Sad anime movies are known to have the best script among anime of all genres. In fact, almost half of the list of the best anime of all time contains movies or series in the sad anime genre. But many anime forums claim that all anime movies are meant to be sad, which is an exaggerated statement. To dispel the general misconception, I’m going to show you the best sad anime movies that capture the true essence of sad anime.
I’ve described each anime based on the length and story of the movie, but I haven’t revealed everything to keep this list spoiler-free. The services where you can stream these sad movies have also been listed, but if you don’t have the premium version, take a look at these anime streaming sites to watch free anime content.
List of the best sad animated films
|Names of animated films||Kind||Available on||Our assessment|
|the Grave of the Fireflies||War / Drama||Netflix||5/5|
|A silent voice||Romance / Drama||Netflix||4/5|
|Wolf Children||Fantastic / Drama||Funimation||4/5|
|your name||Science fiction / Fantasy||Netflix||4/5|
|The girl who jumped in time||Science fiction / Romance||Netflix||3.5 / 5|
1. Tomb of the Fireflies (1988)
Starting the list with a punch in the stomach is Grave of the Fireflies. With a duration of 1h29, The Tomb of the Fireflies is considered one of the saddest films ever made.
Based on a true story, the film follows the story of Seita and Setsuko in the midst of World War II where children are separated by their parents and search for ways to survive.
Kind:- War / Drama
Available on:- Netflix
Tomb of the Fireflies review:
Director Isao Takahata tells a very raw story about the ordeals of war in a very delicate way. Tomb of the Fireflies is a beautifully made movie that will leave you in tears and realize that it is based on a true story, which makes it even more ghastly and heartbreaking.
Note on Tomb of the Fireflies
Grave of the fireflies is 100% based on Rotten Tomatoes and we totally agree with that. We give Grave of the Fireflies 5/5 stars.
2. A Silent Voice (2016)
A Silent Voice is a film about a tyrant seeking to redeem himself for his actions when he bullied a deaf girl in his youth. A Silent Voice is a film about finding and accepting others despite their flaws.
Kind:- Romance / Drama
Available on:- Netflix
Reviews on A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice deals with many problems and treats them exceptionally well. It is a story where you understand not to judge people by their actions and teaches you very important lessons that will touch your heart.
Note on A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is rated 8.2 / 10 on IMDB and we give it a rating of 4/5 stars.
3. Wolf Children (2012)
Wolf Children is the story of a Hanna who marries a Wolf Man and has children with him. After a tragedy struck in Hanna’s life, Hanna decides to raise her two children who cannot control their transformation, and takes them to the countryside.
A story about the hardships of being a single parent is what Wolf Children is.
Kind:- Fantastic / Drama
Available on:- Funimation
Reviews on Children Wolves
Wolf Children is the story of a struggling mother who tries to make ends meet while taking care of two children who are part human and part werewolf. It’s a beautiful film that adults and children can appreciate and be grateful for for all that our parents went through to make us who we are today.
Note on the wolf children
The Wolf Children sit at a massive 8.1 / 10 rating on IMDB and we give it a rating of 4/5 stars.
4. Your name (2016)
Your Name is a story where Taki and Mitsuha, our main characters, change bodies without knowing it. Mitsuha, who lives in the countryside, dreams of living as a boy in bustling Tokyo and living her dream as one beautiful night, she exchanges her body with Taki, who lives in Tokyo.
Confused and blundered about what happened and also figuring out how to live in a body of another sex, Your Name deals with the thoughts of young people in Japan.
Kind:- Science fiction / Fantasy
Available on:- Netflix
Exam on your name
It certainly surprised a lot of people in 2016, as it wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but Boss Baby was. But director Makoto Shinkai has created a BEAUTIFUL movie with your name on it.
Not only is the film visually stunning to watch with the hand-drawn animation of Anime, but it deals with romance in such a new and unique way with Body Swapping.
Your Name is a type of movie that you will enjoy more if you are a die-hard fan of Anime with its signature humor and style. And while there are some funny elements in the movie, it’s still a heartbreaking story that will make your eyes wet.
Rating on your name
Your name is currently 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and we are giving it a rating of 4/5 stars
5. The Girl Who Leaped In Time (2006)
Loosely based on the novel of the same name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a story about Makoto who discovers the ability to drift in time and space. But soon after playing with time, she realizes that her actions also have consequences.
Kind:- Science fiction / Romance
Available on:- Netflix
Reviews on the girl who jumped in time
Director Mamoru Hosoda has made a fantastic movie with beautiful and beautiful shots, fast paced pace and a very tragic ending that will delight readers of this article looking for a sad anime film.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time asks the audience if they had the ability to change anything in their past, would they do it and at what cost? It has its fair share of successes and failures but overall it ties it into the beautiful arc that will surely make you cry during and after the movie.
Note on The girl who jumped in time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is currently 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and we would give it a rating of 3.5 / 5 stars.
Final grade (author’s choice for best sad anime film)
On the final note of this article, I would like to say that anime artists create very moving movies. They are not all sad but the majority of them are very mature in the themes they present with a very unique touch.
Take for example the movie Wolf Children, this movie could have been something like Twilight where a girl falls in love with a man who is not a human (coincidentally it also features werewolves) and has a child who is part human and part vampire but Wolf Children is not about wolves. It is the story of a single mother who tries to raise her children without the support of her husband.
It’s such a beautiful story, which many women face, but told in a unique and beautiful way that none of us saw coming.
Animated movies are a lot of fun to watch and deserve all the respect they get. Now go watch these 5 beautiful movies and make sure you have enough towels because you are going to cry.