Last Updated on: January 28, 2023
A couple of years ago, I watched a film called Spirited Away. It’s a highly acclaimed Japanese anime produced by Studio Ghibli. I’m a fan of Japanese culture in general, so I enjoyed watching this imaginative and creative story with its curious Japanese edge.
So last night I watched another film by Studio Ghibli; Grave of the Fireflies. This was a big contrast to Spirited Away; it’s a brutal and honest account of wartime and its effect on people and communities.
The story follows a young brother and sister after an air raid destroys their village. It focuses on the youngsters’ ambition to live life normally, despite losing their family and being shunned by relatives and ignored by everyone else.
In typical anime style, the characters are fantastic, and the entire film is beautifully animated. The mix of this and the dark storyline helps to create the atmosphere of living life in wartime, the harsh realities of death and the basic human drive to survive.
This is one of the saddest films I have seen and has had a real impact on me. I strongly recommend Grave of the Fireflies, although I have to warn you that it’s a deeply moving, tragic and realistic story.
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