Tear Jerker: Arata Kangatari

  • Nagu's past. He and his sister were abandoned by their parents, left to wander the desert in search of them. Sadly, his sister died before he gained control of his Hayagami. He later used it to resurrect her as a drawing and give them friends and a home.
  • Yorunami only ever wanted to reach his mother's expectations, but he could never meet them before she passed on. Then it turned out that she was only tough on him because she knew that his destiny as a shou would mean a very dangerous, difficult life.]]
  • Suguru's death. Harunawa says that he'll spare him if he agrees to say that he doesn't care about Hinohara, but Suguru refuses.
  • Kikitsune was originally a famous musician from Pompeii. Yes, that Pompeii. However, a jealous musician sent a slave to attack him, and the attack cost him his hearing. He got his revenge, but wound up pegged for murder.
  • Kagura's eternal youth. He found his Hayagami as a child, so he was forever cursed to never be able to grow up.
    • Also, it turns out that he was an amnesiac unable to remember his life before obtaining his Hayagami. This hits his only living family, Eto, really hard. And Kagura only remembers this right after Kadowaki forcefully absorbs Eto.
  • Yataka was in love with Himeou, but her role in society always kept them apart.
    • Actually, it's more than that. Both Yataka and Himeou were completely willing to elope, even if it meant that Yataka would have to forfeit both his territory and his Hayagami if they were caught (which we find out later is practically a death sentence to the sho) - and he didn't care. But on the day they were supposed to elope, Himeou vanished, returned to the palace, and afterwards would never speak privately to Yataka, and always treated him indifferently. He thought that she had just been using him, and we see him breaking the engagement necklace he had intended to give her. He spent fifty years stewing in rage and anger and betrayal, and he was the one to give the other shinsho the idea of assassinating her. It's only when Hinohara shows up that he learns that Himeou did truly love him, but on the day they were supposed to elope, she checked on the Hayagami for one last time - and found out that because she had neglected her duties as the ruler, a sho in the north went on a rampage and murdered everyone in his territory. She realizes that, even if she does love Yataka, she has to continue being the princess, and leaves Yataka.
    • After we discover that Yataka was in love with the princess, Kannagi guesses that if the assassination had been successful, Yataka would have killed himself in anguish. And he was right.
    • Yataka's anguished pleading that Hinohara save Kikuri.
  • The flashback Arata has of Harunawa murdering his parents.
  • Arata and Co. eventually come across a man from Japan who's been stuck on Amawakuni for fifty years. He wound up traveling between the two worlds right before he was going to get married, too. And since the person he switched places with died, he can never go back.
  • Isora was once a kind and happy noble in Inquisition-era Spain who was betrayed by one of his friends, whom he'd saved from being burnt as a witch. The Bishop in charge of the Inquisition convinced his friend to throw Isora under the bus so he could get his inheritance. He was then tortured until he sold out his entire family to end the pain. Before being sentenced to the stake, his tongue was ripped out using a hot iron and he was thrown into a river. When he came out of the water, he was in Amawakuni.
  • Yataka's reaction to Kikutsune obliterating his Zokusho, Okima and Aoi, with soundwaves is pretty upsetting. Made even sadder when Kannagi looks absolutely furious and gives Kikutsune a Death Glare, and we remember that all of his Zokusho and their families (including an unborn baby) were all forced to submit or killed (respectively) by Akachi pretty early on in the story, so he knows exactly how Yataka is feeling.
  • Rami's death, and Mikusa's reaction to it.