to the rhythm of the movie are Clannad's biggest attraction. If you've seen part one, you should watch part 2 (After Story), it certainly won't disappoint. The aspects of love or family affection are shown to the fullest in part 2 of the Clannad series.

Movie Info: Clannad: After Story

Film studio Kyoto Animations
Release date from December 12 to July 2008
Directors Shimo Fumihiko
Episodes 24 episodes

Kids On The Slope

Kids On The Slope
Kids On The Slope

If you are a music enthusiast and lover then this sad anime movie will definitely be very suitable. The film tells the story of Kaoru, an intelligent, talented student who travels around to inspire music. That's why he didn't have a lasting friendship until he met Sentaro

Thanks to Sentaro, Kaoru got to know jazz music and developed a true friendship. Other friends also helped a lot to form a real group. However, Sentaro later disappeared and left a lot of regrets for Kaoru. Kaoru learns a little bit about Sentaro's whereabouts until the last episode, which is like a new ray of hope for him.

Melodies on the Slope is a moving anime about love, friendship, and music. These are slow-motion movies about an enthusiastic, impulsive youth, reflecting the reality of today's young people. The film has received many positive reviews from film critics.

Movie Info: Kids On The Slope

Film studio Mappa Studio
Release date 12 month 4 year 2012
Directors Shinichiro Watanabe
Episodes 12 episodes

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Lost)

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Lost)
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Lost)

The Town Where I Saved Myself is a sad anime movie title adapted from a Japanese manga. Director Ito Tomohiko brought us to follow Satoru Fujinuma while he was on duty. The content of the film revolves around a story that happened 18 years ago but affects Satoru's current life.

An aloof person, 29-year-old manga artist Satoru is caught up in a murder case when he becomes a suspect. Strangely, Satoru was sent back to the past 18 years ago - in 1988. Satoru was still surprised when he discovered the clues to the murder in which he himself was dragged.

At the same time, the guy also discovered that the incident was related to the kidnapping of a childhood friend of his. From here on, a series of strange events kept happening around Satoru. Will our main character be able to save his friend? Join us to watch this anime to find the answer!

Movie Info: Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Lost)

Film studio A-1 Pictures
Release date 8 month 1 year 2016
Directors Ito Tomohiko
Category Science fiction, fantasy, space travel
Time 12 episodes

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

The film tells the childhood story of 6 best friends: Jinta, Menma, Poppo, Anaru, Tsuruko, Yukiatsu. However, an accident took Menma's life. Ten years after the accident, Jinta lives a reclusive life and meets Menma's ghost again. She hopes that he and the remaining 10 friends will help her fulfill her wish to go to the other world

Jinta then rallied everyone to help Menma, although they joined but doubted the authenticity of the incident. After that, the secret was gradually revealed, almost everyone was tormented after Menma died. They recall their childhood days and begin to help Menma and Jinta.

The flower that day was a huge hit during its broadcast in Japan. The film realistically depicts human selfishness, unfinished dreams and ambitions. The film was also adapted into many different anime and gained great popularity.

Movie Info: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Film studio A1 Pictures
Release date 14 month 4 year 2011
Directors Tatsuyuki Nagai
Time 11 episodes

Hotarubi no Mori e (Lost in the Forest of Fireflies)

Hotarubi no Mori e (Lost in the Forest of Fireflies)
Hotarubi no Mori e (Lost in the Forest of Fireflies)

The next name in the list of the most touching anime is Lost in the forest of fireflies. The story is about a 6-year-old girl named Takegawa Hotaru who is lost in a mysterious forest inhabited by spirits. A boy named Gin helped her but must not touch Gin or he will disappear.

Then every summer she goes to the forest to meet Gin, and love blossomed from there. And then when the spirit festival took place, Gin and Hotaru went out together. On the way back, Gin instinctively helped a young boy to get up, he was then dissolved. In the last moment, the two were satisfied with their desire to touch the person they loved the most.

Lost in the forest of fireflies has been in the top of the most touching anime about love. The moment the two were touching each other took away many tears of viewers. This is a sad and happy episode that the footage describes in a very realistic way.

Movie Info: Hotarubi No Mori e (Lost in the Forest of Fireflies)

Film studio Brain's Base
Release date 17 month 9 year 2011
Directors Omori Takahiro
Time min

Ame and Yuki (Wolf Children) – Wolf Children

Ame and Yuki (Wolf Children) - Wolf Children
Ame and Yuki (Wolf Children) – Wolf Children

Wolf Children is one of the saddest Anime series about love and motherhood. The story begins when Hana - a 19-year-old girl falls in love with a werewolf, then they have two lovely children, Ame and Yuki. Life was peaceful until her husband died in a car accident.

Hana has to raise two children alone, there are sad and difficult days, but she always overcomes it for her two children. It's not easy to raise two half-human, half-wolf children when they have not found their true selves. In the end, Ame chose to live in the mountains, while Yuki chose to go to school like everyone else and Hana feels proud of it.

