Grave of the Fireflies

Alt title: Hotaru no Haka

Movie (1 ep x 88 min)
4.41 of 5 from 15,970 votes
Rank #142

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

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

Mozuri's avatar by Mozuri on Nov 30, 2012
Score 4/10

Story: (5/10) Yeah there was a plot, but the story itself was boring imo. People kept telling me to watch it because it was so tragic and sad, and yet the only thing I felt throughout the movie was annoyance because of the constant whining of the little girl. Animation: (8/10) The animation looked good for when it was made. It was detailed and I can't say anything bad about it really. Sound: (5/10) The... read more



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