Another difficult one. I’ve watched so many sad anime that gave me misty eyes to gut-wrenching sobs. But for today, I’m going to choose a scene from Shounen Onmyouji (少年陰陽師). It’s originally a light novel series written by Yuuki Mitsuru (結城光流) and illustrated by Asagi Sakura (あさぎ桜). There is also a manga adaptation, but since it’s originally a novel series, I recommend that you forego the manga and watch the anime instead. It’s up to you, though.
The saddest anime scene here is when Guren (Mokkun) completely forgets his friendship with Masahiro. I’m a sucker for lost memories tragedies because it’s one of my greatest fears in life–to be completely forgotten by my loved ones. The anime emphasizes the development of friendship between Guren and Masahiro in every episode, so when Guren loses his memories of their relationship, it was heart-breaking!
I admit that there are other sadder anime scenes than this, but I want to give special mention to Shounen Onmyouji because I observed that it’s unfairly under-appreciated by most anime fans. It’s a good anime, with a sad ending (in the anime, at least). The friendship between Guren and Masahiro is beautifully portrayed throughout the series, and I’m sure that your heart will also break when Guren loses his memories of Masahiro.
Imagine the person that you love the most forgetting everything about you. That’s just so sad. . .and tragic, isn’t it?
So this is my chosen “saddest anime scene” (for now). What’s yours?
Shounen Onmyouji Official Website (Japanese)
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