Since it’s close to Labor Day- meaning a holiday off, I gave myself a chance to watch three of the most loved anime movies there is namely: Grave of the Fireflies, Hotarubi no Mori e and Summer Wars. Each gave me a different thrill while watching. They are all worth recommending!
Grave of the Fireflies
A friend recommended this, saying it was a good film. I’ve seen the film’s poster but I didn’t think the focus was World War II. I was curious how it was in the point of view of the Japanese. They apparently experienced the same thing as other countries did. The horrors at that time period was described in a such sad tone. From the air raids to the rations, etc. The main characters, Seita and Setsuko, being children should have been enjoying life but instead they have to be wary. The imagery with the fireflies was just beautiful. It truly depicted the tiny hope in a world covered in despair. I think it was a simple way of telling a painful time. Of course, this was shown back in 1988- heck, I wasn’t even born yet, so obviously the animation and character sketch are not at par with the ones of today. Although that shouldn’t stop you from missing a rivevting portrayal of the war.
Hotarubi no Mori e
I was browsing through MAL’s top animes and surprisingly this was included in the top 30. I got curious and read through the synopsis. It reminded me of Natsume Yuujinchou, which is one of my favorite animes so I decided to watch it. But of course I found out it was the same manga-ka who created this. For a short 44 minute movie, I can say it was just amazing. The beauty of the passage of time, growing up and falling in love. It was poignant and direct to the point. I don’t want to ruin the story especially since anything I divulge might give away the meaning. I just want to say the ending brought this chilling feel. I was so hit in the gut that I kept replaying the scene over and over my head. Just watch it to be amazed!
Popular crunchyroll users, particularly Chrome_Mist has been recommending this in several forum posts already. I trust her comments on animes. Plus, I heard it’s like they created a whole new different world in this movie, which fascinates me. This sort of reminded of the Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game, no surprise there since it had the same director. I can’t properly explain this quirky movie well except you’ll definitely be glued to your seat due the suspense. What was an unassuming game in the OZ virtual world turns out to be a save the world mission! You’ve got a crazy big family to help you out in that situation. I basically like the changes we’ve seen in our main characters. This movie something you shouldn’t miss out on.