A line from Apocalypse Now sums up Barefoot Gen, in particular: "The horror, the horror..."
Essentially the same film. Barefoot Gen has always, rather unfairly, existed in the shadow of Ghibli's own 'war through the eyes of innocent children' masterpiece. Both films are based on the true accounts of child survivors of the bombing of Japan during World War 2. And in both films children are suddenly thrust into the world of adults: having to find it within themselves to protect their loved ones as their world falls apart around them and chaos ensues. In Gen it's the lead's mother; in Fireflies it's the lead's younger sister.
Gen is far more horrifying than Fireflies, simply because Gen deals with the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, where as Fireflies deals with the fire-bombing of Kobe. The atomic bomb sequence where skin is shown melting off people's faces is one of few instances where anime disturbs more than any live-action war movie could ever hope to. In both films the main focus is on the aftermath as the child leads try to survive; the bombing setting up the rest of the narrative. And in Gen the aftermath is also more unsettling due to radiation sickness.  read more
They both give depictions of what it was like after WWII in Japan. Grave of the Fireflies gives the opinion more after the war was nearing it's end while Barefoot Gen gives perspective of both during and after the war.
Not only are both films a must watch - they also share a lot in common. Both lead characters are forced to 'be a man' at times of tragedy (despite their age) and both must come to terms with the losses that occur - as such they are both extremely powerful anti-war movies based on real events the authors went through. They are both very upsetting, but don't let that put you off watching these great films!
It's hard to imagine you'd like one of these titles and not the other --- they are each a unique and interesting story yet both composed of very similar content and themes. Watch both back-to-back for guaranteed sadness.
Both movies make an attempt to depict war through children's eyes in a realistic manner set during World War II. Hadashi no Gen deals with the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Hotaru no Haka with the bombing of Kobe. In both movies the child leads are forced to cope with the catastrophic aftermath of these events.
Both films show us the hard situation that was experienced in Japan during the Second World War and the struggle of two children to survive the bombing of their cities having to take responsibilities that they should not at their young age.
There is this strange sense of realism and probability in these series that you might like if you liked either series. Also a sense of mature responsibility for ones' siblings. Not to mention the need for growing up quickly and taking charge of what is going on.
Both anime have a "Grave of the Fireflies effect" that use several ploys to tug at your heart and give a sad feeling. Both are a must watch.
Both deal with real catastrophes, the provoked damages, the victims and the ruined lives of the remained people..
Both series have a great psychological drama impact, very well developed.
Also, another important thing to mention is that they both share a great sibling relationship as main factor of the story along all the plot.
Conclusion, if u've seen one of those, you can't miss the other one!
It's the realism that makes these two so similar. There is no similarities in plot, but you will sure to have the same feelings when you watch Grave of the Fireflies and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 because both series try to cope with many things, like how to survive in a world where there's no one there for you but the company of each other (both series have the main characters as siblings).
Both GOTF and TM8.0 deal with panic and crisis situations. The first centers in the WWII, and Tokyo Magnitude in an eventual earthquake that strikes Japan. Also, the drama, sadness, and death are very important parts to it, and both will bring tears to your eyes, although, being Grave Of The Fireflies a movie from 1988, you need to enjoy old anime to like this one.
Both are very similar both deal widespread disaster and it's effects in a realistic approach. Both have siblings as the main characters whom develop a strong bond through out and losing everything they hold dear so they only have each other.
Young brother-sister pairs struggle through a time of crisis. In one tale, we have a young girl and her kid brother dealing with the aftermath of a serious earthquake, and in the other we watch as young boy and his toddler sister live through the gruesome Second World War. The recipe for a tearjerker has been perfected, so you better bring a box of tissues.
Both are splendid anime, that would definitely tug one's heartstrings. Both depict realistic scenarios, portraying the love and care siblings (the main characters) had for one another. Human nature, or rather how the society works, are painted beautifully. Tragedy did occur in both anime.
If looking for an anime that is emotional or you just want to have a ''good cry'', both are must-watch. If you like one, you would like the other.
- Both Shows deal with siblings being split from their parents in catastrophes (war /earthquake)
- They both evolve around the bond between siblings.
- They are both very dramatic and serious shows. Tokyo magnitude has more happy moments though.
Films set during WWII about the lives of normal people being thrown into chaos.
Grave of the Fireflies is more sombre in tone throughout, where as In This Corner of the World has a more lighthearted and less tear-jerking approach for most of the film.
Both show the clear transition from pre-war to post-war.
If you were disappointed like me at the studio ghibli film grave of the fireflies but liked the concept of a ww2 drama from the eyes of the civilians I highly recommend this movie.
