Anime is one of the best artistic mediums for romance stories. Romance anime can give viewers even more than they bargained for.
This is especially true when the anime has parts (or an ending) so sad, you want to crawl into your bed and stay there, crying yourself to sleep in the fetal position forever.
Not all romances end happily ever after, not even in anime. Some crash and burn while others fail in a manner more bittersweet. We share with you the top 10 sad romantic animes.
Clannad – 2007
Clannad is a 2007 Japanese anime fantasy-drama film directed by Osamu Dezaki and based on the visual novel of the same name developed by Key.
Your lie in April – 2011
Your lie in April is a Japanese romantic drama manga (comic) series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.
I want to eat your pancreas – 2014
I want to eat your pancreas also known as Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, is a light novel by the Japanese writer Yoru Sumino. It starts when an aloof and rather antisocial male protagonist named Haruki Shiga accidentally discovers that his charming female classmate Sakura Yamauchi has a pancreatic disease.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – 2011
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day centers on a group of friends struggling to cope with the premature death of their companion Menma. Her demise stirs up different feelings in every character, but Jinta takes it particularly hard, as he had fallen in love with Menma but never worked up the courage to tell her.
Hotarubi No Mori E – 2011
Hotarubi no Mori e is a lovely, atmospheric film about the relationship between a human named Hotaru and a forest spirit named Gin. Due to the fragility of the magic tying Gin to the mortal realm, he can’t touch human skin or he will disappear.
The Wind Rises – 2014
The Wind Rises is a wartime period piece by Studio Ghibli that features the story of a real-life engineer named Jiro Horikoshi and the woman he loves, Naoko Satomi.
Plastic Memories – 2016
Plastic Memories is a Japanese anime television series produced by Doga Kobo and directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara. The story was conceived by Naotaka Hayashi, who also wrote the screenplay, with original character designs by Okiura. The series aired in Japan between April 5 and June 28, 2015.
Golden Time – 2010
Golden Time is a depressing romance story. After he’s involved in a serious accident, Banri Tada loses all memory of his old life and tries to build a new one. He’s pressured to be a person he no longer feels any connection to and wants to exist as he presently is. To accomplish this, he starts dating a girl at his college named Koko.
Orange – 2012
Orange is a Japanese romance manga series written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano, aimed at the shōjo and seinen demographics.
Rumbling Hearts – 2001
Rumbling Hearts is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Âge and released on August 3, 2001, for Windows.