106 Sad Anime Quotes About Love, Life, And Loss

Not all inspiring quotes are equal⁠—some motivate you with their cheery attitude, others with their wisdom. Still, some administer that brutal kick to your behind. A much-needed one, but not that pleasant until you truly understand it. And thus, a motivational quote doesn’t have to be thoroughly pleasant to make a change in your thinking; it can also be quite bitter. So, for your consideration, and in hopes of a positive effect, we’ve gathered a list of sad anime quotes about love, life, pain, and loneliness.

Remember, these inherently sad quotes aren’t here to drag you down⁠—it’s one of those things that should, in fact, show you the way of solving life with determination and grit. And where else would you find the most suitable words if not in the deeply traditional, exceptionally wise world of anime? So don’t be fooled by its cartoonish outside, but rather trust the depth of its substance. These deep quotes could be very well from ancient scribes with their thoughtful exploration of the human condition and the universal feelings that we all feel. Yes, we all feel sadness, anger, fear, and loneliness, and this understanding of togetherness in darkness should help us live through all of it. Especially when put in the most beautifully worded sentences and spoken by the wisest characters.

Shall we skip straight to the sad anime quotes below? These wise words, however sad, can be used as your personal armor for tricks that life throws at you⁠—remember them in your time of need, and they will surely help you overcome all. Don’t forget to vote for the intelligent quotes that have impacted you the most, and share this article with anyone in need of inspiration and motivation.

“Living is anxiety and pain. It’s continuing to think, continuing to choose.” – Alcor, ‘Devil Survivor’

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“You were always there for me, and that’s all I needed. Just you. For some reason, I didn’t feel sad or broken up, it just didn’t seem real. But slowly I realized it was real — that you were gone. And little by little, I slowly felt something inside me go numb.” — Jet Black, ‘Cowboy Bebop’

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“How can you destroy a monster without becoming one?” – Kaneki, ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

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“Even if I’m worthless, and carry demon blood… thank you, for loving me!” – Portgas D. Ace in ‘One Piece’

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“So how about we become monsters together? And turn this world upside down? So that… nothing bad… or sad… would remain.” – Homura Akemi, ‘Madoka Magica’

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“Love is like a mirror that reflects your wrong side. Especially when it is unrequited, you get envious, jealous, prejudiced, and resentful. You have to face all sorts of emotions, but there is no reason to find that shameful.” – Margery Daw, ‘Shakugan no Shana’

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“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” – Zeniba, ‘Spirited Away’

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“The scariest and the most painful thing is to be hated by someone you truly love.” – Tohru Honda, ‘Fruits Basket’

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“Forgetting is like a wound. The wound may heal, but it has already left a scar.” – Monkey D. Luffy, ‘One Piece’

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“I bet dead people are easier to get along with.” – Crona, ‘Soul Eater’

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“The scariest thing about killing people is getting used to it! When you kill someone and realize you won’t be punished… That’s when people forget all about punishment.” – Rentaro Satomi, ‘Black Butler’

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“I have no fear of death. It just means dreaming in silence. A dream that lasts for eternity.” – Vincent Volaju, ‘Cowboy Bebop’

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“Aren’t I supposed to have taught you something important in life by now? What have I taught you?” – Hana says goodbye to her son in ‘Wolf Children’

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Vegeta: “Your father and mine… the whole planet… he blew it up, it’s true. No one survived but us. Ask him if you want. He’ll tell you. He’s proud of it.”
Goku: “Please, stop talking, Vegeta. It’s sapping all of your strength.”
Vegeta: “No. Listen. You have to hear this. (Crying.) We worked so hard for him. We did everything he asked of us and more. He took me from my father when I was just a little boy. He made me do whatever he wanted and said he would kill my father if I didn’t. I did everything he asked but he killed him anyway along with everyone else. He was scared of us. Scared that a Super Saiyan would be born to rise up and overthrow him.”
Frieza: “A touching story.”
Goku: “Please, no more. Save your strength.”
Vegeta: “Kakarot, please. Destroy Frieza. He made me what I am. Don’t let him do it to anyone else. Whatever it takes. Stop him. Please.” – Vegeta describes his horrific upbringing in ‘Dragon Ball Z’

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“War is not heroic. War is not exhilarating. War is full of despair. It’s dark. It’s dreadful. It’s a thing of sorrow and gloom.” – Izuru Kira describes the realities of war in ‘Bleach’

