Anime like A Silent Voice, Violet Evergarden, Serial Experiments Lain, and Fruits Basket focus on depression and mental health topics.
Delving into such delicate topics requires a balance of sensitivity, understanding, and authenticity. While it’s undoubtedly challenging to approach these issues without causing unintended harm or perpetuating stereotypes, many anime series have risen to the challenge.
They’ve skillfully woven narratives that not only address what living with depression genuinely feels like but also how individuals navigate the murky waters of their trauma, trying to find healing, understanding, and acceptance in a world that often seems indifferent to their pain.
The sad girl anime trope frequently features characters grappling with inner turmoil.
Wonder Egg Priority
The anime’s title, one of the quirkiest I’ve come across, piqued my interest immediately. At first glance, based on the poster, it seemed like just another slice of life showcasing cute characters. However, within the first few minutes of the debut episode, I realized I was diving into a realm of animes with depression.
The storyline was compelling. It revolved around young middle school girls navigating their own traumas and those of their peers. This narrative choice gave the show a depth that resonated deeply with many viewers.
The unexpected twist in the plot was the cherry on top. While it veered toward a darker angle, it undeniably added another layer of intrigue to the story.
I’ve never encountered an anime, or any show for that matter, that dives so deeply into emotion. Unlike many flashy animes I’ve watched or TV shows that often appear pretentious, this one spoke with sincerity. Its narrative was straightforward, genuine, and beautifully touching, seizing my heart.
The story centers on Auto Memory Dolls. A scientist initially designed them to assist his blind wife in penning her novels. Later, they became available for rent to those requiring their services. We follow the journey of a specific Auto Memory Doll named Violet and her captivating engagements with humans.
I started watching “Paranoia Agent” during its premiere on Adult Swim’s late-night segment. This show delivers spine-chilling moments, making you question not only the characters’ sanity but yours as well.
Embracing a fearless approach to its deep philosophical narrative and sporadic violent sequences, it showcases the pinnacle of what anime can achieve. The plot is a masterful blend of dark humor and unsettling intelligence. From the very first episode, “Paranoia Agent” ensures you’re utterly captivated.
In Fall 2021, this anime quickly became my favorite. The story might be straightforward, but its portrayal of art as a profession and the milestones an artist must reach to succeed truly resonated with me.
The protagonists, high school students aspiring to enter art schools, grapple with their personal struggles and mental health challenges on their artistic journeys. Throughout, the narrative underscores the tension between identity and role confusion.
This anime offers comfort and inspiration for every artist battling their inner critic and striving to discover their unique voice.
This anime masterfully captures the nuanced, everyday essence of humanity. It beautifully animates those awkward silences, heart-flutters, and indescribable pauses that we often feel but struggle to express.
For anyone seeking a BL (Boys Love) anime rich in emotion, heartwarming yet tear-jerking moments, this is your go-to. This high school romance transcends its genre, and I genuinely believe it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. The storyline flowed so seamlessly that before I knew it, I had reached the end.
Clannad: After Story
Clannad: After Story is a sequel to Clannad, a high school romance drama reminiscent of many anime.
Although Clannad might be seen as satisfactory but not stellar, it’s segmented into arcs where the protagonist, Tomoya, aids each girl. However, the true essence emerges towards the climax, spotlighting his romantic entanglement with Nagisa.
What sets this anime apart is its impeccable portrayal of raw emotion. Clannad After Story triumphs where many TV shows, films, and other animes falter, taking viewers on a rollercoaster of happiness, sorrow, jubilation, and desolation.
If you’re seeking an anime about depression with a mix of comedy and slice-of-life elements, then this one might pique your interest.
Centered around Kaizaki Arata, a character living the NEET lifestyle, the story delves deep without revealing too much (no spoilers here!). The narrative beautifully showcases the ripple effect of Arata’s presence on those around him and the challenges he faces in his life.
The series isn’t devoid of its melancholic moments despite its primary comedic genre. Its soundtrack resonates well with the themes, and the relatability of the characters is a significant draw. Moreover, the animation quality complements the story, making it a worthy watch.
Golden Time is not just another anime; it offers a profound exploration of the impacts of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This condition, which can lead to dire cognitive consequences and profound changes in one’s psyche, is depicted through the life of the main character, Banri.
Post-injury, Banri grapples with severe amnesia and unpredictable mood shifts. As he ventures into university life, he constantly battles the fear of reverting to his previous self, a person now alien to him.
Parallelly, the show sheds light on Kouko’s challenges, a character exhibiting intense obsessive behaviors. As an anime about depression and the complexities of human emotions, Golden Time provides a raw and unfiltered look into these realities, making it a crucial viewing experience.
