The Most Heartbreaking Anime Deaths That Broke Our Hearts

Anime has always delved deeply into storytelling by creating characters that build strong emotional connections with viewers. Here are some of the saddest heartbreaking anime deaths that broke our hearts.

Jiraiya (Naruto)

If there is one wish Naruto fans could ask Masashi Kishimoto, bringing back Jiraiya. Many great shinobis were reincarnated with the Edo Tensei during the war, but there was no sight of the pervy sage. This was probably because he died a brutal and lonely death with the sea as his graveyard.

Jiraiya was a father figure, mentor to Naruto, and a character most likely a friend to all viewers. The mere figure of Naruto conjures up the image of Jiraiya and, sadly, his death. He met his end at the hand of one of his students, Pain, and in his last moments, he etched a code that saved Konoha Village.

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Portgas D. Ace (One Piece)

Portgas D. Ace is the son of the famous Gol D. Roger, who ushered in a new era of pirates in One Piece. With his mere existence seen as a sin. And the Navy deems it fit to give him a public execution like his father. A whole army of pirates went to battle to save one of Whitebeard’s sons. But only to finally meet his death trying to save his brother, Monkey D. Luffy.

Light Yagami (Death Note)

The story of Light Yagami is that of someone who played with fire and got burnt by it. He was a crazy person who hoped to rid the world of vermin. His dark fate at the end makes one feel sorry for him and those affected by his actions.

His pain and desperation to find a light at the end of the dark tunnel make fans wonder how he would have turned out if he had never picked the book. Though his death was expected, his cry for Misa and Takada as he tries to flee his fate shows he realized his wrongdoings, albeit too late. Though he was a questionable character, his death does make it to the list of heartbreaking anime deaths.

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Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)

Itachi was the most controversial character in Naruto. Even though he is seen as a cold murderer, his love for his brother, Sasuke, transcends all. While he committed genocide, his actions were still for the greater good of Konoha village.

Throughout Naruto, the battle between the brothers is long sought after, and when it finally happens, and Itachi meets his end, it scarred viewers. Through it all, Itachi is a broken man who would do anything for his beloved brother and a peaceful Shinobi world.

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