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“Death isn’t kind. It’s dark and black and as far as you… As far as you can see you’re all alone. There’s no one else.” – Mei Misaki talks about the loneliness of death in ‘Another’

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“You will never be able to love anybody else until you love yourself.” – Lelouch Lamperouge, ‘Code Geass’

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“Humans die. Animals die. Plants die. Even soul reapers die. It’s the arch of the universe. Everything that comes to life eventually ceases to exist.” – Baraggan Louisenbairn, ‘Bleach’

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“To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to the happiness you could have.” – Matsumoto Rangiku, ‘Bleach’

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“How can you move forward when you keep regretting the past?” – Edward Elric, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’

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“I finally get a bouquet and it’s a goodbye present. That’s depressing.” – Chihiro Ogino, ‘Spirited Away’

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“People’s lives don’t end when they die. It ends when they lose faith.” – Itachi Uchiha, ‘Naruto’

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“No letter that could be sent deserves to go undelivered.” – Violet Evergarden, ‘Violet Evergarden’

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“Reality is cruel, so I’m sure lies are a form of kindness. Thus, I say kindness itself is also a lie. I always ended up with these expectations, and I always ended up with these misunderstandings. Before I knew it, I stopped hoping. A highly-trained loner is once bitten, twice shy. As a veteran on this battlefield of life, I’ve gotten used to losing. That’s why I will always hate nice girls.” – Hachiman Hikigaya is deeply depressed in ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’

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“It’s just like changes in the notes and passports. You may find it hard to adjust to at the beginning, but you get used to it eventually. Time is very depressing after all… Both happiness and sadness fade away with time.” – Detective Conan, ‘Detective Conan’

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“I don’t care if no one like me, I wasn’t created in this world to entertain everyone.” – Houtarou Oreki, ‘Hyouka’

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“You can erase my memory, but afterward, promise you’ll still be my friend?”
– Tohru Honda, ‘Fruits Basket’

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“In the end, people are all alone, and no matter how close they cling together, they can never be one. It’s impossible to make someone belong to you.” – Yasushi Takagi, ‘Nana’

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“Whether I live or die makes no great difference. In truth, death may be the only absolute freedom there is.” – Kaworu Nagisa, ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

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“I’m fine, except… It’s a terrible day for rain.” – Roy Mustang blames his tears on imaginary rain, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’

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“That’s right. This world is cruel. It hit me that living was like a miracle.” – Mikasa Ackerman, ‘Attack On Titan’

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“Bang.” – the last line Spike Spiegel says in Cowboy Bebop could be the last word he ever speaks. He just lost the love of his life and fought one of his greatest enemies in ‘Cowboy Bepob’

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“It was over 20 kilometers from home, but I always felt so light on my way home from the hospital. It was a happy feeling, as though I was riding with that warmth of the hospital. If it were a color, it might be yellow. It gave me so much strength. It felt great.” – Akira Midousuji’s only happiness lies in a hospital in ‘Yowamushi Pedal’

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“Do not seek death. But do not fear it either. There cannot be life without death, it is inescapable.” – Keisei Tagami, ‘Corpse Princess’

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“Perhaps the companionship of an evil person is preferable to loneliness.” – Gaara, ‘Naruto’

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“The only thing we’re allowed to do is believe that we won’t regret the choice we made.” – Levi Ackerman, ‘Attack On Titan’

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“Being alone is better than being with the wrong person.” – L Lawliet, ‘Death Note’

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“Forget about revenge. The fate of those who seek revenge is grim. It’s tragic, You will end up suffering and hurting yourself even more. Even if you do succeed in getting revenge, the only thing that remains is emptiness.” – Hatake Kakashi, ‘Naruto’

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“Are you listening God? The thing is, mom and dad don’t like each other anymore. And it’s my fault for being such a useless daughter.” – Hatori Shikishima, ‘Alice & Zouroku’

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“The past makes you wanna die out of regret and the future makes you depressed out of anxiety. So by elimination, the present is likely the happiest time.” – Hachiman Hikigaya, ‘Oregairu’

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“Stress makes you bald, but it’s stressful to avoid stress, so you end up stressed out anyway. In the end, there’s nothing you can do.” – Gintoki Sakata, ‘Gintama’

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“Man always thinks about the past before he dies, as if he were frantically searching for proof he truly lived.” – Jet Black, ‘Cowboy Bebop’

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“It’s painful when you get disappointed by the person you look up to.“ — Misaki Ayuzawa, ‘Maid Sama!’

