Anime review: Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

This is one of the more depressing animes I have watched. Told in mostly flashback mode. A story of two children who are trying to survive on their own during the end of world war 2.

Driven out of their home with their mom when their father is killed in the war they move in with his sister who does not want them. Things go downhill from there.

This story while beautifully drawn and cleanly told is definately not for everyone. The horrors of war are very clearly displayed in this tale. The effects of what happen to the losers and what happens to the nameless, faceless victims of the wars is not something I think is meant for most audiences.

If this was an western movie it would end up most likely with an R rating for the violence. Don’t let your kids watch this one but if you are an older teen and not a sensitive one then watch this anime. But be warned if you have anything like a tender heart you will end up in tears at the end of this one.

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