First, before I go any further, this post WILL HAVE SPOILERS. TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE AFTER STORY SEASON OF CLANNAD. I remembered a touching scene between Ushio and Tomoya. When thinking of the saddest anime scene, Clannad: After Story immediately came to mind. Here’s the scene itself (credit goes to TwilightFan1400 for uploading this video and to the studio that created Clannad: After Story):
Ushio and Tomoya go on a trip together. Tomoya abandoned Ushio and left her with Nagisa’s parents after she passed away. Nagisa died during childbirth, sadly, so Tomoya ended up as a single parent. Tomoya became depressed and became an alcoholic like his father and constantly had to work to make ends meet. He led an empty existence for a long time. On this trip together, Tomoya apologizes for being a bad father for so many years and Ushio forgives him. They’re able to live a happy together as he tells her more about Nagisa, her mother.
This is heartwarming yet sad at the same time. Ushio is told that there are certain places she can cry if she’s upset. One of them was “in daddy’s arms”. The music fits the scene perfectly and makes me cry every time I see it. Tomoya has had terrible luck in his life and things only continue to get worse with this show. Clannad: After Story isn’t for the weak-hearted person. Also, I get especially teary-eyed when Ushio talks about losing the toy that Tomoya gave her. She said it was special because it was her first gift from him.
I can’t remember which episode this is; let me know in the comments if you do. What do you think the saddest anime scene is? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions. Also, grab some tissues if you’re watching Clannad: After Story.