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Hotaru no Haka

Alternative Titles

English: Grave of the Fireflies
Synonyms: Tombstone for Fireflies
Japanese: 火垂るの墓


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 1988
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.531 (scored by 192193192,193 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #842
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #299
Members: 324,414
Favorites: 3,918


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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both are stories that deal catastrophes and it's effects in a realistic approach. Both have siblings as the main characters whom develop a strong bond through out. 
report Recommended by MagEarwhig
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. 
report Recommended by Lemon
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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  read more 
report Recommended by FatefulLove
Grave of the fireflies had a similar kind of setting, hardship, death and sadness. both animation are set in the period of after and before war. unbreakable bond.  
report Recommended by nero
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. 
report Recommended by ZakuHead
war movies from a child's perspective. 
report Recommended by DarkLaila
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.... 
report Recommended by FatefulLove
Both anime is about the second world war and the animation style is quite the same. If you liked Anne No Nikki, you will definitely like this one! 
report Recommended by rudderbird
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. 
report Recommended by foxgirl
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.  
report Recommended by Protaku
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 
report Recommended by poljaff
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?  
report Recommended by Blabblab
Both anime are about the WW2 bombings in Japan as seen through the eyes of innocent children. 
report Recommended by guiglar
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. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
"2 siblings move to rural japan after their parents die and do their best to support each other. Bring a box of tissues." Grave of the Fireflies or Yosuga no Sora? You decide! 
report Recommended by blitz_21x
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) 
report Recommended by Malfegor
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. 
report Recommended by bigarmkungfu
Both are anime about surviving children from war with fireflies as friends. 
report Recommended by Rod_Russ
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. 
report Recommended by KireiHanabi
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  read more 
report Recommended by Lurifax_10
Human being is probably the cruellest thing ever made. Both animes make us cry like we have never done thinking about it. 
report Recommended by Hypeantonio
Both movies are based on a story of the WWII Both movies main characters are children who suffered from the war 
report Recommended by jojor13
Both are dark and depressing in a bloody period and are tragic. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
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) 
report Recommended by Estefan
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. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
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. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both are historical stories that revolve around main characters dealing with troubles and sad lives. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both very calming, dramatic, and sad. Also slightly twisted.  
report Recommended by ranlou
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  read more 
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
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. 
report Recommended by lisnoire
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. 
report Recommended by CiaoBella
They are both about love in the midst of war, and have high-tension moments where you aren't sure the characters will survive. They are also about on the same quality level plot-wise. 
report Recommended by Martinman
Like Saikano, Grave of the Fireflies is an emotionally intense anime that revolves around people trying to find normalcy while living through a war that is beyond their control. 
report Recommended by ggultra2764
Both are movies that have panfull stories with deep inner meanings about the human heart and our attempts to make sense of our chaotic lives. 
report Recommended by EtherealMerc
Both have a scene that involves firebombing, and both show the attitudes and culture of the Japanese people during WWII. 
report Recommended by MotokoAramaki
A young man fights for one person he cares through amid a war that is going on. He fights it despite all the odds against him just to have a little bit of happiness for the person he cares about left. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
- Both anime shows a civilians' tragedy from the World War II. - Both anime has a shocking dramatic atmosphere. - Both anime is about surviving during war time. 
report Recommended by Ricz
Tear-terking historical anime about the consequences of war. They both take place in a thoroughly defeated Japan. 
report Recommended by Skeleton-Jelly
Both of these movie detail the livees of children during World War II and their fates, going through the tragedy and hopes of both. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by SunWukung
Though they take place in different settings, I feel like these two share a very smiler sad feeling. Both are sad short stories that are defined by their wonderfully developed characters. 
report Recommended by lewiszim
Both are historical and dramatic movies. 
report Recommended by ShadowBlazer3000
Both movies tell a tale of civilian suffering during WW II, but Grave's story is much more sadder. Chocchan could be described as "Grave of the Fireflies lite". 
report Recommended by Ez
Relationships of brother and sister are similar. 
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