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The Best Anime Like Grave Of The Fireflies

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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  • 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 Herald ...more
  • Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese supernatural anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman ...more
  • In This Corner of the World is a 2016 Japanese animated wartime drama film directed by Sunao Katabuchi. Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to ...more
  • Giovanni's Island

  • 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 point of ...more
  • Who's left behind?

  • The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the man ...more
  • This acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki follows schoolgirl Satsuke and her younger sister, Mei, as they settle into an old country house with their father and wait for their mother to ...more
  • 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
  • Menma's friends reunite after her death to help fulfil a wish so she can pass into the afterlife.
  • Birthday Boy is a 2004 short film.
  • 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
  • Asura is a 2012 animated horror, historical fiction film written by Ikuko Takahashi and directed by Keiichi Sato.
  • 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 makes ...more
  • 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.
  • Rail of the Star

  • 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 Japan ...more
  • 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
  • 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 Tachibana ...more
  • Oseam is a 2003 South Korean animated drama film directed by Sung Baek-yeop. After a fire claims the life of her mother and her eyesight, young Ga-mi and her brother, Gil-son - who is unaware of ...more
  • Futatsu no Kurumi

  • Devilman: Crybaby

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Himeyuri