Who doesn’t love a good cry? We’ve watched various tragic anime in the past, but manga can be just as soul crushing! Here are some tearjerker manga that will destroy anyone.
1Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)
Quick pitch: A Silent Voice follows Shouya Ishida, a boy who is also getting into trouble. When a deaf transfer student named Shouko Nishimiya is introduced to Ishida’s class, he deems her as the perfect target for bullying. Ishida bullies Nishimiya to kill boredom and doesn’t think about the effects of his actions until he starts to become ostracized by his own classmates.
2Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Quick pitch: Your Lie in April follows Kousei Arima, a young musical prodigy. His mom meticulously taught him to play the piano, which allowed him to dominate music competitions. After her sudden death, Kousei the will to play music and disappeared from the stage. His monotonous life changes upon meeting Kaori Miyazono, a violinist known for her free-willed performances.
Quick pitch: Punpun Onodera is a typical 11-year-old Japanese boy. He is a hopeless romantic and thinks he has a chance at first love with a girl named Aiko Tanaka. Slowly, his naive worldview crumbles after learning that relationships are a lot of work and after witnessing his father assault his mother. These two events throw his life into a slow spiral.
Quick pitch: During summer camp, 15 children discover a network of computers and electrical equipment hidden inside a grotto. The owner of this equipment is Kokopelli and claims to be a programmer working on a new game, which involves a giant robot defending Earth against 15 alien invasions. Kokopelli asks the children if they would like to test the game. All but one child agree and sign a contract, not knowing that they are about to enter a dark world.
Quick pitch: Kazama Masamune is a single 23-year-old man. During the spring, he learns that an old lover has passed away…leaving behind his young daughter. They meet for the first time and Kazama must come to terms with being a single dad.
Quick pitch: Fuuta Okeya is a 14-year-old boy with the ability to see ghosts. His somewhat peaceful life is disrupted after meeting a transfer student named Kouko Ishigami. After first, she wants nothing to do with Fuuta, but upon seeing his birthmark, she becomes his sworn enemy. Kouko claims to have cursed Fuuta in one of their past lives and intends to make him relive his deaths before killing him in the present.
7Onani Master Kurosawa
Quick pitch: Kurosawa is an anti-social student who looks down on his classmates, but he has a secret. Every day, he sneaks off to the rarely used girls’ restroom and beats off. His dirty hobby is discovered by Aya Kitahara, who uses the information to blackmail Kurosawa. What begins as a dirty joke ends up a heartbreaking coming-of-age story.
8Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai: A Lollypop or a Bullet
Quick pitch: Nagisa Yamada is bored of the countryside and plans on joining a military school. She meets a peculiar transfer student named Umino Mokuzu, who claims to be a mermaid in search of a true friend.
Quick pitch: Kouno Jun fell in love with Hasebe Rino while in kindergarten. After Kouno confesses his feelings to her, Hasebe disappears. The strange thing is that no one seems to remember Hasebe except for Kouno. Several years later, Kouno is excited to learn that Hasebe has transferred into his high school…only to be distraught that she is not like how he remembers.
10Futatsu no Spica (Twin Spica)
Quick pitch: Asumi Kamogawa dreams of exploring the stars and enrolls into the elite Tokyo Space Academy. Her motivation is tied to a tragic rocket accident that happened when Asumi was 1-year-old. If she wants to be a part of Japan’s first manned space mission, she must overcome physical and mental trials.
Quick pitch: Daisuke is a popular high school student who would date any girl, except for Aikawa. He finds her “sweet virgin” annoying and aversion to physical contact offensive. His attitude changes after he accidently learns of Aikawa’s secret; she was sexually abused by her step-father and gave up a child for adoption. Aikawa is not aware that Daisuke knows her secret, but becomes more relaxed around him due to his mysterious compassion.
Quick pitch: Ikuru is slowly dying. The organs that were transplanted to save his life are now killing him. Filled with distraught over the news, he requests the companionship of an AGH-RMS. The “Ai-Ren” units are artificially created humans with implanted personalities due to requested specifications. They are created to proved a sense of comfort to terminally ill patients, allowing them to rediscover happiness before their end arrives.
What are your favorite tearjerking manga?