15 Saddest Anime Deaths of All Time That Broke our Hearts(Including Manga)

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Why does anime character deaths hurts the most? Because unlike real actors and real actresses, we cannot see them again forever.

As the time comes when we get attached to characters especially the one we adore so much, it makes them part of our emotions and to the journey that we experience watching their adventures throughout the whole series or even movies.

Because of that…

Here is the Saddest Anime Death of All Time

15. Jiraiya

Saddest anime death of all time Jiraiya's death

Jiraiya is one of the supporting characters in Naruto and can be considered as one of the strongest ninja in the series. He is also part of the 3 Legendary Sannins that is known for being powerful in the whole Hidden Leaf Village.

Being the teacher of 2 powerful Hokage which is Naruto and Minato furthermore being the teacher of Nagato, the leader of Akatsuki, Jiraiya has a lot of influence to the story knowing of how strong truly he is.

Jiraiya possessed immense amount of chakra allowing him to use countless of techniques that he used to battle especially his abilities which he learnt from toads. Unlike Naruto and Minato, Jiraiya didn’t mastered the full capabilities of Sage Mode because it makes him looks like a toad which for him wasn’t attractive to ladies.

His last mission was one of the saddest moments in Naruto series knowing that fact that was also his last which is to find informations about Pain because there is many doubts about Pain especially his threat to the Hidden Leaf Village.

Saddest anime death of all time Jiraiya's death

14. Lelouch Vi Britannia

Saddest anime death of all time Lelouch's death

Lelouch Vi Britannia is the protagonist of the mind-blowing series Code Geass that surely amazed a lot of fans by his intellect far superior that average person.

The story revolves around the world full of cruelty and discrimination that makes Lelouch to have hatred against the people especially to his father, the Emperor of Britannian Empire which do nothing about his people. Lelouch determination to dethrone his father rose after he acquired a geass, a power that can make anyone obey to his orders once by looking at them in the eyes.

Lelouch did everything in spite of countless of deaths by results of his action especially his terrorist group that he built knowing that they have the same ideology. All the things he had done wasn’t for himself by for the people who victims of cruelty of the world especially his little sister, Nunnally that he is willing to kill anyone just to protect his sister.

By saving his sister, Lelouch sacrificed himself by making himself as the enemy of the whole world that definitely killed him after achieving his dreams for his sister.

Saddest anime death of all time Lelouch's death

13. Escanor

Saddest anime death of all time Escanor's death

Escanor is one of the supporting characters in the series Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki. He is one of the 7 deadly sins that is far superior than almost characters in the series.

He is known as the Lion, Sin of Pride which acquired the power of sun. Escanor is completely human without having a blood of any other clans. In spite of that, Escanor considered as the strongest human that can even surpass any demons or Gods in the series knowing him having the power called ‘The One’.

Escanor, along with the sun is unbelievably strong that even the other sins cannot imagine how powerful he is. On the other hand, his power rely only on sun, making him weak as normal human when it comes to night. His special ability ‘The One’ that makes him surpass any Gods can be use only for at most 1 minute a day when the sun reaches its peak.

When the 7 deadly sins confronted the Demon King, Escanor overwhelmed him using ‘The One’ as his most powerful form. But because Escanor ca only used ‘The One’ for only shows short period of time, Demon King wasn’t fully eradicated but only injured him. Knowing Escanor’s past, he really wants to protect the people who accepted him especially the 6 other sins so he used the power of ‘The One’ to its fullest extent without relying to the power of sun but by using his own life as fuel causing his death along with Demon King.

Saddest anime death of all time escanor's death

12. Setsuko Yokokawa

Saddest anime death of all time setsuko's death

Setsuko is the younger sibling of Seita, the main character of the most heartbreaking anime film that was based on true story of the tragedy that wss happened on 1945. The story was written by Akiyuki Nosaka that was based truly on his experienced when fire bombing on Kobe happened.

She was one of the victims of brutal war along with his brother that took care of her when their parents died because of woeful war resulted of countless deaths and sufferings.

At the very young age, Setsuko experienced the cruelty of the world where lived in and tried her best to survive with the help of her brother. During war, help didn’t exist and helplessnesss among people are common knowing the fact that everyone was suffering. Seita, Setsuko’s brother tried anything just to make sure Setsuko has any food to eat that he even attempted to steal just for her.

