Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

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Grave of Fireflies [DVD]

The 1988 Japanese animated war drama film Grave Of The Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli, was based on the semi-autobiographical short story Grave Of The Fireflies by the Japanese author Akiyuki Nosaka. The story is about "a young boy [Seita] and his little sister [Setsuko] struggle to survive in Japan during World War II."

I like that this movie made me forget that it was even animated, that it showed some of the realities of war that are rarely if ever shown or talked about, and it connected with me very strongly on an emotional level. I think that other people will be amazed that this animated film is able to convey things that many live action films fail to convey, and that it is able to connect with them very strongly on an emotional level.

I saw Grave Of The Fireflies over 10 years ago. Many people describe it as one of the best movies that you never want to watch again because it is so sad, and I agree with that description. This movie connected with me on an emotional level so strongly that I cried like a baby. I think that one of the reasons that it connected with me so much is because I am the oldest of my siblings, and I could relate even more to this movie. This film connected with me so strongly that even seeing a trailer for it over 10 years later makes me want to cry.

Watch this movie, it is an example of the fact that animated movies are capable of more than some people think, but be ready to cry because I know that I did.

If Grave of Fireflies interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.