Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated war film that was animated by Studio Ghibli. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan the film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the WW2.
Grave of the Fireflies is one of the most heart-breaking anime films of all time. With so much attention that has been drawn to 2016’s Your Name which also made audiences cry. I decided to write today about this brilliant film that I watched all the way back in 2011. This film moved me like no other war-themed film has before. It made me shrivel up into a ball of tears at the beauty of the two lead characters, Setsuko and Seita, and the pain they endured.
Grave of the Fireflies is definitely one of the most heartbreaking, moving and yet beautifully filmed movies I have ever watched. The film is horrifying in it’s true and honest yet brutal depiction of the Japanese during WW2. The film’s director Isao Takahata chose to portray the hopeful light when most people turn against each other when they need to stay together the most. The anime’s film cinematography has effectively and powerfully displayed the impact of war.
Seita as the Older brother is bearing the incredible responsibility of caring for his sister, the film does a wonderful job in capturing a young boy who is immediately needed to become a strong man. He protects and fights for the one’s he loves so beautifully.
If anyone has ever thought about how a true siblings should look like, you need to watch this film as it has one of the finest brother-sister relationship I have ever seen in anime and it will bring you to tears. The film has a beautiful score, wonderful direction and real unique animation. Lastly, Grave of the Fireflies features a simple yet heart aching script that captures the most intimate portrait of war ever captured in an animated film.
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