A stupid poll about The Grave Of The Fireflies

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By Oliver (AKA the Admin) on 78 comments
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I don't call that a badass poll, but it's a poll nonetheless !

It’s been a point of discussion with friends IRL lately, how many persons would be ready to watch, again, The Grave Of The Fireflies ? Some movies are sadder, but you could could them on the fingers of a severely suffering leper.

Simply said, I’m curious to see the results of a poll on that topic
Me, you could pay me solid money, I’d never want to watch it again, for instance. Threaten to break my toe or pinky finger again, same deal.

Could you watch ONCE AGAIN The Grave Of The Fireflies ? (you wouldn't be paid for that)

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(Update : sorry, I forgot to “open” the poll, it’s OK now)


Spoiler : Pikachu just watched it, poor thing.

Chuuuuuuu

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somedude
somedude
13 years ago

….I stopped watching it half way. I just couldn't bear it to tell you the truth.

Oliver AKA The Admin
Admin
13 years ago
Reply to  somedude

Why don't you vote, then ? ^^;;

DarkMassacre
DarkMassacre
13 years ago

Probably for the same reason I didn't. Unless I'm not looking at the right place, there is nowhere to vote.

Oliver AKA The Admin
Admin
13 years ago
Reply to  DarkMassacre

I had forgotten to open the poll. It should be OK now :)

somedude
somedude
13 years ago

Because at the time that I posted the comment, the poll wasn't working properly. Vote in now though.

DarkMassacre
DarkMassacre
13 years ago

I've seen the movie once. It wasn't what people said it was. I've seen worse movies but I have no desire to ever watch it again.

d0m
d0m
13 years ago

nfi how to vote, but i cannot bear to watch it again.

TJCID
TJCID
13 years ago

My answer is "Hell no, are you crazy?!"

I watched it such a long time ago and I still remember the details. If this movie can't make one cry (or at least deeply move him) then he has officially lost his humanity.

Definitely one of the top 3 saddest works of art created so far.

bria
bria
13 years ago
Reply to  TJCID

Thanks for the fact that you are so open minded.
I haven't cry for this movie. And if you have a little interested in history, you would see individual history with much more sad way of dying.

I was more moved by the end on jin roh that by the end of this movie.

It is sad, but it's all.

Cocofang
Cocofang
13 years ago
Reply to  TJCID

This comment is part of responsible for me being so disappointed with the movie. When I read it I thought the movie was a guaranty for you feeling deeply moved and bringing tears to your eyes.
In the end I got barely touched. I didn't like the storytelling and how the brother practically not only killed his sister but himself alike. Out of pure stupidity.

Shame on you. That being said, if you'd excuse me now, I have to eat my daily share of fresh babies.

The King
The King
13 years ago

Can't vote for some reason,

orcoferoz
orcoferoz
13 years ago

I dont see the movie again the brother its so stupid, he steal fod for him and let his sister die of starvation, and the planes boom the citu whit flaming sticks its so lol

Mattrulez
Mattrulez
13 years ago
Reply to  orcoferoz

They are called incendiary bombs. The Americans had bombs with dozens of these sticks and they had napalm in them. Since most of the Japanese infrastructure was wooden at the time, incendiary bombs caused more damaged than high explosive bombs, as those used in Europe.

Farfignootan
Farfignootan
13 years ago

It's not allowing me to vote, but I have watched the movie on several occassions. I guess my propensity for sheer and utter horror is higher than most's. The film is not on my un-re-watchable list, it's not even close. That's probably because, at its root, it's a story that must be told.

Carrot_Glace
Carrot_Glace
13 years ago

The novel is even more sad than the movie.

By the way, I can't vote.

skyboy
skyboy
13 years ago

I have not watched it yet. No plan for it in the near future.
BTW, cannot vote.

Zydar C.
Zydar C.
13 years ago

I remember seeing this movie as a little kid, years after it came out. Didn't really get it though.
But I recently received a copy from a friend, and damnit, I wept profusely. I lost family to the Japanese when they invaded my home country back in the Second World War, but watching GotF made me realize that war, in all its accursed forms, destroys everyone in the end. The victims & its perpetrators. My grand dad might not agree, but that is neither here nor there. Brilliant film, all the way.

monset
monset
13 years ago

GotF is a great film. though it really does not strike me that much. I guess it's ok.

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

It's a brilliant film.

No, I won't watch it again.

But everyone should watch it once.

casey abrams
casey abrams
13 years ago

grave of fireflies is the SMOAT – saddest movie of all time. I have a copy but i've never watched it again.
had my gf watch it (without me. lol.) and she doesnt want to see it again.

