Samurai Sentai Shinkenger/Tear Jerker

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  • Dayu's origin in Act 25, revealed in a dream Mako sees while both are in an Ayakashi's dreamworld; not only will it tear at your heart, to see Romi Paku herself in person crying out like a helpless Yandere at the zenith of her emotions is a really, really powerful moment.
    • Her death presents one as well, though perhaps not as potent. As she's getting crushed by Doukoku, she lets loose the sootball she's been carrying around with her. Seeing the wickedly smiling creature just call out her name over and over again at the discarded robe makes you feel even a little bit sorry for her. There's a little bit added later when, after Doukoku comes back post-battle to pick it up, (knocking it away) the sootball is STILL calling out to her. Doukoku then steps on it. Damn.
  • Kotoha in Act 20. If you don't already tear up by her insistent "I'm fine!" as Takeru cradles her in his arms as she unknowingly nears death every second... you have no right to call yourself a human being. Luckily, this is a prelude to some great moments in camaraderie.
  • Kotoha again, in the 'butler' episode - on a date with a Lonely Rich Kid, our heroes realise that a parasitic Ayakashi is somehow feeding off of his feelings for her. What does she do? Start playing the Gold Digger in front of him and cut off the parasite's sustenance. Break his heart, to save his life. Worst of all, it broke her heart to do that as well.
  • Mako's childhood as revealed in Act 34.
  • The moment between Ryunosuke and his best friend in Kabuki in Act 35. The scene is utterly devoid of speech except for one line his friend said at the end; which is exactly what provided the intended impact.
  • "Do your best... as Shinken Yellow."[1]
  • Genta at the shrine in Act 43, on his knees begging Juzo to have some humanity. Juzo's reaction makes it all the more heartrending.
  • The entirety of Acts 45-47 is one big Tear Jerker after another. All the vassals being torn between continuing to follow Takeru or fulfilling their duty by serving Kaoru. Jii telling Takeru how much he cherished the time he spent raising him to be the man he is now. And then finally, when Takeru broke down and cried when Ryunosuke, Chiaki, Mako, and Kotoha came and told him that while he may not be their real lord, he is still important to them.
  • The ending of the series. With Dokoku destroyed, the Shinkengers part ways as they leave Shiba Clan manor one by one, giving Takeru a tearful goodbye. By the end of the episode, the only ones left in the Shiba Clan manor are once again Takeru, Jii, and the Kuroko.
  • Also the end of the Final Live Tour show. Just try not choking up a little bit during Tori Matsuzaka's speech. Only he and Hiroki Aiba are able to hold back tears of their own.
  1. Act 41