Grave of the Fireflies Blu-Ray with New English Dub Out Today




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by Marlan Moore | staff editor

Tear-jerking anime classic Grave of the Fireflies makes its way to blu-ray in North America today with a new English dub.

The newly recorded dub features Adam Gibbs as Seita and Emily Neves as Setsuko. Don’t like anime dubbed? That’s okay. The blu-ray also features the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Interestingly, Grave of the Fireflies is the only Studio Ghibli film never distributed by Disney in the United States. Why? The rights for the film are retained by Shinchosha – the publisher of the original novel – and not with Ghibli’s parent company, Tokuma Shoten. Its previous U.S. DVD release was from ADV, and this newest remastered edition comes from Sentai Filmworks.

Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of Seita and Setsuko, two children trying to scrape by after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Sentai Filmworks put it best – “…their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying.”

Anyone putting this one on their holiday wish list?

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