Studio Ghibli Fan Unveils 30-Year Easter Egg In ‘Grave Of The Fireflies’ Poster

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Three decades after Hayao Miyazaki’s war drama animation Grave of the Fireflies went on air, some fans have only started noticing a hidden Easter egg in its poster.

To grieve the passing of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Japanese television network Nippon recently screened the 1988 film, which circles around two siblings from Kobe who try to make ends meet during World War II. Understandably, it soon drew attention from viewers and netizens.

One Twitter user by the name of ‘comicloverhouse’ thought it was high time he confirmed a theory he had heard about the film.

His tweet, translated to English by SoraNews24, read, “I just read a theory that the fireflies in the Grave of the Fireflies poster aren’t all insects, so I analyzed the image and it’s really true. I never knew about this.”

The Twitter user amped up the artwork’s brightness, only to discover a war plane hovering above the siblings’ heads—which meant that the “insects” in the poster could have been firebombs instead.

As Grave of the Fireflies’ name suggests, fireflies play a key role in the animation. They’re not just there to fulfil aesthetic purposes, but their short mortalities also represent the youths whose lives were cut short as a result of the war.

The message might have been conveyed a little too belatedly, and that makes it all the more heart-wrenching.

30 years after Grave of the Fireflies was released, fans discovered something about the poster. When you turn brightness all the way up, you'll see a B-29 bombing plane in the sky. What was thought as miracle lights of fireflies were really a rain of explosives. Another tear.

— James (@JamesJSChai) April 15, 2018

[via JamesJSChai and SoraNews24, cover video screenshot via Madmen]

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