If it comes to sad Anime, Wolf Children is a work worth enjoying. With quality footage from Ghibli, the film depicts the realities of today's family. Despite the rather sad content, Wolf Children still exudes the most optimistic and resilient look through the character Hana, thereby expressing the sacred motherly love.

Movie Info: Ame and Yuki (Wolf Children) – Wolf Children

Film studio Studio Ghibli
Release date 25 month 6 year 2012
Directors Hosoda Mamoru
Time min

Violet Evergarden (Unforgotten Memories)

Violet Evergarden (Unforgotten Memories)
Violet Evergarden (Unforgotten Memories)

Unforgettable Memoirs - a sad anime film about the flourishing period of the continent Telesis - where the conflict has lasted for the past 4 years. The main character in the film is Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised with the mission to destroy enemies.

Of course, after the war ended, Violet's life fortunately returned to a normal life. She started a new life for herself. First, Violet applied for a job at the CH Postal Company. Every day she had to witness the automatic recording of the dolls.

Because of the requirements of the job, Violet also started working as an automatic note-taking doll - whose job was to convert all speech into written form. It is this new job that sets Violet on an adventure and helps her cherish her hopes of self-discovery.

Movie Info: Violet Evergarden (Unforgettable Memoirs)

Film studio Kyoto Animation
Release date 4 month 12 year 2020
Directors Taichi ishidate
Time min
Category Fantasy, Romance, Psychological, Supernatural

Angel Beats (Angel Wars)

Angel Beats (Angel Wars)
Angel Beats (Angel Wars)

Angel Beats! Set in a school in the afterlife, where people drop all attachments to be able to reincarnate. Otonashi is invited by Yuri to join the SSS organization, which is against God and Angels - the student council president. Kanade was the student council president at the time and was considered an enemy by Yuri. However, after a successful campaign, Kanade lost her position as president and Naoi took her place.

Kanade is recruited by the SSS to quell Naoi's tricks to destroy the SSS. They are getting weaker and weaker and unable to resist, Otonashi asks everyone to escape. In fact, they will be able to escape when their unfinished dream in the afterlife is fulfilled. Otonashi, Kanade and Yuri helped everyone to escape, and before Kanade disappeared, she thanked Otonashi. In the end, the two people escaped in suffering because they both had feelings for each other.

The sad anime film has brought tears to many people's eyes with Kanade's disappearance. However, the ending scene when the two people were reincarnated and passed each other made the audience more hopeful about a beautiful love.

Movie Info: Angel Beats (Angel Wars)

Film studio PA Works
Release date 3 month 4 year 2010
Directors Kishi Seiji
Time 13 episodes

H2O: Footprints in the Sand

H2O: Footprints in the Sand
H2O: Footprints in the Sand

This sad anime film revolves around a schoolboy named Takuma Hirose who is blind, but he does not know the cause of his blindness. He and his uncle moved to the countryside, where Takuma met three kind girls Hayami Kohinata, Hinata Kohinata and Otoha. Otoha gave him a temporary cure for his eye.

However, Hiyami was always hated by everyone in the village and Takuma protected her. After her makeshift home is burned down, he confesses his feelings to her, and she agrees. But things are not smooth and beautiful, Hiyami is killed by the villagers, Takuma saves her and is traumatized and considers Hiyami as his mother. Hiyami sacrificed himself to make Takuma aware of his mother's death.

Footprints in the sand are profound films about love, friendship, hatred and attachments in the human heart. The original manga of the film was also adapted into a game and attracted a large number of gamers.

Movie Info: H2O: Footprints in the Sand

Film studio Zexcs
Release date 4 month 1 year 2008
Directors Hideki tachibana
Time 12 episodes

Air (Flying In The Sky)

Air (Flying In The Sky)
Air (Flying In The Sky)

The sad anime film titled Flying In The Sky tells about a long journey from life to life of Kunisaki Yukito. During a journey in a small town located on the coast, Kunisaki Yukito encountered 3 extremely strange girls. Each girl has her own special feature that all of us find impressive.

The first is an extremely mysterious looking girl with a special interest in the stars. Next is a funny girl who always appears with a cute dog. And finally, the girl who always says "Gao" and is extremely clumsy. These three special girls, is there also a flying girl that Kunisaki Yukito is looking for?

Movie Info: Air

Film studio Toei Animation
Release date 7 month 1 year 2000
Category Cartoon, romantic, funny, emotional,
Directors Osamu Dezaki
Time min

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet
Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet is the saddest and most famous love story in the world. The film is adapted from the classic play of the same name by famous writer William Shakespeare. The opening of the film is the image of Verona, where there are two families of Montague and Capulet with a long-standing grudge. Ironically, Romeo (son of the Montague family) and Juliet (daughter of the Capulet family) fell madly in love after meeting each other by chance at the Capulet's gala.

But their love story is tragic. When love was budding, it was also the beginning of a series of days of pain and loss. Can the two overcome the lineage barriers or is this really an impossible love?

