Giovanni's Island

Alt title: Giovanni no Shima

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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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lilien lilien says...

Both movies take place at the end of World War II (1945) and the story follows the struggle of two siblings in times of war.  The two stories can be very dramatic and depressing (especially Grave of the Fireflies), but they also have moments of happiness and hope. Both movies offer a different perspective of the aftermath, since the story in Grave of the Fireflies takes place in the city of Kobe and it begins with the firebombing of the city by the U.S.A. army, whereas the story in Giovanni’s Island takes place in the island of Shikotan, an island that in 1945 became part of the Soviet Union, but both movies are worth watching.

Hutai Hutai says...

Both movies include sibblings and their struggle in WWII. Grave of Fireflies seems more darker, but both of them are very emotional, beautiful and touching. Sibblings loses their parents and tries to find a single glimpse of hope trough the hard times of war. 

sympa88 sympa88 says...

Both are war - related stories of the World War 2 era about siblings trying to find their father, that would bring you to the brink of tears

Taek Taek says...

Did Grave of the Fireflies leave you with feels that you feel deeply? Do you want more of those feelings? Giovanni's Island is the film for you.

The artstyle is unconventional, but well animated, and the story, at least in my eyes, is harsher than GotF as the events take place after Japan surrenders in WWII.

The films have enough similarity in themes and settings that anyone who enjoys one, should enjoy the other.

Night on the Galactic Railroad

Night on the Galactic Railroad

Giovanni is a young cat with a troubled childhood -- he is bullied in school, and waits patiently day after day for his father to return from his journey. One festive evening, Giovanni and his friend Camponella find themselves aboard a great train which takes them to the edge of the universe and back. However, in the midst of the sights and wonders, Giovanni soon begins to discover that the train's purpose might be much different than it appears.

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Taek Taek says...

Giovanni's Island borrows heavily from the nocel Night on the Galactic Railroad and uses the book as a narrative for the story. As the adaption of the novel is so good, you should probably check out the film.

And of course, if you've watched Night on the Galactic Railroad and enjoyed it, then you should definitely check out Giovanni's Island.

CaptainSlow CaptainSlow says...

Less due to similar content, more due to the link between the two.

Giovanni's Island uses allusions to Night on the Galactic Railroad in an interesting, multi-layered fashion. Not only are there parallels made between characters, themes and events, but the awe-inspiring image of the Galactic Railroad itself is used throughout Giovanni's Island as a motif for childhood innocence, loss and hope.

When Marnie Was There

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When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.

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Hutai Hutai says...

When Marnie was there and Giovanni's island are similar in some ways.

Giovanni had his brother Campanela, they both are like best friends, always doing things together. Imagining their journeys with a Galactic train

mean while Anna has a friend called Marnie. Even though  - SPOILER ALERT - she's imaginary or I should call it  a memmory of her grandmother when she was young.

Anyway - Anna and Marnie, Giovanni and Campanela have their adventure.

Spoiler alert

Marnie dies just like Campanela...  Sad story.. but nice one

In This Corner of the World

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Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner Of The World tells the emotional story of Suzu, a young girl from Hiroshima, who's just become a bride in the nearby city of Kure during World War II. Living with her husband's family, Suzu has to adjust to her new life, which is made especially difficult by regular air raids. But life must go on, and Suzu — through the help of her new family and neighbors — begins to discover the joys of everyday life in Kure. Much is gained in Kure, but with war, many things cherished are also lost.

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Fluffs Fluffs says...

Both of these revolve around regular people who had their lives changed by the war and they both deal with loss while still giving hope for the future. 

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