Well, it's a visual novel, so it's not TECHNICALLY an anime, but Narcissu gets my full recommendation. Hell, it's actually the first proper anime visual novel i've ever read. Ballbreakingly depressing stuff. The entire concept is incredibly sad. Even though it's retardedly sad in nature, it has excellent music, a terrific translation, high quality writing, one hell of a ride for a plot, and plays out without inconsistencies or plotholes; if a little short, only 8 chapters, will take you a few hours to finish. It's not like Tsukihime or anything where you decide the path you choose; it's simply a visual novel. And don't expect hotblooded mantears like Gurren Lagann; expect to cry wimpy girl tears. I didn't properly cry, because that's something i've yet to do for something fictional, but I got really constricted, emotional and my eyes went misty; I came damn close.
Seriously, even though I hate overly dramatic stuff, it pulls off drama while being great. Now, whenever I think of anime related shit, I can't stop thinking about this and it's depressing as hell story. Terrific read.
By the way...it's only out in Japan, but it's been fan translated for English, for free. Would it be okay if I linked it, mods?
He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man. There is no measuring Muad'Dib's motives by ordinary standards. In the moment of his triumph, he saw the death prepared for him, yet he accepted the treachery. Can you say he did this out of a sense of justice? Whose justice, then? Remember, we speak now of the Muad'Dib who ordered battle drums made from his enemies' skins, the Muad'Dib who denied the conventions of his ducal past with a wave of the hand, saying merely: "I am the Kwisatz Haderach. That is reason enough."