Imagine a 21 year old man crying to an animated movie, what if I told you that man was me? I remember I was on an anime binge when I discovered this movie. Yes; I know, I should’ve known about it earlier but I was too busy with the lifestyle I was living at the moment to sit down and watch anime. But boy am I glad and sad that I discovered it.
This throwback Thursday is going to be a bit of a tear jerker, if you’re anything like me you’re a huge Studio Ghibli fan. One of my personal favorite movies from the studio is “Grave of the fireflies”. There are many reasons why I hold this movie so close to me. The story about the bond between two siblings who literally had to struggle to survive and watch out for bombers every second of their waking life, to moving in with an aunt who despised who they were, to making their own dwelling inside of an alcove. Yes, this movie was THE ONE for me.
The film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War.
As sad as this movie is, it was absolutely stupendous. I loved the animation, I loved the music, and last but not least just the determination Seita and Setsuko had to keep on pushing, the will to do anything it takes to keep them going on strong.
I guess the reason for liking loving this movie so much is because I respected and commended their efforts for their struggle to live and also the bond that they had between each other. One scene really got to me though, the scene where Setsuko passes away from being malnourished. The saying following the death scene is what really gave me goosebumps and made a grown man cry, the saying was: “she never woke up.”
Having lost a few people on my journey through life I understand the pain that those four words can cause. They can rip you apart, drive you insane, and even throw you into a world that’s worse than hell. But one thing I ask of you is to not give up on your life, live your life for those who weren’t able to live a full life and make them proud. See sights they were never able to see, climb heights they were never able to climb, and let’s not forget to keep them forever in our hearts.
But anyways, before I start tearing up again how did you like this movie? Are their any other Studio Ghibli movies you prefer over this one? Be sure to leave a comment!