Grave of the Fireflies
is a 1988 Japanese animated war tragedy film based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. It was written and directed by Isao Takahata, and animated by Studio Ghibli for the story's publisher Shinchosha Publishing (making it the only Studio Ghibli film under Tokuma Shoten ownership that had no involvement from them). The film stars , , and . Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, 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.
On 21 September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a teenage boy, Seita, dies of starvation in a Kobe train station. A janitor sorts through his possessions and finds a candy tin, which he throws into a field. The burnt remains of several small bones spill out, and the spirit of Seita's younger sister, Setsuko, springs from the tin and is joined by Seita's spirit and a cloud of fireflies. They board a train.
|events||bombing of Kobe in World War II Pacific War World War II|
|keywords||abandon air raid air raids on japan bank account bomb bomb shelter bury doctor who end end of world firebomb horrify imperial japan imperial japanese navy japan has surrendered kobe malnutrition nothing sakuma drops spring starvation suffer surrender of japan surround teenage boy train station|
|theme||animated anime ghost japanese war|