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Posted 4/20/15 , edited 4/20/15
The only anime I have cried in was Clannad and Anohana (obvious reasons) and Gurren Lagann/Kuroko's Basketball and those were HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO EPIC I CAN'T CONTAIN MY EMOTIONS crying.
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I think it effects you more as you get older (and closer to the grim reaper yourself) . Start adding deaths in immediate family and close friends & it gets worse . Movies never made me cry when I was younger . When my father passed away I was relieved for him . He suffered thru a lot of pain & illness , hell he was the poster boy for disease ! He fought in WW 2 , Pacific Theatre (Guadalcanal & Leyte Gulf) in the Army . Survived Korea in the Air Force . Beat cancer , had diabetes ,Emphysema , high blood pressure and other issues & a bunch of surgeries . Lost a leg also due to diabetes . He finally had so many strokes that he went into a coma for about 6 months before passing . My mother went almost 2 years to the day of my father . She found she had cancer & refused treatment . I cried 1 tear when I went in her hospital room & found out she just passed before I got there . After that , yea I sweat from my eyeballs now . I finally watched Angel Beats and from episode 3 on I was a mess...sorry about my rambling on there folks...
Posted 4/20/15
For me, it's usually because I get attached to the characters. I suppose i'm somewhat lucky in that I get immersed in shows fairly easily.

Sometimes it's just the music though.

And other times it's because the show reminds me of something in real life or has impacted me in some way. I nearly cried in something as utterly ridiculous as Gourmet Girl Graffiti because it reminded me of my deceased grandmother.

But I'm weird in that I take fiction seriously. That is to say, I believe fictional characters can influence reality - since I think emotions can be "recorded" in fiction and emotions resulting from fiction are real emotions. But i'm probably not making sense anymore, so i'll just go back to what I said initially - I get immersed in shows fairly easily.
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Posted 4/20/15
Gone through some tearjerkers but nothing comes out. I don't think I can physically cry over a TV show because this isn't just anime I'm talking about.
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Posted 4/20/15 , edited 4/20/15
Some how, watching a character tear up watching another character, really gets me. Transfer of empathy or something.
Like this scene didn't get me too bad,

but the scene afterwards where they show alfonso breaking down while looking at leon in this sad time really got me. An effective technique.
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Posted 4/20/15

seekerperson7 wrote:

But I'm weird in that I take fiction seriously. That is to say, I believe fictional characters can influence reality - since I think emotions can be "recorded" in fiction and emotions resulting from fiction are real emotions. But i'm probably not making sense anymore, so i'll just go back to what I said initially - I get immersed in shows fairly easily.


Makes perfect sense to me. Fiction is real, in that it's a real experience that we can seek and enjoy as audience members.

As for what makes me cry, well, usually not death. It takes a hell of a lot to get me to break into tears from something sad. Deaths of characters I like can shock or disappoint me, but rarely do they actually hit me very hard.

That is, unless they're accompanied by a sincerely emotional parting scene. I shed tears for Clannad, I broke down for Angel Beats!, and Anohana just about destroyed me. But it wasn't the deaths that did it. It was the intensity of the emotions between the characters. What makes me cry is seeing just how deep love and friendship can go, and how desperate characters are to convey how much they care when they know it's their last chance to do it. What makes me cry is a character who's been struggling with doubts and fears finally getting the affirmation they need, and being told that someone's looking out for them. What makes me cry isn't the bad - it's the good.

Clannad and Anohana made me cry, yes, but so did Little Busters, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Steins;Gate, Monogatari, Toradora!, Shirobako, Barakamon, Bakuman, Kimi ni Todoke - the list goes on. And most of these shows don't have a single death in them, but they hit me just as hard, because they show characters who genuinely care about each other, whether the scene was a warm affirmation, a tumultuous shouting match, or a desperate goodbye. It's not losing a character that hits me. Rather, it's what the character feels, and what other characters feel about them, that can get me to tear up.
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Posted 4/21/15

SirGorilla wrote: I finally watched Angel Beats and from episode 3 on I was a mess...sorry about my rambling on there folks...


No fears mate. My father was Coy I, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Inf. Div, 3rd US Army ETO during WWII and USAF during Korea and Vietnam. And our takes on this is similar. http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-896503/the-secret-of-making-someone-cry#49724993
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I can only speak for myself. YMMV. For me, it seems, the longer I live and the more people I lose makes me more vulnerable.

I have outlived two wives, my parents, various relatives and friends, and even aquaintances. And yes, the last loss was a 13 year old spoodle that I had to make the decision for quality of life to send to the Big Sleep. That was January.

Now, I make no distinction between anime and cinema or IRL. It's all story.

So after my Inu had lost his love for food, and weakening so that long walks and play on the beach was gone ... what's he got left? Not long before that, I'd encountered "Angel Beats"/ That got to me. The day I knew 'it was time' and called the vet to arrange putting him to sleep, I started to come unstuck. So went down stairs to get myself under control, came back up, Inu is staring at me, followed me into computer room. Then came and put his head on my knee to console *me*. That's hard to cope with. Thirteen years of companionship followed by a hole in your heart is also.

Soon after, "Your Lie in April" reached the conclusion of that arc. I felt from the first episode that Kaoru was doomed. Yeah, I knew it was coming, I still cried. And ... the brilliance of the writing is that it could still end on an upbeat.

Joss Whedon, third generation scriptwriter,has one (of many) axioms: "somebody's gotta die!" Introducing Jenny Calendar in the first season of "Buffy~" as a potential for Giles, he builds that connection. And then, he gives the emotional whammy through Giles perception. Anticipating a tryst, he finds her dead in his bed. Joss has got the secret.
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Posted 4/21/15
Has to be a very traumatic scene, as well as characters you truly feel for.

Switch's backstory really gets me overtime, can't stop crying. Many see men as being able to watch emotional heartbreak with ease but the truth is it depends on the person plus if the scene is truly heart tugging or not.
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Posted 4/21/15
The only time i felt tears running down was when Jiraiya died in naruto. It was really touching.
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Posted 4/21/15
the ones that I cried the most are:
Koe no Katachi / A Silent Voice (Manga)
Clannad (and I didn't even watch the After Story yet, I'm afraid of watching it lol)
Grave of the Fireflies (DAMN I cried so much, I guess I won't be able to watch it again)
Also cried watching gintama (I think I should metion it since I shed a tear reading a story about a cigar vendor machine)

I don't know what is the secret to make me cry, I actually cried watching Air and GTO and TWGOK, but I didn't when I watched Madoka Magica, FMAB, cowboy bebop and HxH, for example.

Maybe it's the moment? We identify ourserlves with the plot/characters? both?
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