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Grave of the Fireflies

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 home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of a single air raid. 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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Start Date16th Apr 1988
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Story - 10/10A true tragedy of war and innocence lost. I can't go any farther than that without spoiling the movie as a whole. Sorry. Art - 8/10The animation is somewhat old, but not outrageously so. It might appeal to you, it might not. It didn't really appeal to me. Per the 8/10 rating.Sound - 8/10The music was pretty nice and beautiful. Beyond that, nothing more to say. It felt hit-or-miss to me. Character - 10/10You will fall so deeply in love with Seita and his little sister. You'll laugh, you'll cry - I can almost guarantee that. You'll like most of the supporting cast Seita and his sister meet. They are true and unique.Enjoyment - 10/10I can't say I enjoyed it a good way, you'll have to watch it to find out. I don't and can't spoil the movie for you. You'll laugh, you'll cry. It's truly memorable experience.Overall a 9/10 is deserved, This movie is a tragic masterpiece and I urge each and everyone to own this movie. It's a must-have for all anime fans. Sorry I couldn't go into detail but I wanted to avoid spoilers no matter what because you should see it for yourself. If you haven't seen this one yet, you really are missing out. Go out and buy it!

--SPOILERS--I'd like to first say that I adore animes that make me cry. I was immediately attracted to this one for that soul reason. I was quite conflicted about my thoughts on the movie, because I loved it and was skeptic at the same time. Before I go on, I have whole-heartily overall rated it as a 10; after much deliberation. I have watched it 2 times, and the second time I watched it I had many problems with the main protagonist, Seita. The first problem I came across was when Seita told his aunt that he could not work, everything had been burned down. The issue with his argument is the aunt's daughter was working at a factory at the time even though Seita said he couldn't. That greatly bothered me, because I know that they would've chosen a strong, 14-year-old boy over Seita's aunt's daughter. Seita could have started work in the factory and earned money for him and Setsuko. The second issue that arose was Seita's overall arrogance. Yes, his aunt was not the nicest person in the world and they were not treated with respect, but in a war I would suppose that emotions run high. I can understand the aunt's perspective, even though I absolutely loathe her. You are forced to take in 2 extra children who do not do any work and are just two extra mouths to feed. If I was in Seita's position, I would be unhappy there but deal with it. Seita, unfortunately, thinks otherwise and decides to leave his aunt's home. I thought that was completely foolish, and I wished he would've listened to the farmer and put his pride on his shelf. Maybe Seita and Setsuko wouldn't of died. The final problem I had with Seita is that he waited an extremely long time to cash in the money for food. If Seita had done that sooner Setsuko probably would not of died.You ask why I rate it a 10 if I have major problems with the protagonist? I will tell you. The director of this film made this as an apology to his younger sister. I personally believe that the director purposefully makes Seita foolish to imply the fact that what happen to them was tragic, but the real tragedy lay in Seita's decisions. Seita made those decisions that caused both their deaths. Since this film is the director's apology to his younger sister, it can be assumed that the director was much like Seita and is apologizing for being so careless. I rate this film a 10 because it has incredible emotion in it and it shows that tragic things can happen, but the real tragedy lays in people's decisions that are affected by the tragedy.

Ernest Hemmingway once said, "Never think that war, no matter how necessary,nor how justified, is not a crime." While many may dispute that axiom, others... many others can find truth in those words. However, many of us have an ideologized idea of war, that we must bomb Country X because they are Enemy B, or that war is bad because violence doesn't solve things. While they maybe true facts, they are nothing but hollow words, said by people who have never been in the battefield or lived in a war zone. We say these things in a safe environment, trying to be politically correct or moral. We say all this, and go to bed without wondering if we will survive the next day. We think we know war, but in reality, we don't.Grave of the Fireflies depicts a different outlook on war that is hard to find in modern media. Instead of the heroic war movies that glorify war and the reassuring defeat of the 'enemy', it portrays a more personal and direct perspective of war, from the smallest and weakest of the population: children. Meet Seita, age 14, and his little sister Setsuko, age 4, they have managed to survive the Kobe firebombings that occured close to the end of World War II. Unfortunately during the firebombings, they also managed to lose their mother. With their father away currently serving in the Navy, Seita and Setsuko seek their distant aunt who lives in the country. As rations begin to dwindle, so does their aunt's generosity and kindness. Rather than dealing with their aunt's abuse and resentful nature, Seita decides to move out of her house with Setsuko to an old abandoned bomb shelter. Thus begins their struggle for survival in a war torn country. In a sense, the children are fighting their own war, they have no distinct enemy. Instead, they have a multitude of enemies, such as malnutrition, hunger, depression, and poverty. They have no weapons, only each other to depend on. This is the true face of war.Grave of the Fireflies is not a light hearted movie and it isn't a childish and innocent depiction of war. With detailed animation and dramatic plot, this is one of the very few films that is worthy of the title of 'Masterpiece'. It is a movie that makes one think for hours, days, maybe even weeks, after one watches it, and comes to the conclusion, that yes, war is a crime.