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“People… need to be needed by someone in order to live. If a person isn’t needed, they’re worthless!” – Moeka Kiryuu, ‘Steins;Gate’

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“Remembering something that no one else can is a painful thing. You can’t talk to anyone about it. No one will understand you. You’ll be alone.” – Rintaro Okabe, ‘Steins;Gate’

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“I thought I could just apologize tomorrow. But that tomorrow… never came.” – Jinta Yadomi, ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’

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“No matter how gifted you are… You, alone, cannot change the world.” – L Lawliet, ‘Death Note’

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Sasuke: “Maybe if I was to kill the most important people in your life, everyone who’s ever meant anything. Maybe then I’d listen to you because maybe then you’ll have some idea how I feel!”

Kakashi: “Hmm. It’s an interesting theory. But I’m afraid you’re a little late to put it to the test. Everyone you’re talking about has already been killed.”

Everyone Kakashi Hatake ever loved is gone in ‘Naruto’

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“Things would have been so much better back then. If we had heard each other’s voices. I hate myself. I was selfish, and I never thought about anyone else’s feelings. Since then, my classmates have all looked down on me. I’ve lived for 17 years, and I haven’t lived one of them as a good person. The only time I heard your voice was when we got into that fight.
And what pisses me off the most is the fact that I haven’t changed at all since back then! But… But now, I think I can understand what you were saying… Nishimiya. Me and you… Can we be… friends? Sh*t! I went way too far! I was just gonna apologize and get out of here! Why the hell did I end up asking her to be friends? Why did I even say that? Jeez, that’s so embarrassing! How can you even say that?” – Shouya Ishida suffers intense guilt in ‘A Silent Voice’

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“If you don’t share someone’s pain, you can never understand them.” – Nagato, ‘Naruto’

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“When you are miserable, you need something that is even more miserable than you to feel good about yourself.” – Lucy, ‘Fairy Tale’

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“Did I make the Japanese people happy? Did I make it work?” – Although she’s a Britannian princess, Euphemia Li Britannia strongly disagrees with her country’s subjugation of the Japanese people and uses her position to offer them whatever freedom she can in ‘Code Geas’

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“The thing I wished for destroyed my whole family. I brought all this suffering down on my family because I made a wish for my dad without knowing what he really wanted.” – Kyōko Sakura destroyed her family with a wish in ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’

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“I think death is equally terrible for everyone. Young people, old people, the good, the bad; it’s always the same. It’s rather fair in its treatment. There’s no such thing as a particularly terrible death, that’s why it’s frightening.” – Sunako, ‘Shiki’

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“There are people in this world who don’t understand that what they consider a harmless prank can deeply hurt someone else.” – Mio Nishizono, ‘Little Busters’

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“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they don’t wish to see anyone else suffer the way they did.” – Jellal Fernandes, ‘Fairy Tail’

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“It’s okay to feel depressed. It takes time to overcome things. And then, by taking that time, you just start moving forward again. That’s just what humans do.” – Mondo Oowada, ‘Danganronpa’

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“Cry when you’re sad. Laugh when you’re happy. Get angry when you don’t like something. Depend on someone when you’re depressed. Care for yourself before you care for others. Don’t hate anyone. Be proud of yourself. Stay loyal when you fall in love.” – Otonashi Maria, ‘Utsuro No Hako To Zero No Maria’

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“I’ll never resent you, or hate you, or hurt you. Not ever. Not you or anyone. I’d rather die. So If I’m killed, I’ll face my killer with a smile. And I’ll tell them that it’s okay because it won’t be their fault for doing it. It’ll just be that they don’t know any better. I’ll die hopeful, that my death might have helped them… to understand someday.” – Photo, ‘Kino’s Journey’

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“You idiot. You’d gotten yourself up in a tizzy about romance, right? “Love” you experience in that state is just self–delusion. There’s no point in getting depressed over love like that.” – Kyouya Sata, ‘Spice And Wolf’

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“I’m such a hopeless idiot. All this time and I haven’t grown up one bit. I thought maybe the rain would wash away some of this gloom that’s been following me… but right now, every drop that hits my face is even more depressing.” – Edward Elric, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’

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“Those painful memories are what help us make it to tomorrow and become stronger.” – Erza Scarlet, ‘Fairy Tail’

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“The thing I wished for destroyed my whole family. I brought all this suffering down on my family because I made a wish for my dad without knowing what he really wanted.” – Kyoko Sakura, ‘Madoka Magica’

