Trivia: Grave of the Fireflies

  • Creator Breakdown: The original book was written by Nosaka as a way to come to grips with his guilt over the real-life death of his younger sister, who he had been caring for after their parents died:
My sister's death is an exact match with the novel. It was one week after the end of the war. At the countryside of Fukui prefecture where I was, it was the day the restrictions on lighting were removed. It must have been the 22nd. It was evening, and I was picking up my sister's bones. I was coming home in a daze when I saw the village lit up. There was nothing like my surprise then. My sister died in my side of the world, and the light was coming back in the other.