The charming tale of a boy and his sister starving to death, as narrated by his ghost.
There really is no way to characterise Grave of the Fireflies except as unremittingly bleak. Whilst there are moments of beauty, even joy, as Seita and his sister Setsuko live the last of their lives in the dying days of World War II, there is always the reminder that this ends badly.
That many of the beautiful moments are bound up in the oh-so-ephemeral fireflies only drives the point home. Continue reading