They lived full of fears and sufferings where they can only rely on themselves in order to survive. As time goes by, Setsuko couldn’t handle the sufferings they had all endured. When her brother arrived, Seita was tool late because Setsuko was on the brink of dying. Fee minutes ago, Setsuko didn’t woke up again because of starvation.

Saddest anime death of all time Setsuko's death

11. L Lawliet

Saddest anime death of all time L Lawliet's death

L Lawliet is the deuteragonist of the series Death Note which is one of the best mystery anime series of all time by Tsugumi Ohba and was illustrated by Takeshi Obata on 2003.

He is the most reliable detective in the series yet hide his identity in order for him to be safe because of countless of crimes he solved.

Because of the appearance of mysterious mass murderer, L piqued its interest and decided to take the case and solve it under his command. Through this dangerous case, L encountered a lot of predicament especially his experienced seeing a real Shinigami which considered as myth.

For a long journey solving the case of the man responsible for the mass murder, hundreds of thousands people had been kill just by the God-like power of Death Note that can kill anyone with an exception and sadly, one of them is L, the only person who can match up with the genius plans behind the case.

Saddest anime death of all time L Lawliet's Death


10. Sasha Braus

Saddest anime death of all time Sasha Braus death

Sasha Braus is one of the supporting characters in the series Attack on Titan that thrilled and excites a lot of with its fascinating story by none other than Hajime Isayama.

The world of Attack on Titan is full brutality and inhumanely of not just people but mainly for man-eating titans roaming outside the walls. Sasha was part of Survey Corps which is responsible for expeditions and in charge of killing titans directly outside the walls or any sort of missions related to titans.

She is known for funny and cheerful person especially her glutton personality since her first appearance to her last moments. Her existence on the series adds to the flavour of the story that is why a lot of fans had hard accepting her miserable death.

In spite of having deaths in Attack on Titan, Sasha’s death hits really hard knowing the fact that she died because a kid shot her randomly out of revenge. To the first season to last season Sasha was always there. Her last word before she died was “Meat” which really her favorite throughout the series.

Saddest anime death of all time Sasha Braus Death

9. Shinobu Kocho

Saddest anime death of all time Shinobu Kocho's death

Shinobu Kocho is one of the supporting character in the series Demon Slayer that was written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge which was awarded as Anime of the Year 2020 by Crunchyroll.

She was one of the 9 strongest demons slayers that was known for their far superior capabilities than normal person. Through breathing techniques, demon slayers acquire some sort of unique abilities based on their expertise with different forms and capacity. Shinobu mastered the ‘Insect Breathing’, which can be considered as one of the weakest among breathing forms.

In spite of that, Shinobu, along with her knowledge about science especially poison, she can easily kill demons without cutting their heads unlike any other demon slayers knowing the fact that she was also the weakest when it comes to physical strength making her unable to cut demons with her bare hands. Shinobu’s hatred against demon was rose when her sister died on the hands of the certain demon.

When all Hashiras confronted Muzan, the root of all demons, he used all of his most powerful demons resulting of all out war against Hashiras. What makes more interesting yet heartbreaking was her last battle was the demon who killed her sister and the one who also killed her after seeking for revenge.

Saddest anime death of all time Shinobu Kocho's death

8. Kaori Miyazono

Saddest anime death of all time Kaori Miyazono's death

Kaori Miyazono is the deuteragonist of the short series ‘Your Lie in April’ that caused a lot of tears to many fans. In spite of being short unlike any other anime series, ‘Your Lie in April’ piqued the curiosity of many people knowing the fact that it is always remembered by people especially when the time of April comes. The series was written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa that was released on 2011.

She was a violinist that was undoubtedly loves music especially after meeting Arima Kousei that changed her interest. Back then, Kaori played piano as her main instrument but after meeting Kosei, who played piano splendidly at the very young age, she decided to play violin in order for him to his partner someday and play on the same stage with him.

As years goes by, Kaori had a friend that was also Kosei’s friend making her befriend to Kosei as well as she desires since then without Kosei’s knowing.

