since were supposed to do reviews, ill do one real quick.
Grave of the fireflies sets itself during the time of WWII, and is about the story of this young teenage boy, and his younger sister. Orphaned, they must find a way to survive.
Storyline: To start off, this movie is not a story, no, to say, its more like a tale. This anime is no journey explaining itself and the characters in it slowly, no, this is a simple and swift tale, but what made me fall in love with this anime was the emotion. This movie is all about greif. The entire movie, every scene, wants you to cry, sometimes in anger, happiness, fear, but mostly sadness. The movie quickly has you become attached to the two main characters, without giving much, if any, detail on them. I have not heard of many war-type es-que movies that base itself on the citizens of the warring countries. The lil girl, Setsuko, elevated the stories emotion, with how she reacts to her situation. Setsuko, in a sense, to me,was to show complete innosense. Watching something so pure, so untainted, going through all of these conditions, and still looking forward and abstaining from crying, was incredible.
Grade: A, revolutionary, beautiful, but loss of depth.
Music: Perfect for the film. The music seem to be that of what you would find in a childs jewelry box. It only depressed the mood of the story that much more.
Overall: B, incredible, but the movie lacked alot of it.
Animation: Definetly shounen style. Although the texture lines were not as deep and sharp as, say, Jin-roh, but more delicate and soft, but not to soft, jsut balancing itself away from shoujo style.
Grade: B- No matter what I do, i just cant get into the old style of animation.
Final Grade: B, like i said, beautiful, revolutionary, and incredibly moving. Definite pickup.