Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)
I had trouble making this list. I mean some serious, hardcore nauseousness from looking up these movies. If Grave of the Fireflies is the first entry, I’m sure you’ll understand… Devastation Rating: 7/10 This anime is based on the story of a brother and his little sister fighting to survive the aftermath of the *1945 firebombings of Kobe. The story is captivating, the characters are enduring… and I guarantee Setsuko will break your heart.
When the Wind Blows
Devastation Rating: 7/10 When the Wind Blows takes place in the UK during the cold war. It tells the story of a sweet elderly couple, James and Hilda, who survive the shock waves of a nuclear missile, but suffer in its aftermath. The animation style is unsettling, and the ending is unforgiving.
Devastation Rating: 8/10 I’ll copy here the summary from IMDB: “…this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes. Not recommended for young children.”
Devastation Rating: 8.5/10 Francis the cat in involved in a series of gruesome cat murders… this should be enough to get you going right there. I couldn’t watch the entire movie, because after finding and watching Francis’ nightmare scene, I had to stop and hug my cat forever.
Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen)
Devastation Rating: 9.5/10 I found lots of gifs for this movie, but I’m not posting them here. All I can say is that the movie is true to the events at Hiroshima and please do not watch this if you’re faint of heart. When you find this movie and watch what I’ve seen, you’ll be damn thankful this isn’t a gif…
The Plague Dogs
Devastation Rating: 10/10 If you have any love for animals, you will never forget The Plague Dogs. The opening scene is of a dog sinking to the bottom of a pool. I won’t reveal any other scenes of this movie, not because I don’t want to spoil it, but because I never want to think of it again.
Devastation Rating: ???/10 I found this film after some research on the other entries. It may not be devastating, but if you’re looking for the animated equivalent of a “mind fuck” you’ve found it. _______________________________________________ I’m so glad to be done with this list. I look forward to never EVER seeing these movies again. Most of these entries are available on YouTube in their entirety. I apologize for the ensuing nightmares.