Grave of the Fireflies ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

*grabs a tissue*
this movie is so beautiful i just… it’s so…
*grabs another tissue*
the fireflies represent the fire bombs that destroy the town
*grabs third tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent the planes and pilots
*grabs fourth tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent the one form of beauty in a horrifying world
*grabs fifth tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent hope and perseverance
 *grabs sixth tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent the contrasts between the siblings. setsuko enjoys them because of their natural beauty, while seita with his misguided nationalism sees them as a war victory
*grabs seventh tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent how during wartime people turn into selfish beasts trying to rise to the top. how kindness in human souls evaporates into thin air, replaced by the notion “it’s every man for himself.” how priorities eclipse their minds over compassion
*grabs eighth tissue*
wait no… the fireflies represent how these adorable, innocent children both died at such an early age
*smashes the whole tissue box into face*

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