Fruits Basket (2019)
I’ve immersed myself in the Fruits Basket manga repeatedly, captivated by its beautiful yet dark narrative.
While the 2001 anime adaptation offered a lighter, glossed-over rendition that I appreciated, my heart yearned to see the authentic story conveyed in its true essence.
The 2019 remake captures that essence perfectly, and I eagerly anticipate watching the narrative come alive on screen to its stirring conclusion.
What further elevates this anime is its raw authenticity. The experiences, imperfections, and challenges faced by each character resonate deeply, reflecting the very essence of reality.
Your Lie In April
Your Lie in April is an exquisite masterpiece that I’ve encountered after what feels like ages. This anime didn’t just present a story; it was an emotional symphony, with moments so poignant they tugged at the very soul.
By its conclusion, I was overwhelmed with emotions, a testament to the series’ profound impact. Even for those who might not usually gravitate towards anime, this one is a must-watch due to its sheer beauty.
At its core is a protagonist with layers of melancholic depth. The girl he encounters breaks away from the usual tropes, making their intertwined tales even more compelling.
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei tells the tale of Nozomu Itoshiki, a deeply cynical high school teacher. At the series’ onset, he attempts to end his life by hanging from a sakura tree. His efforts are thwarted by Kafuka Fuura, a relentlessly positive student.
Ironically, in her zealous attempt to rescue him, she nearly causes his demise. She rationalizes her intervention by highlighting the beauty of the day and the surrounding trees, deeming it an inappropriate moment for such a grim act.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
In this deeply moving anime, a young boy finds himself compelled to navigate a mecha in the wake of an Angel assault. Using Nerv’s mechanical giants, known as Evangelion, they combat these enigmatic beasts.
The distinct 90s anime aesthetics captivate me, and NGE showcases some of the most exceptional visuals from that era. The portrayal of angels, each unique in strength and vulnerability, intrigued me immensely. Moreover, the philosophical undertones added an enriching layer, pulling me deeper into its narrative.
Serial Experiments Lain
Several years ago, when I first encountered this series, I might’ve been in a haze because the storyline utterly baffled me, leading me to set it aside. Upon revisiting, however, I realized it delved into some profound themes. While not directly addressing them, the series subtly unveils intricate topics.
The idea that “One isn’t condemned to eternal misery” and the notion that our reality is just a tangible manifestation of data from the Wired, existing merely for validation, resonates with vibes similar to Ghost in the Shell.
“Colorful” delves into the tale of a wayward spirit given a shot at redemption by occupying the body of a student who took his own life.
Inspired by Eto Mori’s novel, the anime was brought to life under the skilled direction of Keiichi Hara, a seasoned figure in the animation world. The idea for the movie germinated from a suggestion by Sunrise’s president, Kenji Uchida, to Hara. The creation journey spanned five eventful years from its inception.
Visually, the anime is a treat, boasting vibrant hues and captivating settings. Its narrative oscillates between profound darkness and lighter, whimsical moments. It’s a film that I believe everyone should experience at least once, to truly grasp its depth and essence.
March Comes In Like A Lion
March Comes In Like A Lion offers a poignant glimpse into life, blending elements of sports, romance, and humor. The narrative follows Rai, a 17-year-old prodigy in the world of Shogi (a form of Japanese Chess). Typical of many slice-of-life animations, its storytelling pace is deliberate, allowing for an emotional depth to seep through.
The anime masterfully touches upon themes like depression, humor, and fantasy, magnified by its stunning visuals and artistry. Its soundtrack perfectly complements the story’s ambiance.
All in all, it’s an excellently crafted tale about individuals navigating their challenges and striving to move forward. It certainly stands out as one of the premier examples in the slice-of-life anime genre.
Welcome To The NHK!
First off, I have to emphasize how exceptional this anime truly is. Unlike many other animes that are action-packed, this one delves into the life of a man who identifies as a hikikomori (essentially, a modern-day hermit or NEET).
NHK introduces us to Tatsuhiro Satou, a university dropout now marking his fourth year without employment. His narrative provides a deep insight into the life of someone living in self-imposed isolation as a hikikomori.
A Silent Voice
This Japanese animated film stands out with its compelling storyline, intricate characters, stunning visuals, and a myriad of intricate emotions. It’s the kind of movie that lingers, compelling me to revisit it shortly after each viewing.
The narrative is a profound blend of poignant and uplifting moments, addressing profound issues like bullying, social anxiety, depression, and contemplating suicide.
The characters’ past struggles shape their present selves, offering a deep exploration of their personal growth and challenges.