The one thing that distinguishes between average anime and masterpieces is how they execute the deaths of certain characters that are important to the story and liked by everyone. It also depends on what would their death contribute to the story?
Now let’s take a look at our picks for top 10 most popular and saddest anime deaths that were sad enough to make us cry:
Naruto Shippuden (Ep:131) “Jiraya”
Sure Iruka sensei, Kakashi sensei, the third Hokage all three of them contributed to Naruto’s growth but it was the Pervy sage who was the closest to being a father to Naruto. There were a lot of Jiraiya Naruto moments. After all those episodes when we were finally starting to love this character. Pain took Jiraiya away from us!
Death Note (Ep:25) “L Lawliet”
The genius detective who was the only one keeping up with light using his sheer intelligence alone, even if Light had a death note he just couldn’t find a way to kill L himself. Throughout the series, we grew to start loving L even more than the protagonist but sometimes plot can take the cake and that’s exactly what happened. Kira had to manipulate a shinigami to kill L. And L died knowing he was right!
One Piece (Ep: 483) “Portgas D Ace”
The type of brother everyone would love to have. After getting punched by Admiral Akainu, Ace starts thinking about his past, his memories: what was his goal in life? If he deserved to live or not. As Ace thanks Luffy for everything, no one can help him as they were ineffective against the admiral and Ace’s organs have been severely burned beyond recovery. Ace dies and Luffy cries.
Akame ga Kill (Ep:17) “Chelsea”
The way this girl was killed and how her body, her head was treated after her death is enough to give anyone the chills. Even if we didn’t see much of her in the series, she was still becoming fans favorite and to showcase her corpse in such a horrible manner, just what was the author thinking?
Attack on Titan (S3 part2 Ep:6) “Erwin Smith”
The commander of the survey corps finally meets his end before realizing his dream of seeing what was inside the basement. Beast titan, or rather Zeke Yeager is responsible for his death as he through those insanely huge rocks like he was throwing a baseball. Ervin gets hit by one and dies a slow death as it didn’t kill him instantly.
Assassination classroom (S2 Ep:24) “Koro Sensei”
The genius teacher who brought glory to the E class no longer has the liberty to teach or even live any longer. His only wish is to die by the hands of his own students and Nagisa does the honor of taking the life of his own sensei. This was the climax of the anime and it was indeed one of the saddest farewells in anime.
Full Metal Alchemist brotherhood (Ep:10) “Maes Hughes”
A kind and gentle fellow who is living a happy life with his wife and an adorable little daughter.
Someone who is just impossible to hate. After getting shot by envy, he bleeds to death as he silently whispers that he loves his daughter.
Naruto Shippuden (Ep:138) “Itachi Uchiha”
The most hated Uchiha, who killed his own clan ends up getting killed by his younger brother Sasuke or perhaps a wall? We didn’t know much about him and why he did what he did. Obito later told Sasuke all about his older brother, it was then that Sasuke realized everything. The true bro moment of Sasuke and Itachi was undoubtedly when they defeat kabuto and the reanimation is undone.
Sword Art Online (S1 Ep:14) “Asuna”
The beautiful couple (Kirito x Asuna) becomes fans favorite, they supported and helped each other, even promised to meet in real life after the game is over. Until the moment the worst possible scenario for Kirito happens and he loses his sanity. Asuna dies!
Angel Beats (Ep:9) “Otonashi”
It takes time for him and us to understand how he died and what was his regret in life. His sister dies and he wows to become a doctor but on the way to the exam center the train crashes inside a tunnel and the ways outside are completely blocked by the rocks. Otonashi continues to help the stranded by using his knowledge of medicine but he dies moments before the rescue team shows up, the last thing he did before dying was signing up as an organ donor.