Tear Jerker / Kare Kano

This series has tons of it. The quality of tearjerker moments becomes more and more poignant as the series continues, delving into near depression

  • When Kazuma realises he's in love with his step-sister and is too emotionally immature to stay at the house, he goes to his band-mates' apartment and he's in tears.
    • Tsubasas way of dealing with him gone isn't that much better, causing her to just sleep, stop eating, constantly crying or being emotionally withdrawn.
  • Hiroyuki's tears after the death of his grandfather. The man was his father, and...I'm sorry, excuse me.
    • It's not sand in my eyes. To really get it, you need to understand the entirety of why the death was so painful to him. His grandfather loved him unconditionally despite Hiroyuki's brattiness as a kid (admittedly the brattiness was around other kids). Hiroyuki felt he owed so much to his father figure that he needed to graduate from school and earn a job as quickly as possible to try to pay him back for the love by allowing his grandfather to actually retire and enjoy the rest of his life in peace. When the death came and the implications hit home, Hiroyuki's explanation to his would-be wife is in a voice on the edge of cracking. The English voice acting can really enhance the scene.
    • It becomes a tearful, but heartwarming moment when Hiroyuki finally understands that simply his birth alone had been enough to make his father figure happy and that he had never needed anything else.
  • The bullying Soichiro still receives from the Arima family (sans his adoptive parents) can be described in one word: Depressing. He doesn't fight back, smoothly insult them, or even tries to be nice to them. All he does is look in their direction and goes on his way.
    • Turns into Nightmare Fuel when his dark side at one point suddenly takes over, causing him to punch his bullies in the gut and threatening to take everything they want with the most horrific sadistic expression yet.
  • Shizune's previous sadness of not being able to give a child to her husband, Shouji.
  • The ending of the manga version. Tears are present, but they are from joy and relief.
  • Souichirou is so full of self-hatred and self-loathing that he will inflict self-harm to atone for sins he believes he committed. It's so gut-wrenching that you almost feel the same emotional pain.
  • Souichirou's traumatic past with his Abusive Mother is equal parts this and Nightmare Fuel.