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 MyAnimeList describes this movie:

As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

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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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