Monday, 26 October 2015

Grave of the Fireflies - Studio Ghibli

From Studio Ghibli this is one of the most heart-wrenching of all of their animations due to the message and story it is telling. I feel that Studio Ghibli made this animation to show a different side to how war can effect ordinary people who would have normally lived happy lives, and leaves it up to the audience to decide what they think about the subject of war. They possibly were trying to get the message across that children can often be forgotten about when it comes to war, left to fend for themselves. As the film is set in Japan it could be hard for people to connect to it, but they have made the main characters children in order for a variety of different ages to be able to connect with the narrative. *SPOILER* Setsuko's death in the film really has a massive effect on the narrative as you begin to understand that Seita was only a child himself, even though he did act like a parent to her. I think that this film is so successful because it grips it's audience straight away with the haunting scenes of war and then an unbreakable bond between two loved ones. This has to be one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films due to it being able to touch anyone's heart even if they've never been through anything like it in their lifetime.

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