Isao Takahata brought a different perspective to World War II and told the tale of two siblings, Setsuko and Seita and how they endured the pain-staking reality of the war and its aftermath. Studio Ghibli grabbed the raw emotion of dread and hopelessness quite well, and imitated the expressions of these characters beautifully.
One of the first Animation films that I saw that made me realize that animation could be more. It was really hard watching because I kept on wanting more cartoony stuff to happen but it never did but I sat through it and in the end, I enjoyed it and it became one of my favorite films
Children in war make a heartbreaking story, and Grave of the Fireflies is no exception. The brother is trying to protect his little sister from the evils of war, tries to hide them under beautiful illusions. The great the strength of the movie is that you know the tragic end from the beginning; thus you appreciate even more those moments of happiness in this vast sadness.
I did not like the excessive manipulation that the film tries. However, I appreciate the film as a serious work depicting how people at home, in this film very young children, were suffering tremendously. The bombing raids, the close-up shots and the dialogue were also nicely done.