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“If you let yourself get depressed, you’d be making light of the people who trust and follow you.” – Ogami Rei, ‘Code: Breaker’

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“Everyone dies eventually, whether they have power or not. That’s why you need to think about what you’ll accomplish while you’re alive.” – Mary Macbeth, ‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’

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“Rock, if you think about it, other than this, what do we really value in life? God? Love? Don’t make me laugh. When I was a brat, crawling around in that s**thole city, it seemed God and Love were always sold out when I went looking. Before I knew better, I clung to God and prayed to Him every single night — yeah, I believed in God right up until that night the cops beat the hell out of me for no reason at all. All they saw when they looked at me was another little ghetto rat. With no power and no God, what’s left for a poor little Chinese bitch to rely on? It’s money, of course, and guns.” – Revy Rebecca, ‘Black Lagoon’

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“It doesn’t bleed, but I have been having a lot of pain around here.” – Gaara, ‘Naruto’

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“Even though I’m bitter over losing, even though I’m depressed, even though my ankle hurts, and my eyes are smeared with tears… even though I’ve never felt worse… I wonder why the stars are sparkling like this.” – Tsubaki Sawabe, ‘Your Lie in April’

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“People like us aren’t qualified to be involved in a dramatic incident such as a suicide. No matter how depressed you are or how much pain you’re in, you have to return to your routine, daily life. Even if you don’t come back, you’ll just end up dying in vain. A dramatic death isn’t befitting of us.” – Kaoru Yamazaki, ‘Welcome to the NHK.’

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“No matter how hurt someone is, they’re meant to overcome it and try to go forward.” – Mirajane Strauss, ‘Fairy Tail’

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“Having happy and beautiful memories won’t always bring you salvation. The more beautiful a memory is, the more painful it can become.” – Isla, ‘Plastic Memories’

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“Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away, you’ll never get back.” – Kenshin Himura, ‘Rurouni Kenshin’

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“Loneliness is peaceful, but there’ll be no one to share happiness with.” – Ayumu Aikawa, ‘Yes, I’m a Magical Girl’

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“One ought to experience loneliness at least once or twice in life. No, you have to experience it. The idea of being chained to another person without reprieve is far more abnormal and disquieting. One has no choice but to learn about loneliness. I’m sure some things can’t be experienced without it.” – Hachiman Hikigaya, ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’

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“A life that lives without doing anything is the same as a slow death.” – Lelouch, ‘Code Geass’

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“What’s past is past. I cannot redo it, nor go back to it. I have escaped from that scene and still continue to live. All I can do is look forward.” – Emiya Shirou, ‘TYPE-MOON’

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“Falling down is not an embarrassment. True embarrassment is not standing after such a fall.” – Midorima Shintarou, ‘Kuroko no Basket’

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“No matter how many relationships we seem to have, we’re all alone.” – Mei Misaki, ‘Another’

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“I’m pathetic. I was observing the world from a safe distance. I was just scared of being hurt. I was lonely.” – Yuki Amano, ‘Future Diary’

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“What do you think the saddest thing in the world is? It’s not dying as you would think. It’s not being wanted by anyone.” – Azusa Mukami, ‘Diabolik Lovers’

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“Never forget that kindness can hurt instead of help.” – Inaba Himeko, ‘Kokoro Connect’

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“This is the end of my dream. My wings forgot how to fly, since I only kept pretending to flap them. Is there a meaning to wings that can’t fly?” – Misuzu Kamio, ‘Air’

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“Happy birthday, Ann. You’ve lived for 20 years now. That’s amazing. But remember that even adults are allowed to complain sometimes. Whenever you’re feeling down, remember that I am with you. Ann. I will always, always be watching over you.” – Ann reads letters from her mom in ‘Violet Evergarden’

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Menma: “I really want to be with all of you! I want to play! That’s why I’m going to reincarnate! Then I’ll be with everyone again. So, Jintan cried. And I said goodbye. So…”

Jinta: “Ready?! Menma, we found you!”

