Emotion is one of the most important parts of a compelling narrative and without it a show can feel stale and uninteresting. Today, I’ll be looking at one emotion in particular: Sadness. For day twelve of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, I’ll be talking about what I think is the saddest scene in anime.
There are definitely a lot of contenders for this category, and honestly I’m still not sure this really the best choice. I could pick a scene from Angel Beats, or Your Name, or even Erased. However, one scene has stood at in particular as being a super emotional moment for me.
That particular scene comes from A Silent Voice.
The scene that is most sad to me would be the one where Shouka and Shouya are at in her apartment, and Shouka is getting ready to jump of the terrace. Shouya feels a sudden rush of helplessness, and meets in by just barely being able to save her.
This scene to me represents everything that the movie is about. Shouka, despite the support of Shouya, still feels like there is no point in going on. She feels so terribly about a world in which she has to continue to live that she resorts to killing herself. All of her pent up anger is to much to handle for her, so she tries to let it all go.
It’s also sad when you realize that she also now has to live a life where she failed to kill herself, and people who attempt and fail are also much more likely to try again.
So, yeah, bit of a depressing post, but A Silent Voice is a really powerful film. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend.
What do you guys think is the saddest scene in anime? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!