Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; and in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells us, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko are two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. Much to Seita's pride, their father is in the Japanese navy, and they live fairly content lives in Kobe despite rationing and the other privations of war. When their mother dies from burns suffered during an American fire-bombing raid, a distant aunt takes them in -- and conflict eventually forces the children to try to survive on their own. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce.~Emru Townsend
Isao Takahata is my favorite director of Studio Ghibli's and an integral part of why they are the best animated movie company in the world. He is responsible for masterpieces such as Princess Kaguya and Only Yesterday, but Grave of the Fireflies might just be his best and most profound movie. It is one of my personal Ghibli favorites, up there with When Marnie Was There. It might be a little slow for the younger kids but middle school and high school age could appreciate it as well as adults. You know what's going to happen but there is a beauty in the way it is told that allows you to be completely transported to this situation and captivated throughout the entirety of its run time. Give it a watch and be blown away by the beauty in its simplicity.
This movie can only be described as a true masterpiece. It’s not the for the faint of heart as it will make your gut wrench. A must-have for true Studio Ghibli collectors. The steelbook is adequately beautiful and complements the rest of the Ghibli steelbooks with a similar but slightly different design.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
It IS One Of The Greatest Anti-War Films Ever Made
Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
Don't get it twisted. Images and themes will still haunt you. Essential film (understand how I don't mention animated film... art is art, expression is expression, animated or live-action.)