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
As poignant, historical fiction, Grave of the Fireflies takes the viewer inside the culture and lives of Japanese citizens living through WWII. Preteen Seita, the central character in this beautifully animated film, narrates the misfortunate that befalls him and his adorable five-year-old sister Setsuko after their mother dies in the firebombings of Kobe. While waiting for the return of their father, a naval officer, Seita does his best to care for Setsuko as baisc needs become harder to obtain. Another gem of Anime from Studio Ghibli.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Buy sold me a dented case
I’m not going to rate the anime less than 5 stars but bestbuy is sold me a dented case . It was the last movie available to purchase in Houston for 2020 and I didn’t want to wait till February to get it shipped . I picked it up on curb side pick up and I could have made it into a deal but I drove to far to pick it up .
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.
Very sad especially having a child that looks like the little girl. Great story always a fan of maiazakis work. Honestly i personally can only watch this movie once in many many blue moons. The film sticks in my head to where i cant unsee the sadness that the two children have to go through during a war.
Flat out great - as in a classic film in general - anime. A brutal, post-war tragedy about the dissolution of a Japanese family and a pair of children coping with the loss and imposed responsibilities.
Just incredibly animated, now with a cleaner "print" to do the film it's proper justice.