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

When Marnie Was There

What is it?

The 2014 Japanese animated (anime) drama movie When Marnie Was There that was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and was produced by Studio Ghibli.

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE – Official UK Trailer – From The Acclaimed Studio Ghibli

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this anime (animated) movie:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes.

She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”.

Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is.

But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.

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