How the movie transitions from lighthearted themes of family, friendship and romance to the sounds of air raid sirens had a lasting impact on me.
Hotaru no Haka and Kono Sekai no katsumi ni both deal with the Second World war from the perspective of common citizens in Japan. They both have a Mc who suffers from a tragedy and depict how they deal with it. While Hotaru no Haka was a pretty sad anime, Kono Sekai no Katsumi ni is a bit more positive looking (still has its sad moments).
Both movies take place in World War 2. Both protagonist are just civilians that go trough to the inclemencies of war , both movies are so well done that you'll slip into the character's skin.
You probably know Hotaru no Haka because is from Studio Ghibli but Kono sekai is not that well-know , In this recommendation I tell you Kono sekai is a real must-watch movie that involves many emotions 9/10
Both films present the viewer with children overcoming the adversities of war. Food is scarce and hard to come by, the threat of the enemy attacking your village any moment is frightening. So many variables these children must overcome. War isn't easy, the loss of life is insurmountable. These two films are similar and distinct because neither shy away from showing the brutality of children in the midst of a war.
These two movies happen during World War 2 in Japan. There are themes of family, hope and death, and both have the drama and historical genre. A sad and beautiful watch, really enjoyable with feels too. They have somewhat old art styles (especially Hotaru no Haka, since it is an old anime), and amazing music.
In conclusion, if you enjoyed one, you're almost definitely going to love the other one too.
Both films explore a distinctly Japanese perspective on WW2 through the civilians living through it. While Hotarubi explores the tragedy of war as 2 children are left to fend for themselves, due to the scarcity of resources, Kono Sekai takes a decidedly more lighthearted feel as we watch how the war brings people together in the face of tragic events.
War is horrifying. But what amplifies the horror tenfold is when children are forced to confront human nature that even adults cannot cope with, as they struggle to survive in the midst of war. And this is a subject anime depicts more disturbingly than live-action ever could.
'Grave of the Fireflies' is a period piece set during World War 2, when Japan was being bombed and innocent civilian lives and families were destroyed. An older brother and his dependent younger sister are left with only uncaring relatives as food becomes scarce and starvation becomes a reality. Desperation and despair is the least spolierific way to describe its ending. What makes it especially unnerving is that the movie is based on a true story, wrote as a sort of attempt at atonement.
You might assume 'Now and Then, Here and There' would be easier to watch, given that its first episode has its two leads transported from our modern world to another one. Many viewers either wrote the series off or were lured into a false sense of security based on how it began. But what follows goes to darker depths than most fiction ever dares. In its alternate post-apocalyptic world where water is almost non-existent, child soldiers are brainwashed and raised into killers by a deranged Hitler-esque madman... basically, anime's take on real world Africa. Killing is second nature and even underage females are used and abused like breeding cattle. I won't spoil but what happens to Sara is more disturbing than 99% of fiction. It could only be done in anime.  read more
Loss and the betrayal of human decency are key themes in both of these productions. Persecution and inhumanity are portrayed in harsh and realistic ways. Both succeed in pulling the viewer into the middle of the conflict, with a keen sense of empathy for the characters. "What would I do if faced with this cruelty? Would my actions really be much different?"
Both have the same bleakness that never completely destroys the enjoyment factor but it doesn't allow viewers to drop their guard either. Both are all too true tales of war and the effects it has on poeple and children.
However, the war itself is not the primary focus. Rather, it depicts it's heroes' journeys to perservere through it all in search of hope. Both are powerfully emotional, expertly written, and are classics in anime.
Fireflies is a decade older than Now and Then, uses a real war, and is more likely to steal a few tears away from you.
Now and Then is a sci-fi series, has a more distinguished cast (which in turn creates more reason for sadness), ends slightly better but it's overall potency of a tearjerker remains. read more
Both have different premises and take place in two completely different worlds (the real world in Grave of the Fireflies and a dystopian future in Now and Then, Here and There), but both deal with the topic of war in a very heartwrenching, touching and realistic way.
Extreme circumstances invokes the true human nature in our hearts. Let that be kindness, bitterness or perhaps any other emotions and the consequences that follows. In just the first few minutes of the films, they managed to show an already clear difference between them. Giovanni no Shima beginning on a clear, bright sky while Hotaru no Haka begins in darkly lit places filled with despair. Though both films does show how there is a brighter side to everything, Giovanni no Shima has a different sweetness that Hotaru no Haka lacks. The sweetness or perhaps bitterness to be able to face ethnic differences. Both films being about war times where siblings walk together for a chance towards a better tomorrow. If not anything more, the two managed to be a heartbreaking tale on the regards of war.  read more
Both movies take place at the end of World War II (1945) and the story follows the struggle of two siblings in times of war. The two stories can be very dramatic and depressing (especially Grave of the Fireflies), but they also have moments of happiness and hope. Both movies offer a different perspective of the aftermath, since the story in Grave of the Fireflies takes place in the city of Kobe and it begins with the firebombing of the city by the U.S.A. army, whereas the story in Giovanni’s Island takes place in the island of Shikotan, an island that in 1945 became part of the Soviet Union, but both movies are worth watching. read more
World War II is probably one, if not the most, talked period in modern times, so much that one can get tired of it. However, most of this is because it's always the same story, from the same perspective, at least here in the west.
What makes Grave of the Fireflies and Giovanni's island interesting is that they tell the story we know from the perspective of the losers. While they differ on what part of the war they portrait (Grave of the Fireflies covers the endgame and Giovanni's island covers the post-war situation), they both manage to tell the story of how the Japanese side of the war looked like. Another aspect they share that may be annoying for some people is that the protagonists are children, and they must confront the horrors of war while young, which gives some rather interesting interactions, specially considering that the each protagonist's psychology about how to approach their situations could be considered total opposites. read more
One of the things which always stood out for me regarding both series is the dark historical themes permeating both works which will leave the audience possibly wanting to cry. Both utilize a dark, gritty style - a style which for "Hotaru no Haka" isn't expected of a Studio Gibli piece.
Both can be labled "Struggle, the anime" and have depressing themes. Both are about WWII or post WWII Japan and it's economic and social struggles. Both form strong bonds between characters through hardship. Both seem to be more of a tragedy than a heartwarming story.
Both with with how tragic and devastating war is seen through the eyes of children. 0080 shows how war is not a game and only results in death and suffering while Fireflies depicts how hard it is for individuals to survive in a war torn country.
Both deal with the tragedies and horrors of war in different ways.
War in the Pocket teaches us that war is not a game, but a place where we can lose loved ones, it also teaches us that there is choice between fighting and running away to fight another day.
Grave of the Fireflies shows how individuals deal with the aftermath of war and the suffering that civilians go through no matter where they are from.
Both are gritty and harrowing tales of war as experienced by children and civilians; focusing on the futility of wars and the destruction they cause. Both anime are quite tragic and have many emotional moments.
Both movies involves around young children living in a world that seems too cruel for even an adult, things get worst and worst for both of the protagonist, but not even a second did they give up. The animation is great with supporting soundtracks that drives some to tears....
Both are powerful historical tragedies narrated in a style suiteable for children, but transcending that audience by a mile. Both depict historical class injustice and and how eventually everybody everybody suffers loss and pain because of it. The ultimate fate of the young protagonist is the same in both. Both are tear jerkers but not in an overly kitschy and pretentious manner, the story itself is credibly tragic. Both deal with a couple of protagonists where one watches over the other. Unlike Grave of the Fireflies, Dog of Flanders has no war backdrop, which makes the outcome even more evitable and sad.
Both are about children which strive to be happy and loose parents - though in the GOTF it's much more tragical, girls in MNT are worried about their mother too. Both let you enter the world of kids, which is a good and interesting thing. And both have deeper meanings and very nice visual part.
Both series start out knowing a character(s) have died and a good portion of each anime's story is about reflecting on the lives of said characters. Both anime are very feels heavy and contrast happiness with misery often.
- Mostly it's that both immerse you in the same melancholic, and tear jerking atmosphere.
- Both have a lookout on the past, memories etc..
- Cruelties of life, pain...
- Both with kid's POV, you get very attached to the characters relating to all their feelings as if experiencing it yourself.
i would very much recommend the movie grave of the fireflies, though do not watch it whilst in a cheery mood, it would definitely kill it :) (in my case for 3 days)
They both tell the story of sibling love, the innocence of children and their games and the often tragic lives of orphans. While Grave of the fireflies is based on facts of the lives of war children, Oseam is based on a legend/fairy tale. Oseam doesn't have the feeling of a brutal reality as Grave of the fireflies and has a more religious tone in the story using the ideas and believes of Buddhism.
Simply put, they both are beautiful and tragic stories, and if you like the one, you'll definitely like the other
They're both excellent and deeply moving tales depicting sibling love in the face of adversity. While Grave of the Fireflies is darker and more 'realistic', Oseam is somewhat more lighthearted and has a bit of a religious theme.
even thought Hotaru no Haka not an action or horror movie , but these two movies share an idealistic story on how can people survive when crisis fall upon them or how they will react, will they change?
