The Special Exclusive Club: Anime That Made Me Bawl Like A Little Girl

The Special Exclusive Club: Anime That Made Me Bawl Like A Little Girl

No manly tears here unlike glothelegend's list. Or so he claims that they were MANLY tears. I personally think they were "Little Girl" tears like mine. I'm generally not one for crying over anime and all but the following 7 anime out of my to this date 2,442 watched anime list, have made me shed plenty of salty water from my eyes. Some just trickled out one at a time slowly, some streamed out fast but ended quickly, some poured out like they would never stop. Actually only one series seriously made me cry non-stop for a good 30 minutes.

Manly tears in a girly way! Image by matataku

Ordered from first anime to the last anime that have made me bawl:

  1. Grave of the Fireflies
  2. s-CRY-ed
  3. Wolf's Rain
  4. Oseam
  5. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
  6. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season
  7. Toward the Terra TV

Read below at your own risk since there be spoilers.

Now looking at my list I see 1 typical sad anime that everyone cries at. Or at least I see it mentioned all the time in "What anime has made you cry" discussions. That of course is Grave of the Fireflies. I was really young when I saw it so I really don't remember if I cried all the way through or at certain points. I don't think I'm willing to re-watch it to find out exactly what made me cry either. War based movies IRL always get to me so it was really no surprise that the first anime I cried at was surrounded by war, sorrow, and hardships. Oseam almost falls into this same category but there was no war in it. Just pure melancholy sadness all the way through. If I had to pick the saddest anime ever for someone and didn't want it to sound cliche, I'd pick Oseam hands down. Brothers and sisters sure have it tough in these 2 movies.

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Wolf's Rain certainly made me cry but it wasn't because of the actual show that tears came out. I'd like to consider myself a pretty big animal lover. So at the end of Wolf's Rain when all the wolves were "laying" down. I just cried quietly while I was on the couch. Thoughts of my past pets that have passed away poured into my mind and with what I was viewing it was only natural to cry and remember. There is almost nothing sadder than loosing a loved one especially if that loved one is a pet. They become part of your family and there's just an emptiness left when they leave.

If you haven't stopped reading yet I'm VERY serious that there are HUGE spoilers below.

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Character deaths always hit me pretty hard. Especially when I get attached to them. Most of the time I can see it coming like I did in Season 2 of Gundam 00. That's the one anime that made me really angry that I cried at because I knew my favourite character Sergei Smirnov was going to die since S1. I didn't want it to be true I guess but well S2 did everything possible to make me rage cry over his death. I'm just glad I was alone in the room at that moment because it probably would have looked a little silly seeing my reactions to the episode. Scryed for being a super excitable shounen series it certainly pulled the rug out from under my feet when Kimishima passed away as Kazuma carried his injured friend. The crying little girl didn't help make his death any easier. It's always really hard to watch a death happen but it's even harder to keep watching and see the reactions of those that cared about the character. That's when my tears generally start to flow.

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Space Opera's have got to be the best genre ever created. Weather it be real life ones like Babylon 5 (totally obsessed with) or anime ones, I become engrossed with the worlds and just gobble it all up like there's no tomorrow. Toward the Terra is the last anime space opera I have sat through and the last anime that has made me shed tears. It wasn't a lot of tears but the way they ended the series with pretty much EVERYONE I loved and cared dearly about in the series dead I just felt soul crushed. All through watching the series I was tangled with tears but none fell until the last episode. While I certainly did love Jomy and Keith a lot, Harley is the death that bothered me the most. He was just a secondary character that was the captain of the Mu's ship and all but I fell in love with his character. He was bold, charismatic, and knew when to take the backseat when it came to leadership. He was always there for Jomy when he needed to bounce ideas off of and always there to be a voice of reason when Jomy spiraled into self doubt. The series certainly wouldn't have been as awesome as it was without the amount of amazing secondary characters surrounding Jomy and Keith's epic battle.

These final moments are happy yet the saddest I've ever seen

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is not only my favourite anime ever but it also holds the title for me crying for at least 30 minutes over it. I had thought of the possibility of Yang Wen-li dying much earlier on in the series but that thought got put onto the back shelf in my mind as I became obsessed with the show upon viewing. When it happened my heart sank. I felt like the world was ending and I had just lost the man of my dreams with it. What made it even worse is how Julian reacted. What doubled that worse feeling is Frederica finding out. Hell even Reinhard getting message of Yang's passing was traumatic. Remember when I said that seeing how people react to a death is worse than actually seeing it? Legend of the Galactic Heroes takes the cake with death reactions for me.