Menma: “You found me.” – Menma is finally found in ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’

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“Is it all right to not hold it in anymore? Sanae-san told me, places that I can cry are in a bathroom, or in daddy’s arms.” – Ushio loses the first gift she received from her dad in ‘Clannad: After Story’

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“All this time, I seriously thought that it’s better to die than to live your life alone.” – Kirito, ‘Sword Art Online’

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“There is no way to train your heart to be invulnerable.” – Lubbock, ‘Akame Ga Kill’

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“I always believed that everyone in this world was far nicer and smarter than me. That no matter how unlikeable they seemed to be, they still had a good conscience and had justifiable circumstances for acting the way they did. That’s why I hated myself for being so timid and depressed when I didn’t even have any good reason for doing so. …But now I see that there actually are people who’re despicable in every way and don’t blink twice at ruining another’s life.” – Punpun Onodera, ‘Goodnight Punpun’

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“I haven’t done anything yet. Getting depressed and losing confidence is way too egotistical.” – Sorata Kanda, ‘The Pet Girl of Sakura Dormitory’

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“A dream is worth less than nothing if you don’t have someone else to share it with.” – Saitou Dousan, ‘The Ambition of Oda Nobuna’

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“The universe has a beginning, but no end. — Infinity. Stars, too, have their own beginnings, but their own power results in their destruction. — Finite.” – Rintarou Okabe, ‘Steins;Gate’

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“You should cry while you still can. When you get bigger, sometimes, you can’t cry even if you have something you wanna cry about.” – Okazaki Tomoya. ‘Clannad’

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“No matter how much we think we want – it’s never enough. I just want one thing to go right for me. I just need something to give me the energy so I can keep going.” – Nana Komatsu, ‘Nana’

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“Was I able to live inside someone’s heart? Was I able to live inside your heart? Do you think you’ll remember me at least a little? You’d better not hit ‘reset!’ Don’t forget me, okay? That’s a promise, okay? I’m glad it’s you, after all. Will I reach you? I hope I can reach you.” – Kaori tells Kousei she loves him in ‘Your Lie In April’

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“The two of us aren’t so different. My whole life I’ve desired from others. I felt bitter to the people around me and I closed off my heart. And a heart that lets nothing in will become empty before you realize it.” – Mei Aihara, ‘Citrus’

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“Why should I apologize for being a monster? Has anyone ever apologized for turning me into one?” – Juuzou Suzuya is made a monster in ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

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“You are extremely afraid of any kind of initial contact aren’t you? Are you that afraid of other people? I know that by keeping others at a distance you avoid a betrayal of your trust, for while you may not be hurt that way, you mustn’t forget that you must endure the loneliness. Man cannot erase this sadness, because all men are fundamentally alone.” – Kaworu Nagisa understands Shinji all too well in ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

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“There’s nothing special about being born. Not a thing. Most of the universe is just death, nothing more. In this universe of ours, the birth of a new life on some corner of our planet is nothing but a tiny, insignificant flash. Death is a normal thing. So why live?” – Johan Liebert doesn’t value life in ‘Monster’

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“See, there’s the pie chart. If you look, you can see clear as day that the happy times – the times when you think “How fun! I’m glad I’m alive” – don’t make up even one tenth of life. I’m working this out properly with a calculator, so there’s no mistake.” – Misaki Nakahara finds life miserable in ‘Welcome To The NHK’

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“Remember what you said before? A normal person with a gun will wind up doing something he never thought himself capable of? No one in this world can truly hold himself separate from violence. Guns are literally within reach of anyone. Sadly that’s where we put our faith, in bullets rather than human kindness.” – Koko Hekmatyar, ‘Jormungand’

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“If you don’t like how things turned out, then try to change it. And then if it still doesn’t work out, that’s when you can be depressed.” – Nanana Ryuugajou, ‘Nanana’s Buried Treasure’

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“I wish people who say: “I’d rather die” would actually die before they say it. So that they’ll know how I feel.” – Subaru Natsuki, ‘Re: Zero’

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“They call certain methods of fighting good and others evil, acting as if there were some nobility to the battlefield. Such illusions, perpetrated by heroes throughout history, have led countless young men to their bloody deaths, all for the sake of this valor and glory.” – Kiritsugu Emiya, ‘Fate Series’

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“It would be enough for the depressing things in life to only exist in reality.” – Shiori Misaka, ‘Kanon’

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“All those times I got hurt, all the crying I did, all the pain I felt, all the fighting I did with my life at stake… And my reward was her name and a single smile. Jeez… Talk about unequal compensation.” – Subaru Natsuki, ‘Re: Zero’

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“When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. In the island, I think about the town that I left behind. Kids go to school, as if nothing has changed. Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed. When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.” – Kayo Hinazuki wants total solitude in ‘ERASED’

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