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Grave of the Fireflies
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My friend Jude has a habit of dropping by the 24-hour neighborhood Mercury Drug at odd hours. During one of his nightly visits, he spotted a poor-looking woman hiding some groceries under her dress.
Jude had a few moments to decide whether he should report her or not, but after making eye contact with her, he decided to let it go.
“Did I do the right thing?” Jude asked. “She just looked so kawawa.”
“I dunno Jude, I may have done the same thing. Or I would’ve paid for her groceries, but I wasn’t there.”

Everyone hates a thief, but sometimes you don’t know why they do it. I just remembered because last night Markus wanted to watch anime and asked for Grave of the Fireflies, which is part of my anime collection.
“Markus, it’s the saddest thing on earth,” I warned him as I fed the DVD into the player. But he insisted. We watched together while lying on the bed, Markus asking lots of questions about the war. I could only guess the answers based on what my Lola and Dad had told me.
True enough, the movie brought back the same sad emotions I had when I viewed it the first and second time.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is about a brother and sister (Seita is 14, Setsuko is 4) who struggle to survive during the World War II fire bombings in Kobe, Japan.
The son of a naval officer, Seita vows to take care of his sister, especially after their mom dies during an attack.
Their home completely destroyed, they are forced to stay with an aunt who becomes mean when her own husband dies in the war.
When things get worse at the aunt’s house, the two decide to live in an air raid shelter and fend for themselves with whatever food they can get by fishing, eating frogs and snails, bartering goods, and using what little cash they have left. When almost all their resources are gone, the boy turns to stealing.

Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

The story is based on the semi-autobiographic novel by Akiyuki Nosaka who lost his sister due to malnutrition in 1945 wartime Japan. He blamed himself for her death and wrote the story to make amends to her and help him accept the tragedy. (Wiki)

Grave of the Fireflies

While Googling last night, I was amazed to find out how high-tech YouTube has become. You can now view the anime in its entirety here.
Movie critic Roger Ebert considers Grave of the Fireflies to be one of the most powerful war movies ever made and has included it on his Great Movies list. (Wiki)
If you have a soft spot for children, watch it. (Note: it is 90 minutes long.)
If you have kids, love them even more. If you have older children, watch with them. Aside from crying your eyes out, you will also savor every bowl of rice you will have from this day forward.

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Erasmus Kratos

I just hate the live version… Seita seems different… I suggest to watch the anime version first before watching the live version… or don’t watch the live version at all…

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I always cry this movie and seeing your post is making me teary. I love this movie but I dont want to watch it again because its so great and its a sobfest for me. I recommend it to others though but sobfest for me whenever I watch this.

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Yes. I can so relate with Katniss. 

But now my siblings are all grown up and only one of them, like me, turned out to be willing to work hard to rise above the misfortune of our childhood. Hindi natuto yung iba so malungkot talaga.

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I saw this movie a few years ago. It is indeed a tear-erker…

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i love that movie! it is so sad but so heartwarming 🙂

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I had to let it pass. She was stealing infant formula and instant noodles. 🙁

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I love this movie also. Sad, sad how conflicts really break families. 🙁

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Thanks for sharing this Ms. C….I learned a lot of lesson…

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:O Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng 1 hour 30 minutes na naupload sa Youtube… neat! I’ll watch this now. 🙂 Thank you Ms C!

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kumagcow Reply:

Just finished OMG T_T

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Just finished OMG T_T

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I love Hayao Miyazaki. Ever since I watched a Totoro DVD on our house years ago. When I became aware of online watching, I began to watch his other films like Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Then I also watched the rest of his works. The great thing is that all of them evoked different emotions, but all touched me. I love this movie too 🙂

Almira 🙂numbertwohere

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The son of a naval officer, Seita vows to take care of her sister — correction lang po dapat ata his sister tnx…

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CVS Reply:

thanks 🙂

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This movie belongs to my list of Most Beautiful Movies I Never Want to Watch Again =( I grew up okay and then around my high school years, our family suffered financially. Since I was the eldest girl and I knew how to cook (my mother didn’t), I was given P100 a day to feed a family of 10. Napagkakasya ko naman, never kami nagutom, but laging tama lang, walang sobra. But you know naman kids (I had 2 younger siblings and 3 nieces), laging naghahanap ng dessert or fried chicken or hamburger. So minsan my Mama and Papa will… Read more »

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I cried for about 5 minutes while hugging my son after kong mapanood to. OA haha

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There’s an upcoming local adaptation play of “Grave of Fireflies” this year.

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omnesia

One of my favorite war movies remains to be Empire of the Sun…

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Tin

Just reading the story line made me sad and my eyes watery. Thanks for sharing this.

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If you have kids, love them even more. If you have older children, watch
with them. Aside from crying your eyes out, you will also savor every
bowl of rice you will have from this day forward. – well said, Miss C.

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I got to watch this animation in my Japanese Film class, back in college. Tears just fell and fell.
It showed another side of the WWII that most people tend to neglect.

Also, because of this film, I cannot eat Sakuma candy drops. Way too painful.

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And what was Ben’s reaction to the movie, Cecile? 

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CVS Reply:

he didn’t watch. he was on the computer

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Lavernevillahermosa

i love your entry. Humane.

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