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What You Need to Know:
- Whether it's with a touching teenage romance, heartfelt friendship or story lines which are just plain depressing, some anime know how to hit you where it hurts - right in the feels.
- With this in mind, Akiba Souken held a poll from March 3 to 15 to find out which anime series Japanese fans were most moved by, and received 1,343 votes in total.
- So, which tear-jerkers made the top ten? Do you agree with them? Let's read the results and find out!
Top 10 - Top 6
10. 5 Centimeters Per Second / 36 votes
9. Nagi no Asukara / 38 votes
8. Tari Tari / 51 votes
7. Toradora! / 61 votes
6. Steins;Gate / 81 votes
Top 5 - Top 1
5. Isshuukan Friends
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 to June 2014
Teenage romance is never easy, but it's especially difficult for second-year high school student Hase Yuuki. The girl he's fallen for, Fujimiya Kaori, is beautiful and kind, and was once the most popular girl and school. But now, she spends all her time alone, and the reason why is stranger and more painful than Yuuki could ever have imagined.
Fujimiya Kaori has a secret: due to an accident she suffered in middle school, she loses all her happy memories at the beginning of the week. As a result, Kaori keeps to herself, unwilling to endure the pain starting a friendship will cause both to her and to the other party. But when Yuuki-kun determinedly pushes his way into her life, Kaori finds herself drawn to him in spite of herself. Can kindness and caring overcome tragedy, and can Kaori and Yuuki become more than one week friends?
4. Plastic Memories
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 to June 2015
The SAI Corporation has achieved great fame for its human-like androids. Called Giftia, these robots are programmed with a synthetic soul and serve many purposes in society. There’s just one flaw: a Giftia can live only 81,920 hours (about nine years and four months) before their memories and personality fade from existence, and they become potentially violent.
That’s where Tsukasa Mizugaki comes in. After failing his college entrance exams, Mizugaki lands a job at the SAI Corporation’s Terminal Service Department, whose purpose is to reclaim these “expired” Giftia. Surrounded by expired Giftia and assisted by his Giftia work partner, the beautiful, innocent and inexperienced Isla, Mizugaki must come to terms with the short lifespan of these incredibly life-like androids in Plastic Memories.
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: October 2007 to March 2008
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he'll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.
One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims "Anpan!" (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya's attention. He soon discovers the girl's name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.
However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. 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.
As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn't as dull as he once thought.
(Source: MAL Rewrite)
2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2014 to March 2015
Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.
Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything 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 series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei's recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.
(Source: MAL Rewrite)
1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: April 2011 to June 2011
After a tragic accident during their childhood, Jinta and his group of friends split apart and live separate lives. Now in high school, the group is drawn together once more by an unknown force. Ano Hana, short for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day), is a drama and slice of life anime series following the lives of these students and the friendship they once had, as they re-discover guilt, anger, friendship, happiness, and so much more.
Will Jinta Yadomi, Tetsudou Hisakawa, Naruko Anjou, Matsuyuki Atsumu and Chiriko Tsurumi find the strength to repair broken bonds?
(Source: MAL Rewrite)