Grave of the Fireflies

So I’ve decided that, from now on, I’ll occasionally review films as well as books, so this will be the first of, what I hope will eventually be, many film reviews.

Recently a friend of mine lent me the DVD of the English dub of Grave of the Fireflies. For those who haven’t heard of it (which would have included me until I borrowed it) it’s an animated Japanese film set during the Second World War and is about two orphans trying to survive. After watching it, I liked it so much, that it’s now amongst my favourite films; the art style means there are lots of nice looking landscapes in it and it also serves to put a metaphorical exclamation point on the strong emotions in the film. In fact, I’m going to say that this is the saddest thing I’ve ever seen out of all TV shows and films (perhaps I could make a future entry about sad part in films and TV shows), so if you’re the kind of person who gets rather upset by films, you probably shouldn’t watch this. The characters are so well built up too, the main two anyway, and you’ll quickly grow to like them and care for them.

The only real downside to the film is that it doesn’t really start that well, the first five minutes aren’t that good really, and don’t (in my opinion) fit with the rest of the film. Also, perhaps some of the English voice actors for minor characters could have acted better, one or two sound every unenthusiastic, but they’re only minor characters.

On the whole, like I said before, this film is really good and I put it amongst my favourites, I’d rate it as 9.5/10

Buy it here.

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