Hello, fellow anime lovers! In this blog, we’re going over ten anime that will take you on an unexpected emotional journey. Every show on the list will have you in tears of joy or sadness so buckle down and get ready for it!
1. Clannad & Clannad: After Story
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
At number one we finally have Clannad & Clannad: After Story. Clannad starts with a rather depressing tone with phrases such as, “I hate this town” and how it’s filled with so many memories that the main protagonist would rather forget. He wonders if his Monday boring lifestyle will ever change and then he meets a shy girl talking to herself up on the way home named, Furukawa Nagisa. He offers her advice to go out and find her happiness and that initial connection starts their uphill journey to recruit people into the drama club that they’re trying to revive. From the get-go, you meet Okazaki’s roommate Youhei Sonohara. Sonohara does a good job of bringing comic relief throughout all the emotional strings being pulled throughout the show with the relationships Okazaki starts to form with his drunken father who treats him like a stranger. Despite the family problems, the Anime is quite wholesome as it gives satisfaction when continuing through the plot through his school relationships and his new friend Nagisa. If you enjoy a nice slice of life anime with a strong sense of emotional self-reflection we would highly recommend Clannad.
2. Grave of the Fireflies
Genres: Drama, Historical
Grave of the Fireflies is a studio Ghibli classic that turns away magic and fantasy to reveal the bruising realities of the war. The story takes place during world war II and showcases the struggle of siblings, Seita and Setsuko who must fend for themselves in a world of firebombs and famines. From burns to beatings to psychological distress, Grave of the Fireflies shows a darker side to humanity as well as its light. Fellow watchers, please bring copious amounts of tissues because this one is an absolute tearjerker.
3.A Silent Voice
Genres: Drama, School, Shounen
Also known as “The Shape of Voice”, this teen drama starts on a heavier note with lead Shoya Ishida in the edge of a bridge about to jump to his death as he comes to his senses we flashback and begin to relive Ishida’s elementary school days as a bully all of which started when the class was introduced to new student Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl who recently transferred but was just trying her best to live a normal life and fit in. As for the plot we don’t want to give too much away as the real story unfolds from the emotions and the actions of each character and the battles they fight within themselves and their inner demons. The recurring themes of coming to term with uncontrollable transformations formed over the years of each character’s experiences and how it challenges each of their unrelenting standards of themselves is the real story here. The film isn’t afraid to make you feel emotions that a lot of other movies and stories are too afraid to touch. I hope you find the time to experience this one for yourself!
Genres: Romance, supernatural, School, Drama
At number four we have “Your Name”. It’s an endearing tale of fate and love beautifully animated and brimming with emotional details which will surely have you laughing crying or solid mix of the two! The main character is genuine and easy to fall in love with the right of the back with their dialogue providing an atmosphere to the story and insight into the way they live their life! The two high schoolers, Mitsuha and Taki are in a complicated relationship, both of whom live vastly different lives. Mitsuha serves as a dancing shrine maiden in her rural mountain town while Taki waits on tables at a restaurant in Tokyo. They meet each other in an odd supernatural phenomenon in which periodically when they wake up, they’ve swapped bodies. It’s not something they have control over so they do their best not to royally mess up one another’s livelihoods. They even manage to make some improvements along the way. The timing couldn’t have been better for their fates to cross as a major event challenged to push their limits to what they can do as individuals.
This movie is something that you should watch if you enjoy watching love stories showcased creatively!
5. Your lie in April
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen
Your lie in April is a beautifully animated love story based around a piano-playing prodigy named Kousei. He is a fourteen-year-old boy determined to make sure no one falls in love with him. Although he is a middle schooler, the light in his eyes has been taken away due because of his mother’s death. As opposed to his friend Supaki who can see the world full of color, he just sees everything in monotone. Despite his mom’s dream to raise him as a pianist, he is having a hard time coming to terms of playing after being abused by his mother and her passing. The protagonist meets a beautiful girl named Kayori who ultimately changes his look on life as she challenges him to cope with the past and play music again. The situations portrayed in this show are emotional roller coasters that illustrate how you can overcome anything if you set your mind to it.
6. Violet Evergarden
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life
Violet Evergarden begins with a girl named violet who’s been in the hospital for four months after the war. At first, her hands are bandaged but later it is revealed that her hands were made of metal after she spills hot tea on them at her new home in the Evergarden of States. Violet doesn’t feel emotions like everyone else and has trouble learning what it is to feel them. She goes through the story learning ways of the world, not only is it meant for destruction but as a normal human being who can comprehend and understand feelings.
7. The Garden of Words
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance
The Garden of Words is a story about a fifteen-year-old schoolboy Takao Akizuki. He doesn’t stand out much at school and has a passion for shoe-making. One day Takao decides to skip school when it’s raining and goes to sit in a park. There he meets miss Yukino, a woman who’s skipping work because of personal problems and he eventually forms a strong connection with her. Takao would always look forward to whenever it rained because they would skip their responsibilities to hang out. Takao confesses to Yukino that all he wants is to become a great shoemaker and promises to make her a new pair of shoes. Eventually, the rainy season comes to an end and he doesn’t see her for months but she’s constantly on his mind.
8. Wolf Children
Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life
When a werewolf man and a human woman love each other very much they make cute tiny werewolf babies. The dad gets himself killed leaving one human parent to raise two tiny wolves. Poor mom is on her own with the kids while they’re constantly switching between human and wolf forms. One of the children Yuki begs her mom to let her participate in a competition in school while the other, Ame is more interested in forest and ends up taking lessons from a fox about surviving in the wild. This is a very emotional story as it shows the perspective of a mother caring for her children, watching them go their separate ways while growing up. It illustrates an emphasis on building relationships and trust as they have to hide their true wolf identities from the public while figuring out what they want to do with their lives.
Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama
Anohana is a show about emotional high school students coming to terms with guilt and dealing with their struggles. Similar to ERASED the main character doesn’t have many friends at the beginning of the series and it feels like he isn’t noticed by anyone even at school. He’s the definition of an introvert. He used to have a ton of friends back in the day but once his childhood friend Menma and his mom passed away, everything changed. He started slacking in school and failed all of his exams putting him in the lowest tier schools within the area. One day he sees Menma in his house and she thinks he’s hallucinating until he starts interacting with her. This show touches whole nostalgic feelings of the past with flashbacks of wholesome memories with everyone as kids when life was easier. This anime is great because you can see the change in clique dynamics as the plot progresses when the highschool students retrace their steps into their forgotten bonds of friendship.
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Seinen
Erased is a relatable anime that focuses on self-reflection within the heart and mind. The main protagonist Satoru is depicted as a depressed 29-year-old. He doesn’t open up to people and doesn’t have any friends however he is that good person who’s willing to go that extra mile to help people in danger. The game-changer in this series is how the main character undergoes a phenomenon called revival. This typically puts the main character back in time whenever something bad happens. Erased is a unique anime because it showcases crimes that happen around the main character as he struggles to ultimately change destiny by rewriting events to prevent tragedy.
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