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Hotaru no haka (1988)
One of the best (anti) war movies ever. There Will Be Tears.
This movie hit me like a ton of bricks. I was fairly new to anime at the time, I think I might have seen AKIRA before and perhaps one other title, Ghost In The Shell probably. In other words - nothing that could have prepared me for this... Went in knowing it was gonna be an anime, and that it was gonna deal with WW2 "in quite a serious manner I think", as one of my friends who was a bit more into the genre explained to me. Boy, was that an understatement. This movie is unbelievably strong and uncompromising in conveying it's vision to the viewer. So effective. The movie deals with terrible, terrible things. And I was completely devastated. Towards the end I was weeping openly in my seat. Afterwards, walking out, I felt mainly depressed, and kinda empty. But there was also a sense of "This is so messed UP!" and "We have to DO something!". Join an organization that is against nuclear weapons, join Amnesty, become Conscientious Objectors, whatever. One of the most powerful (anti) war movies I've ever seen. To this day still. It's animated, but don't let that scare you. It would be your loss, and a substantial loss at that. Give it a try even if you are not a fan of the format. This movie transcends it's genre effortlessly. Should be shown in schools. Exquisitely sad though, so there should be plenty of tissues handed out...