We all have our favourite moments in Anime! They make us laugh, they make us cry they made us want to go get out and do something! Anime shows can be at times very emotional and there are always moments in shows that we know will bring a tear to the eye. Maybe it’s just that overwhelming feeling of loss or overcoming the odds. Check out our 9 tearjerker anime moments that we just oh so love…
Oh, don’t get me started! This is a historic moment for any anime watcher. This Tearjerker Anime moment happens in Dragon Ball Z, during the Cell Saga. As Gohan is forced into a corner, he helplessly watches Cell’s “mini-me’s” attack his friends and family! In fear of his overwhelming power hidden within he holds back his anger. The peace-loving decapitated head of Android 16 conveys to Gohan that it was OK to be angry for the right reason, to defend good against evil.
Cell being amused by the conversation uses the opportunity to crush the head. Gohan sees red and finally the late Android 16’s words sink in – Gohan releases his next level of hidden potential. The Japanese version of this moment was a tearjerker with the music’s lyrics “Ore wa ore wo koete kuru” or “I will surpass myself”
Bleach: Ichigo saves Rukia from her death sentence
This one goes back a while! A classic tearjerker Anime moment from a classic Anime, Bleach. Thanks to giving her powers away to a mere human being (Ichigo Kurosaki), Rukia has been sentenced to death for her crimes by her fellow Shinigami (Death Gods). But Ichigo doesn’t let this go, after hearing from his friend the “Sandle-Hat Man” Kisuke Uruhara, Ichigo is transported from the human world to the Seireitei (Soul Society) and fights through numerous Shinigami to save his friend.
The moment arrives when Rukia is about to be executed by a very large sword which manifests as a bird of fire. It flies towards her as she accepts her fate with her eyes closed. But nothing happens, she opens her eyes to see Ichigo holding back the firebird with his sword against his back “…Yo!” he says calmly. Alright, kinda cool.
One Piece – Vivi left behind without a Goodbye!
Vivi, the Princess of Alabasta travelled with the Strawhat Pirates Crew during their time in the Alabasta kingdom. After they defeat the evil warlord Crocodile, the kingdom is saved and the citizens rejoice the crew!
However, still being Pirates, the crew has to flee the island! Princess Vivi runs away from an important ceremony to bid farewell to the crew as they sailed out to sea.
She says her goodbyes over a loudspeaker that could be heard by the entire kingdom including, the approaching marines! The Strawhat Pirates don’t respond to her goodbyes, because it’d show the marines that she was involved with pirates. Instead, the crew lift their sleeves to reveal an X on their arms. A mark that shows their identity as the Strawhat Pirates (Which they had used against a copycat shapeshifter earlier). Vivi understood what they meant, a very famous tearjerker Anime moment scene in the One Piece story.
Honey and Clover: Kaoru and Shinobu get their father’s company back!
A personal favourite! Honey and Clover is an unexpectedly deep story with multiple storylines happening at the same time. Morita Shinobu, a crazy character in Honey and Clover is a seemingly ordinary University student, at Hamabi. However, he mysteriously disappears (Sometimes months at a time) and returns, often exhausted, full of money (Sometimes bags), and extraordinary Omiyage (gifts) like Croquettes.
Unbeknownst to his fellow classmates is that Shinobu and his older brother Kaoru had been saving money for many years together to complete their secret goal. As a child, their inventor father, Tsukasa Morita, owned a company which created various technology. One day Tsukasa’s kind-hearted business partner betrayed him by selling the company over to an American business person. They lose their offices, home and shortly after their father died of depression … and then their mother too! The two young boys are left with nothing, but vengeful feelings.
For 10 years they saved and bought shares in their father’s ex-company. When they had enough shares, they took over in an epic scene of memories, revenge and silence all in one scene. (I real tearjerker Anime moment I was watching when I happned to be peeling onions that day T_T)
Naruto Shippuden: Madara Uchiha fights… Everyone
Madara Uchiha, a one-man army that makes Rambo look like an insect. A weak insect, like those really small flies that buzz around your coffee. As Madara stands to converse with Kabuto through his reincarnated partner, he is asked to demonstrate the power of the Uchiha, as if it were his ‘Golden Days’. He launches into a rage, taking on every man, woman and thing that attacks him as if they were all his attackers are ragdolls, he ploughs through the crowd of 1000’s of Ninja attacking Madara all at once. The entire elements come into play, fire, water, wind, earth… a meteor.
Samurai Champloo: Mugen and Jin versus The Samurai who smells like Sunflowers
A scene with Mugen and Jin, two master swordsmen of different styles, undefeated by anyone who dared cross swords with them BOTH took on this mysterious Samurai. The samurai who smelled like Sunflowers, the man who throughout the anime they had been in search of for the sake of their co-travelling, Fu. The mysterious samurai named Kariya display extremely fast swordplay with movements fluid enough to take on both men at the same time.
As they fight, he emanated wind from his glowing slashes, the sign of a true master to their craft – this was an epic fight to the death tearjerker Anime moment.
One Piece: Luffy’s Haki takes down 50,000 enemies in ONE go!
Alright, another One Piece (We love One Piece OK? We’re Nakama after all). So the moment happens at the Fishman Island under the sea, Cody and his 100,000 henchmen have gone wild and are ready to attack the 10 man Strawhat Pirates! As this was the crew’s first big fight after being separated for 2 years, they’re arguing over how many they can have each. Equalling, 10,000 men per Strawhat Pirate. As they’re squabbling, Luffy silently walks towards the 100,000 as they launch their assault onto him. The crew watch as Luffy launches a blast of energy from his body, knocking out 50,000 of the enemies without moving a finger!
The crew and the enemy look on in shock as they’re not even sure what happened, the “Conquerer’s Haki”. Zoro looking onward at the captain’s new powers jokingly says “If he wasn’t capable of this level, we need to switch who’s Captain”. A moment exhibiting the newfound power of the Strawhat Crew!
Hunter X Hunter is a great anime for the strategic thinker! One of the greatest moments was during the Hunter Exams when Gon was cornered by Genthru Bomber, a Hunter who was more experienced than the 10 Year Old Gon. Bomber, like his name suggests, was able to touch a part of someone’s body and set off an explosion within their body, a deadly skill!
Gon fought Bomber with extreme caution and was able to bait himself into being attacked in order to attack Bomber back. He sacrificed his arm, in order to land his infamous attack “Janken” attack (Rock Paper Scissors). Watching this fight scene is like watching a fast-moving chess match, where wits, skill and planning is needed at a fast pace. Gon was able to defeat Bomber by luring him into a giant hole, then summoning a meteor from a card! Amazing tactics!