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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) is a 1988 Japanese anime war drama
film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli.

A tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost..

In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to
survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, the
helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the
enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children's lives are
as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring.

Includes both English dub and original Japanese (subtitled) versions. From
the Studio Ghibli Collection.

Special Features


Bios and interviews with Director Isao Takahata and Author
Akiyuki Nosaka

Interview with Film Critic Roger Ebert

Historical perspective with commentary

Video Restoration Documentary

Alternative Storyboard Angle for Entire Feature

Bonus Storyboards

Art Gallery


Grave of the Fireflies Reviews

“..not only one of the greatest anime ever, but also an important
(anti-) war film. A moving masterpiece.” Film 4

“Very simply the gentlest and most touching war-related film I've ever
seen.” Combustible Celluloid

“This film is a necessity for any animation collection and highly
recommended for its beauty and emotional impact…the film succeeds brilliantly
on many levels” DVD Talk

“An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of
animation…Because it is animated and from

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