I Have Cried Many Times With These Top 10 Saddest Anime Deaths
If there is something anime specializes in, it is making the cast lovable, relatable, and absolutely unforgettable. It is very rare to watch an anime and then forget about the main characters and the attributes that made them so unique and amazing. That is why the death of one of the characters can be very heartbreaking to viewers.
We have grown so attached to them that imagining the show without them is simply unbearable as we hold back the stream of tears. Today I will share with you the saddest anime deaths I have experienced until now. The moment, the characters reactions, and the way the show feels without them have all been accounted for in the making of the list.
They are not ranked in any order though since I consider them all to be impactful and filled with despair. This is your spoiler warning since I will be talking about all these events without holding back on information. So this is my opinion of what the top 10 saddest anime deaths are.
Otonashi From Angel Beats
After experiencing the loss of his sister, the last member of his family, Otonashi was ready to fall into despair and live out his life in a dead-end job without any real goals for the future. Instead, in memory of his sister and the love he had for her, he began studying and trying to pursue a career in medicine, wanting to be able to help anyone else who was as sick as she was. After a terrible train accident though, he is left to survive inside a cave with a small group of people and an even smaller amount of resources. Wounded and losing consciousness, he helps everyone until he could no longer move. As he lies down waiting for everything to be over, he decides to sign his organ donor card so that in case they find him, he can still be used to help someone else out. As he does this, others feel inspired to do the same, only to hear people drilling into the cave to rescue them. Many survived the crash, but not Otonashi. With a teary ending to our hero, we could not help but curse and cry as the cave was opened as he passes away.
Shirley From Code Geass
After finding out about the memories the protagonist had made her forget and how he had caused her father's death, Shirley was still ready to support and understand him. Rolo, another Geass holder who could not stand the thought of someone else with Lelouch and knowing so much about him, decided to kill her. The most heartbreaking scene occurs when she is found bleeding on the floor by Lelouch and he wants to command her to live, hoping only on a miracle that she does. She realizes she only has moments left with him and tells him everything she knew and that she simply did not care. She knew that even in another life, she would still fall in love with him over and over and try to be there for him again. It was truly unexpected and soul-crushing.
Ushio From Clannad
Before you lose your mind because it is not Nagisa but Ushio on the list, let me explain. Nagisa's death was something that not only destroyed Tomoya but the viewers as well, but in time we could heal and come to understand that she was going to die during childbirth because of her sickness. After coming to terms with the fact that he still wants to raise Ushio, we sense a new beginning and a small source of happiness growing in the series after its dark turn. As soon as Ushio is diagnosed with the same sickness as her mother though, our world collapses on us. The small child understands she is not well but expects to heal all the while Tomoya tries to look forward and make something out of the situation. However, after many days in their apartment, the small daughter only wants to go outside for a trip with her father like they did before. It is at this moment that she begins to lose the remainder of her strength and Tomoya knows this and understands he can do nothing but try to make her happy one last time. Once they go outside and get slower and slower, we are left with Ushio collapsing and her father holding her in his arms as she says her last words, "I love you papa." Crying and feeling overwhelmed with grief, we could not take our eyes off the screen as the moment just got sadder and darker in a series we only expected happy moments from.
Kamina From Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
After a whole battle in which he kept encouraging Simon as they overtake an enemy fleet, Kamina is injured by an attack but continues going. It is not only until the end of the battle that he decides he can rest as the worst is over. This death came out of nowhere. Even after he had gotten struck, we had expected him to heal and get better since he was one of the main characters and had just promised Yoko happiness. Despite all this, he did die and the whole atmosphere of the series changed. We knew as viewers that the creators were not afraid of killing someone off and letting us see how the rest of the characters dealt with it.
Maes Hughes From Full Metal Alchemist
A loving father and husband, I find that this paternal figure's death had more of an impact in the first adaptation of Full Metal Alchemist. After digging too deep into an investigation on homunculi, he is marked to be killed. This job is done by Envy, the shape shifter of the group, who turned into his wife before killing him. The death was unexpected and only got more painful by each passing moment. It was at his funeral that tears could not stop streaming down my face as his daughter did not understand why he was being buried and that he needed to get to work, that the men needed to stop throwing dirt on her dad. Heartbreaking and emotional, this death haunts viewers of the series to this day.
L From Death Note
Not only was this death extremely painful but completely out of the blue and unworthy for the character. The antagonistic hero in the story, he strives to defeat Kira and bring him to justice. We did not know how this was to be resolved since we were also rooting for the anti-hero Light who had become the mass murdering Kira. In a turn of events, L is killed by him, the one person who he had considered his friend, as he slowly dawned on the realization that Light and Kira were one and the same while slowly staring into his eyes. It was a brutal and hastened way for such an amazing character to go, even if it was needed for the story.
Asuna From Sword Art Online
The game that would not let any of the players go unless they beat it or died in the process, Sword Art Online was not all terrible. It did produce a great couple we love known as Asuna and Kirito. They went through many hardships together but stayed by each other's side, promising that they would finish the game alongside other players and meet in real life. It is not until the final battle with the game creator that things really start going downhill. Kirito realizes he must fight to the death to give his love a chance to live in the real world once more. In a quick turn of events, she rushes in front of him before he is slashed by Heathcliff and her HP drops rapidly. She soon bursts into pieces, leaving Kirito broken and filled with rage as she was the person that kept him sane through all of it.
Gasai Yuno From Mirai Nikki
Although there are many controversies surrounding as to if Yuno is good or bad, the fact that she had to go through what she did and ultimately did all her deeds for love make her death all that more sad. She wanted to be with Yukki forever since she had already lost him once and only knew to get him back by making another realm of existence and starting the game of the future diaries time and time again. She decided to end this loop at Yukki's request but knew that one of them had to win the game. Instead of driving the dagger through her lover though, she took her own life so that he could continue on. This ending was extremely confusing to me at first but it was a way of repenting and getting to rest from all that she had gone through. It was a sad yet needed death that gave way to a better life for her other self and Yukki.
Mrs. Ryoko's Death From Tokyo Ghoul
The whole concept of having to deal with eating human flesh and feeling the grief of hunting and taking away an innocent life is a gruesome one. The story behind this family was too sad to bear once I had come to understand it all. She was only trying to protect her child from the fate that awaited her with the hatred the humans have towards ghouls and her husband had sent them away to defend them both from other dangers that were upon them. It is truly horrifying to see her await her final moments at the hands of Mado, only worrying that she will no longer be able to be there for her daughter. It was even more painful once I understood that she would later be used as a weapon against her child she had tried to protect.
Menma From Anohana
Although we knew she was dead from the beginning of the show, the fact that she could no longer be with her friends only really dawned on us once the last episode had begun. She barely finishes writing her final messages to her friends and waits for them to find them for her last goodbye. The whole series was pretty sad and we knew things were not going to miraculously get better but she somehow made the best out of her situation and left on a good note, allowing her friends to continue on with their lives and not look back at the memories they had of her as bad, repressed thoughts but as happy and cherished ones that made them stronger.
These deaths not only changed how other characters lived their lives and futures but made many viewers like myself realize how important relationships are and how anything can change so quickly. Many of us do not have the opportunity to say goodbye or have one last hug so we have to make the best out of every moment we have with the people we care about, cherishing them and letting them know we cherish them. Life is a winding, messy road filled with adventures to learn from and people to love and understand. We cannot let it go by without enjoying it since it is a beautiful gift that has been bestowed upon us.