Grave of the Fireflies is one of Studio Ghibli’s finest achievements. Despite its esteemed place in cinema history – animated or otherwise – it can be a very difficult film to watch.

Setting the tone for this beautiful film is an equally beautiful score by Michio Mamiya. If you are familiar with the film, the main theme “Fireflies” will transport you back to the film’s world and all the feelings that go along with it. Hope and tragedy go hand in hand, and this music captures it perfectly.