Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) Reviews
The very first time I was about to watch this film, I had a good idea of what it was about going into it but surprisingly, it turned out to be so much more. As I watched it, I saw that this film has a great story, great characters and great animation. Also as I was watching it, I had a real sense of emotion and although you're told at the beginning that the two main characters (Seita and Setsuko) are dead, you really want them to make it through this but as their situation gets worse, you start to have the same feelings as they are. My favorite scene in the movie is the ending where the two siblings are on a bench in the spirit world looking over modern day Japan, the reason being is because after all the hell they have been though, they are finally in peace and its a really touching scene. Overall, Grave of the Fireflies is a Anime masterpiece, it has great focus and story and it shows that Anime is more than cray hair or superpower. It's decently not just one of the greatest Anime Movies, but one of the greatest movies period.
A quite powerful examination of life among the civilian population of a nation at war. More broadly, this is a story of survival and the bonds between a brother and sister, made stronger by a cataclysmic series of events. The war is just the setting, and the initial cause of the events - at its core it's a human drama. This is good, as the movie could easily have gone down some sort of bleeding heart anti-war path or even a path that condemned the US bombing of Japanese cities in WW2 (which would have been absurd as the Japanese were just reaping the whirlwind after sowing the wind).
Incredibly engaging. You are emotionally invested in the lives of Seita and Setsuko, their struggles and wins, highs and lows. This makes the conclusion very emotional.
Superb animation, though you would expect nothing less from director Isao Takahata (director of the TV series Heidi and Maya, amongst others). Some of the imagery is stunningly beautiful, like watercolour paintings.
On the negative side, and probably the only reason I didn't give this a 10/10, the outcomes are a bit telegraphed. The conclusion would have been even more powerful and emotional if we didn't know in advance what it was going to be.
Desgarradora, profunda. Hotaru no haka nos muestra uno de los lados más crueles de la guerra con una obra maestra que sin duda conmoverá hasta a los corazones mas duros.
This is the type of movie that everyone should see at least once.
A Required viewing for any movie lover.