Mattrulez
Mattrulez
13 years ago

It is pretty sad. So many suffered because of militaristic war dogs who wanted to rule the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. In the process they led half a million Japanese civilians to their death. Much like how the Nazis led their nation to death with millions of civilians lost(only China and the USSR lost more). Even worse is the stigma left behind by the Japanese warlords. Even today China and Japan has at best a strained relationship.

Normal Guy
Normal Guy
13 years ago

damn….i never seen it so i cant really vote but i just read about it on the net and…it sounds so sad, and i normally dont say things like that about movies/ books of this type, because they are suppose to be sad, but damn…i think i would see this movie more than once, but…it would have to be large time gaps in between

spamslots
spamslots
13 years ago

I could tolerate watching it again in terms of the sadness level… But I refuse to watch it again on the grounds that it's overrated and stupid. The boy is just amazingly, intensely stupid. Maybe it's a cultural thing that I don't get because I'm not Japanese and I don't have that attachment to personal pride/honor, but it seems utterly brain dead that the boy let his sister starve to death because he was too proud to throw himself on his relative's mercy. It would be one thing if she died of infection or something and he could not get enough money to have her treated or the drugs just aren't available, but starving your little sister for family pride is the stupidest plot device I've ever seen in any form of 'serious' fiction.

Todeshund5001
Todeshund5001
13 years ago
Reply to  spamslots

that may be true, but the fact of the matter is, there are those types of people out there. people who would rather let their loved ones starve to death than do an action that would tarnish their pride. there is, however, nothing we can do about it. since we are talking about the human condition here. humanity is both beautiful, and, ugly.

Birbizas
Birbizas
13 years ago
Reply to  spamslots

May i ask from what country are you?
This isn't about pride, this was reality of post-war. As citizen of exUSSR I hear such stories from my grandma…
And by the way – boy tried to feed his sister – he was stoling food from everywhere he could. And isn't his relative who took some food from him?

DualFace
DualFace
13 years ago

Oh hell no would I ever watch that movie again. I must've been something like 17-19 years old when I first saw it and that shit made me cry. Was the fucking saddest movie I ever saw! Shit! I'd never wanna suffer that again. Argh. :-(

maxchain
maxchain
13 years ago

Maybe if I had a stiff drink before. And six more during.

Birbizas
Birbizas
13 years ago

Yep, most saddest animation i ever saw. It even beats lot of movies without happy ending.
But in other hand it is movie about truth of live. Maybe someday i will watch it again… maybe.

Uru
Uru
13 years ago

I've seen this film and really don't like it at all. I think it's just completely exaggerated pathos … there's another WW2-Japanese-kids film around called "Who's left behind?" (ja: Ushiro no shomen daare) which I believe is a lot better than Grave of the Fireflies. Give it a try!

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

Unfortunately (yes, I’m dead serious) I never saw this movie, but the day I muster enough courage to watch it I’m going to, even if it’ll make me cry buckets.

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

It's not a sad movie in the ways that it will make you cry (although you might), it's more of a movie that just makes you feel rotten afterward. But it's important in another way to feel rotten after watching it, and while it's mostly a movie about how the brother failed his sister, it's also about casualties of war, and the consequences of using mass destruction weapons that people should never use, never again.

Hunt3rXIII
Hunt3rXIII
13 years ago

Most people say "Hell no" in this poll ,exciting……..

kain_o_insano
kain_o_insano
13 years ago

I've never watched and probably never will. It's probably something people should see, but if just reading the review of it in the internet (and picturing it in my mind) left me a little uncomfortable I can bet all that I have that I will stop watching it in the middle (I just don't like to feel my feelings all messed like this…)

Geahk
13 years ago

This movie is one I might see again, if I wanted to show someone. It is very much like Hotel Rwanda, a movie I saw with my wife who is African American. We both cried so hard that we felt lightheaded and empty afterward. I think Grave of the Fireflies should be shared, especially with anyone who thinks that Nukes should be used to solve our problems. People MUST know the cost.

Mike
Mike
13 years ago
Reply to  Geahk

The invasion of the Japanese islands was going to cost, conservatively, over one million Allied deaths, most of them Americans. Japan, as a nation and a people, would have ceased to exist.
Read the battle accounts of the Okinawa invasion. The Japanese army was training children to be suicide bombers.

