Grave of the Fireflies – ADB

Alternative Titles

English: Grave of the Fireflies
Synonyms: Tombstone for Fireflies
Japanese: 火垂るの墓

 

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 1988
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Synopsis

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Review

Some people think this is a really gripping and sad anime about the consequences of war and WW2. I just think it’s boring and something I don’t care about.

Everything in this film is really slow and it’s difficult not to fall asleep too. Every sentence feels like it takes 4x too long to say and I never felt a compelling reason to be invested in any of these characters.

If you go in expecting a deep film about the difficulties and terrors of war you will find what you want. If you just want a good entertaining film (like me) this isn’t for you.

Recommended

Ponyo

Shows from the same genre: Drama, Historical

Shows from the same studio: Studio Ghibli

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