when grave of fireflies was released in japan, the movie was accompanied with my neighbor totoro as a double feature. perhaps this was done to balance the mood of the audience. since the first was containing some depressing scenes, the latter was more heart lightening. but still, both are beautiful.
tells a story of a new moved family, the kusakabe. tatsuo, the father, is a professor in tokyo university, he’s rather quiet, calm and have this soothing persona. the first daugther is satsuki, a vibrant, courageous and kind young girl. and mei, energetic, curious and loud little sister. this family moved into this village to get closer to the hospital where the mother, yasuko was recovering from unknown illness.
in between school and work, they travel to visit their mom by bike. here you will see that the animation and scene are quite simple, but still a pleasure to your eyes. studio ghibli delivers a great view of japanese village scenery, some time quiet, some time full of voices. and the character were realistic and you can relate to them easily.
one day mei, spotted two cute creature and when she chased them, they lead her into this huge camphor tree with an enormous fluffy creature, later she described as totoro. and later on one rainy night, when the girls were waiting the bus their father use to ride, it was satsuki who finally meet totoro himself. the girls manage to build a good relation with their magical neighbor.
but later, upon hearing her mother condition was getting worse, mei sets off alone to visit her mother. not long after that, she got lost.
satsuki ask totoro to help her finds mei and totoro gladly assist her by calling the catbus to carry satsuko and finds her sister. when the two united, catbus took them to see their mother at the hospital, and from the distance, they are thankful that their mother was fine.
this movie dragged me to some part of my childhood. the lush of green rice field, the old traditional houses, the muddy road, the clean river, the trees, the friendly neighborhood. the beauty of it all. it brought back the little kid in me.
all in all. i thought that this is a very good movie. no antagonist, no deep plot or conflict. but still, very much enjoyable.