30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 12: Saddest Anime Scene

30 Day Anime Challenge

This post is part of The 30 Day Anime Challenge Series alongside the Cosmic Anvil Kickstarter campaign. Click here to read the introduction, and click here to check out and support the campaign to help us fund the printing and distribution of our first collected volume of our manga-inspired comic series, Age of Revolution.


[SPOILER ALERT! There will be death scenes discussed in this post.]

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I’m ashamed to say that there have been many moments in anime that have genuinely made me shed a tear, and so this is another hard choice for me. However, I think I’m going to have go with the Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood chimera scene as it truly ripped my heart out. How could a father do that to his daughter? Not only is it one of the saddest moments I can think of from any anime that I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ve ever cared so much for a minor character in the grand scale of the series!

Honorable mentions: Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mami’s death), Steins Gate (Mayuri dying over and over), Death Note (L’s death) and Digimon (Leomon’s dies and his DNA gets absorbed).


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Ooooooohhh… All the feels 😦

I cry pretty easily, but out of all the anime that’s made me tear up, there is one traumatising film that I pretty much cried the whole through watching (as I’m sure most people did) and that is Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Set during WWII in Japan, an American firebomb separates two siblings – teenage Seita – and his little sister – Setsuko – from their parents, leaving them to fend for themselves in this heart-wrenchingly anti-war story. Undoubtedly one of the most tragic parts of the film comes when Setsuko deliriously hallucinates that rocks are rice balls, and tries to persuade Seita to eat them. The animators spare us none of the horrific reality of their starvation either:

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Seita and Setsuko.

Just when I thought I couldn’t weep anymore watching it, little Setsuko inevitably passes away. Following this, Seita wanders aimlessly into an underground station and slumps against a pillar to beg for money or food. People pass him by without a second glance – as though he is invisible – and eventually he begins to fade away until he is gone completely. And that’s it. That’s how it ends. No happy ending. No hope. Just the harsh reality of the human consequences of war.

Seriously – don’t watch this one if you’re in even a vaguely sensitive mood. It will destroy you!

Honourable mentions: Maes Hughes’ and Nina Tucker’s death (Full Metal Alchemist), L’s death (Death Note), Ash getting frozen by Mewtwo (Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back), Spike Speigel’s death, (Cowboy Bebop), Chiaki’s disappearance (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

I’m an emotional guy and get invested pretty easily in things, I get a tear in my eye when I watch John Lewis adverts for crying out loud. So when it comes to talking about the saddest moment in anime, I do have a good list, but there is one scene that always comes to mind first. The funeral of the ‘Going Merry’ ship from One Peice is my saddest scene in anime.

The Going Merry.

The Going Merry.

The Going Merry was the first ship that the Straw Hat Pirates sailed on in search of the fabled treasure:  the ‘One Piece’. It was given to the pirates by Usopp’s friend, Kaya, after they defeated Captain Kuro – a pirate who was posing as her butler to steal her wealth. The Going Merry was the ship that took the Straw Hats to the infamous ocean, ‘The Grand Line’, and they even took the ship into the skies in search of Sky Island. It was during this arc that The Going Merry started to fall apart. She was splitting at the seams, but Usopp made sure she stayed together. However, the inevitable happened, and eventually the Going Merry sank.

Going Merry's Funeral

The Going Merry’s Funeral

The funeral of the Going Merry was so upsetting for me. Bear in mind that this boat has been with the Straw Hats for over three hundred episodes, almost eight-years of viewing. The Going Merry is a special ship as well in that the care that the Straw Hats gave the ship imbued it with a soul so that the ship could  communicate with it’s crew and act on it’s own accord. So when it sank, it actually died. The saddest moment of the funeral is when the ship herself apologies that she can’t take them all the way, she then thanks them for being her friends and goes down in a blaze of glory. It may sound lame, but I remember sobbing when I watched it for the first time.

Here is the scene remastered in a special episode if you want to watch it:


Written by The Cosmic Anvil Team.

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