And the tears spilled out like a gushing waterfall

So there you have it. I'm not completely heartless! Which anime has made you cry?

P.S. Anyone who says Clannad After Story shall be subjected to my laughter. ^__^


10 Responses to “The Special Exclusive Club: Anime That Made Me Bawl Like A Little Girl”
  1. Wow. It’s been so long ago since I had watched s-CRY-ed that I forgot all about Kimishima’s death. I don’t even remember exactly how he was killed, but I was very sad when it happened. After that things got especially bitter in the series. When it comes to Gundam00 I think the death of a certain sniper hit me harder. I just thought that Sergei’s execution was so bitterly stupid and misguided that it left a bad taste in my mouth. Even for a Gundam veteran like myself, that episode had some incredible highs along with that incredible low.

    I won’t be a spoiler monkey, I’ll just list the shows that adversely affected my tear ducts.

    1. s-CRY-ed (for the mentioned scene)
    2. Trigun
    3. Clannad (several times throughout the original and ~After Story)
    4. Toradora
    5. One Piece
    6. Chrono Crusade
    7. Fruits Basket
    8. K-ON!! (really didn’t want it to end)
    9. G Gundam (manly tears “The East…! Is BURNING red!”)
    10. Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen (many ppl consider this the one of the saddest anime out there)
    12. ZZ Gundam (because it was SO bad)

    Yeah, I’m a bit of a cry baby.

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  2. chii says:

    I completely agree over Gundam 00 which is why I was so upset that I actually did cry. There were a shit load of other emotions going on at that time too so it certainly would have been a site to see if there had been witnesses around XD

    I understand how a lot of people think Seisouhen is a sad anime because well it is quite depressing. It just didn’t hit enough of my sad meter buttons to make me cry. I also think it was too hyped up for me before I viewed it too. That generally has a lot to do with how I view a popular anime sadly.

    Trigun and One Piece would be on my ALMOST made me bawl list. There were some really sad moments in One Piece and well Trigun when THAT happened was just ;__;

    lol @ ZZ

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  3. Janai says:

    You forgot Clannad.

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  4. chii says:


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  5. Glo says:

    Who DIDN’T die in Gundam 00? What a dumb ending….I did get choked up at the end though….I forget which part (I think it had something to do with one of the ship’s navigators who liked another navigator and then they died or something)…but that was for like….a second.

    K-On almost made me cry, but because it was the worst anime ever made, not because I didn’t want it to end.

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  6. chii says:

    yeah that was in S1 if I remember. That was pretty sad 🙁

    I won’t even get into bad anime almost making me cry cause well that’s just way too many to list XD

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  7. Shinmaru says:

    Anything ever come close to making you cry happy tears? I’d say that’s a lot harder for a work of fiction to do — anything can depress an audience, but “Fuck yeah!” tears are oh so rare.

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  8. chii says:

    off the top of my head “Fuck yeah tears” would be Macross Plus, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Kemono no Souja Erin, Initial D, Gintama, Katanagatari, and You Are Umasou (I’m really moved by dinosaurs >.>) These are mainly new shows that I’ve watched over the past year or 2. I honestly can’t remember if any older shows made me cry “fuck yeah tears” other than Macross Plus.

    Hilariously enough Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Kemono no Souja Erin both almost made me cry sad tears too!

    Gundam 00 could go into the pile too because of how pretty it looked on my downstairs TV. Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW and King of Thorn would also count for how pretty they looked down there. XD

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  9. Hana says:

    You’ve seen 2,442 anime? o_O

    Regarding Grave of the Fireflies…. yep, ’nuff said. I haven’t seen the others in that list of 7, but one that I was surprised to find myself crying at the first time I watched it was The Girl Who Leaped Through Time, it was just so bittersweet near the end where… okay, no spoilers just in case, haha. I guess it might be interesting to note what makes most people cry while watching such shows, if it’s always at outright tragic events, or more subtle moments that epend on how drawn we are to certain characters… Hmm…

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  10. chii says:

    2,455 at this point lol….

    characters are definitely my main source of tears in a show. The Girl Who Leaped Through Time was certainly touching in the end 🙂 I probably would have cried too if I was more of a girly girl XD

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