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In Anime, male characters are usually cool and brave. They are, quite often, role models, the type of men we’d like to be. But every now and then, these strong and inspiring male characters show us their softer side by shedding a tear or two.
I particularly love those very special scenes in which we get to see these men crying. It just makes them so human… and adorable. Plus, moments like these teach us that it’s ok for boys to cry too. I once read that crying doesn’t mean you’re weak; it means you’ve been strong for too long.
Jeez, I’m getting emotional already. Just check this Top 10 anime boys crying!
10. Kaiji Itou from Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen (ep. 25)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2011 – Sep 2011
I’d say that Kaiji is one big baby and a whiner, but then he does know how to get himself into deep trouble, and it’s not really like he’s crying for stupid things. Kaiji is such a deadbeat that he keeps accumulating debts and owing lots of money to the wrong people. His only way out of this world of debts is gambling, which of course only gets him into more trouble.
As a result, we often see him crying in the middle of a gambling venture while hearing the unsettling “zawa zawa” on the background. His greatest and most pathetic cry was when he was about to lose his money and his freedom to the giant pachinko machine, the Bog. I would’ve cried my face off too in that situation.
9. Atsushi Murasakibara from Kuroko no Basket (2nd season, ep 25)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Mar 2014
Murasakibara is that huge and intimidating guy who looks so strong and fearless that we just can’t picture him crying. I mean, that kid is a monster, he’s permanently serious, he never laughs or smiles, and he doesn’t seem to care about anything at all other than winning (and candy). He even claims to hate basketball.
Of course, however tough he may seem, we get the feeling early on that he doesn’t really hate basketball. In fact, at the end of the Yosen vs Seirin match, Murasakibara gets in the zone, which only the most passionate and talented players could achieve. After losing, this tough 6’10’’ giant lets out a big sob, letting everyone know how important basketball actually was to him.
8. Kirito from Sword Art Online (ep. 3)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Jul 2012 – Dec 2012
The 3rd episode on SAO is kind of a filler, but a very powerful one. Kirito meets Sachi and the rest of the Moonlit Black Cats. He develops certain feelings for her, but not for long. The group falls into a trap and Sachi and the rest get killed in front of Kirito.
As a good hero, Kirito blames himself for her death even after months have passed. On Christmas Eve however, he gets a message from Sachi telling him her death was inevitable, thus releasing him from his guilt. This is a really touching scene where Kirito just can’t help to break down to tears, as anyone else would.
7. Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (ep. 13)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2008 – Sep 2008
That scene where the Black Prince loses Shirley has to be one of the most tragic and saddest scenes in anime ever. It just feels so real, Shirley’s trying to say goodbye and how much she loves him, while he’s totally freaking out and ordering her not to die. Yeah, like you could do that.
I just love this scene. I find it very powerful and realistic. That is how someone should react to the death of a beloved one; being hysterical, irrational and bursting into uncontrollable tears.
6. Hisashi Mitsui from Slam Dunk (ep. 27)
- Episodes: 101
- Aired: Oct 1993 – Mar 1996
After quitting basketball, Hisashi Mitsui became that problem kid who just loved getting into fights. When he messed with Shohoku’s basketball team though, he wasn’t expecting to end up crying like a little girl.
It turns out that Professor Ansai was very dear to Mitsui. So much in fact, that meeting him at Shohoku’s gym made Mitsui realize the kind of scoundrel he had become. After taking a beating from Shohoku’s freshmen, he begged Professor Ansai for a chance to play on the team. He did it while on his knees, with a sea of tears and blood pouring out of his face.
5. Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto Shippuden (ep. 30)
- Episodes: Still airing
- Aired: Feb 2007 to date
Every once in a while we get to see something quite rare and unexpected on Naruto, and that is Naruto crying. As the brave ninja warrior he is, he’s not prone to show his soft side this way. However, he’s so noble he can’t help to react in this way whenever he fails to save someone.
Sasuke and Gaara’s deaths had huge impacts on Naruto. The scene where he cries after Gaara’s death is so powerful. His crying is probably the manliest one I’ve ever seen. Yes, even though his tears shine like pretty diamonds.
4. Okazaki Tomoya from Clannad: After Story (ep. 18)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2008 – Mar 2009
We all know Clannad as that damn show that makes you cry your freaking eyes out. It seems as if the sole purpose of this show is to make you miserable. It’s full of really touching moments that will make you want to lock yourself in your room to cry for days.
One of the most heartbreaking scenes to me is the one where Okazaki tells Ushio about Nagisa on the train. As he starts reminiscing, tears stream from his eyes. Before we realize, Ushio follows him and then suddenly everyone (including you) is crying uncontrollably.
3. Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (ep. 5)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr 2009 – Jul 2010
Everyone who’s watched FMAB knows the terrible things that happen on the fourth episode. Nobody expected such atrocity to happen, so we understand just how heartbroken the Elric brothers are on the following episode.
There, we can see Edward sitting on some stairs while sulking and crying his heart out under a heavy rain, which fits the mood just fine. I find this moment very powerful and special because it’s the first time we get to know the more human and sensitive side of the main character, who finds himself completely powerless.
2. Yukiteru Amano from Mirai Nikki (ep. 22)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct 2011 – Apr 2012
We all know Yuki is a sissy and a crybaby above all. The only thing he’s not afraid of is admitting how much of a coward he is. He’s probably cried more times than any other male protagonist in the history of anime. But there’s one crying scene in particular that I find as unique and original as creepy.
I’m talking about that scene in which he kills his own friends while crying. Yuki is so consumed by Yuno’s insanity that he goes after N°8 and he won’t even let his closest friends stop him. He shoots them down one by one as they get in his way, while crying like the big baby he is. A big psychopathic baby with a gun.
1. Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul √A (ep. 12)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2015 – Mar 2015
The last episode of Tokyo Ghoul √A was full of action and powerful emotions. Few scenes made me cry as much as Kaneki and Hide’s reunion at Anteiku in the middle of the raid. It was beautiful to see them reunited even if for a minute before the place was engulfed in flames.
Kaneki ends up crying over his agonizing friend. Before passing out, Hide tells Kaneki: “let’s go home”, which hits us right in the feels, since we don’t really think he’s going to make it. To make it even more dramatic, Kaneki’s tears coming from his ghoul eye are red as blood. Now that’s one cool cry.
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Yes, this is it for our Top 10 anime boys crying, but don’t cry over spilt milk. There’s still much more to share. I want you to tell me what are your favorite crying scenes and your favorite crying characters. Who looks the best (or the worst) while crying?