What makes anime so appealing? Aside from the beautiful artwork and intricate plot lines, anime is full of heart-wrenching scenes that make you want to share the characters’ tears with them.
Whether they’re going through a romantic heartbreak or mourning the loss of a loved one, we can’t help but love the emotional scenes that come out of these animes.
- Crying Girl Anime
- 25. Shirahoshi (One Piece)
- 24. Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura)
- 23. Juvia (Fairy Tail)
- 22. Usagi (Sailor Moon)
- 21. Violet (Violet Evergarden)
- 20. Akane (Psycho Pass)
- 19. Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)
- 18. Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle)
- 17. Tamaki (Fire Force)
- 16. Minori Asagiri (Mob Psycho)
- 15. Kiyoko (Haikyuu)
- 14. Ranma (Ranma ½)
- 13. Ochaco Uraraka (My Hero Acedemia)
- 12. Setsuko (Grave of the Fireflies)
- 11. Tohru (Fruits Basket)
- 10. Asuna (Sword Art Online)
- 9. Akko (Little Witch Academia)
- 8. Kayo (Erased)
- 7. Rei (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- 6. Yuno (Future Diary)
- 5. Elizabeth (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- 4. Menma (Anohana)
- 3. Teruhashi (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K)
- 2. Kagome (Inuyasha)
- 1. Elicia Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Crying Girl Anime
25. Shirahoshi (One Piece)
One piece, in general, has two things: lots of crying and lots of pretty girls. A good recipe for an engaging anime, right?
Shirahoshi is definitely no exception, a beautiful giant mermaid princess, who offers us a funny scene where she ends up crying because she got yelled at by Luffy.
Pretty accurate for a mermaid princess, right?
24. Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Sakura is a ten-year-old girl who’s known for many things, having a bubbly personality, using her magic skills, and, as most children are, being a bit clumsy.
This poor girl finds herself in tears after accidentally breaking her father’s laptop while trying to capture a card.
But, have no fear because her loving father accepts her apology and does his best to calm his crying daughter down.
23. Juvia (Fairy Tail)
Juvia is one of those characters that have a lot of tears to shed. Don’t get me wrong; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being on the emotional side.
In fact, it’s what makes her feel more human and relatable. Through heartbreak, loneliness, and all things in between, she isn’t afraid to show her vulnerable side and let her guard down.
22. Usagi (Sailor Moon)
This girl has a huge place in a lot of fans’ hearts for how nostalgic and relatable the main character is.
Usagi is your normal, average girl with an incredible amount of responsibility being a sailor guardian.
As most teenage girls do, Usagi seems to find an endless amount of reasons for her to cry.
Over her studies, romance, and just about everything else in her life, you’re bound to find this anime girl in tears for one reason or another- which can be a little reminiscent of when we were young teenagers.
21. Violet (Violet Evergarden)
Violet is a girl who’s tough as nails- fought in the war, lost her arm in battle, and spends the rest of the show trying to rebuild her life after all of the loss and hardships she’s seen in her young life.
Through the course of her journey, she finds herself becoming an Auto Memories Doll and taking on various jobs that fit the description.
Along the way, she works with a tragically dying mother and wants to write letters for her daughter’s future birthdays when she knows she won’t be around any longer.
When the job is done, Violet heads back and begins to cry as she reflects on the life that this young girl is destined to have, and doesn’t know it yet.
To be fair, I couldn’t help but cry myself when watching this scene unfold.
20. Akane (Psycho Pass)
A young girl beginning her career is bound to find herself feeling stressed out from time to time, especially when that career is emotionally taxing as an enforcement officer.
With moral conflicts, tragic losses, and unease about the society she lives in, a lot of us can relate when she sheds a few tears.
19. Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)
It’s hard not to feel for this girl. After the tragic loss of her sister and the steps she took following that event, if one thing is clear about her, it’s that she’s determined and she’s tough.
But, like everything else, all things must come to an end, and when the blood lust turns off, her emotions turn on in one of the most exciting and shocking turns of events of the entire show.
When the severity of the situation she finds herself in finally sets in after a steamy kiss from Nagisa, she’s gotta let out all of those pent up feelings somehow.
18. Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the most magical movies in the world of anime. Ghibli definitely has a reputation for having great films, but the ones that take most of the credit are Totoro and Spirited Away.
They’re both great, don’t get me wrong. However, Howl’s Moving Castle can’t compare.
With elements like a woman under a curse being the main character, heartfelt moments when she falls in love with a wizard, and a fun flame friend, it definitely deserves its spot as one of Ghibli’s best movies there.
