Watching sad movies makes us happy, now I know it may sound strange to some but it actually works. To a lot of people out there sad anime movies offer a different pres[ective which helps them combat their fears and sorrows. Therefore, to help you ward off your sorrows we have listed the best sad anime movies to watch on Netflix right now.
Grab your favorite flavor of ice cream, snuggle up and watch fascinating anime characters while they navigate through roller coasters of emotions while making you forget about yours.
Best Sad Anime Movies
Grave Of Fireflies (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies is produced by the well-known Studio Ghibli, a film company known for its melancholy animation film themes. Aside from the depressing narrative, the film includes one of the most heartbreaking anime deaths.
The movie occurs in post-World War II Japan and follows two orphans fighting for their lives. Setsuko, a four-year-old child, discovers how harsh life can be in the film. While her elder brother does his best to care for her, he finally falls short.
Seita (the brother) searches for additional food after giving Setsuko a little slice of melon. Unbeknownst to him, the small piece of watermelon would be his sister’s last meal. Grave of the Fireflies is made all the more tragic because it is based on a true story.
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
“Me,” a high school student, discovered a paperback in the hospital one day. It was called the “Disease Coexistence Journal.” Sakura Yamauchi, “Me’s” classmate, had kept a journal secret. It was stated that her days were numbered owing to her pancreatic illness.
As a result, “Me” progressed from “Just-a-Classmate” to “Secret-Knowing-Classmate.” It was as though he was pulled to her, who was the polar opposite of him. However, fate never let him tell the truth to the girl who was already afflicted.
Omoide No Marnie (2014)
When Marnie Was There is also another popular name for this movie. The film tells a compelling narrative of self-discovery and the complexities of genuine friendship. The plot focuses on Anna Sasaki, a little girl who suffers from asthma episodes regularly.
Doukyuusei is one of the finest anime films in terms of character development. The entire character design is superb, and when combined with the engaging plot, Doukyuusei is a fantastic film. Hiraku and Rihito are two apparently unconnected persons whose paths may never cross.
Rihito is the prototypical brilliant kid who acquits himself admirably on his school admission exam. Hiraku, on the other hand, is more interested in music and is the guitarist for a particular band. However, as the music festivals approach, the two find themselves working together.
Lost Song (2014)
The narrative of Rin, a girl, endowed with the ability to sing, is told in Lost Song. She sets out on a quest to sing in the capital city. However, she is unaware that another girl in town named Finis possesses a similar gift.
While Rin is an active adolescent from the village, Finis is a hermit who lives in the city’s royal castle. Both, however, share the power of singing, which has been known to move the winds, generate water, and cure wounds.
As battle looms over the kingdom, the two brilliant girls hope that their farewell song will give their loved ones hope.
Perfect Blue (1998)
Perfect Blue is as good as it gets when it comes to critically regarded sad anime flicks. The film is based on the book Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis and exposes the evils of the entertainment industry.
Mira Kirigoe, the main character, is a well-known pop artist and part of the famous group CHAM! Mira subsequently quits her band to pursue a career as an actress. On the other hand, the acting world does not treat her well, and she struggles to let go of her pop artist persona.
Mira’s career seems to be eluding her as she takes on increasingly challenging acting jobs. Her predicament is then exacerbated by an obsessive admirer who did not react well to her job shift. All of the events in Mira’s life ultimately take their toll on her, to the point where she begins to doubt her sanity.
7 Seeds (2019)
Fans of vibrant anime films will undoubtedly enjoy this one. The television series 7 Seeds is set in a post-apocalyptic world years after a meteorite crashed the Earth. A new type of creature has emerged. The story follows a group of young people trying to figure out how to live after being released from the cryonic period.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Takaki and Akari are elementary school friends. They became good friends during their time together. When Akari travels to another city due to her parents’ work, their friendship is tested.
Both of them are struggling to keep their friendship alive as time and distance separate them. Takaki chooses to pay one more visit to Akari after learning that he would be relocating further away.
The Wind Rise (2013)
The film depicts major historical events such as the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the T.B. epidemic, and Japan’s entry into World War II. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and he builds and treasures his friendship with Honjo, his coworker.
Forest of Piano (2018)
In Japan, the T.V. show is titled Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai and follows Kai Ichinose. He regularly flees his mother’s red-light district to play the piano in the forest, and Shuhei, the son of a professional pianist.
Shuhei is dared to play the supposedly damaged woodland piano one day. Previously, only Kai had been able to obtain sound from the piano. Shuhei and his piano instructor eventually come to appreciate and believe in Kai’s piano abilities, even going so far as to encourage him to take music classes, which he refuses.
High schooler Yuu and his buddy Haru become embroiled in a case involving his childhood friend Kotona, which compels them to go back and forth between their world and Ni no Kuni, a different yet somewhat similar world to theirs.
When Kotona’s life is in danger in both the actual world and Ni no Kuni, what is the final option the three of them must make in Ni no Kuni?
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
The narrative is set in 1996, in an alternate postwar time in which Japan is split. The “Union” governs Hokkaido, whereas the U.S. governs Honshu and the other southern islands.
On Hokkaido, a large structure was constructed that could be seen from Tokyo. In the summer of 1996, three middle-school kids pledge to cross the border in a self-built plane to discover the tower’s secret. Still, their plans are derailed when the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, falls suddenly ill and is transported to Tokyo.
Years later, on the eve of another war, Hiroki Fujisawa discovers that Sayuri has been in a coma since then. He seeks Takuya Shirakawa for assistance in finding a method to wake her up.
A Silent Voice (2016)
‘A Silent Voice,’ is an anime film about a bored adolescent named Shouya Ishida. To pass the time, he and many of his classmates brutally harass a new deaf transfer student called Shouko Nishimiya. However, when the school officials learn about this, only he is held responsible for all that has happened to her.
Soon after, the whole school begins to ignore him, and he spends the rest of his middle and high school days alone. Much later, when he recognizes his errors, he resolves to see Shouko again and make up for whatever harm he may have caused. What follows is a feel-good narrative about a young child who attempts to make up for his mistakes in the past.
‘A Silent Voice’ offers some of the most gorgeous images and music, in addition to a beautifully touching tale. The deep and gloomy subjects it addresses will undoubtedly cause your heart to flutter more than once. Finally, it may cause you to rethink your own relationships with individuals from your past and present.
I hope the list of movies will help you through your worst time and help you feel good again.