Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies ★★★★½

seito is a kid. he forgets to do the dishes and proceeds to ask for second helpings of rice. he chases his sister across the fields and swims freely in the sea. he keeps hold on his father’s promise of victory and triumph—a soldier’s promise, but a promise nonetheless. and yet when he hears of his mother’s death, he knows better than to cry. when his aunt decides for their food, he knows to bite his tongue. he’s not so much less of a kid than his sister, but he’s grown far beyond his years. war is devastating with all that it takes away with no clear triumph in return. heartbreaking in every sense of the word, and that makes it such an effective contribution to the war genre.

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