Tear Jerker: Turn A Gundam
Although it's much more idealistic than Yoshiyuki Tomino's other directing credits
in the Gundam
saga, Turn A can still hit you in the heart pretty hard.
- The aftermath of the attack on Vicinity is pretty bad, especially the funeral of Diran Heim. Sochie and the household's servants are overwhelmed with grief, as is Loran, over the death of a good-natured man who didn't do anything to deserve it. Worse, there are so many casualties in the town that they have to bury him right away, before they can even contact Kihel and her mother.
- Episode 10, when they return to Vicinity and pay a visit to the Heim household. Dianna is forced to maintain her masquerade as Kihel and realizes that her actions caused Mrs. Heim's illness and insanity, while Kihel is forced to pretend that she is a stranger. It ends with Dianna bowing before Diran Heim's grave begging forgiveness and doing her best to say the things Kihel would, and Kihel is finally able to shed her own tears because Dianna would have at witnessing such a scene.
- The death of Will Game in Episode 15. After two episodes of Dianna mourning the loss of the first Will Game and desperately trying to keep the grandson out of a war he doesn't belong in, he dies in his first battle without even getting close to the Moon. Even Sochie, who hates Dianna Counter, is upset by seeing his lifeless hands clutching the edge of the cockpit.
- The entire ending sequence in the last episode can evoke tears, but especially Sochie facing rejection by Loran when he chooses Dianna over her. And her wailing into the night and throwing away his toy, her last memento of him, is heart wrenching.
- And to make it worse, it's not even a romantic love - Loran idolizes Dianna, and she in turn sees him as a child. Their relationship is like a person dedicating his life to taking care of an aged grandmother