Not to mention, when a Ghibli character finally breaks down in tears, it’s one of the most artistic, beautiful scenes that’s sure to have you mesmerized.
17. Tamaki (Fire Force)
An anime about firefighters might sound a bit lame at first, I felt the same way too, but then when you realize it’s because of cases of spontaneous combustion in humans, it sounds a little more exciting.
With flames and a world in chaos, we meet Takami, a girl who shares an emotional scene where she breaks down crying after being saved from a fire.
16. Minori Asagiri (Mob Psycho)
Mob Psycho tends to be one of the more light-hearted anime that we don’t typically think of as having some heavy moments, but there are a couple of scenes that tug on the heartstrings.
Minori finds herself becoming the victim of possession, with none other than Mob being there to perform the exorcism at the end of the day.
In a rush of relief and gratefulness towards Mob from relieving her of the evil that resided in her, her hospital room seems like the perfect place for a quick cry sesh.
15. Kiyoko (Haikyuu)
Those on the team’s sidelines offering them aid and support play just as much of a role as the actual team members. While she may not always be the show’s star, Kiyoko has a lot to offer, even her own tears sometimes.
After intense matches, huge wins, and a lot of morale to keep up, she lets a couple of tears shed when the boys lead their team to victory.
While she is responsible for one of the biggest crying scenes in the anime, she’s not immune herself, which shows just how much love and dedication she hor these volleyball players.
14. Ranma (Ranma ½)
A curse that has Ranma switching back and forth between male and female? You already know that we’re bound to find a crying scene or two with a plot like that, and this anime sure does deliver.
In his female state, Ranma finds herself crying over not wanting to fight anyone and starts to have a realization that she feels more comfortable being female than male.
While being questioned about why she’s so against violence while being amazing at martial arts, tensions heightened when Akane keeps referring to her as “him.”
13. Ochaco Uraraka (My Hero Acedemia)
Uraraka, hands down, is one of the sweetest, cutest girls in My Hero Academia.
From her bubbly personality, her integrity, and her adorable crush on Midoriya, it’s difficult not to have a soft spot for her while you watch her fight alongside the other Class 1A students for her chance to become one of the greatest heroes.
When we see someone as lovable as Uraraka breaking down, we can’t help but want to reach through the screen and give her a comforting hug. It’ll be ok, Uraraka, you got this!
12. Setsuko (Grave of the Fireflies)
Another fantastic anime movie, Grave of the Fireflies, doesn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
What makes this movie even more heartbreaking than watching these characters try to rebuild their lives after the tragic bombings that took place during WW II is knowing that this story was based on a true story.
If we think we have it bad while watching it, then just imagine how hard these people had in real life.
While we watch Setsuko, a young girl, cry when she realizes she’s out of candy while the world is in chaos, we all wished we could do something, anything, to make this poor girl feel better at that moment.
11. Tohru (Fruits Basket)
This is a girl who is seen crying a couple of different times throughout her appearances on screen. She’s referred to as fans by someone they would die to protect at all costs- and can you blame them?
She’s a sweet, cheerful, upbeat high school girl who’s always offering a different perspective to the world around her. However, being too caring can sometimes play a price.
In one scene where you can find Torhu crying, she finds herself in a difficult situation where she realizes she doesn’t want to live with her grandparents anymore.
Being reminded that it’s ok to be selfish sometimes and that she can live with the people that she wants is enough to get her to shed a couple of tears.
10. Asuna (Sword Art Online)
The world of Sword Art Online sounds like a stressful one. If I were told that I was trapped in a VR world where if I died in-game, I would die in real life too, I would probably crack under pressure in an instance.
Luckily, the anime is a lot more interesting than it would be if I were a character because it’s filled with strong-willed, resilient characters that don’t cave as a lot of us would.
Of course, there are a couple of times where the pressure builds up, and we need to let things off of our chest.
Asuna finds herself in an emotional conversation with Kirito, where he talks about wanting her to keep herself in a safe place while he, on the other hand, is ready to risk his own life.
This, of course, leads to a heartbreaking discussion over the reality of their situation.
They get hit hard by the fact that they don’t know what their physical bodies look like in the real world and have to come to terms with the fact that there is, indeed, a time limit. What’s the result? Asuna crying in Kirito’s embrace.
9. Akko (Little Witch Academia)
Akko’s story is arguably one of the most inspiring underdog stories, especially for those who need a more realistic and relatable character than those who are kick-ass at combat and have a life full of crazy adventures.
