Well I did it.
I watched Grave of the Fireflies and I can say that I have not been so moved by a film since The Green Mile.
The dynamic relationship between Seiten and Setsako is what really hit me. i myself have four younger sisters and if I was in this situation, and I lost one of them despite everything I did it would be crushing. Because of this it hit me hard when I watched the film.
They suffer and see nothing in return. I didn't cry but I almost did. Instead I felt this pain in my stomach and my throat. Despite that I don't regret seeing the movie at all. An experience like this cannot be found easily and I will remember it for a long time.
It's anti war message rings louder and truer than ANY anti war film or book that I have ever encountered. Most anti-war sentiments focus on the struggle of the soldier. But here we have to innocent children, starving to death because of the conditions of war. A toddler, a vibrant young girl full of life, dies in her youth because of circumstances out of her control.
We know about the soldier's side, we've all seen Saving Private Ryan and we know the struggle of the man but what about his children? That is what Grave of the Fireflies captures. The despair and the suffering of the truly innocent, the ones who never fire a bullet. Watching these children die a slow agonizing death while the world watches is a more affecting Anti War homage than All Quiet on the Western Front or Saving Private Ryan will ever be.