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Five Anime Films That Hit Us Hard in the Feels

To prepare your emotions for the heartbreaking tale of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, we've listed five of our favourite anime films that will surely move you to tears!

#5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie – Rebellion

Puella Magi Madoka Magica kicks off the list at number five, and for good reason! The film is actually based on the feeling of sadness and sorrow.

Madoka Kaname – a girl who once led an ordinary life sacrificed her very existence to set every magical girl free from their cruel destiny. Homura Akemi – another magical girl who was unable to keep her promise with Madoka continues to fight in the world Madoka left her behind in. Madoka has changed the world. In this new world, is what the magical girls see a world of hope… or despair?

It’s a film all about tragedy and having your soul trapped forever in a state of suffering.

ANNND we’re already crying.

*grabs tissue*

#4. Hal

Hal is a film that examines the impacts of losing a love one and how to move on, with a sci-fi twist.

Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence.  Until a scientist creates an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal’s place.

The abrupt reminder that time is short and to enjoy the time with your loved ones is enough to get those tears flowing.

This film is also streaming on AnimeLab, so you can check it out now!

#3. A Silent Voice

Nothing tugs at the heartstrings more than someone on a quest for redemption. Except maybe the overwhelming and realistic implications of teen-bullying.

Shoya Ishida bullies the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. As the teasing continues, the rest of the class turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other after leaving school, until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour wants to atone for his sins… but is it too late?

A Silent Voice is a beautifully crafted look at teen bullying and the personal demons that linger long after. It’s enough to melt anyone’s heart of ice.

*dabs eyes*

#2. 5 Centimetres Per Second

5 Centimetres Per Second is about the harshness of the world, loss of innocence and falling out of love. This is told through three interconnected stories about a boy named Takaki Tono. It gives a crushingly realistic view into the struggles many face; time, space and love.

The title comes from the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall. Which, the director explains, is a metaphor for the slowness of life and how people might find someone, but slowly drift their own separate ways.

*Grabs another tissue box*

#1. Grave of the Fireflies

Finishing off the list is the hauntingly beautiful, yet incredibly dark Grave of the Fireflies by Studio Ghibli.

It tells the story of two orphans and their struggles to survive in the final months of World War II.

*Holds back a sob*

It’s an emotional experience that offers a glimpse at the irreversible tragedies and suffering of war, and emphasises the value of life.

*sobs uncontrollably* 

OKAY – now you should be ready to check out I Want to Eat Your Pancreas! Coming to cinemas October 18.

What films have made you cry buckets? Let us know in the comments!

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