Some of us need to be reminded that we can be like Akko, becoming something great and achieving our dreams even in our studies.
It’s not surprising that it’s not all smooth sailing for her. Being a young witch and trying to get as good as the rest of her classmates has Akko crying more than just once in the show.
But no matter how many times she cries, she manages to pull it together at the end of the day and surprises us time and time again with all of her achievements.
8. Kayo (Erased)
Kayo’s story is always one that makes me incredibly sad. She was the victim of an abusive household, a loner at school, and the perfect target for a kidnapper that would lead to her inevitable death.
It’s no wonder why it was Satoru who made it his mission to befriend her when he goes back in time and tries to save this little girl.
When Satoru’s mother invites Kayo into their home with open, loving arms and gives her a proper meal and a bath, she breaks down before getting to have her first bite. As touching as it is sad, this scene can’t be forgotten.
7. Rei (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Make sure not to miss them! Rei’s crying scene is subtle and over quickly, but if you’re paying attention, they’re definitely there! What could Rei find herself getting emotional over, though? Her own loneliness.
When Armisael takes shape and talks to Rei one on one, they discuss how lonely Armisael is, and in fact, Rei is as well. And if that scene didn’t feel like a punch in the face, I don’t know what will.
6. Yuno (Future Diary)
Yuno is another one of those characters that have a tragic background story that makes us feel a little bit bad for her, even though we know that her actions aren’t justified because of it.
A lot of us can’t help but wonder, if she didn’t come from an abusive household, would she have ended up as crazy as she became? Another one of the world’s greatest mysteries.
Unfortunately, with an abusive childhood, she’s bound to have a couple of moments dedicated to watching her handle all of these emotions, resulting in some crying.
In fact, one of the most heartbreaking crying scenes Yuno has is when she’s locked in the cage in her parents’ house, and you have to sympathize with her because seriously, who does that to someone?
5. Elizabeth (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Here, we have another character who’s a bit of a crybaby.
Of course, that doesn’t take away from all of the times where she’s shown her bravery and pulled her weight in the group, but usually, there are a few leftover emotions that come at the end. Alright, enough picking on Elizabeth.
One of the scenes from The Seven Deadly Sins that had everyone on the edge of their seats featured this princess crying was when she held Meliodas’ bloody, bruised body in her arms as she wailed at the top of her lungs.
As sad as it was, a lot of us couldn’t help but wonder, was that the last of Meliodas? Guess you’ll have to watch it to find out!
4. Menma (Anohana)
Everyone knew from the second that this anime started that there was going to be a really sad scene somewhere that we would join the characters in a nice group cry.
To say the very least, Anohana delivered exactly that.
Menma’s goal throughout the show is to reconnect her old friends back together again as they used to when she was still alive.
When she’s finally able to complete her goal, her friends, alongside Menma, remember the memories they shared together and finally allow her to pass on to the afterlife.
Needless to say, none of the characters had a dry eye, and Menma was definitely no exception.
3. Teruhashi (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K)
Most people don’t usually think of Teruhashi when they think of girls that have crying scenes in anime. She’s the most pretty, popular girl in school, right? What could she possibly have to cry about?
Well, there was that one scene in Saiki K, where she wasn’t getting the attention that she wanted.
Overwhelmed and confused by a situation that she was so unfamiliar with, she decides to cry her “angry tears” in the middle of a crowded street! Oh, wait, that’s not really a good reason to cry?
It’s definitely a reason that’s on-brand for her character, anyway. And, as you could imagine, her little scene ends with hundreds of boys flocking to the scene to find out what was wrong and how they could help this damsel in distress.
2. Kagome (Inuyasha)
I love Kagome. Hands down, one of the best girls in anime. She’s sweet, thoughtful, loyal, tough, and a great friend.
Amidst all of the battles, she has to face and screaming Inuyasha’s name every chance she gets, Kagome can be found crying whenever she sees her beloved half-deamon get injured.
1. Elicia Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
FMA needs to stop playing with our emotions. That’s my conclusion after watching both the original and Brotherhood more than once.
With that being said, let’s talk about the second most heartbreaking scene in the series- Elicia Hughes crying at her father’s funeral.
Being Mae Hughes, her father was killed in a phone booth while trying to warn the others of the danger that arose.
He loved his daughter more than anything, and when he’s being lowered into the ground, the little girl wails about how her father has work to do and doesn’t understand why he’s being buried.
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