Grave of the Fireflies

Alt titles: Hotaru no Haka

Movie (1 ep x 88 min)
4.406 out of 5 from 12,983 votes
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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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galacticdude7's avatar by galacticdude7 on Apr 6, 2010
Score: 9.5/10

-Story-The story here is just simply amazing. It reaches out to the audience and makes them feel as the characters feel. The storyline is compelling and emotional. It makes the you feel like you are a part of the story of these characters. It may be a sad story, but it makes one ponder, especially if you are an American like me. For an American audience, it brings a new prespective of World War II to us. It... read more

VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Jan 13, 2008
Score: 10/10

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Say, isn't Studio Ghibli the one that makes those really cute movies about forest spirits and flying castles? Uh-huh, but it's also the one that in one ninety-minute masterstroke makes you question every ounce of faith you had in society. When the terms ‘heart-rending', ‘abject misery' and ‘oh my God, I'm going to kill... read more

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