What makes ger death was she died at the very young age which is 14 because of uncertain condition and cannot play on the same stage with Kosei once more for the last time. After a period of time, Kosei and Kaori got close together which made one of her dreams comes true especially the day she played on the same stage with Kosei for the first and the last time.

Saddest anime death of all time Kaori Miyazono's death

7. Sakura Yamauchi

Saddest anime death of all time Sakura Yamauchi's death

Sakura Yamauchi is the deuteragonist of the film ‘I Want to Eat Your Pancreas’ by Yoru Sumino that also made a lot of fans to cry for its heartbreaking ending.

The title of the story is kind of strange because of its meaning trying to convey but when one finished the film, you surely understand it.

There was a saying that when you have a heart problems and you eat the heart of others, your heart condition will be cured, if you have liver problems and you eat other human’s liver, your liver problems will be cured or any parts of the body or even organs just like that that was continue to passed down as a myth by many generations.

In spite of her age, Sakura developed a certain cancer which on her pancreas that makes her live a life for only a short period of time knowing that her condition has no cure. Because of that, Sakura rely on that myth where she only needs to eat someone’s pancreas in order for her own pancreas to rehabilitate as a pun.

Sakura wanted to live her life meaningfully knowing that she only has short period of time left to live along with the special person who knows her condition except for her parents. Sakura kept her state hidden even among her friends knowing the she didn’t wanted to make them worry.

Her death is assured and an unavoidable moment but the worst part was when she was waiting for someone on the middle of the

Saddest anime death of all time Sakura Yamauchi's death

6. Hange Zoe

Saddest anime death of all time Hange Zoe's death attack on Titan Final Season

Hange Zoe is one of the supporting characters in the series Attack on Titan written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama.

With the existence of titans, humanity have soldiers in charge of eradicating them that causing a lot of deaths to humanity. Hange Zoe was a part of Survey Corps and the commander of it that responsible for every titan operations inside or outside the walls

She was known as titan fetish which gets crazy when it comes to titans along with her cheerful and funny personality

Saddest anime death of all time Hange Zoe's death

After Erwin had died, Hange took the position as the Commander taking all responsibilities of Survey Corps on her back .

Because of all the events currently happening in the series; the cruelty, deaths, betrayal and any other things which makes harder for Hange to settle especially for all the things Eren had done. When countless of gigantic titans appeared and started to stampede killings all the lives on its way, Survey Corps was on the brink of death. Because of that Hange didn’t hesitated to fight for humanity and decided sacrificed herself for incoming titans in order for Survey Corps to escape by having her delay the approaching titans.

Saddest anime death of all time Hange Zoe's death attack on titan final season


5. Gin

Saddest anime death of all time Gin's death hotarubi no mori e

Gin is the deuteragonist of the short film ‘Hotarubi no Mori e’ or known as ‘Into the Forest of fireflies Light’ by english translation.

Hotarubi no Mori d is certainly one of the best anime short film of all time that only has 45 minutes long but worth the watch which surely will make you sad yet love it just like by the many fans.

Gin was once a human that was abandoned by his own parent in the derp forest that surely could cause of his death. In spite that, Gin was saved by spirits living on the forest allowing him to live with them but differ from a normal humans. His life depends on the power of the spirits making him unable to leave the forest and especially the power that keeps him alive was fragile that a simple touch from any humans could erase his existence.

He was far different than any other humans despite of being a human himself from the past because the existence of time for him isn’t as fast as humans so he aged slower. Spirit forest have the ability to transform themselves into human forms for a certain day and time. When Gin along with the only human that knows him for a very long time went to spirit festival, Gin mistakenly saved the boy from falling knowing that it was a spirit but was not. Gin’s spell that keeps him alive broke realizing that the kid he touched was human resulting of his disappearance.

Saddest anime death of all time Gin's death hotarubi no mori e

4. Menma

Saddest anime death of all time Menma's death

Menma is the deuteragonist of the series ‘Anohana’ or known as ‘The Flower We Saw That Day’ that was based on manga series written by Okada Mari and was illustrated by Izumi Mitsu. Menma’s real name was Meiko Honama but referred as ‘Menma’ by her childhood friends.

