Japan's Best and Saddest Soundtracks – SAD OST

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In today's article we are going to talk about soundtracks, or OST (Original Soundtrack) which are all the background music present in movies, series, games, anime and others.

I chose some sad, depressing songs that touch my heart. Those songs that complete the scene that leaves you with weeks of depression, that ringtone you can't stop listening to. A perfect combination of violin, piano and other instruments.

Remembering that the songs below are my recommendations, they are not the saddest in the world, this article is not a ranking of sad and depressing songs, just my recommendations. The songs aren't here just because they're sad but because they're beautiful.

Challenge – Guess the Anime by Music OST

Before we talk about sad anime songs, I want to challenge you to know if you really understand the soundtrack through the video below:

Anime

Let's start by talking about the best and saddest anime soundtracks. Almost every anime has a song that is stored and that depresses anyone who hears it.

Anime Steins;Gate a classic with a sad and perfect story, full of suspense and thriller, has a perfect soundtrack with the songs Believe me, Gate of Steiner, Expected Farewell, Solitude and others.

Anime Aldnoah.Zero accompanies several songs that touch the heart, especially the Vers [Original Piano]. Sword Art Online com Tender Feeling. 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is a sad anime accompanied by a totally sad piano soundtrack and makes any grown man cry. One of the most notable tracks in this anime is Kujikesou ni Naru Watashi wo Sasaete Kudasai and Kimi no Uso.

In the anime Hunter x Hunter we have the piano version of the song "Hyōri Ittai ~ Sorry for piano“, Nagareboshi Kirari (Version for Orchestra), Reason Instrumental. 

Here's another short list of sad anime OSTs:

  • Sadness and Sorrow – Naruto
  • Here With You – Mirai Nikki
  • Ichiban No Takaramono – Angel Beats!
  • Fairy Tail Main Theme (Slow Version) – Fairy Tail
  • The Servant of Evil – The Story of Evil
  • With Your Drill – Gurren Laggan
  • Town Flow of Time People – Clannad
  • Roaring Tides – Clannad
  • Nee Nana / Oyasumi nana – Nana
  • Mikazuki no Supotoraito – Nana
  • Kizutstuite mo – Nana

Games

The saddest songs I've ever known in games was memories, Eryth Sea Night and Main Theme from the game Xenoblade Chronicles Wii.

It's not so sad but the music Zelda's Lullaby and Harp “Ballad of the Goddess” from the Zelda franchise leaves a pretty deep mark.

Below is a short list of other songs I recommend:

  • Elli's Theme – Harvest Moon – Back to nature
  • Fear Not This Night – Guild Wars 2
  • Dearly Beloved II – Kingdom Hearts 2
  • Shenhua Sedge Flower – Shenmue Orchestra
  • The Farthest Land (Reprise) – Shadow of the Colossus
  • Born a Stranger – To the Moon OST

movies and dramas

Below is a list of the most beautiful and sad OST from Japanese dramas and movies.

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