That not everyone enjoys a life of sunshine and rainbows is something that these anime characters serve as a continual reminder of. The sad childhood of some of anime charachters can only be characterized as absolute hell because they have experienced tragedies and painful incidents. These characters go through such great tragedy that a normal person would have died from their suffering. Some of these characters were fortunate enough to come across allies and companions who could aid in their recovery. Find out more about the saddest anime childhood stories of those characters.
Guts has spent his entire existence surrounded by violence and death. He is adopted and brought up as a child soldier after being discovered as an infant beneath his mother’s body hanging from a tree by mercenaries. Along with being severely mistreated, he was also sold to one of Gambino’s soldiers while under his guardianship.
Guts eventually enlists with the Band of the Hawk, where he finally makes friends and feels a sense of community. Years later, he is made to watch as his friend Griffith forces himself onto his lover Casca and sacrifices his teammates to demons. Despite surviving the massacre, he is doomed to spend every night being pursued by demons until he passes away.
Lucy was bullied by the other kids and neglected by her caregivers while growing up in an orphanage. Her secretly raised dog served as her only companion. She first showed the puppy to another orphan before telling Lucy’s bullies about it.
Then, Lucy was made to witness the brutal murder of her sole companion. She became enraged after this horrible experience and used her vectors to slay her tormentors. After being eventually apprehended and held captive in a government facility, Lucy’s hate of people grows. Lucy’s interactions with evil people transformed her from a lonesome young girl into a ruthless killing machine.
Nico Robin’s backstory is unquestionably one of the most tragic in terms of One Piece characters. Ohara’s mother abandoned her when she was two years old, leaving her open to verbal and physical abuse from her aunt and other kids. When she was eight years old, the marines attacked her home, killing her mother, her fellow archaeologists, and her friend Saul.From then on, Robin spent 20 years running from the World Government. During that time, she was forced to fend for herself as everyone she came to trust eventually betrayed her. Until she met the Straw Hats, Robin’s life was utter hell.
Regardless of the story, Dororo’s Hyakkimaru seems destined to endure the brutality of his father. In exchange for the prosperity of his land, Hyakkimaru’s father sacrificed him from the moment of his birth. He has of the saddest anime childhood stories.
Hyakkimaru is thus stripped of everything, including his skin, limbs, eyes, voice, and spine, by the demons. Then his father gives the order to leave him. Later, Dr. Jukai saves and raises Hyakkimaru and provides him with artificial prosthetics so he can live a healthy life. Hyakkimaru is cursed with a fate worse than death because he is made to endure suffering for the benefit of another man’s ambition.
After seeing the horrors of war as a child, Itachi Uchiha vowed to create a world without violence. Years later, he discovered the hatred and contempt festering within the Uchiha clan. When his clan began planning a coup d’état, he secretly became a double agent for the Hidden Leaf.His fellow clansmen had to be put to death despite his best attempts. Sasuke, who Itachi persuaded to hate him so that Sasuke could avenge their clan, was ultimately the only survivor. Itachi’s ability to carry this weight by himself for such a prolonged period of time is nothing short of amazing.
The Elric Brothers
Edward and Alphonse Elric had a nice childhood with their mother Trisha despite their father’s absence. They were devastated when she passed away from an illness, and Ed started to dislike his father as a result. They transmuted humans in order to save their mother, breaking the most sacred alchemical taboo. It goes without saying that their attempt produced a malformed creature, which then died.
And to make matters worse, Alphonse lost his entire body, while Edward lost an arm and a leg as a result of the attempt. After that, Edward and Alphonse began a protracted and painful journey to rebuild their bodies. One of the saddest anime childhood stories.
Killua’s youth was anything from typical because he was born into a family of killers. His parents put him in perilous settings when he was three, including different types of torture and tests to see if he can avoid deadly attacks.Killua has also killed more people in his time than most adults. As such he had to attack his entire family, even leaving his mother’s face wrapped in bandages, to escape from the hell that is his life.