Barefoot Gen

Alt titles: Hadashi no Gen

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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...

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abunai abunai says...

Though Barefoot Gen and Grave of the Fireflies both present a Japanese view of the finale of WWII, with special focus on the plight of the children, they also function as the antithesis of each other, in terms of protagonists.

The protagonist of Barefoot Gen is exemplary and selfless, whereas Grave of the Fireflies shows us the experiences of a selfish, far-from-exemplary boy. In both cases, though, we are prevented from harsh judgement and are brought up short by the realization that these are children, suffering the most dreadful imaginable circumstances. Whether they behave well or badly, they are ultimately victims, suffering in the cruellest possible way, and any blame lies with the adults who stole away their right to an innocent childhood.

If you have seen either of these films, and it moved you as deeply as it should (and if it didn't move you, you should consider a career in politics or law), you will surely want to watch the other.

Ran Ran says...

Barefoot is more centered on the war's horrors while Grave of the Fireflies insists more on the human aspects of it. Both anime show the struggle of children to survive in a very sad manner, showing how children have to grow responsible all of a sudden, and still keep a part of their innocence despise the hardships they have to go through.

Abashi Abashi says...

Both take place in WW2 Japan, and show the grim times during the end of the war. They are very gloomy depressing stories that might make you cry. They may also make you hate America, or its foreign policy at least.

sothis sothis says...

I know it's cliche, but I have to recommend Grave of the Fireflies and Barefoot Gen with each other. It's true that both are about WW2 - but beyond that, each has one or more main characters who refuse to give up and try to live their lives to the fullest. As well, both are tragic and depressing, though not without small rays of hope.

chii chii says...

Both anime take a tragic look at WW2 from the eyes of the people, mostly children, that were affected by it personally. Even though faced with plently of dispare, hope is never tossed aside. If you liked one check out the other.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

On its basic level, both of these films are set in Japan towards the end of the Second World War. However they also focus on the experiences of children during wartime and how they cope with bereavement and the increasingly difficult living situation. If this aspect of one film interested you then you should watch the other.

aritentd aritentd says...

War is terrible. In the world of action movies we sometimes need a reality check and these two movies are offering it with open arms.

The end of war in Japan is presented from perspective of children. It is deeply moving story, which shows us how war deforms our lives and makes us realize what really matters. 

Be prepared to shed a few tears.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

I see a lot of people recommending a fantasy world of Here and Now, Then and There. for these two very potent titles of Barefoot Gen and Grave of the Fireflies

I can not help but think, that is not based on REAL world situations such as Grave and Barefoot respectively.

Forgive me for saying this, but a forien world of science fiction should NOT be the number #1 recomendation for two titles based on history and the ramifications of the nuclear bomb. 

skankfish skankfish says...

Both harsh but touching portrayals of regular people during wartime, victims of forces far beyond their own control. Both very sad but very well made, too.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Grave of the Fireflies and Barefoot Gen are both about the impacts of war on children rather than adults and how they struggle to survive in the hardest times of their lives. Both are so sad that they might even make you cry.

If you thought either was great then you must absolutely watch the other.

Rail of the Star

Rail of the Star

Young Chiko and her family live in Japanese occupied Korea during the height of World War II, an area soon to be reoccupied by the Russians when Japan loses the war. For Chiko and many other Japanese people, this means exile from their homes, and the only way to escape is to head south towards their families and safe haven. Now, with unfriendly faces all around them, Chiko, her family, and a number of others must set off on a journey to find their way to safety through countless hardships, guided by the light of the stars...

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valondar valondar says...

A trifle choppy in pacing, unremarkably animated at best, and more than a mite melodramatic - there's a reason neither of this pictures are considered of the stature of another, more well known anime war film. Gen is the more brutal and arresting of the two, but Rail is, at least, moderately watchable.

skankfish skankfish says...

Again, both harsh but touching portrayals of regular people during wartime, victims of forces far beyond their own control. Both very sad but very well made, too.

chii chii says...

Both anime take a tragic look at WW2 from the eyes of the people, mostly children, that were affected by it personally. Even though faced with plenty of despair, hope is never tossed aside. If you liked one check out the other.

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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sothis sothis says...

This might seem like an odd recommendation, but both main characters are the type that refuse to give in, even when in the most horrific and soul-crushing situations. If you liked the tragedy and strong will in either NTHT or Barefoot Gen, I think you'd like the other.

Dog of Flanders

Dog of Flanders

In 19th century Belgium, in the Flanders countryside, lived a young boy with an artistic flair named Nello, and his faithful companion Patrash. Though poor in the physical sense, the two friends shared a rich life along with Alois, one of Nello's neighbors, and his grandfather, his last living relative. Though great sorrow and hardship looms closely in the future, one thing is for certain, the devotion and companionship of Nello and Patrash will never fade...

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sothis sothis says...

Dog of Flanders and Barefoot Gen, while about very different subjects, have a main character who refuses to give in and let go when hardships arise. If you liked the tragedy and strong will in one, you'd like the other.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

The One Year War is winding down and the principality of Zeon is desperate to keep the Earth Alliance Federation from completing its new Gundam NT-1. In order to keep it from being destroyed before completion, the Federation has moved this valuable asset to the Libot colony on Space Colony Side 6. Ai, son of one of the Gundam's designers, is a young boy who lives in this colony; he quickly becomes entangled in both the future of the colony, and the war against Zeon.

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ParaParaJMo ParaParaJMo says...

These two animes are more alike than meets the eye. They both tell the story of war through the eyes of a child and how it effects them, though their reactions and circumstances are different. Eventually, they are more directly involved in the conflict to a point that will forever affect their lives.