Grave Of The Fireflies 😭

What is it?

The 1988 Japanese animated (anime) war drama film Grave Of The Fireflies which was directed by Isao Takahata, was animated by Studio Ghibli, and was based on the semi-autobiographical short story Grave Of The Fireflies by the Japanese author Akiyuki Nosaka.

Grave of the Fireflies – Official Trailer
Grave of the Fireflies – Celebrate Studio Ghibli – Official Trailer

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

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, Rovi

Grave of the Fireflies – Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 Trailer [In Theaters August 2018]

What do you like about it?

I like that this movie made me forget that it was even animated, that it showed some of the realities of war that are rarely if ever shown or talked about, and it connected with me very strongly on an emotional level.

The Tragic Innocence of Grave of The Fireflies

What would someone else like about it?

I think that other people will be amazed that this animated film is able to convey things that many live action films fail to convey, and that it is able to connect with them very strongly on an emotional level.

Nostalgia Critic | Grave of The Fireflies

My Thoughts

I saw Grave Of The Fireflies over 10 years ago, many people describe it as one of the best movies that you never want to watch again and most people who see it probably never watch it again because it is so sad, and I agree with that description.

This movie connected with me on an emotional level so strongly that I cried like a baby (I think that one of the reasons that it connected with me so much is because I am the oldest of my siblings, and so I could relate even more to this movie), and since then I have avoided watching this film again because it connected with me that strongly and it is so sad that even seeing a trailer for it over 10 years later makes me want to cry and just seeing certain scenes from this film can still make me cry.

I saw this movie over 10 years ago and it is so sad and it connected with me so emotionally that I do not want to think about it or describe it in more detail, and so that is all that I will say about this movie.

Here are a few things that Roger Ebert had to say about this film:

Film critic Roger Ebert – Grave of The Fireflies

Watch this movie, it is an example of the fact that animated movies are capable of more than some people think, but be ready to cry because I know that I did.

The end *Trying not to cry*,

  • John Jr

By John Jr

Hello, I am John Jr, welcome.


        1. Hello TPAB~,

          When Marnie Was There is Studio Ghibli’s most recent film after they took a break from making films after Hayao Miyazaki retired I think, it definitely has its flaws and my brother GC did not like it, but one part of the film did make me cry:

          Also allegedly Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement:

          Hopefully that is true.

          Thank you for commenting,
          -John Jr

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