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Top 15 Saddest anime on Crunchyroll (2023)

Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 12:27 am

Since its creation, anime has covered a vast genre of emotions, including the most basic one of sadness. Many anime have gotten critical acclaim for being sad enough to make the people watching sob a river both inside and out.

Crunchyroll has added many of the most well-known sad anime and without further ado, let us talk about the Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

15. The Princess and the Pilot

The Princess and the Pilot

On the 15th, The Princess and the Pilot is a very bittersweet addition to this list. It stars Charles Karino as a gun for hire who is also a very skilled pilot. Along with Juana del Moral, a gorgeous princess and the best fighter pilot in her Kingdom.

The romance in this anime was greatly appreciated, and it had one of the rarest endings in the genre. Will the pilot be able to do the job his Kingdom wants him to do? Watch it on Crunchyroll for the answer to that question.

14. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka Isogashii Desu ka Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? is one of the underdogs on this list. Although it is not for everyone, it leaves a lasting impact on the viewers with its heartbreaking plot. The plot reveals that Humans have driven themselves to extinction, with only select races being able to live on the sky islands.

Our two main protagonists are Wiliem (the last human) and the beloved blue-haired girl Chtholly Nota Seniors. The dynamic between them truly makes this anime one of the saddest and most unique ones on this list. Being second only to the original source material put it in fourteenth place on this list of Top Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

13. True Tears 

True Tears

True Tears stars three love triangles with two guys and three girls across three seasons that are in a small town. Shinichiro, Miyokichi, Noe, Hiromi, Jun, and Aiko, together, through misunderstandings and miscommunications, deliver a love story like no other.

True Tears showcased great OSTs and scene direction, and animation. That, coupled with the complicated yet simple plot progression, put it in thirteenth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

12. Plastic Memories 

Plastic Memories

Directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara, Plastic Memories is simultaneously one of the most frustrating yet engrossing anime on this list. Based in a futuristic world, it shows the journey of a human and an android in a slice-of-life fashion seasoned with romance comedy.

Tsukasa Mizugaki and Isla are beautifully portrayed in the anime. Along with the general plot settings, it managed to offer a lot in the thirteen episodes putting it in twelfth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

11. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade 

Jin Roh

On the eleventh place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll is Jin-Roh. It is one of the classic jewels of old Japanese anime. It highlighted a plot based on the Alternate history of Japan in the 1950s following the atomic bombing. Jin-Roh focuses on Kazuki Fuse, who is a member of the Kerberos, i.e., a lethal metropolitan counter-terrorism unit.

The gore in Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, coupled with the gravity of the plot, got it critical acclaim and won it many awards. Be sure to check it out on Crunchyroll.

10. Angel Beats!

Angel Beats

Angel Beats is a truly dark anime starring Otanashi, who awakens in a different dimension without his memory. The story unfolds from there, making the viewers deal with a lot of emotionally heavy to deal with material.

If you like Slice of Life and Sci-fi on the border of Fantasy, Angel Beats will not disappoint you. Its perfectly balanced yet insanely heavy plot progressions landed it in tenth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

9. 91 Days 

91 Days

The tragic hero of 91 days, Angelo, has gotten his vengeance, but the price is too high for him to bear. 91 Days was the brainchild of Taku Kishimoto. With brilliant direction and incredibly well-directed scenes, it is based on America during the time of Prohibition.

The dynamic which Nero and Angelo have is more than special. The voice acting in 91 days, along with visual demonstrations, gave it critical acclaim and put it in ninth place on our list of Top Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

8. Wolf’s rain 

Wolfs Rain

Wolf’s rain features a post-apocalyptic future dystopian land governed by nobles. It stars a wolf pack with the ability to transform, and as they do, they find someone special with the same goal as them. Together in their search for Paradise, this anime gave the viewers a very sad onset with about every aspect of the world they tried to show.

This fact, coupled with the emotional progressions and marvelous voice acting, put Wolf’s Rain in the eighth position on our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

7. Kaiba


Kaiba is one of the most critically acclaimed anime on this list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll. With its science fiction world-building but, most importantly, the surreal art forms and compelling themes of love and tragedy, Kaiba stood out in excellence.

Kaiba dwells on a lot of deep topics and leaves us with a feeling of unease and sadness.

It has a very futuristic universal setting, and concepts such as memory transfer which, although they have incredibly good potential, are misused to great lengths. It is a true jewel and definitely worth watching.

6. A place further than the universe

A place further than the universe

On the sixth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll, we have A place further than the universe. It is an absolute triumph of writing sound design and direction to create some truly breathtaking scenes. It stars a group of four girls traveling together, overcoming obstacles learning, and growing along the way.

When life gives lemons to all four of the group, they decide to go to Antarctica in the hopes of filling the void they have in their lives. At its heart, A place further than the universe focuses on friendship and leaves the viewer in tears. Mari, Shirazi, Hinata, and Yuzuki complete each other in one aspect or the other, making their dynamic very precious and fun to watch.

5. Madoka Magica 

Madoka Magica

Madoka Magica is one of the darkest and most horrifying anime on this list. It all begins when Madoka and her friend Sayaka agree to become Magic Girls and fight witches. At first, it doesn’t seem very hard for being able to grant any wish after killing a witch, but the further they go down the rabbit hole, things keep taking a turn for the worse.

The paper mache animation fused with the classic 2D anime characters along with the unexpected plot twists give this anime a unique feel and put it in fifth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

4. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day 


The language of flowers is a prominent theme in Anohana. It revolves around a group of 5 friends trying to cope with the death of the 6th. Anohana is a great anime showcasing that moral time will heal all if you want it to.

As the five friends try to cope with the death of Menma, they change an aspect of their lives for the worse and struggle in their personal lives whilst still being there for each other.

Anohana has given a lot of people teary eyes and sniffy noses but with good reason, putting it in fourth place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

3. Your lie in April 

Your Lie In April

On the third place in our list, we have, Your Lie in April, which is a critically acclaimed, well-received, heartbreaking anime with multiple love angles and devastating plot progressions. It stars Arima Kosei and Kaori Miyazono along with multiple characters providing a perspective from all sides, making it all the more interesting to binge.

The second reason Your Lie in April was so popular was the music. The effort that Naoshi Arakawa sensei took to make this anime is indescribable and definitely worth watching. Shoujo fans must watch this only on Crunchyroll.

2. Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 

Rakugo Shinju

Yakumo Yurakutei gained immense popularity after his release from prison as a Rakugo (traditional storyteller) performer. The plot of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju focuses on Yakumo, his rise to popularity, his struggles, and his relationship with his peers.

The anime of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju did a great job highlighting certain aspects of the original source material and giving it justice with both the plot and the animation. Wanna know more about it? Watch it on Crunchyroll to find out the truly devastating end. The way the anime portrayed Yakumo and the generations put it in second place in our list of Top 15 Saddest Anime on Crunchyroll.

1. Fruits Basket (2019) 

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket is the brainchild of Natsuki Takaya and is the saddest anime on Crunchyroll. It stars Tohru Honda and a supernatural family of twelve with the ability to transform into the twelve zodiac animals. The supernatural rom-com combined with Slice of life twists caused this anime to hurt the viewers with its plot and manages to truly wound someone emotionally.

Since its addition to Crunchyroll, viewers have shown great appreciation for it, and you should to by watching it whenever you can. Natsuki and the Sohma family bring you a rollercoaster ride with a lot of ups and downs, so be sure to check it out.

With this, we shall conclude this article. If you liked these recommendations, share them with your friends and amongst the community, and stay tuned for more anime content.

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