Sometimes, life throws a curveball at you and no matter how hard you’ve prepared yourself or trained to toughen up on the outside, certain events tend to change everything that you once knew about yourself. In moments like these, we can’t help but feel completely helpless and depressed. Just like us, there are times when the biggest sorrows of life catch up with our favorite anime characters and they are left heartbroken and devastated.
We’ve hunted down some of these anime boys who are forced to live a life that is existentially depressing and bleak. But despite all the odds being against them, these boys somehow find a way to get back up again and move on with life in the hope that things will eventually get better. So, here’s the list of the best depressed anime boys of all time:
5. Takashi Natsume (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
“Sad memories are a part of what makes me who I am.”- Takashi Natsume
Takashi has never been able to live an easy life. Since childhood, he has had the ability to see spirits but because every one of his relatives found this strange, as an orphan, he was forced to move from one place to another. Growing up with people who absolutely despise him completely transforms him as a person and he grows up to build a shell around him. He wants to be accepted by his family members and he also wishes to make new friends but when he fails to do so, he develops this cold demeanor that helps him deal with his loneliness.
However, things do get better for him when he discovers his grandmother’s “Book of Friends”. Along with Madara, a powerful spirit trapped in a “Maneki meko” body, he sets out on a journey to free all the spirits in his grandmother’s diary. This not only helps him make new friends but also teaches him valuable life lessons. With time, as he gives the spirits their names back, he also learns to open up to people and spirits by empathizing with them, In the end, he realizes that a part of his parents will always be with him and he cannot change the fact that he’s an orphan; but he can still choose to live a happier life by moving forward and never looking back at his sorrows again.
4. Shinichi Izumi (Parasyte -the maxim-)
“I can’t cry anymore. I feel like I’ve lost something. An important part of being human.” – Shinichi Izumi