“An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.”
In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, Setsuko, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring.
A powerful and unforgettably emotional drama set amongst and post the final months of World War II. Takahata’s first feature for Studio Ghibli has made quite an impact since release, and despite his public denial of the fact, many feel it carries one of the strongest ani-war messages of recent times.