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20 Of The SADDEST Anime With The Best Moral Message

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Many anime have sad stories and plots but a powerful moral message underneath the sadness. It is recommended to watch whenever you’re in a bind or feeling depressed.

The following list summarizes the 20 of the most heartbreaking and saddest anime with the best moral message.

It’s recommended to watch even if you’re not feeling motivated. Because the message can make you feel excited again.


1. Plastic Memories

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Plastic Memories is an anime where technological advances can be used to play the role of human beings.

The Gifta is known as Isla.

One day Isla encounters Mizugaki, who is human, and both are in love, and when they are in love, the two must realize that Isla is a Gifta, not a human who has a limitation.

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2. Clannad: After Story

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The anime is the sequel of Clanned S1. It is among the saddest of anime that will make you cry.

This sad anime makes you recognize the importance of family and the relationships that are part of it.

The lives of characters are filled with problems, and more than that, they’re trying to solve the problems.


3. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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In English, this anime is called Your Lie in April. The relationship between music and love is staged in this sad anime.

Kousei’s character is one who is a lover of music, specifically the piano. Following the death of his mother, Kousei becomes traumatized by playing music.

It wasn’t until he got to know the violinist Miyazona Kaori that he gradually began playing again.


4. A Silent Voice

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This anime tells the story of a regret experienced by the character, which is Shoya.

Shoya is regretful of the way he treated his classmate who was deaf. Through all of his heart, Shoya tried to get forgiveness from his friend.

Shoya’s struggles to be forgiven will make you explore emotions that can bring you down too.


5. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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The anime tells the story of a bunch of friends who break up when one member of the group dies, specifically Menma.

One day, the ghost of Menma visited one of the group members named Jintan.

Following that, Jintan and the rest of the group members come together to try to grant Menma’s wishes so that she can travel to the next dimension.


6. Hotarubi no Mori e

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Hotarubi no Mori e, also known as In The Forest of Fireflies’ Light, is the saddest anime. The anime presents two sides at odds, simultaneously romantic and tragic.

The story is about a love affair between a girl called Hotaru who is lost in the forest in a terrifying environment. She is then reunited with a spirit named Gin, and the two love one another.

But Gin, who is a spirit, cannot touch humans, or otherwise, Gin is lost forever.


7. Hotaru no Haka

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The anime that is rated as the most depressing would be Hotaru No Haka. In addition to the tragic storyline, the setting of the story is also very encouraging, which is a catastrophe that has been a disastrous war.

The combination of these two is a perfect fit when you add in the story of how they manage to survive.

Both Seita and Setsuko are separated from their family members.

The brothers both lost their mother, who was killed during the war. They are living with their evil aunt, and they decide to move out of their aunt’s home and live in the banker.

The tale of these brothers is sure to make you cry.

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8. Kimi No Na Wa

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The next anime that is sure to cause you to weep can be Kimi no Na Wa, or in English, it is called Your Name.

The anime tells a unique storyline, which revolves around two strangers who exchange bodies.

In the course of the process, they fall in love with one another, but destiny said that they should be separated.


9. Wolf Children

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Wolf Children, or in Japanese called Ookammu Kodomo no Ame to Yuki. Hana falls in love with a fellow student who turns out to be a Wolf.

Hana married to the wolf and has two children called Yuki and Ame. A few months after her youngest child was born, her husband passed away.

The neighbours thought the children were dangerous; therefore, Hana, along with her two children, took the decision to move.

In the years since her endurance is being tested.


10. Orange

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The anime tells the story of Naho, who receives a note sent to him by him sometime in the near future.

The letter stated that Naho might save his closest buddy, Kakeru, who was predicted to die by suicide.

Kakeru struggles with thoughts of suicide in this anime, making it realistic and touching.


11. Byousoku 5 Centimeters

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The saddest of the anime is Byousoku 5 Centimeter or 5 centimetres per second which tells the story of two close friends who have been separated from their childhood.

They still keep in touch via sending messages.

As time passes by, their distance becomes bigger. However, they still hope to be reunited, even if just once.


12. The Wind is Rises

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The Wind Rises is set in a war zone, and the protagonist, known as Jiro, successfully achieves his ultimate goal of constructing an aircraft.

The dream turned into a tragedy after his partner was seriously sick, and the plane he created was utilized to aid in transporting troops, which obviously claimed many lives.


13. The Promised Land in our Early Days

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One of the anime that make up the name is The Place Promised in Our Early Days; this anime is about three friends who pledge to travel across the border using the plane they own.

However, the promise and the dream were put on hold because one of them became sick.


14. Whispers of the Heart

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The 90s-era anime can be considered the most tragic anime because it depicts young girls working hard to fulfil their dream of becoming writers.

This film can be a motivator for those who have a dream but struggle to achieve their goals.

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15. Spirited Away

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The anime tells about the infp anime characters like Chihiro, who moves to a new house and environment.

On their way, they stumble upon a tunnel in which they discover a dark location that is not guarded.

The battle and tragic tale here starts with Chihiro’s parents turning into pigs.

Chihiro attempts to figure out a way to bring back her parents’ appearance.


16. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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This saddest anime included in this post tells the story of a young teenager who discovers a new advantage to their body in the form of being able to move through time.

The desire to transform the world through her talents and abilities can be detrimental to other people.


17. Angel Beats

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The next most tragic anime, Angel Beats, is set in a school used as a shelter for people who have died but cannot be freed from the ties from the rest of society.

The spirits of these people cannot live in peace and continue to experience grief and pain.


18. Perfect Blue

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The world of the show, which is thought to be a glittering world, has a dark side.

 It tells the story of an actress who is surrounded constantly by her fans which makes her nearly insane.

One of them stalks her after she quits being an idol.


19. Tokyo Magnitude

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It is set in a natural disaster that struck Tokyo.

The tragic storyline of this anime starts with the character Mirai Onozawa, who is unhappy with the state of his family and wants everything destroyed.

The wish was fulfilled when Tokyo was struck by an earthquake that had an intensity of 8.0 that shook Japan.

The quake traps Mirai as well as her twin sister.


20. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Season 2

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This sad anime is about students who have been marginalized or are deemed to be outcasts in school. They live their lives with their teacher, who is an unknown entity.

They were given the task of killing the teachers.

The story progresses through a plot that involves an organization that is against God who, according to them, he created an unjust fate.

There are many kinds of genres in the most tragic anime, including action, fantasy and supernatural, for instance.

he above 20 anime contain different moral messages, each of which can be interpreted based on your viewpoint as a viewer


More SAD anime shows:

  • Violet Evergarden.
  • Hinamatsuri.
  • Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song.
  • Kokoro Connect.
  • Sword Art Online.
  • Shield Hero.


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