Some of the anime makers love to make us cry and lots of sad anime series seems to be created specially to make us cry like a baby.

From the heartfelt dramas about love, Friendship, and loneliness to serious stories that talk about issues like death, war, and illness, these kind of sad anime has found many ways to break our hearts and made everyone cry.

21 Sad Anime Series that are Heartbreaking to watch

Who doesn’t love a good cry? It can be the perfect release for when you are blue. To help spread the tears are these 21 series and their totally arbitrary Cry-O-Meter.

21. 5 Centimeters Per Second

Studio: CoMix Wave Inc.

Episode count: 1 movie

5 Centimeters Per Second sad anime
© CoMix Wave Films

Quick pitch: Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara were close friends, but they were pulled away after Akari’s family moved to a different region. They stay in touch through mail, but the years see them go their separate paths.

Cry-O-Meter: 8.5 tearful letters while you wait by the train station.

20. Millennium Actress

Studio: Madhouse

Episode count: 1 movie

Millennium Actress saddest anime
© Chiyoko Committee

Quick pitch: Chiyoko Fujiwara was Japan’s most popular actress prior to retiring 30 years ago. When the studio Chiyoko used to work with enters bankruptcy, she is asked to give a retrospective interview about her career.

Cry-O-Meter: If an actor fakes the tears, does it still count as crying?

19. Voices of a Distant Star

Studio: CoMix Wave Inc.

Episode count: 1 OVA

Voices of a Distant Star anime sad
© CoMix Wave Films

Quick pitch: Mikako Negamine is recruited by th UN to pilot a mech to fight in a war against an alien threat. He stays in contact with his childhood friend Noboru by sending e-mails using telecom device. As Mikako goes deeper into space, the lag time between receiving messages increases.

Cry-O-Meter: The tears will strike 5 years from today on this sad anime.

18. Berserk

Studio: OLM, Inc

Episode count: 25

Berserk
© Kentaro Miura / Hakusensha / OLM, Inc

Quick pitch: Guts is taken into the mercenary group Band of the Hawk by the leader Griffith. After Griffith has his dreams of ruling a kingdom taken from him, he is seduced by an evil power.

Cry-O-Meter: 1 mind breaking eclipse event that ruins your love life and robs you of your humanity.

17. Fullmetal Alchemist

Studio: Bones

Episode count: 51 (2003 series) / 64 (Brotherhood)

Fullmetal Alchemist
© Hiromu Arakawa / Square Enix / Bones

Quick pitch: Edward and Alphonse dabble into alchemy in order to revive their dead mother. Things take a terrible turn as Alphonse loses his physical body and Edward is left maimed.

Cry-O-Meter: 1 strong bond between a girl and her dog is shown in this sad anime.

16. Hal

Studio: Wit Studio

Episode count: 1 movie

Hal
© Hal Production Committee

Quick pitch: In the future, robots can be programmed with complete human emotion. After Kurumi is left heartbroken after a tragic plane crash, a robot named Q01 is sent to Kurumi to help mend her broken heart.

Cry-O-Meter: Do androids cry electric tears? for this sad anime.

15. Bokurano

Studio: Gonzo

Episode count: 24

Bokurano
© Mohiro Kitoh / Shogakukan / Izumi Project

Quick pitch: 15 kids discover a grotto while at summer camp. A man named Kokopelli tells them that he is creating a game that involves using a giant robot to save the Earth from 15 alien invasions. However, the power source of the robot is kept a secret.

Cry-O-Meter: 15 contracts allowing you to shed 15 single tears.

14. Hotarubi no Mori e

Studio: Brain’s Base

Episode count: 1 movie

Hotarubi no Mori e
© Yuki Midorikawa / Hakusensha / Brain’s Base

Quick pitch: Hotaru was six when she met the forest spirit Gin. It was forwarned that if Gin makes physical contact with anyone, he will disappear. As time goes on, the two start to form a strong bond.

Cry-O-Meter: Don’t touch me! I’m crying!

13. Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal

Studio: Studio Deen

Episode count: 4

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal
© Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha / Fuji TV / SPE Visual Works

Quick pitch: The tale of how Shinta became Kenshin Himura. As a young man, Kenshin struggles to walk the line of justice and corruption; life and death.

Cry-O-Meter: Don’t even get me started, bro.

12. Katanagatari

Studio: White Fox

Episode count: 12

Katanagatari
© Nisio Isin / Kodansha / White Fox / Aniplex

Quick pitch: Togame is seeking out 12 legendary swords called The Deviant Blades. She seeks the aid of Shichika, whom is the master of the Kyotouryuu fighting stance.

Cry-O-Meter: 12 legendary wails of sadness.

11. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Studio: Genco / Bee Train

Episode count: 26

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
© Nitroplus / Project Phantom

Quick pitch: Reiji was visiting the States when he witnessed an assassination. The assassination syndicate Inferno kidnap and brainwash Reiji into being an assassin as a result.

Tear-O-Meter: 5.5 contract hits against tissue boxes.