Grave of the Fireflies Anime Review
(Warning this Review may contain slight spoilers)
Plot of Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies is about a young boy named Seita and his younger sister named Setsuko. They were unfortunately born during a terrible and tragic time in Japanese history, during World War II. One day on the way of evacuating from their home during a bombing by the USA, Seita and Sestuko managed to make it away from the disaster area on but there mother however was not so lucky. She was burned terribly and without the availability of a hospital anywhere near their home town. No one could treat her, She Died and her body was burned along with many other people who died in bombing. Seita realized that things were terrible and that he will have to take the role of watching over his little sister. This was a terrible time for them because food was low and it was hard to find things that they could trade away for the basic necessities that they need. They ended having to sell their mother beloved possessions just so that they could survive. Seita was brave all the way through; he was not willing to let most of his true emotions show in front of his little sister. He was not going to be a good brother to his little sister. After a falling out with their aunt they had to leave and learn to live on their own. Can 14 year old boy and his little sister survive during wartime all by themselves without much money to their name?
The Tin of Candy
One item that was important to both Seita and Setsuko was a tin of candy that was called “Fruit Drop” in Grave of the Fireflies. It is a tin full of small pieces of hard candy that have many different taste such as Mint, Melon, Strawberry etc. This was important to the two of them because it not only comforted Setsuko when she was sad but it also was like a symbol of hope for the two of them because no matter what bad things happen to either of them. They still had a tiny shred of hope left in the form of candy. This tin eventually played a much more deep and important role for Seita but if you want to know what this role was then you’re going to have to watch the movie for yourself but as a reviewer must warn you that once you watch this anime your old view of the world may not be a view that you can ever go back too.
I first came in contact with this anime movie while I was on vacation at a relatives house and I decided to go to the library to see what anime and manga that they had there. I decided that I would watch a movie that had gotten such amazing rating and it was 100% worth it. This anime does not have amazing graphics but it doesn’t need it. This anime is not about showing off how flashy it can be but showing a story in which you must watch the braveness of a boy and his younger sister trying to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. I give this anime 5 out of 5 stars. It is a story that is truly something you should see if you have not seen yet and even if you have seen it already maybe you should watch it again because it’s something that is worth experiencing over and over again.