As for my opinion, Anohana is the most saddest anime series that I’ve ever watch that surely anyone would cry for. In spite of having only 11 episodes, Anohana is full of heartbreaking moments.

The story started when her and her 5 childhood friends played together just like they often do. For a certain reason, Menma tried to chased Jintan, ome of her friends and regrettably, Menma fell from the river helplessly that caused of her death. After that incident, the friendship that the 5 kids established had vanished.

Later on, Menma appeared in front of Jintan’s eyes thinking that she wasn’t rest in peace. She appeared neither as ghost or human because it wasn’t stated. In spite of Menma’s return, Jintan was the only person can see her. Little did he know, the purpose of Menma was to reestablish the friendship they had with other 5 even without her.

Saddest anime death of all time Menma's death

3. Nanami Kento

Saddest anime death of all time Nanami Kento's Death

Nanami Kento is one of the supporting characters in the series Jujutsu Kaisen which awarded as ‘Anime of the Year 2021’ by none other than Crunchyroll.

Jujutsu Kaisen revolves around the world full of supernatural creatures such as evil spirits, monsters or such thing which caused sufferings for a lot of people or even worst death. Nanami Kento was one of the jujutsu sorcerers which is responsible for exocising spirits or eradicating them through their powers called ‘Cursed Energy’. Not all humans possess such power that makes jujutsu sorcerers especially knowing that they have abilities far from what a normal person can do.

Nanami killed countless of cursed spirits making him a formidable sorcerer. Nanami confronted one cursed spirit which is special cursed, knowing the fact that it can talk and even to communicate like what humans typically do when normally cursed spirit isn’t capable of. Nanami tried to exorcist it but he realized that it is too much for him to handle because of the fact that it could kill him just by touching him for a second so he escaped for their first confrontation.

After a certain circumstances, Nanami met again the special cursed spirit causing him to fight it with no their choice for the second time. Regrettably, Nanami died during the battle that he didn’t even have a chance to escape.

Saddest anime death of all time Nanami Kento's death

2. Kyojuro Rengoku

Saddest anime death of all time Kyojuro Rengoku's death

Kyojuro Rengoku was one of the strongest demon slayers in the series Demon Slayer or also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba made by koyoharu Gotouge which is based from his manga series.

Just like Shinobu Kocho, Rengoku was one of the hashira and known for using ‘Flame Technique’ which is one of the strongest form of breathing in the series used for killing demons. Rengoku typically a person with high confidence and determination that even prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save people in needs. He was taught by his mother that his strength has purpose, which is to help those in needs.

In spite of having a very short time in the series and the anime, Rengoku’s existence throughout the series was truly love by many fans making his death mournful.

Rengoku was sent to Infinity Train for him to investigate the demon slayers who haven’t returned yet from their missions thinking that there was something strange. Without them knowing, one of the strongest demon awaits him and prepared for the incoming bloodbath that results of his death.

Saddest anime death of all time Rengoku Kyojuro's death

1. Eren Yeager

Saddest anime death of all time Eren Yeager's death

Eren Yeager is the protagonist of the anticipating best anime series of all time by its popularity it gets over time that overwhelmed a lot of anime series on its way. The story was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama since 2009 and ended by the year 2021 for its manga series.

With the brutal titans hoping for salvation, they slaughtered a countless of innocents that resulted of fears and despairs to all humans living inside the walls. Because of this, Eren wanted to achieve the freedom they desire without the fear of the existence of titans that stops them from moving forward knowing that humanity was on the brink of extinction.

The freedom of humanity was on the hands of Eren knowing that he possessed the Attack Titan and especially the original titan, Founding Titan that could destroy or bring peace to humanity.

Eren continued to keep moving forward in spite of the bloody process he did to achieve the freedom he wants not for himself but for all people he love especially for Mikasa, the woman who always there for him. Eren decided to sacrificed his own freedom in order to give the freedom to others that they don’t have and want to stop the viciousness that continued for 2000 years.

The most saddest scene here is that Eren had to die on the hands of Mikasa, the main person that pushed Eren to keep moving forward and have her a peaceful and wonderful life even without him.

Saddest anime death of all time eren yeager's death

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