Grave of the Fireflies : Can you face it straight? (´;ω;`)

Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray and DVD

Hello! I’m Mishi! Today, what I want to recommend to you guys is Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓/Hotaru no Haka). This is ….. ε=(‐ω‐;;)I feel like it finally comes to me to make a post about it….. Have you watched this movie before? If so, you know my feelings right now. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, I suggest to watch it but this movie is not like the other movies, you will only want to watch it every once in a while….. Do you want to know the reason why I say like this? Okay! Then, let’s peep the story of what this movie is like! (●´・△・`)




It takes place in Mikage cho, Muko gun(Kobe city in present) Hyogo prefecture in Japan. This time is in the middle of World War II. Seita as the main character who has a little sister named, Setsuko they lose their mother and their house because of The Bombing of Kobe in World War II. Since they have lost their house and mother, they start to live with their aunt who is their father’s cousin’s wife in Nishinomiya city, Hyogo prefecture.

At first, they get along well with their aunt but as the war is getting worse, they start to fight their aunt often. Seita and Setsuko decide to get out of the house and start to live in Air-raid shelters which are close to their aunt’s place. But soon, the rationing is not stable. It comes on and off and they don’t have their family so they have a hard time to obtain foods. After a while, Setsuko starts to getting weaker and weaker because of malnutrition. Seita has no choice but to steal the vegetables from somebody’s farm or robbing somebody’s house which is empty for an airstrike. Their life is getting tough to survive…..

This is the story of young kids who try to survive alone through the tough situation of World War II.

Grave of the Fireflies Blu-Ray

Main Characters


Grave of the Fireflies SeitaSeita – Main character. He is a 14 years-old boy who is a brother of Setsuko. He used to go to school but the school has been destroyed by an airstrike. He and Setsuko also lose their mother and their house. He is the teenager that tries to live strong as protecting his young sister.

Grave of the Fireflies SetsukoSetsuko – Seita’s little sister. She is a 4 years-old girl. At first, she doesn’t know that her mother died but she will hear that from her aunt. She loves candy!

Seita and Setsuko’s mother – She is a polite and beautiful mother to them. She has a heart condition.

Seita and Setsuko’s father – He is a captain of the Marines. While his children are struggling, he is on the battlefield.

Seita and Setsuko’s aunt – Seita and Setsuko’s father’s cousin’s wife. Since they start to fight each other, she thinks that Seita and Setsuko are a nuisance.


How to find this movie


Anime Studio : Studio Ghibli

Year : 1988

Crave of the Fireflies Blu-ray, DVD

Blu-ray and DVD on Amazon

Live Action Movie

Year : 2008

Hotaru no Haka Live Acton Movie DVD



Opening and Ending songs


Theme song

Hanyu no Yado(Home Sweet Home) – Amelita Galli-Curci


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Grave of the Fireflies Sakuma Candy

The candy that Setsuko eats!



My Review


Grave of the Fireflies Recommendation Chart

How was the story of this movie? Now, how do you feel about this movie? Do you want to sigh like me? ε=( ̄。 ̄;) The reason why is because it is a sad story. When I watched this movie for the first time, I felt like I didn’t I wanted to watch it again! It is nothing but helplessness. I am not going to be willing to watch this movie by myself so far. Before I wrote this post, actually, I watched but it is always the same result that I can’t stop shedding my tears. 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゜。 It is sad but I think this is the reality of the war. It is a good experience to watch this movie at least one time…..

Talking about the message of this movie, the director named, Isao Takahata said that this movie is not an anti-war anime. That is true because there is not a description of anti-war. He also said that although the message is not anti-war but it can’t be helped for people to take that way. He actually wanted to express something through this movie and that is the relationship with others in the society. As refusing the relationships with others in the society and failing to the darkness, he probably wanted to express that it is important to connect with others. Nowadays, the life itself has started to tend to be isolated. The technology, the internet, and more have developed and if I exaggerate to say, you don’t have to go outside to live your life. This means naturally you don’t have to care about others. You can live however you want to live without caring about anybody. Sometimes, you don’t even know who lives right next to you. This is happening in Japan. They used to have more relationships in the same society or area and they helped each other. But that part is starting to fade out. In Japan, in 2016, there are many old people living alone and die alone without being noticed by anybody, even though in an apartment. That is how much the relationship is fading out. Dying alone for old people is the most concerning news as a social problem in Japan. This movie anticipated the futuristic social problem! The director, Isao Takahata said that he wants people who are especially teenagers and 20’s to feel the sympathy for this movie. I am convinced by him when I know what is happening in Japan. I thought this movie is completely for anti-war until I found the director’s comment.

But It doesn’t matter which way you feel. It could be another way to feel. Whatever people feel from something is our feelings. That is why it is fun to watch anime or movies. I love this movie but I don’t tend to watch it especially alone. After finish watching this movie, I always feel helplessness and tiredness. This movie can be a good text for school.(Actually, in Japan, there are many schools that let students watch this movie as the part of the class.) I don’t say to watch it over and over but I think you should watch this movie if you haven’t watched it yet. But make sure that you will have a tissue by you! (´∀`)つt[]

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you will have a good day today! ヾ(*’-‘*)bye♪


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