The anime film Romeo And Juliet has left viewers with many different emotions. And until now, this anime film with a sad ending is still a living wall in the hearts of movie-loving audiences.

Movie Info: Romeo And Juliet

Release date April 4, 4 to September 2007, 26
Directors Oizaki Fumitoshi
Category Romance
Time 24 episodes

Your Name (What's Your Name?)

Your Name (What's Your Name?)
Your Name (What's Your Name?)

The film tells the story of Mitsuha - a rural girl and Taki - a boy from Tokyo. Since the comet appeared in the sky, strange dreams between the two occur, then they swap bodies and make up each other's jokes and jokes. Until the comet passed and left one piece on Japan, the two swapped.

Taki then followed the clues, finding Mitsuha and where she was living. But after Taki arrives, he learns that Mitsuha has died, thanks to her grandmother, he drinks a part of the water in the "holy cup" and learns all of Mitsuha's memories. It all happened when Taki was once again in Mitsuha's body and the two met. After that, Taki gradually faded his memory of Mitsuha, for 5 years he always felt uneasy, longing for someone.

The final scene in the movie is when Taki meets Mitsuha on the train and the two ask the question "What's your name?". This sad anime film has taken away the tears of many viewers about the love story "love each other but can't meet each other". After its release, the film had the highest ticket sales in 2016.

Movie Info: Your Name (What's Your Name?)

Film studio CoMix Wave Films
Release date 3 month 7 year 2016
Directors Shinkai Makoto
Time min

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

This sad anime anime is set in World War 2 in Japan, the film tells the story of two brothers Seita and Setsuko. They lost their mother after the fierce bombing of the US Air Force on Kobe city and had to stay at their aunt's house. However, at a time of famine, human cruelty reached its climax, and the two brothers had to leave their aunt's house to a bomb shelter. Even though the basement was in short supply, Seita and Setsuko could do whatever they wanted.

And whatever happens will come, in order to have food for both of them, Seita has to steal and get beaten by the people. And Setsuko fell ill and was diagnosed by the doctor as being undernourished. Seita withdrew all the money in the bank to buy food for his younger brother, but then he learned that Japan had surrendered to the Allies, his father had died at sea, and Setsuko was already dead when he reached the bunker. Seita cremated Setsuko, put in a candy box and carried a picture of her father until she died at the station.

Grave of fireflies took away the tears of many viewers because of their compassion for the Seita brothers. This is considered the best "anti-war" touching anime film to date. Critics all say Grave of the Fireflies is a humanistic Japanese animated series about the war genre that conveys a sense of self-esteem.

Movie Info: Grave of the Fireflies

Film studio Studio Ghibli
Release date 16 month 4 year 1988
Directors Takahata Isao
Time min

Charlotte (Public Superpower)

Charlotte (Public Superpower)
Charlotte (Public Superpower)

The film is about young people with strange powers, including Otosaka Yuu. He has a special ability to possess or deprive others of their abilities. Tomori Nao, a mysterious girl discovers his secret and sends him to the academy. Here, Yuu participates in the process of rescuing people with abnormal abilities to avoid being captured for research and experimentation.

Until Yuu's sister had an explosion of her powers and died, he was also psychologically affected. In order to save everyone, including his brother and Tomori, from being held hostage, Yuu travels all over the world to take away all of his supernormal abilities. However, the effect of this is that he gradually loses his memories of everyone and also Tomori Nao - the girl he loves. By the time it was done, Yuu seemed to have forgotten nothing, Tomori Nao was by his side and took care of him.

Puberty Superpowers depicts a sad love story and the courage of young adults. The film also speaks of the burdens and responsibilities of young people in the future through the character Yuu.

Movie Info: Charlotte (Public Superpowers)

Film studio PA Works
Release date 4 month 7 year 2015
Directors Asai Yoshiyuki
Time 13 episodes

Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories

Set in the future, where robots are shaped like humans and both live in the same society. An Android manufacturer has introduced a new type called Giftia, a high-end android model that resembles a human in almost every way. However, this type of Giftia has a limited life span, and without post-production services, erasing memories, they can lose their memory and have a tendency to violence.

The story revolves around Mizugaki Tsukasa (post-service department) and his partner Isla (a Giftia). The two of them have been through a lot together, that's why their feelings are also close. However, Isla is nearing the end of her life, the story grows sadder when Tsukasa is forced to erase Isla's memories.

Robot memory takes viewers through many emotional frames, from lovely, happy to sad. It can be said that, although it is just a fantasy anime film, the movie really hits the emotional side of people.

Movie Info: Plastic Memories

Film studio Kobo stave
Directors Fujiwara Yoshiyuki
Release date 5 month 4 year 2015
Episodes 13 episodes

The above article has introduced to you about sad Anime movies for everyone to watch and settle down. Know that these movies will not be enough on the list and the movies you need to find, but you can add more.

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