We’re back with a list of more tear-jerking films! Though this time, we’re delving into the beautiful, complicated world of anime.
You don’t have to love the Japanese style of animation to watch these films and experience all the feels that only anime can bring. From friendship, love, and all the seemingly trivial things in life, these films just get it right.
Watch on if you dare.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Painfully cemented in the hearts of many anime lovers, young and old, Grave of the Fireflies is an instant classic that’s sure to get your heart twisted in all types of ways. The film, based on a 1967 short story of the same name, follows the story of two siblings as they trudge through the remains of World War II (yes, that means after the atomic bomb hit Japan).
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
You might not sob in this particular movie, but it’s still worth the watch. Makoto, a free-spirited girl, discovers a time-traveling device that allows her to conveniently “fix” the problems in her life. She’ll soon find out the cost of her power, leading to emotional scenes that will leave you a bit teary-eyed.
Hotarubi no Mori e (2011)
Hotarubi no Mori e, or To the Forest of Fireflies’ Light in English, is a short but sweet film that centers on the years-long friendship of a young girl and her mountain spirit friend through the seasons of summer. Their friendship is a special one that will mature over the years, and, well, just grab a tissue or two — you’re gonna need it.
Wolf Children (2012)
Wolf Children tells the tale of a human who married a wolf man and is left to care for their children after he passes. We’ll see the true sacrifices a mother makes for her children, as well as the dedication it takes to raise them. While we can’t say much about the plot, we can assure you that it’s a guaranteed tearjerker.
A Silent Voice (2016)
A poignant look into bullying and its aftereffects of guilt, regret, and trauma, A Silent Voice is a deeply moving film that features the complicated relationship between deaf girl Shoko and her elementary school bully looking to make amends, Shoya. The film is packed with a mix of lighthearted and dramatic, powerful moments that definitely won’t spare you from the tears.