If you happened to gain a special power which allowed you to go back in time, what would be the first thing in your mind? Would you go back to the past so as to prevent some terrible mistakes that you have made from happening? I surely would and so would many other people, I believe. But someone somewhere would be likely to suffer as a result of this fortunate ability.
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animation. The story is about a boy and his younger sister who were both left orphaned as a result of an air raid which killed many Japanese, including their mother who died from burn wounds, near the end of World War II. The story is told in the style of a flashback on the last day of the boy’s life. He and his younger sister had had to go to live with their aunt as there was no one that the two of them could turn to. But later on their presence irritated her, resulting in them being treated badly. In the end, when they could not stand her any more, the little brother and sister decided to leave and squat in an abandoned bomb shelter. What happened after this is a very harrowing story.
This is one of the saddest animations I have ever seen and does not have a happy ending, although it is a well related tale of the impact of the war on those innocent victims who sufferred from this terrible event. I was deeply moved by this poignant cartoon.