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...
Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...
Both films are about two young children and take place during roughly the same time period. They were also released at the same time, and on the same bill, in Japan as a double feature. Both films also highlight the importance of family, Totoro in a happy tone and Grave of the Fireflies in a very sad and somber one. If you like one, you'll most likely like the other. And if you're a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's films, you're sure to like both.
Two stories of how children eek to survive in an environment where adults have little influence and little positive to bring to the children's lives. Although Totoro has been viewed as more upbeat and Fireflies as darker, and this may be true to an extent, both tales are in reality stories of lost children and their deepest fears - they just deal with them in different ways. Whereas in Toroto Mai and Satsuki have the magical Totoro to guide them and offer distractions from everyday existence, Setsuko and Seita in Grave of the Fireflies are much closer to the cold reality of life.
Both are also based to some extent on real experiences, helping to give these two Anime an extra dimension, and strongly significant imagery that will remain with you long after you have finished watching them.
Anne Frank is a Jewish girl living in German-occupied Amsterdam during World War 2. When Anne's father learns that his family is in inevitable danger, he gathers Anne and the family to live with four others in a secret, safe location. In these cramped and tight rooms, Anne and the rest live in darkness and with hushed voices, always in fear of discovery. For two years, Anne confides in Kitty, her diary in which she confesses her dreams and wishes, and documents her life in the cellar. As supplies begin to dwindle and relationships grow more complex and heated, Anne continues to write, dreaming of a life in which she is free.
Both are historical stories of families trying to survive the horrors of war. The suffering and trials that entales are thoroughly explored in both of these tragic, touching stories. They compliment eachother well. I recommend both.
Both Anne no Nikki and Grave of the Fireflies are movies about WWII which for once give you a realistic look into the lives of the less fortunate civilians. Both of these movies are essentially about the same: trying to survive until the war is over, but because they play in a very different part of the world (Fireflies in Japan, Anne in the Netherlands), they're both interesting to watch for those who've seen one and would like to see more about this theme.
The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Both stories present love but mostly, they are about the evils of war - of how lives are lost, hearts are broken and how people sink into despair. But they're also about hope and learning to cope. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
These movies each have very strong anti-war sentiments throughout and focus on people doing what they can to get through those times.
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.
Both Grave of the Fireflies and Jin-Roh have a very depressing storyline as well as a dark desperate feeling to them. Jin-Roh is another anime classic you HAVE to see. If you enjoyed one, you will probably like the other.
Grave of the Fireflies and Jin-Roh have a lot of similiarities. Both deal with the casualties and sadness that accompanies war. Both of them show the more somber side of things and neither of them will leave you with happy feelings inside. They are serious and semi-depressing. However, after watching them, one can't help but to empathize more with victims of circumstance and think a little bit more deeply about the consequences of war.
Five-year-old Gilson and his blind sister Gami are orphans who wander the countryside searching for their mother. By chance, the pair are discovered by monks who inhabit the hillside, and are taken under their wing in body and spirit. Throughout the seasons, Gilson and Gami lead a quiet life in the monastery, learning about life and the teachings of Buddha, until one day, Gilson decides to accompany one of the monks to a temple in the mountains. With the snowfall comes great change, and soon, nothing will be the same...
While not the masterpiece Grave of Fireflies is, this is also an emotional tale that is ultimately sad. Oseam painstakingly details the vitality and beauty in a young life.
Grave of the Fireflies and Oseam are both sad, tragic tales about a young brother and sister. You will see the kids grow in these movies, not in age or lenght, but mentally, and you will learn to love and hate yet understand the characters. If you liked either of these movies for their relatable, goodwilled and young main characters, understandable sidecast and saddening drama, there's little reason besides maintaining your cheery mood to not watch the other.