Hotaru no Haka, one of Studio Ghibli’s most underrated works, tells the heart-breaking story of Seita and his little sister Setsuko during World War II. After the bombing of their hometown the siblings got separated from their mother and are left all alone in a world where nothing is what it used to be anymore. Hotaru no Haka is able to convey feelings of courage, unconditional love and making sacrifices brilliantly. It takes a lot to make me cry but I never cried as much during a movie as I did while watching Hotaru no Haka. Tears were rolling endlessly down my cheeks and a long time after finishing this movie I still felt the sadness and emptiness it left. Only a handful of movies have ever haunted me as much as Hotaru no Haka did. It makes you think about what is really important in life and movies that are able to influence you this much are precious rarities these days. This movie is definitely not suitable for all audiences. Studio Ghibi has a lovable appearance which is mirrored by their mascot. It brings happy stories about youthful love and friendship, but Hotaru no Haka is a different kind of movie. It deals with heavy affairs such as death, desperation and struggling to survive; it is as cruel as it is beautiful. A word of warning for the unprepared viewer is advised, certain scenes can be extremely confronting and shocking. Thanks to its beautiful story, its memorable characters and an extremely emotional soundtrack, this movie is one that any anime fan must’ve watched at least once. It is an unparalleled tear jerking masterpiece which stands proudly above all.

War is by no means a good thing. People are killed, families are torn apart and lands are devastated, heavily affecting the survivors of an aftermath of flames and the stench of old, rotting flesh. Hotaru no Haka, or Grave of the Fireflies, is a show that not only depicts a struggle for survival in a world destroyed by the very people who inhabit but is also a story about sibling relationship and an unbreakable bond forged by the very feeling of human warmth. Set in the era that is WWII, the movie follows the story of Seita and Setsuko, siblings who are left alone after their place is burned to the ground and their mother killed. Struggling to survive, both brother and sister work together to ensure that either one lives and stays *happy* throughout the course of rebuilding the country. Grave of the Fireflies' greatest strength doesn't lie with its take and depiction of violence and war but instead, the series succeeds in the simple said depiction of people living *after* the war. The movie does a good job and handles its aspects and themes well, clearly showing the aftermath of violence and the harsh, difficult lives the people who survived what can only be described as *hell*. Furthering the movie are the two main characters, Seita and Setsuko. This is their story, their life. While characterizations are still considerably in place, the personalities of both characters are handled with care, giving us a deeper insight to their relationship as brother and sister: Seita being the main-man who works and labors in order to acquire food and Setsuko being the main-emotion; a reason for living, a ray of light and hope. Throughout the course of the movie, we see both of them work together through *good* times and bad helping each other and crying together. The portrayal of their actions and interactions with themselves and the world around them is truly remarkable and can be very touching, heartwarming and just... sad to watch, really giving out this feeling and deep emotion of mutual love that one cannot help but smile when they do and shed tears when they shed tears. The art style is quite impressive for something done back in 1988. The animation has this sense of fluidity in them, the character and background designs are simple, rough and <em>dark </em>at times. The soundtrack is also worth mentioning as it had a good way of further setting the mood in various scenes from the simple flute-work sound of the country to the heavy, dramatic, sound of the ruins of a city. Both effectively giving out a somber feeling, like the show is blanketed by a mix of happiness and tragedy, which of course is quite fitting. Happy. Tragic. Depressing. Bond. Love. Words that describe. A strong bond between brother and sister in a world ravaged by war.

War is hell. War is tragedy. War is a crime. Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 film from the now well-renowned animation studio, Studio Ghibli. This movie is not lighthearted. It is not childish. It's raw, and the brilliant sound and art fortifies that tone. There is no magical land, no hero saving the damsel in distress. This movie is about the bond of siblings, torn apart by war. No one should have to ever live on scraps on food, stealing clothes and supplies from bombing raids to survive. This movie is not something to watch if you want to laugh. A well made, heartbreaking plot with realistic characters brings this film to life. 

This was one of the few movies that made me cry from start to end. It was a beautiful movie, I wouldn't describe it as a sad movie, just an emotional one (that probably made no sense -\_\_-).  It moved me a lot. one of the best movies i've watched, i must admit i was completely traumatized, it may sound really corny but it definitely moved me. it shows aspects of  Overall,  I wont watch it again until a few years from now, but it is a must see.     

Esta pelicula es para llorar como perra ;\_; . . . . . . . . . .

Grave of the Fireflies is a complete opposite of Totoro. This is very depressing and sad. There wasn't a single moment when i smiled. This is NOT for everyone this movie is made mostly for adults. It's a masterpiece but very hard to watch.

yo sup dis movie be shit just aboot kids eating shit and being fucked outer by there bitch aunt, don't get why they dint just kill the two little scrubs if they were that much of a pain, not even any good boob scenes didn't even see any fanny. entertaining if your into watching kids die slowly in humiliating ways but if not wouldn't watch just depressing 420 blaze faggit real nigga shit 

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