Grave of the Fireflies

(Hotaru no Haka)

Distributor: Central Park Media
[Grave of the Fireflies]
In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring.

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 96
Number of Review Sites: 14

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", honest, thought provoking, and worth watching by anyone."
Akemi's Anime World (Marc Marshall) - 5 (out of 5)

"...pulls no punches and is well respected as one of the most intense anime movies ever made."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - exemplary

"Unquestionably one of the greatest animated films that ever was or ever will be..."
Anime News Network (Mike Crandol) - A+

"[Grave of the Fireflies] tears you down and makes you weep. "
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - A+

"I highly recommend this film to movie lovers and true anime fanatics alike, but remember to have tissue nearby."
Animefringe (Holly Kolodziejczak) - 91%

"I think history classes should show this to students, and it's something that I'd like to show my kids someday."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 5 stars (out of 5)

"This film is a necessity for any animation collection and highly recommended for its beauty and emotional impact."
DVD Talk (Todd Siechen) - 4 stars (out of 5)

"It is probably one of the saddest films you will ever see, but you will come away with an understanding of how a culture can cope with the legacy of war."
DVD Verdict (Mike Pinsky) - 100 (out of 100)

"A depressing, but wonderfully animated and edited movie that shows you a side of WWII that few have seen in a war movie."
IGN (Peer Schneider) - 8 (out of 10)

"Viewers used to Studio Ghibli's bleak but ultimately uplifting fantasies may be surprised at how relentlessly grim Fireflies becomes..."
Science Fiction Weekly (Tasha Robinson) - A+

" anime masterpiece on the same level as Akira and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind."
Sequential Tart (Jiffy Burke) - 9 (out of 10)

"...features an all-too-believable story that will tear at anyone who calls him/herself human."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Raphael See) - 5 stars (out of 5)

"[Grave of the Fireflies] is easily the most emotionally draining, most thought-provoking, most complete movie I have ever watched."
The Anime Cafe (Akio Nagatomi, Jane Nagatomi) - 5 stars (out of 5)

"...a deeply moving, disturbing film that changes the way we look at war and changes the way we look at the medium of animation."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - A