English: Grave of the Fireflies
Synonyms: Tombstone for Fireflies
Aired: Apr 15, 1988
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Genres: Drama, Historical
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
MAL: Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies)
World War II bombings are something that few willingly bring up in conversations. War, in general, is a topic that is most definitely tragic, but also somewhat larger than life, as is the fact that it is not something that can be explained in an essay or news article. You’ve got to see it to believe it.
Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko are collateral damage of World War II bombings in Japan. Their home, their mother, their bright future. All taken away from them in a swift enemy raid. Both too young to understand the severity of their situations, Seita and Setsuko fill their hearts with hope – the only thing that can mend the emotional trauma caused by their devastating situation. However, hope can only get you so far, as it turns out that war forces even good people to make hard decisions. How long will hope keep Seita and Setsuko moving forward? Is the light of a firefly bright enough to guide them to happiness once again?
Hotaru no Haka is a heartbreaking film that allows us to experience the harsh realities of a post-war environment through the delicate eyes of two young siblings.