animated movie Grave of the Fireflies © Studio Ghibli
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Grave of the Fireflies

It is near the end of World War II and the citizens of Japan are being hit hard in one bombing run after another. Being the family of a naval officier has protected Seita, his little sister and his mother for most of the war, but that all changes after his mother dies in an air-raid. Now, even though he is only a child himself, Seita must struggle to keep himself and his sister, Setsuko, alive. It is a tragic tale of war's most innocent victims...

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Truly one of Studio Ghibli's greatest crowning achievements, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is a brilliant masterpiece fully deserving of a place in any of the best movies ever made. Not...
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The first time I watched Grave of the Fireflies, I didn't know what to make of it. Even days after watching it, I walked around with a sort of melancholy....
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One of the saddest movies ever made is also one of the best. Perhaps you are feeling particularly upbeat and need to come down, this is the movie for you....
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Before I saw "Grave of the Fireflies" I had the impression that japanese animation consisted mostly of stupid and cheap TV series and rip-offs of popular western movies ("Lily C.A.T."...
Created by: Studio Ghibli
Language: English subtitled / English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Hotaru no haka (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Tsutomu Tatsumi ... Seita
Ayano Shiraishi ... Setsuko
Yoshiko Shinohara ... Mother
Akemi Yamaguchi ... Aunt
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
J. Robert Spencer ... Seita
Rhoda Chrosite ... Setsuko
Veronica Taylor ... Mother
Amy Jones ... Aunt
Directed by: Isao Takahata
Produced by: Toru Hare
Musical Score by: Yoshio Mamiya
Writing Credits: Isao Takahata
Based on: the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka
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