Grave of the fireflies: A story that brings you closer to reality

Hey guys!
I’m back with another review.
I will be reviewing a classic from Ghibli Studios.


Ghibli studios have been at the forefront of storytelling since the ’80s. The traditional animation style flows through time and is relevant to this day. They bring original stories that we could always remember.
The Grave of the Fireflies is an animated movie directed by Isao Takahata that debuted in 1988.
It is a movie about war and the repercussions it brings to relations. The sacrifices and suffering of people are depicted in this movie.
The story is set in the backdrop of a war.

Photo Courtesy : Grave of the Fireflies (1988)


Seita, a 12-year-old boy is entrusted with the duty of taking care of his little sister Setsuko, while escaping to a bunker to escape the bombings. His mother leaves for the bunker early followed by the brother and sister. As soon as they leave the house, a scurry of bombs falls from the sky demolishing every house and burning everything up. The boy and his sister escape to the shelter.

Photo Courtesy: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

A meeting spot was set for them to meet with their mother. She did not show up. They leave for a school where the injured are treated and where rations were distributed. There, Seika finds out that his mother was caught in the crossfire and had passed away. He hides this news from his sister and takes care of her. He keeps everything inside of him so that he can see his sister happy. They go live with an aunt where they are mistreated because they are orphans. Food is not shared properly, and life there was not suitable for them. They were considered a burden to them.

Photo Courtesy: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

The two siblings go and live off alone as they fend off for themselves. Seika wishes to take care of his sister. He steals food for her, he steals clothes and anything he can find to take care of her. Seika finds out that his father also died along with the navy cruiser going down at sea. The children had lost everyone that meant something to them and they only had each other for the rest of their lives. The rest of the story continues as to what consequences follow the children and how they try to live alone in this dystopian time.

Photo Courtesy: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

My review:

As I was writing this review, I could not stop myself from crying. The repercussions of war are not to be taken lightly. People lose a lot on both sides and the struggles they go through to escape the inconsistencies of life are very hard. Ghibli Studios have made this movie as an eye-opener to people. This movie is not for the faint-hearted. It is going to make you cry, think about consequences to everything. The boy, Seika lost everything. His mother and father died in the war and he was the only one left for his sister. The struggles of the two children will put you to tears and will make you understand what kind of a beautiful life you have. This is a very original and accurate movie that I will suggest everyone watch.

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