Hotaru no Haka

Grave of the Fireflies

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tombstone for Fireflies
Japanese: 火垂るの墓
English: Grave of the Fireflies
German: Die letzten Glühwürmchen
Spanish: La Tumba de las Luciérnagas
French: Le Tombeau des Lucioles
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 1988
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.511 (scored by 398422398,422 users)
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Ranked: #1272
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Popularity: #299
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As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Hotaru no Haka is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, which is centered on his experiences during and after the American firebombing of Kobe in 1945, and was released as a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro.

The movie has won several awards including the Japan Catholic Film Award in 1988, the Special Award in the 31st Blue Ribbon Awards in 1989, the Animation Jury and Rights of the Child Awards in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in 1994, and the 1st Moscow International Children's and Youth's Film Festival Grand Prix in 1998.

Characters & Voice Actors




Yamaguchi, Akemi


Takahata, Isao
Director, Screenplay
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Mamiya, Michio
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Anno, Hideaki
Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Setsuko and Seita" by Michio Mamiya

Ending Theme

"Futari" by Michio Mamiya


Nov 29, 2023
Title: Grave of the Fireflies - A Heart-Wrenching Masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Studio Ghibli, is a cinematic masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of animation. Released in 1988, this profoundly moving film is an emotional tour de force, offering a harrowing yet beautifully crafted narrative that explores the devastating impact of war on the lives of two siblings.

Storyline (10/10):
Set against the backdrop of World War II-era Japan, Grave of the Fireflies follows the tragic tale of Seita and Setsuko, two siblings struggling to survive in the midst of the country's wartime hardships. The film is an unflinching exploration ...
May 8, 2022
Mixed Feelings
No spoilers.

Many people say this is a must-see film, and that they cried during it. Personally, I did not consider this a "must-see" or tear-inducing. If you like wartime stuff, maybe you'll enjoy this. Unfortunately, I did not care for it.

It keeps the story to the very personal, small lives of two children during the war. The war is the setting, but not the plot.

Even by nowadays standards, this holds up very well. Each shot is well directed and there are genuinely haunting images all throughout the movie. While the movie never tries to WOW you with the art, it is all very effective ...
Feb 3, 2024
This film earns a solid 1 from me due to its frustrating elements.

Despite surviving a bombing, Setsuko tragically cannot withstand the consequences of her brother Seita's stupid decisions.

Seita consistently opts for the worst possible choices, leading directly to Setsuko's death from malnutrition—even though they had funds available in the form of their mother's savings. This plot point is not only implausible but also diminishes the overall quality of the narrative.

The artwork, while commendable, cannot redeem the film from the shortcomings of its poorly conceived protagonist, Seita.

I cannot recommend "Grave of the Fireflies" and wish I could reclaim the time spent watching it.

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