Isao Takahata's 'Grave of the Fireflies' To Be Broadcast This Week

By Eknoorpreet Singh | April 6, 2018

Studio Ghibli | Isao Takahata | Grave of the Fireflies | Broadcast

Isao Takahata's 'Grave of the Fireflies' will be broadcast on the Japanese TV series "Friday Road Show" on April 13. The sudden broadcast announcement was made due to the news of Takahata's death today in Tokyo.

Takahata was the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, who produced and directed films like the romantic drama 'Only Yesterday', 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' and 'Grave of the Fireflies'. He died today at the age of 82.

Until now, "Friday Road Show" has broadcasted Takahata's numerous works such as "Homepolpoporo", "Heisei Monster Battle Pompoco", the comedy "My Neighbors the Yamadas", and his last film, the Oscar-nominated "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya". The broadcast decision was made to say farewell with a feeling of condolences and gratitude.

'Grave of the Fireflies', written and directed by Takahata, is a grim, war-themed anime film that received universal acclaim from the critics. It tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War. Roger Ebert considered it "one of the greatest war films ever made" and included it on his "Great Movies" list.

Here's the plot of the film according to MAL:

As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

Source : Comic Natalie