8 - I could never bring myself to look at this as a straight-up anti-war film. Sure, wartime Japan serves as a backdrop and as a trigger to the whole affair, but it wasn't the deciding factor in the characters' demises; chalk that one up to stubbornness and pride, flaws you admittedly can't completely blame a child for. As an aside, the final few scenes, while effective, feel blunt and maudlin. Still, a great film.
ok this movie is so fucking sad like no lie i almost cried (i dont cry for movies). the characters r realistic children and the story is so great. anti war film that doesnt feel like one almost. 4.5. wouldnt watch again bc i would probably cry. also my first ghibli film!
The deviations of a more emotional character imply the insistence on a rhetoric of feelings that prevents this film to reach the highest point that its formal structure allows: it’s a beautiful animated film, a wise space exploration of the medium's potential, in its visual and narrative components. However, the excess around the girl's death causes a movement a contrario sensu to its sensitive perception.
Completely heartbreaking. Don't expect something filled with cheer and joy, life doesn't always go that way. That's what I love about this movie, the fact that it doesn't sacrifice the awful and monstrous moments a person can go through in life, just to amplify the good moments! Everything culminates, regardless of it being good or bad. It's unmerciful and relentless but I guess the portrait is honestly complete.