Like I just watched this one called "Terror in Resonance". I don't want to spoil it for anyone because I want you to watch it, but the ending was gritty. If it were a Hollywood film Bruce Willis would have stormed in at that last second and stopped it from happening. I hold this Anime dear to my heart also because the poor kids in the film... where they came from. I was in a similar situation when I was a kid, in a place very much like that. I'm not allowed to go into details. I signed a non-disclosure agreement that I'm bound to for life.
5 Centimeters per Second is another one I hold very dear to my heart because I went through the exact same thing the protagonist did in that film, right down to bits of dialog that were identical, moving around a lot as a child. Being torn apart from your first love at a young age then having time & distance slowly but surely separate you for good. And like him I let the idea of her and I grow into an ideal so lofty that no other girl could measure up to, and missed out on an opportunity to accept into my life an amazing girl that was infatuated with me, all because my head was in the clouds... stars even. I barely noticed her and was oblivious to her crush at the time because I was in my own world. One day she finally told me how she felt, and I told her that I'm sorry but I only think of her as a friend. Awhile later she told me it was just too hard to be around me anymore if I couldn't return her feelings. That every kind gesture I made to her, and every smile I directed at her just made her fall deeper and deeper in love and it was like a form of torture. I thought using that term "torture" was going way overboard, and didn't really understand until later just how right and justified she was for feeling that way. And only when it was too late realized I had let another great one slip away. That girl would have taken a bullet for me.
I also really loved Kanon, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Anyhow, if anyone else watches tell me some of your favorites.