This week there was a screening of a 2D animated film called Grave for The Fireflies. As it was produced by Studio Ghibli, I was immediately excited about the film. However, what I saw left me with mixed feelings of awe and devastation. The story presented by the beautiful animation is a heart breaking one about the fates of two children during World War II who lose both their parents. The two central characters are Seita and Setsuko; rather, Seita is the main protagonist of the story who is the older brother taking care of his younger sibling Setsuko. From the beginning of the film, the grim mood is set as Seita is shown dying of hunger at a train station from which point the story goes back in time to show how he was brought to that point.
The style of the animation and the amount of detail put into it really corresponds to the theme and gives the story so much impact. Some scenes were drawn so vividly that it gave almost the amount of graphic and tragic content as an actual movie. The war environment was very well established through the background art and animation of the characters.
Anderson, Kyle. “Takahata Textbook: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES | Nerdist”. Nerdist. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 July 2017.
Ebert, Roger. “Grave Of The Fireflies Movie Review (1988) | Roger Ebert”. Rogerebert.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 July 2017.