It may sound ironic, but sometimes we need a good cry to feel better. And anime is a great source of sob stuff. While most of the anime in the mainstream are action-packed and entertaining, there’s also no shortage of shows laden with realistic tragedies, ill-fated romances, and tear-jerkers.
Below, we’ve rounded up the most heart-rending anime movies that are sure to make you feel all the feels. If you’re an avid anime lover who still heavily relies on subtitles, you may want to up your game by taking Japanese lessons online.
Spirited Away / Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (2001)
A Studio Ghibli masterpiece, Spirited Away is arguably the best anime movie ever created. It follows the story of a stubborn 10-year-old girl who finds herself stuck and forced to work in a magical bathhouse in order to rescue her parents. The young heroine might get on your nerves first before giving you the feels. But once you get them, it’s going to be hard to recover. The spirit world has a lot of strange creatures, but it’s very easy to feel attached to them.
Grave of the Fireflies / Hotaru no Haka (1988)
If you want something that will wreck you emotionally, dig a little deeper and find this old Studio Ghibli treasure. A 14-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister are left alone in the jaws of World War II, amidst tragedy and poverty without their parents. It’s hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than seeing these delicate children work hard to wring out some hope and joy for each other.
Your Name / Kimi no Na Wa (2016)
Your Name is about two teenagers who have developed a bizarre connection without actually knowing each other, let alone their names. It’s somewhat like a tale of star-crossed lovers, although there’s hope it may actually not end in a tragedy. From the premise and the setting to the beautiful animation and captivating music, this anime movie has yanked at our heartstrings.
Many of the real-life locations depicted in the movie have even become iconic attractions in Japan visited by anime pilgrims.
5 Centimeters per Second / Byousoku Go Senchimētoru (2007)
5 Centimeters per Second is one of the most memorable anime classics by Makoto Shinkai, the same animator and director behind Your Name. As expected, the movie does not run short of stunning animation and tear-jerking scenes. The story revolves around the journey of two childhood lovers who slowly grow up and apart while still stuck in their cherished past.
A Silent Voice / Koe no Katachi (2016)
A visually immersive anime film standard of Kyoto Animation, A Silent Voice follows the journey of a bully and the bullied in a story of redemption, forgiveness, and love. It also beautifully tackles issues like disability stigma and mental health. The development between the two characters will hit you right in the feels.
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*Featured image via Netflix and Toho Company