Image: Studio Ghibli, Madman
Grave of the Fireflies is one of the saddest movies ever made. Decades after it’s original release, people have discovered a haunting, hidden image in the Japanese movie poster.
More attention has been re-focused on Grave of the Fireflies after director Isao Takahata’s recent passing.
Here is the Japanese poster in question. It looks like main characters Seita and Setsuko are playing with fireflies, right?
— 不思議.net (@fusigi_net) April 15, 2018
But if you look closely at the top of the poster…
— まゆら (@5515mayura) April 13, 2018
…or alter the poster’s colour…
— コミナミ・コミ (@comicloverhouse) April 13, 2018
— マクベス (@FondaToshi) April 16, 2018
There appears to be a B29 hidden in the blackness.
— treetreenew (@TreeTreeNew) April 14, 2018
If you alter the colour further, you can see that there’s the round glowing light of fireflies at the bottom contrasted with what appears to be bullets or firebombs raining down.
— あれもこれも欲しいもの (@JiOkkv) April 15, 2016
This poster is perhaps more famous, and it’s also depressing as hell, but doesn’t quite pack the same emotional punch upon closer inspection.