Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

I’ve seen this movie multiple times in the past, and will purchase it soon to watch in the near future. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a necessary, timely reminder.
Definitely not for the faint of heart and / or the weak of mind.
😎

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“September 21, 1945… that was the night I died.”
-Seita

If someone were to ask you for an example of the power of animation, what would you say to them? I would say “Grave of the Fireflies“.

Anime may be a category of animation which is plagued by bizarre ridiculousness all its own but Grave of the Fireflies is a testament to the impact an animated film can have. It is the most powerful of all films in the Ghibli canon. It’s realism and tragedy are so potent that I would have to agree with the late critic Roger Ebert who said:

Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been “cartoons” for children and families. Recent animated features such as The Lion King, Princess Mononoke and The Iron…

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindy knoke
    Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:08:17

    Have you seen The Japanese animated “Arriety?” I think it is a masterpiece. I will watch this one. Thank you for the recommend. It sounds powerful.

    • sepultura13
      Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:13:40

      I haven’t seen “Arriety,” but I will definitely give it a look! I hadn’t heard of it before – thank you for the recommendation!
      🙂

  2. portapatetcormagis
    Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:15:07

    Awesome and touching film indeed!

    • sepultura13
      Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:16:22

      It certainly is…and needs to be watched by many, given the hostile mindsets of many people, these days.
      😎

      • portapatetcormagis
        Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:25:59

        I only discovered the film about 2 years ago when it was aired on free TV and I happened to zap on it. They should air it as a Christmas movie along with The Last Unicorn.
        And hope that people get the message.

      • sepultura13
        Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:28:55

        I saw the film about 10 years ago, when ‘The International Channel’ was in existence and offered on my local cable company. I watched it every chance I could!
        It definitely needs to be re-aired, but I doubt that many people will get the message. Critical thought is like common sense – it is not found in many people anymore, sadly.

      • portapatetcormagis
        Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:32:24

        I’m afraid you’re right. Most people want the bread and circuses* thing and they get it

        * is this right for panem et circenses that the Romans used?

      • sepultura13
        Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:35:46

  3. Paul
    Dec 12, 2016 @ 16:34:28

    Totally agree! Thank you so much for highlighting this movie. I first saw it back in the nineties. It is an incredible experience. Folks who love watching shoot em up war movies ought to watch this movie at least once a year.

    • sepultura13
      Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:29:34

      Exactly! People who think that war is noble or fun definitely need to watch this movie.

      “There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

  4. Tony Single
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 16:00:09

    I cried and cried and cried when I first saw this film. It really personalises the needless tragedy of war in a way that few films about war ever do. An absolute masterpiece of animation. Every school student should see this. Hell, just every human being really.

    • sepultura13
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 13:01:11

      The film definitely depicted the tragedy of war, far better than many live-action films do. It should be shown in schools, and as a special feature at least once per year at IMAX or other theatres, IMHO.
      I definitely agree: it is one that everyone should see.

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