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...
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
Both Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Mononoke are serious movies that will grasp the viewers attention. If you loved one of these, you will definitely like the other. If you havent already, you should watch them both.
While the plotlines of these movies may contrast, there lies a common moral: the value of life. Whether it be in regards to human life or the life of nature, plants and animals, all is interconnected. In watching these anime movies, one will come to realize the inspiring sadness and joy of life itself. Witness the siblings' struggles for survival in the clutches of WWII in "The Grave of the Fireflies" and the impacts of greed and technology on the peaceful forests in "Mononoke Hime."
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...
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.
War usually means times of hardships and scarcity for the civilian populace, even if you're not at the front, as these movies atest to. They're both stories about Japanese civilians trying to endure and overcome the obstacles that have come about because of WWII and they're told mainly through the eyes of children.
If either of these interested you you might check out the other one. Keep in mind that Grave of the Fireflies is the more brutal, sad and superior film.
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
Totally different topics, but both are like an antique drama. They make you want to step in because you what is going to happen, still you can't avoid catharsis.
Both series are powerful, moving pieces about love and loss (more of the latter) that leave you in tears, wishing that human nature wasn't so terrible.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
Spirited Away and Grave of the Fireflies are captivating from the start, and have a mysterious storyline. The characters in each movie fight very hard for what they want, and it's amazing to see if they achieve what they desire. With their vivid experiences, the characters help make their stories be exceptionally powerful.
Both being Ghibli films, there is a striking resemblance ranging from the story structure to the artwork. a few similar themes run through each. That being said, if you liked one then it is worthwhile to check the other one out (although GotFF is a lot more sad).
Kyoko is a cheerful girl who is growing up in war-time Tokyo. She has four elder brothers, doesn’t like music lessons, is frightened of her grandmother and is excited that a baby is on the way. When she grows up, Kyoko says, she wants to be a war nurse so she can tend to her uncle in the armed forces. As a child she’s a little prone to crying, but tries to be more mature when her younger brother is born. However, Kyoko’s typical childhood changes when the Americans begin to bomb Japan. Kyoko is sent into the countryside to live with her aunt, and soon she will have to face the reality of war.
Delicate portrayals of World War II in Japana from a child's point of view - ultimately dealing with tragedy and loss. Of the two, Ushiro is by far the happier experience - most of its running time is merely about normally growing up with the war far in the distance, and the ending has a heartwarming feeling. Grave sends us directly into the tragedy and never relents. The visual look is very similar as well.
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.