My 5 Favorite Sad Moments in Manga

December 21, 2008 at 7|36|pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Here are five scenes from manga that’ve caused me to get teary-eyed – and this is by no means the full list.  I’m overemotional by nature, but at least these are some that literally made me cry.  (There are many, many more FMA moments that belong on this list, but I’m too lazy to make another.)

5. Fullmetal Alchemist volume 2.  When we first met the adorable pigtailed Nina in volume 2 of Fullmetal Alchemist, it was hard not to fall in love with her and her dog, Alexander.  But she doesn’t stay adorable – or human – for long… and it’s all because of her father, the “sewing-life alchemist” Shou Tucker.  Asshole.

4. Sand Chronicles volume 3.  Ann and Daigo were the most realistic, believable couple in any Shojo Beat series, ever, but did things have to end this realistically?  Ann’s still shaken from the loss of her mother, and when Daigo tries to comfort her, she lashes out at him, saying that the last time he told her things would be okay, it was right before her mother’s death.  Grab the tissues.

3. Fruits Basket volume 16.  Before this volume, very little was known about Tohru Honda’s father, Katsuya.  A flashback to when Katsuya and Kyoko first met gives us all we need to know – but that’s all I can tell you.  The spoilers are too great, and the chapter really works its magic best if you go in not knowing what will happen.

2. Bleach volume 20.  We all thought Sosuke Aizen was SUCH A GOOD GUY.  With his loving demeanor towards his subordinates and his kindly face, he could do no wrong.  And then he died, or so it seemed… until he revealed that HE WAS ALIVE ALL ALONG.  But the real shocker came when he stabbed his loyal lieutenant, Momo Hinamori, in the back (well, okay, the chest.  But you get the idea.)  It just wasn’t fair.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist volume 4.  Now here’s the awful one.  EVERYBODY loved Maes Hughes, the devoted father and high-ranking member of the military.  So when he was killed – in an incredibly brutal, almost hard to read about way (one word: shapeshifter!) – it was like a punch straight to the gut.  And this is why I love the series, really – some scenes just hurt to read, but you can’t put the damn book down.


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  1. H-h-h-huuuuuughes!

    *goes off to cry in a corner*

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