As far as death counts go, the firebombing of Dresden (and other cities) killed more people than Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

The atomic bomb saved millions of lives. And instead of Blaming America, you should ask yourself what kind of culture almost chooses suicide to surrender. They had to use it TWICE to get the Japanese to quit. A sane culture would have surrendered long before.

Reideen
Reideen
13 years ago

I like movies that bring me to my tears…thats why I don't have a problem watching them again. I think I've watched this one particular Scene from Drakengard 2 (everyone who played it, will know which one) dozens of times…it always touches my heart.

ilexuki
ilexuki
13 years ago

i was forced to watch this in my acting for animation class. cruel and unusual punishment.

Granten
Granten
13 years ago

Nope, once was enough. Certainly there are sadder ones, but not many.

Myname
Myname
13 years ago

I've never seen it. First time i ever hear about this movie.

I should probably check this out :o

widowchaser
widowchaser
13 years ago

Yeah, a second shot it is an exercise in masochism… it's message wasn't lost on me, and I don't need it driven home again. Today's news is grim enough without revisiting a 60+ year old tragedy portrayed on such a personal level .

gteamedmx
gteamedmx
13 years ago

Funny you should ask this question, because actually HAVE watched it again, recently. I can't remember, though, why I watched it again. It's not like I had a burning desire to see it again…

Dalen
Dalen
13 years ago

i just finished watching it and wept so much. It was a really great movie. It will be a very long time if I ever watch it again.

Mark E
Mark E
13 years ago

Yeah it's sad but I think it's overrated. I'd watch it again, but then maybe my brain has blocked off how sad it is.

Anyway, I was much more impressed by Barefoot Gen, an anime based off the semi-autobiographical manga series by Issei Miyazaki who was 6 when Hiroshima was bombed and managed to survive purely by luck. The anime covers lots of depressing and gruesome details that I would rather forget…

HentaMa
HentaMa
13 years ago

To sum up my experience of this movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqqChtboXnQ

alex
alex
13 years ago

I could watch it again without a problem. It's really sad, sure, and it brought tears to my eyes, but I've seen much, MUCH sadder, and there are plenty of those really sad movies out there. Have you guys ever seen Ordinary People? Oh my god that movie….

alex
alex
13 years ago

Wow, everyone here clearly have not seen many sad movies if this tops your list… O_O
I'm surprised that people are finding it that hard to re-watch, there are so many more unwatchable,
horrific movies out there.

Something
Something
13 years ago

I'd watch it again sure, i wont cry over it though, it just shows the reality of what the home front of japan was like

shintai
shintai
13 years ago

I've actually seen this over 50 times, since i was a kid.

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

And yet if the British and the French had showed one ounce of backbone in 1938, it is entirely possible WW2 could have been avoided.
And the Japanese started the war. The Americans finished it.

Mattrulez
Mattrulez
13 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Well, that can be debated. If you look at the Japanese high commands documents from the last days it wasn't the bombs that caused them the most anxiety, it was the Soviet destruction of the Kwantung Army. The Kwantung was the largest Army Japan fielded and was stationed in Manchruia to fight the Soviets. It was utterly destroyed within one week. The Allied invasion was Kyushu was set for October. They were going to face 2 million Japanese Army personnel and some 20 million civilians who were set to fight(No idea how many would have actually fought).

The Soviet invasion of Hokkaido was set for November and the Red Army was going to face some 10,000 territorial forces. The Japanese knew that the Soviets would have swept down Hokkaido and then invaded Honshu with the majority of the Japanese forces facing the Allies in the South. They may have even taken Tokyo.

The point is the Japanese decided surrendering everything to the Americans was better than having their nation split. If the Soviets had invaded, we may have even had a North and South Japan like Korea or East and West Germany.

Gynok
Gynok
13 years ago

I just watched this. I'm crying like a fucking baby – damn you.

Keith74
Keith74
13 years ago

Hi Oliver
First of all thank you for creating Hentay Rules.
is so long that I attend your site, but I've never responded, I do it now first to thank you for making available many works, of which at first I just see only the beautiful drawings, but without being able to read, unfortunately I don't know Japanese, although I am a big fan of manga and anime.
I'm trying to learn it, is a difficult language, but charming, like the people who speak it.
But I have yet to answer the question, no, I never look over to Grave of the fireflies.
And not because it is a masterpiece, both in terms of animation, of details and wonderful backgrounds, but because it made me too sick to see it.
It was the first time I cried watching an animated movie, tears of sadness and pain, because although I knew well the history of what had happened in Japan at that time, this film was like a scratch on the soul, if you grant me the license.
the DVD is in the place of honor in my collection, but I don't open it any more, well I don't need because I remember it deeply in My heart and mind.
Well, I think I've ranted enough, thanks again for everything you do and keep up with your goreat work.
Sorry for My bad english. ;)

