History Anime / GraveOfTheFireflies

21st Jan '17 8:56:42 PM Idek618
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* BrotherSisterIncest: In the original short story, Seita is deprived of all other female company, and Setsuko has to grow up really quickly because of the circumstances, so their relationship develops undertones of this. Thankfully, the film left out this theme. There is, however, a subtle hint in the scene in which he rolls towards her when she sleeping and seems to try to kiss her, which makes her to push him away.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: In the original short story, Seita is deprived of all other female company, and Setsuko has to grow up really quickly because of the circumstances, so their relationship develops undertones of this. Thankfully, the film left out this theme. There is, however, a subtle hint in the scene in which he rolls towards her when she sleeping and seems to try to kiss her, which makes her to push him away.
17th Jan '17 5:47:19 PM Idek618
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* NoAntagonist: Only the sibling orphans struggle to survive on their own during WWII.

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* NoAntagonist: Only the sibling orphans struggle struggling to survive on their own during WWII.
1st Jan '17 6:58:38 PM Soufriere
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* BreakTheCutie: Doesn't even ''begins'' to describe what these two kids go through.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Seita glancing at the audience near the end. [[EverybodyIsJesusInPurgatory Some saw this gesture]] as a massive ThisLoserIsYou message to the Japanese youth at the time. Juvenile delinquency was high, and quite a few film critics concluded this film was made to show them they should be more thankful for what they have. [[{{Jossed}} It wasn't]], though it was easy enough to misread it that way give the period when it was released.

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* BreakTheCutie: Doesn't even ''begins'' ''begin'' to describe what these two kids go through.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Seita glancing glances at the audience near the end. [[EverybodyIsJesusInPurgatory Some saw this gesture]] as a massive ThisLoserIsYou message to the Japanese youth at of the time. Juvenile delinquency was high, and quite a few film critics concluded this film was made to show them they should be more thankful for what they have. [[{{Jossed}} It wasn't]], though it was easy enough to misread it that way give but check out the period when it was released.Trivia page for a more thorough explanation.



** The opening scene is of Seita's death and his reunion with Setsuko in the afterlife. It's a {{Tearjerker}} to begin with, but once you've actually seen the rest of the movie and realise what they've been through, it hits much, much harder.

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** The opening scene is of Seita's death and his reunion with Setsuko in the afterlife. It's a {{Tearjerker}} to begin with, but once you've actually seen the rest of the movie and realise realize what they've been through, it hits much, much harder.



* KillEmAll



* MementoMacGuffin: Averted with the ring that belonged to the children’s mother, which makes one appearance in the film and then is never seen again. Played straighter with their father’s photo, though.

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* MementoMacGuffin: Averted with the ring that belonged to the children’s children's mother, which makes one appearance in the film and then is never seen again. Played straighter with their father’s photo, though.



** This was paired up with ''My Neighbor Totoro'' on both films' original release. They had people walking out after ''Totoro'' if that was shown first, while they stayed (and enjoyed) both if ''Grave of the Fireflies'' was the first shown.

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** This movie was paired up with ''My Neighbor Totoro'' ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' on both films' original release. They had people walking People walked out after ''Totoro'' if that one was shown first, while they stayed (and enjoyed) both if ''Grave of the Fireflies'' ''Grave'' was the first one shown.



-->'''Seita:''' [''in a voiceover''] [[WhamLine She never woke up.]]

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-->'''Seita:''' [''in ''[-[in a voiceover''] voiceover]-]'' [[WhamLine She never woke up.]]



* RealPlaceBackground: The film featured locations that were accurately based on real locations.[[note]]On the Australian DVD, real life location shots are shown as part of the extras and what became of them.[[/note]]

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* RealPlaceBackground: The film featured locations that were accurately based on real locations.[[note]]On [[note]] On the Australian DVD, real life location shots are shown as part of the extras and what became of them.[[/note]]



* RomanAClef: The story was based on the author's childhood during and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, except in this case, his AuthorAvatar, Seita, dies with his sister, Setsuko. The author had blamed himself for the death of his sister from malnutrition and had written the novel as a way to make amends to her.

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* RomanAClef: The story was based on the author's childhood during and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, except in this case, case his AuthorAvatar, Seita, dies with his sister, Setsuko. The author had blamed himself for the death of his sister from malnutrition and had written the novel as a way to make amends to her.



* [[TheRunaway Runaways]]

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* [[TheRunaway Runaways]]Runaways]]: Seita runs away from his aunt's home for several reasons, Setsuko in tow. She's not particularly sad to see them go.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole film, but particularly the ending: [[spoiler: Seita withdraws all of his savings to buy food for Setsuko, but she’s already in too poor of a state to recover, and he can no longer use the money to save his own life.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole film, but particularly the ending: [[spoiler: Seita [[spoiler:Seita withdraws all of his savings to buy food for Setsuko, but she’s already in too poor of a state to recover, and he can no longer use the money to save his own life.]]



-->'''Seita:''' September 21, 1945. That was the night that I died.
* TogetherInDeath: In the final scene, [[spoiler:the contented spirits / ghosts of Seita and Setsuko happily share a view of Kobe in 1988]].

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-->'''Seita:''' September "September 21, 1945. That was the night that I died.
died."
* TogetherInDeath: In the final scene, [[spoiler:the contented spirits / ghosts spirits/ghosts of Seita and Setsuko happily share a view of Kobe in 1988]].



* TheXOfY: ''Grave'' of the ''Fireflies.''

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* TheXOfY: ''Grave'' of the ''Fireflies.''''Fireflies''.
29th Nov '16 8:37:03 PM spasskysteve
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Compare ''Manga/{{Barefoot Gen}}''.

Not to be confused with the 2008 film.
29th Nov '16 8:36:03 PM spasskysteve
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'''Spoilers below.'''
15th Nov '16 11:43:59 PM ShorinBJ
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The film is based on the short story of the same name written by Akiyuki Nosaka, who based much of the plot on his own childhood in Japan during and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The film begins with Seita dying and reuniting his little sister Setsuko as a ghost and [[HowWeGotHere the two have another look at the last few months of their life]], starting with the loss of their home and their mother in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Kobe_in_World_War_II 1945 bombing of Kobe]] until Setsuko’s death.

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The film is based on the short story of the same name written by Akiyuki Nosaka, who based much of the plot on his own childhood in Japan during and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The film begins with Seita dying and reuniting with his little sister Setsuko as a ghost and [[HowWeGotHere the two have another look at the last few months of their life]], starting with the loss of their home and their mother in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Kobe_in_World_War_II 1945 bombing of Kobe]] until Setsuko’s death.
9th Nov '16 6:59:57 AM LiamXDin
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Added DiffLines:

** The reason that Seita and Setsuko are (relatively) unscathed in the initial firebombing that costs their mother her life is that she went to the shelter to seek safety first. Because they can't get to the shelter in time, the two kids are further from harm's way.
9th Aug '16 4:06:25 AM PF
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* InfantImmortality: [[Averted with Setsuko, who dies of starvation.]]

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* InfantImmortality: [[Averted [[spoiler:Averted with Setsuko, who dies of starvation.]]
9th Aug '16 4:05:46 AM PF
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* InfantImmortality: [[Averted with Setsuko, who dies of starvation.]]
8th Aug '16 6:51:06 AM Willbyr
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