Tear Jerker / Ojamajo Doremi

Despite being a show for children, Ojamajo Doremi has its serious shifts in tone and subject matter that gives it a bigger emotional heft than most slice-of-life fantasy comedies.
  • In episode 7, when Pop wets herself, her miserable, embarrassed wails can make you sad, too, if you've ever had an "accident".
  • Casting a spell to bring someone back to life automatically kills the caster upon success.
  • Hazuki's borderline freak out over Lulu the bunny in episode 18 of the first season. To boot, Nanako's backstory about her dog was already bad enough.
  • Anything dealing with Aiko's parents will leave a huge impression on you, especially in the episodes when she tries to rekindle their marriage. When you get to the real cause of why Aiko's parents divorced, it'll break your heart again and again to see Aiko's attempts fail each time and hope that they'll have a happy ending together. Fortunately, they do, but not without the trouble getting Aiko's grandfather's approval.
    • Dokkan Episode 38 is laced with this. It is when Aiko really starts making headway in getting her parents back together. We also learn why Aiko's mother refuses to move to Misora: She is taking care of Aiko's grandfather (the same one she was afraid of until the Motto movie) out of guilt for letting her own mother die alone. Made all the worse when Aiko attempts to use forbidden magic to secure it; only the timely arrival of Doremi and Co. stops the attempt.
      • The episode "Aiko's number one happiest day", from the episodes leading up to the series finale, shows Aiko and her mother doing their bests to take care of aforementioned grandfather who is very rude and standoffish towards Aiko especially mostly due to pride. After Aiko admits to him how terrified she has been of him due to seeing her grandfather slap her mom and yell at her at a very young age, he eases up... and when both Aiko's parents and Aiko herself begs him for permission, he allows the parents to get together, which is what Aiko wanted (and which leaves every person involved in tears). But it means they will move back to Osaka. The episode ends with Doremi and Aiko dancing on the roof of the hospital to say goodbye.
  • Episode 30 of the first season goes into Yamauchi's story, and how he misses his late grandfather so much that he even gets upset when his ghost seems visible to anyone but him. When the two briefly reunite (thanks to the Magical Stage) they happily complete the bamboo horse that his grandfather never got to finish for him. As the ghost departs, Yamauchi tearfully begs him not to go, but his grandfather kindly assures him that he will always be with him in spirit.
  • The first Non-Serial Movie and episode 40 of Sharp, both of which double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, where Doremi and Pop put aside their differences and start getting along better.
  • Momoko's backstory in episode 2 of Motto. It gets even worse when she gets stuck in a Lotus-Eater Machine near the end of Motto.
  • In episode 32 of Motto, Momoko tries really hard to take care of Hana, having been the only girl who Hana hasn't bonded with very well. Just when things seem to be going well, Hana gets sick and the girls react very harshly to Momoko's lack of responsibility to the point where Aiko tells her not to go near Hana again. Luckily, they apologize and not only does Hana get better, but she warms up to Momoko.
  • Just when Aiko finally warms up to Doremi's grandfather at the end of the second Non-Serial Movie, he mentions that he's getting old and dying, leaving everyone, including the audience, in tears.
  • The Big Bad's backstory. Just... everything about it. The part when you see her own son die in front of her eyes, and also when some of her grandchildren come to the funeral late by two weeks because of an accident, it almost makes you want to forgive her for all the crap she put Doremi and her friends through in the previous seasons.
    • The fact that Roy and everyone else spent the rest of their lives regretting their decision to leave her is also depressing when the last of what the audience sees of Roy's life is him tearfully clinging onto the tapestry Majo Tourbillon made.
  • Episode 40 of Dokkan was sad when Mirai moves away, especially when you realize she is doing this because of her long life. It gets even more depressing when you realize that Doremi may fall under the same fate, and is now conflicted between keeping her witch life or staying as a human.
  • Episode 6 of Na-i-sho, where we finally get to learn Hazuki's maid's past. First Love? Great! Dates to ballet theatres? Awesome! Then we learn that said First Love enlisted in the army for the second Sino-Japanese War and was never heard from again; when Hazuki desperately looks for him, she learns that he was already dead, killing any chances of her reuniting him with Baaya.
  • The entire twelfth episode from Na-i-sho is a big Tear Jerker. To drive Non's death home, she was one of the few ordinary people to ever find out the existence of witches without transforming one into a frog in the process. Upon meeting Doremi (whom she didn't know was a witch-in-training yet), she had a feeling she could actually talk to her about it. Much later, Doremi decides to give her a taste of what it's like and even goes so far as to offer her to join if she gets well. The problem being that not only is Non's disease extremely bad, but none of the Ojamajos would be able to cure it without killing themself in the process, meaning that they just have to hope for the best. Later in the episode, Doremi goes to visit her only to find her fighting for her life as the disease hits terminal. After a shout to do her best fighting, she leaves since she can't take watching it. Even later, Non's mother comes to reveal that Doremi's words were enough to help Non fight off the disease, but only for a few minutes, leaving Non-chan dead. Afterwords, Doremi decides to fulfill Non-chan's other dream for her, being alive and well playing in the snow with her mother. The whole thing was so unbearably sad, especially since Both Doremi and Non really seemed to want to be together, especially part of the magical misadventures with her.
  • Every ending of each season (except for Motto, which ended on a good note).
    • In the first season, after working so hard to become witches, Doremi and the girls were forced to give up their apprenticeship for committing forbidden magic to save Onpu.
    • In Sharp, Doremi and the girls manage to save Hana from the Big Bad, but at the cost of their own lives, as they are put to sleep for a milennia. Upon realizing this, Hana begins crying and manages to wake them all up with her first word: "Mama." You might think it ends there, but again, Doremi and the girls have to sacrifice their witch abilities to make sure Hana grows properly, so since they're no longer witches, they can't see her. The kicker? At the end of the episode, Doremi and the girls are reminded of Hana when a customer walks into their shop with a baby and cry so much that they have to close the shop.
    • Everything about the Dokkan series finale. In fact, everything in the last 5-10 episodes of Dokkan slowly builds up and leads to a load of tears. First off, all the girls have been drifting apart to pursue their own personal goals, and one by one they start leaving Doremi by applying to different middle schools or moving away. Each girl has their own episode (save for Onpu) about their decisions to move on with their lives while worrying about how their friendship with each other will still survive. The biggest part of this is that when given to stay as witches or humans, everyone except Hana chooses the latter, meaning that they can't see Hana anymore. When Doremi is hit hard with a huge Heroic B.S.O.D. in the final episode, you'll feel it yourself, as all of these gradual changes are finally cemented in the Grand Finale, when the Theme Song finally plays.
  • Seeing Reiko broken by a Jerk Ass Gold Digger isn't easy. Seeing that again after realizing that this happens in real life makes it all the more heart wrenching.