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Parents Guide for
Grave of the Fireflies (1988) More at IMDbPro »Hotaru no haka (original title)

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Sex & Nudity


A four-year-old girl is urinating and her buttocks can be seen very briefly.

Violence & Gore


A teenager is shown dying of starvation.

An intense scene involves a Japanese town being bombed by Americans during World War II. The aftermath is emotionally resonant, with lots of destruction, smoke, and dead bodies.

A four-year-old girl sees a dead body covered with a blanket; she asks her brother if he is sleeping and he tells her not to look at it.

There is one very sudden fly-by shooting.

A man throws a teenage boy to the ground and treats him very roughly after he catches him stealing his food. The teenage boy is later seen covered with bruises and a police officer threatens to charge the man with assault.

The protagonist's mother dies due to the bombing and is seen twice covered with bandages and with bloody eyes and mouth. The second time she's death and maggots can be seen.

A four-year-old girl dies of malnutrition and her body is cremated by her older brother. This is neither violent, nor gory, it is however profoundly sad and may be difficult for most viewers.



Some mild profanity (i.e. damn, jerk). In the english dub, harsher language such as "shit" and "piss" are used.


A man smokes from a pipe.


Dead and rotting bodies are seen throughout the film.

A boy is seen dying in a train station.

One scene of a few characters walking through a makeshift hospital (an elementary school), where the patients are seen bodily wrapped in bandages, some screaming in pain.

Woman sustains extreme/graphic burns

Two funerals, where the bodies are burned over fires in caskets

The film is very emotionally intense, especially the ending, which is not only very upsetting but is the one of the primary reasons why many viewers won't re-watch.

21/50 - Despite being a film by the renowned Studio Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies should be seen by viewers 13 and up.

Suggested TV Rating: TV-14-L (Uncensored), TV-14 (Most standard cable networks)

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some scenes of war violence, disturbing images, and language.

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