Anime can be an extremely powerful form of media, and everybody loves an anime series that brings out your inner emotions. Here are five anime that will actually make you cry!
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Jinta Yadomi peacefully lives his life playing video games at home. One day, his childhood friend Meiko “Menma” Honma appears, but he brushes it off since she had died years ago. At first he thinks it’s a hallucination, but later realizes that it’s real. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, they attempt to find the strength to help not only Menma move on, but themselves as well.
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a movie based around the hypothetical question “What if Tokyo was hit by a large-scale earthquake?” It follows a young middle school girl named Mirai Onozawa, who is dissatisfied with her family. Over summer vacation, Mirai reluctantly takes her little brother to the robot museum. While they are in the middle of the exhibition center, the earthquake hits the Kanto region. In it’s aftermath, they stumble upon Mari, a single mother who decides to help the children reunite with their family.
Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April follows the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. However, the trauma of his mother passing away causes him to be unable to hear the notes. Two years later, Kousei is still unable to play the piano. He lives a ‘colorless’ normal life. This all changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again. Based on the manga, this story follows Kousei’s recovery process, and how he becomes able to play the piano again.
Clannad and Clannad: After Story
The story of Clannad follows Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’s drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls. Clannad: After Story is the sequel, which takes place after Tomoya and Nagisa graduate high school.
Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light)
Six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns that there is a rule; She cannot touch Gin, or else he will disappear. Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.
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