I bring up this topic because people are laughing at MistaYoh (a famous local doujin artist) for crying during a public screening of Byousoku. HAHA LOSER! Ok I jest. But I cry a LOT during anime, and for the weirdest (by social norms) series too.
A brief list of anime I cry A LOT for, this is by no means exhaustive, and those mentioned are the most prominent examples of the genres:
Yomigaeru Sora Rescue WIngs, Umizaru
Man, this dehydrated me. Every episode I’ll be like "BAWLLLLL". These type of rescue shows, along with Umizaru (sea rescue), always teach us the value of human life and how dreaded accidents are. I’ll cry no matter the rescue is successful or not.
Don’t you think rescuers who brave their own lives to save strangers are very noble and selfless?
I was rewatching this and in the first 5 episodes alone, I cried 4 times. Everytime Azuma Kazuma, my favourite male anime character ever, shows how manliness can be exuded without muscles, I’ll weep. Tales of hard work and food science always make me a snivelling emotional mess. It’s not just Azuma, who with his selfless passion for the ultimate DREAM and never blames anyone if he doesn’t succeed, it’s also Kawachi with his family love and overcoming of obstacles etc.
Flawless skills obtained through hard work and passion are really touching.
MAJOR, Capeta, Ookiku Furikabutte, Slam Dunk manga, REAL
Actually, almost all sports series turn me into the fountain. I just find the pure, innocent, hard work and WILL TO WIN of school sports very touching.
Sports is the Man’s Romance. Also when you have 1 percent the monetary budget of your competitor and still win, it shows the underdog spirit.
Comedies with War
Full Metal Panic
I think I shed a tear when Tessa bravely let Kaname flee the Bridge in season 1, and when Gauron was torturing her, she still adamantly shouted "Kanojou wa saikou desu!" (She is the best!). Also the funny parts of Fumoffu brought tears of laughter.
Last Exile, Wolf’s Rain, Brave Story, Beck, Honey and Clover
The finale of an epic journey anime always works the tears. Also, because people always die at the end of the journey. Beck is unique in that nobody dies and it’s a musical journey. Takemoto’s journey is also tear-jerking.
Sad wolves in snow, travel a long way and endure much hardship, only to all die.
Innocent and naive young lost boy finds his true path in life. Touching.
Mecha Shows with BIG POWERS and Awesome Manly Songs But are Not Super Robot Wars
Gatekeepers, Gurren Lagann, Vandread, Sousei no Aquarion, Zegapain, Gunbuster 2, Giant Robo
And many other of these mecha GAR series where the forces of good gather in an epic battle and defeat EVILLLL with big flashy moves. For some inexplicable reason, I ALSO CRY. Nono (Buster Machine 7) summoning huge amounts of Buster Legion? BOO HOO. One of the important factors for GAR series like these is the music actually. Giant Robo’s soundtrack is fantastic and brings out the inner yearning for manly action.
This is where the crying gets mainstream. I know many guys who cry at Gurren Lagann, Gatekeepers and other GAR series.
War Shows with Self-Sacrifice
Ghost in the Shell SAC, 08th MS Team, MS IGLOO, Pumpkin Scissors, PLANETES
The touching self-sacrifice of many soldiers makes me remeber how futile war is and the insignificance of one single individual. SO I CRY. Btw, in case you’re wondering, I cried when the Tachikomas sacrificed themselves, when Shiro charged the big ass robo with his Ez8 half dead, and MS Igloo’s almost every episode since everyone dies.Pumpkin is a bit special because it is mainly due to Alice’s NOBILITY and awesomeness. I almost missed out Planetes due to the genre, but it’s one of the shows I used the most tissues on. "The opposite of love is not hate, it’s apathy!" is one of the most touching love-related lines ever. In fact, Planetes’ romance is the ONLY romance I ever felt sad and happy for.
Alice epitomises the true Noble – selfless and for the people.
JUMP series and other Shounen
Gintama, One Piece, Naruto (before it turned to shit)
The first two in particular, One Piece was full of really touching manly stories, like Sanji’s Chef EATING HIS OWN LEG. Gintama has a lot of heart-rending short stories of family love, as well as the longer battle arcs where Gintoki’s manliness and Shinpachi’s journey of self-discovery and Kagura’s family love ALL MAKE ME CRY. Gintama is awesome because it covers almost all genres.
One can always rely on the manly Gintoki. This episode, 81, is fantastically touching, with almost all the elements of teardom such as manly action, gathering of comrades, family love, selfless sacrifice. GINTAMA is fucking good.
It make sound like I’m kidding, but it is true. I cry so much during anime which is why I rarely watch anime with people lest they see me tear. I think if you get emotionally attached to a series, it makes enjoyment go up 9000 percent. If you realise, the above all share a few common traits. It is these traits which are the actual tear inducers, not the genre or the shows. The traits are:
- A great seemingly unachievable Dream
- Separation (but only through Death. Byousoku style don’t count!)
- Family Love (I never ever cry at romantic love.)
- Overcoming obstacles
- Hard Work and Training
Not coincidentally, I love these traits because I lack them. Anime is escapism, as I will talk about in the future in a proper research post. You will like the things you don’t have the most.
So, tell us, which series have you bawled your eyes out at?