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The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies  

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It's an incredible film, so of course you're looking for more anime like Grave of the Fireflies. There are plenty of Studio Ghibli movies that portray happy, light storylines full of hope, with some room for emotional theatrics. Grave of the Fireflies is certainly one of the most serious films this studio has ever produced, giving us a look at the lives of Japanese citizens after the the bombings of WWII. Despite the dark nature of this film, it actually holds one of the most beautiful messages as brother and sister Seita and Setsuko show just how resilient and hopeful the power of youth can be.

Finding good Grave of the Fireflies recommendations is a relatively tall order, but we've found a few that are certainly worthy of recognition. In This Corner of the World shows a similar story about how the bombing of Hiroshima effected the lives of everyday citizens. Following the housewife Suzu and her persistence to carry on no matter what happens, viewers will find a the optimism both inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure. Who's left behind? is also a war-time story based on the real life experiences of the creator, Kayoko Ebina, during World War II. Watching a young girl grow up and seeing how war has effected her life is always something hard to watch, but if you loved Grave of the Fireflies, it's an excellent story you should watch. 

There are quite a few anime series and movies like Grave of Fireflies that you should add to your watch list. Plenty of them will make you cry, but the stories are far too important to ignore.

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more
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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese animated film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. The film stars the voices of Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki and Yukito Nishii. The story follows ...more
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Devilman: Crybaby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Devilman: Crybaby
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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a Japanese anime television series that premiered on Fuji TV's noitamina timeslot on July 9, 2009, where it ended its original run on September 17. Directed by Masaki ...more
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In This Corner of the World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) is a manga series written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno and 2016 anime series. During World War II, Suzu Urano and her new husband ...more
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Barefoot Gen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Barefoot Gen is a war drama anime loosely based on the Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa. Directed by Mori Masaki and released in 1983, it depicts World War II in Japan from a child's ...more
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Now and Then, Here and There is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Now and Then, Here and There is a thirteen episode anime series directed by Akitaro Daichi and written by Hideyuki Kurata. The story was originally conceived by director Daichi. It premiered in ...more
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Anohana: The Flower We Saw Tha... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is an 11-episode 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. The anime aired in Fuji TV's noitamina block ...more
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Giovanni's Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Giovanni's Island
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Rail of the Star is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Rail of the Star
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The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
The Diary of Anne Frank
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Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War i... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
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Who's left behind? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Who's left behind?
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Hi no Ame ga Furu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Hi no Ame ga Furu
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Himeyuri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Himeyuri
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Asura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Asura
Asura is a 2012 animated horror, historical fiction film written by Ikuko Takahashi and directed by Keiichi Sato.
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The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. It was released by Toho on July 20, 2013 in Japan, and by ...more
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Ringing Bell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Ringing Bell is the 1978 Japanese/American anime film adaption of the book of the same name written by Takashi Yanase. It is most notable by fans and critics as a G-rated children's film which ...more
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Jin-Roh, also known as Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in its American release, is a 1999 Japanese animated feature film directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. The film is the third adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's ...more
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Birthday Boy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Birthday Boy
Birthday Boy is a 2004 short film.
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Binbō Shimai Monogatari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Binbō Shimai Monogatari
Binbō Shimai Monogatari is a manga series by Izumi Kazuto. It has been adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation and was aired in Japan from June 2006 until September 2006.
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Millennium Actress is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Millennium Actress is a 2001 Japanese anime film by director Satoshi Kon and animated by the Studio Madhouse. It tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly ...more
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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shich... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, is a Japanese manga series written by George Abe and illustrated by Masasumi Kakizaki. It began serialization in 2003 in Shogakukan Publishing's Weekly Young ...more
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Oseam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies
Oseam
Oseam is a 2003 South Korean drama/religious animation directed by Sung Baek-yeop. It is based on a novel by Korean author Jeong Chae-bong, who has described it as being a fairy tale for adults. ...more