10 Heartfelt Anime Dramas to Watch on Netflix When You Need a Good Cry

by Louise Lizan for Spot.ph   |  Sep 14, 2022
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Oh, hello there. What's with the long face? Did something happen? Maybe. Is it the gloomy and dark skies making you feel like you want to cry with the clouds? Probably. Is it your (very heavy) thoughts? Most likely. There, there. Whatever the reason may be, just let it all out. We all need a good crying session every once in a while, too. You know, to release all your pent-up emotions and finally let that ice-cold stone in your chest warm up a bit. And we mean that in the best way possible.

If you want to cry. Cry. If you want a list of a few drama anime titles on Netflix to accompany you when you do want to cry or to finally be able to feel something and have your heart broken (A follow-up question: Why?), we have it for you. Either way, you'll be able to relate and pick up a thing or two, or more, from these films. 

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Or, if you want an excuse to cry, here are some emotional, heartfelt drama anime series on Netflix

Kotaro Lives Alone

Despite the series being ten episodes only, don’t underestimate how much it can make you ugly cry. For the uninitiated, the wholesome and heartfelt 10-episode series follows a four-year-old named Kotaro Sato, and his toy sword, as he lives alone in Room 302 in Shimizu Apartments.


It's not all crying, of course. There are laughs, too. But, fair warning, because we feel like we need to remind you again: Major, major feels ahead. You won't look at wet tissues... nor balloons (we all know the scene) the same way after you watched it. You may or may not be an emotional mess, more than we already and usually are, afterward. 

To quote the series, "It's okay to cry." Indeed.

A Silent Voice

Trigger warning: Bullying. 

High schooler Shouya Ishida has a regret—and that was tormenting his former and deaf classmate, Shouko Nishimiya back in elementary. Years after Shouko moved out of their school and Shouya graduated, they cross paths again. Shouya, now older and more mature, wants to make amends and make up for his past behavior. How will things turn out?

Weathering With You

If you've heard or watched Your Name, chances are you know of this film. It tells the tale of the runaway high school Hodaka Morishima, who went from his island home to the gloomy, rainy city of Tokyo. He bumps into Hina on the street, who he learns is a ray of sunshine, figuratively and literally—for she has the power to stop the rain, clear the skies, and bring the sun in.

5 Centimeters Per Second

For some, this visually appealing drama might hit a little too close to home. Have you ever had that someone, whether friends or significant other who you just naturally drifted apart because of... well... life? Whether we wanted to or not... and despite the efforts to stay in touch. Once inseparable childhood friends Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are the same, having faced this harsh reality after their families relocate.

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Flavors of Youth

This sentimental drama anthology film is beautiful storytelling of three tales from three different cities in China. There's one steaming bowl of noodles, a bond between sisters, and bittersweet first loves. It's going to be an emotional rollercoaster ride, tackling the reality of growing up, and by extension, the changes (and losses) that follow—all of which we could relate to. It will make you look back on your treasured memories and at the same time look at where you are at the present. This will definitely leave you with heartfelt and touching messages.

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is a former soldier who has become an "Auto Memory Doll," which is someone who helps people put their sincerest and genuine thoughts and feelings into words and letters, after the war. From an expressionless weapon, Violet learns of human emotions—empathy—after going through her clients' heartwrenching stories of love, pain, loneliness, and grief, among others. 

Garden of Words

Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to listen and understand, be it a stranger you just met. That's what happened to the lonely high schooler and aspiring shoemaker Takao Akizuki who skips class and goes to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, where he met—and keeps on meeting —the mysterious 27-year-old woman Yukari Yukino on rainy mornings. 

Whisper of the Heart

Ah, Studio Ghibli films. These beautiful films never fail to make stir something in our hearts whenever we watch them, and the Whisper of the Heart is no exception. This follows the tale of 14-year-old Shizuku Tsukishima and her goal to find her potential, dreams, and everything in-between.


Only Yesterday

Another Ghibli movie that rolls slowly, peeling back every layer of your own growth alongside its central character so softly you don't even realize your cheeks are wet. When a late-20s Tokyo City girl decides to go back to her hometown, she goes on the journey alongside her younger self, finally understanding how she came to be what she is now—and what her future self is meant to be. 


If you had a chance turn back time, what would be the day you'd go back to? For high schooler Norimichi Shimada, it's the day Nazuna Oikawa had planned to leave their hometown with Norimichi. And thanks to a mysterious looking orb, he does so. This romance drama anime series talks about chances, and the consequences that follows.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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