Both movies will, undoubtedly, make you cry. The miseries of humanity are perfectly portrayed, with an outstanding animation. While Hotaru no Haka is settled in Japan devastated by the war, Asura is on a post-apocalyptic world. On both, it is shown how kids must survive on a world which has deserted them.
Both are Ghibli films which focus on World War II. Unlike other Ghibli works, these anime are more realistic. Both have similar art and character designs, as well as tragic moment that make the watchers emotional.
Even if both were made by studio Ghibli and both share the theme of the Japanese POV of WWII, The Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies have differences, for example, the former is more light-heart than the latter.
Still, even with the difference in atmosphere, both movies give an interesting outlook for western audiences how Japan was at the end of WWII. One tells the story of a young pair of children trying to survive the ruins of the constant bombing, and the other one is about the story of an inventor whose fascination towards his craft ended up creating, unintentionally, one of Japan's most known warplanes.
Anyone interested in Japanese culture and/or history should watch this films, as the portrayal of Japan in a period were they're commonly known as "the bad guys" as the protagonists, helps one see that some of them weren't warmonger, specially in The Wind Rises. read more
Jin-Rou also has war as central theme, a lot of disturbingly realistic violence, beautiful animation and will mostly likely depress the hell out of you by the time you reach the end of the movie.
(don't watch Jin-Rou and Grave of the Fireflies in the same sitting, you'll go suicidal)
Dark Shell and Hotaru no Haka both show the devastations of war and the suffering of ordinary people. Both are realistically sad from the bad things that happen in war. I've seen many hentais, but Dark Shell is one of the few hentais I love because it is so well done and impacting.
Binbou shimai monogatari isn't as sad and depressing as Hotaru no haka, but both of the animes have the elder sibling trying to protect their younger sister after their mom died. If you liked Hotaru no haka then you can check this anime out.
Loneliness, Sorrow and family. This are the most impelling issues of the film. It is has few main characters and some supporting ones, but are all genuine and belivable. We get an insight of a small family that has lost almost everything but themself. The way they try to find their purpose in life and a place to be accepted in the society is the core reason to watch this animation.
This is not a film you want to watch if you expect to laugh, but you can find some comical relief or likeable icebreakes. For the most part it is a tragic story about broken people finding their way out of it and a way of living with it. If you like a melancholic driven story with grounded well written characters that you care for, this is for you.  read more
Both titles show the unfairness of life and the ugly side of our fellow humans.
Towards the ending, Mitsuganae displays even more concrete parallels to Hotaru no Haka.
I don't want to become too specific (that would be spoiiling), but they both run towards a similar, depressing finale. Both made me think that killing by neglect may be the cruelest way of killing someone...
If you suffer from too much happiness in your life, both titles may ease your pain.
(I wonder if these could be counted among the opposite of Iyashi Kei)
Both anime show a realistic depiction of war through the eyes of children. Even though the art styles are different, both anime have similar imagery, depicting destruction, tanks and airplanes in a war zone, and use the contrast between the purity of children and the hell caused by war to give their message to the viewers.
While both anime might look childish at first glance, they both deal with dark and mature themes, focusing on children that are presented with a harsh reality. Overall, both have a similar mood, as well as intense and emotional moments.
Both show a conflectual and distant relation between an aunt and her niece.
The settings are completely differents and Air has supernatural elements, but they have themes in common: death at a young age, loss of one loved and the the heavy responsability that is taking of one relative, whether you're an aunt or a big brother.
However Air doesn't try to degrade one part to make us pity the other, it shows the best side of each characters. And a mother that looked immature at first may carry for her daughter more that it seemed, an absent father may be concerned for his daughter and make decisions for her sake.
Unlike Grave of the Fireflies which has villains characters that are just villains and miserable characters that are just miserable.
Also in Grave of the Fireflies the characters don't try to think of their situations to make things better, they are just passive, while in Air the characters try to repair what has been broken and this till the very end.
In this point of view, Air is more complete and honest than Grave of the Fireflies.  read more
Children coping with the ravages of war. Grave of the Fireflies is decidedly more realistic but The Boy Who Saw the Wind isn't total fantasy in its depiction of events and emotions. Both are excellent.
These two Movies are vastly different while offering a similar perspective on life's achievements. Sadly, Grave of the Fireflies is a tearful, historic, tragedy of the pain suffered by a brother and sister on the day Japan cried. Howl's Moving Castle offers the prospects of a young girl on a completely random journey in a magically entertaining world of love and adventure. Oddly, both are capable of emotionally startling their viewers with astounding events, encompassing their polar opposite stories.
Both are films set in Japan during World War II. The main characters cross many obstacles to survive. The two have a very dramatic and great emphasis is placed on showing it difficult to survive in those harsh times of hardship and danger, where bombs rained.