Japanese Anime Analysis

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Japanese Anime. It is arguably the most visually identifiable form of animation, with the Mickey Mouse of Disney and the Bugs Bunny of Looney Tunes. The style has grown from the early Disney-inspired animation to the form we recognize today, such as the Pokémon cartoon series and the critically-acclaimed Spirited Away (2001). But prior to these most recent anime cartoons, there was a realist animated movie, Grave of the Fireflies (1988). It’s a war film that follows similar events that the original author experienced during the end of World War II in 1945. Correspondingly, this is why the narrative falls in the line of realism with a bit the supernatural elements of the spirits in the beginning and end of the film. Up front, the film appears…show more content…
Initially, this investment was a good thing for them and the relatives, that took them in, but it changed as food kept on being more scarce. The aunt took more for herself and her family, guilting them by suggesting they don’t earn it. This symbolizes the change that war creates in people, they become more selfish, resentful, and irritated by the sudden shift in their lifestyle, from the war and the children. The aunt slowly loses the nice and warmful attitude she expresses to them in the beginning from the stress of the war and the continued scarcity of food. As Seita and Setsuko struggle on their own later on, in the abandoned shelter, the rice became more vital to them since that was the only food they could trade for or buy before Seita resorted to stealing. In this context, the rice became one of the last things that resembled the life before the war because it is the food that is the most available to them and means the most to the Japanese diet during the…show more content…
When the children are taking care of themselves, they catch and use the fireflies to light up the shelter, until the flies eventually die overnight. Setsuko buries them like how their mother was buried with a bunch of other lifeless bodies. This representation of their mother is crosscut with the tossing of her body into a pile, expressing the loss of respect that the dead receive in wartime. Like a mother, the fireflies watch over the children and shine their light on them, like a guide in the darkness that is post-war Japan. Also, the information about the fireflies short-life span is vital to their purpose because they serve as a visual representation of the short life the two children were left to experience on their own after losing both their parents to the war. Without their guidance, the children were not able to bear the weight of survival and within months, the end up passing away as

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