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Tear Jerker / School Days

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  • Literal Tear Jerker in the path to the Bloody End ending. Kotonoha goes to Makoto's house only to hear him having sex with Sekai. In her sadness and insanity she cries so much that the tears actually melt the snow around her.
  • Kotonoha's suicide in the Forever ending. The image here is a drawing that her little sister Kokoro made and left on her grave. One can only imagine the pain the poor girl's going through...
  • All three of the main characters in To My Child. Sekai for how badly it all hurt her, and for the guilt that will haunt her forever. Makoto because he's honestly repentant by the time he dies - so much so that he's only mildly annoyed at being murdered over it. Kotonoha because she's also repentant, and because now she'll have to raise a fatherless child.
  • Sekai in Bavarois's path, after Kotonoha proves to her that Makoto loves her more than Sekai. And then both her mother and Makoto prove her wrong.
  • Yuuki's worst ending in Cross Days, unless Makoto rescues him, is to be used as Taisuke and his friends' sex slave, forever. (Or at very least until they graduate... not that it's much better).
    • Also, the ending where Chie sacrifices herself to save Yuuki, via telling the completely maddened Kotonoha that she is Yuu and getting murdered for it.
  • Any paths in Summer Days/Shiny Days that Setsuna doesn't end up with Makoto can go more or less this way.
  • For the followers of the Overflow Games, Shiny Days has revealed that Kagura Inou has died sometime between the 15 years Time Skip.
  • A certain bad end from the original's Updated Re Release is both this and Nightmare Fuel... Sekai gets so broken that, when Makoto chooses Kotonoha over her, she takes out her frustrations on Koto by throwing her in the path of an upcoming train. Makoto tries to save her and manages to grab her arm... but then the train passes and not only does Kotonoha get hit anyway, but Makoto finds himself holding only her torn-off hand.
  • The Christmas Eve ending: yes, it is heartwarming to see Makoto fully commit himself to Kotonoha and no one else. The ending has a strong implication of Happily Ever After. However, what leads to this ending is kind of sad. Kotonoha books an expensive hotel to spend the night in with Makoto. The reason? She's worried that Makoto will grow bored with her if they keep doing the same dating routine. Keep in mind that this is a route where Makoto stays extremely faithful to her, and she's still worried that he'll leave her. Poor girl.
    • Also, Sekai's "closure" in the aforementioned ending. We last see her at a train station, saying goodbye to Makoto and quietly sobbing, alone; knowing that she will never be with Makoto again.
  • Sekai can be a metaphorical bucket of tears depending on the actions the player takes. She's entirely supportive of Makoto and Kotonoha's relationship at the start. However, this can lead to Makoto pursuing Kotonoha wholeheartedly and Sekai being more and more ignored. Towards the end, she'll realize too late that she has feelings for Makoto, but she'll respect the relationship he already has with Kotonoha. She'll last be seen crying and cursing how stupid she is for not pursuing Makoto. Keep in mind this is one of the better outcomes.
    • In one route, Kotonoha calls Sekai to excitedly tell her about her plans to spend Christmas Eve with Makoto. Sekai prematurely hangs up so she can promptly break down.

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