While anime is mostly known for its appeal to individuals of all ages, people don’t exactly watch anime expecting to cry their eyes out. However, when a sad anime quotes touches your heart, you can’t help but empathize with what the characters are feeling as well.
If you are looking for some anime films and shows to watch, you might just encounter the following heartbreaking quotes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Here are 5 Sad Anime Quotes to remember:
1. Kimi No Na Wa
“Once in a while when I wake up, I find myself crying. The dream I must’ve had I can never recall. But… the sensation that I’ve lost something, lingers for a long time after I wake up. I’m always searching for something, for someone. This feeling has possessed me, I think, from that day when the stars came falling. It was almost as if a scene from a dream. Nothing more, nothing less than a beautiful view.” – Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)
Undoubtedly one of the most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching films in the anime industry, Kimi No Na Wa has cemented itself as an iconic film not just in Japan, but also around the globe. If you are familiar with this ending, you know you’ll be bawling your eyes out at the end.
The lines refer to the relationship the characters Mitsuha Miyazumi and Taki Tachibana have with each other. Despite being miles away from one another, both individuals bond over a shared connection that is bound by supernatural causes. Despite being said in the animated movie’s opening credits, these lines are bound to shape how you understand the characters’ perspective on love, life, and loss.
2. Kanae Sumida
“I see why now Tohno-kun is different from the others. Like the rocket shooting off into space, on the loneliest journey to the far end of the solar system. Because he’s always looking at something beyond me. He can never see me. I cried myself to sleep, thinking of him.” – Kanae Sumida, 5 Centimeters Per Second
There’s a reason why this film was awarded the Best Animated Feature Film in 2007, and it’s not just because of the stunning visuals. While these greatly help in conveying the story, the lines of the show also do their part in relaying sadness and grief.
At some point in life, each of us may have experienced the pangs of unrequited love. These lines communicate exactly the hurt and sadness that come with knowing the one you love loves somebody else.
3. Jun Naruse
“Don’t tell people to disappear like it’s nothing! Words can hurt people! You can’t ever take them back.” – Jun Naruse, The Anthem of the Heart
Remember the old saying goes that “sticks and stones will break my bones, but will never hurt me?” This quote proves that old saying wrong. In Anthem of the Heart, Jun Naruse was scarred and traumatized from the things her father said to her, leading her to have difficulties in expressing her thoughts and feelings outright. As she goes about her everyday life, the quote she utters shows how much burden she has been carrying for a long time.
4. Jellal Fernandes
“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they don’t wish to see anyone else suffer the way they did.” – Jellal Fernandes, Fairy Tail
Throughout his journey in Fairy Tail, Jellal encountered a series of events which ultimately changed his perspective in life. He started as a Dark Mage who was enslaved by the system he was in. After being manipulated by powerful forces, Jellal gained his consciousness back. However, upon learning about his sins and the hardships he has inflicted on other people while under manipulation, he wanted to die.
Despite knowing the extent of his actions, Jellal faced the music and tried to live his life by making up for his mistakes. Damaged by his past, the character tends to distance himself and carries the guilt with him wherever he goes.
5. Hotaru Takegawa
“Time might separate us someday. But, even still, until then, let’s stay together.” – Hotaru Takegawa, Hotarubi No Mori E
This quote paints a realistic image of the uncertainties that come with relationships, making it hit close to home for many viewers. No one can say just how long relationships can last. At some point, one person will leave the other individual behind, whatever reason that may be. The same goes for the characters of Hotaru and Gin, a spirit who can disappear any time when he touches or is touched by a human.
Most of the time, anime serves as a powerful emotional outlet that allows viewers to get in touch with their innermost feelings. One of the more effective ways these can provide much-needed emotional release is through the sad anime quotes, and often depressing remarks placed in movies and shows. Give these a watch and maybe shed a tear or two, we won’t judge.