somebody
somebody
13 years ago

My vote is Hell No, not because it was so heart-wrenching but because I couldn't but feel disgusted by this movie. Most people wouldn't agree with me about this though, and I understand everyone has their own opinion.
I watched this film about two years ago, so I cannot remember its details, but it has burnt a deep impression in my mind. As a person from Korea, I may have a natural predisposition to receive this work negatively. First of all throughout the whole movie, I couldn't help think about the Japanese atrocities happening during World War Two. How could I give sympathy to a boy who seems a bit stupid and a slightly annoying little sister who isn't very useful, when there are much worse things have happened elsewhere and also in Japan?
I have no personal grudge against Japan, but it is a fact that Japan was a disgrace during WW2. Knowing this, I cannot possibly give much sympathy to insignificant, animated siblings, although I do concede that her death is undoubtedly upsetting. I'm sorry that I'm rambling but I just cannot get over this personal barrier to actually find this movie emotionally moving at all. And the brother is a bit stupid and lets his sister die. I do not remember him struggling at any point to keep his sister alive.
Im interested with anyone else has similar feelings or any negative feelings about the movie? I cant find anybody who said anything other than " This movie is amazing and very sad" and it would be interesting to hear a wide range of opinions.

Tony
Tony
13 years ago

I have watch this movie several times. I like how it grasp the reality of war. I'd say that this movie could top with the 1979 movie "All Quiet On the Western Front". This is a powerful movie. It makes you feel that you're lucky to live in a period of no war.

Gades
Gades
13 years ago

Never again, i was so sad at the end i felt bad for days…not wanna experience that another time

me_
me_
13 years ago

honestly, i didn't find the movie all that sad. a bit, but no more than a lot of things i've seen. however, i still wouldn't watch it again because it makes me unbelievably angry (at least, not for a while; i'll probably revisit it again someday). the second time i watched it, i had to stop about half way through to settle down. i wish when what's-his-name had gotten caught stealing vegetables, the farmer had just beaten him to death instead of taking him to the police. things would have been better that way.

of course, i know that couldn't have happened since the story is semi-autobiographical, and was made as the author's way of trying to apologize to his sister and to try and cope with the guilt he's been carrying around all these years. can't really kill yourself off to change the ending of a story like that.

Lolloni
Lolloni
13 years ago

the only animation that menaged to make me cry…
a lot actually
I'd watch it again anytime, but I just like to feel sad sometimes @_@

Leaf
Leaf
13 years ago

I've seen it. It was certainly sad, but I've seen worse.
I'd watch it again, though.

some anon
some anon
13 years ago

I (un)fortunately haven' t seen this hentai anime, but i' m not too into loli/toddlercon.
Is it really fap worthy ?

Oliver AKA The Admin
Admin
13 years ago
Reply to  some anon

It's not sexual for fucking heaven's sake

lollerskatz
lollerskatz
13 years ago
Reply to  some anon

lolololol

Basically it is about how evil the americans were for attacking civilians and how much of an idiot the brother is for being too proud.

some anon
some anon
13 years ago
Reply to  lollerskatz

So it' s incest-toddlercon with added guro war-raep shit ?
Does the little sister get gangbanged and bukkaked by a full squadron of US marines ?
That sounds exciting, hope there is no evil NTR inside.

By idiot, you mean fucked silly ? Ahegao is always nice, i will consider viewind this interesting Ghiblilith release.

VoodooChile
VoodooChile
13 years ago

watched that in 8th grade japanese class when i was… 13? And then again in AP japanese. there should be an option on the poll for WILLING to watch it again, but will never go out of your way to do it. Thats my vote… its a good, well-made movie that unfortunately will only succeed in causing unhappiness. That and hatred for the Americans, but I think we've gotten to the point where finding someone who DOESN'T hate us is already hard enough no amount of anti-US propaganda will have any affect.

Alt
Alt
13 years ago

definitely no, when you think about it, it's not sad, it's RAGE. the guy's life wasn't at all hard, he made it hard. if you lived your life in a country that's way poorer than japan at war, you'll understand. he had relatives that accepted them, they had money in the bank, and clothes that can be traded for food but what did he choose? To live in a cave. the sister's misfortune is sad but it is by far outweighed by the brother idiocy.