[An excerpt from a Takahata interview about
Omihide Poroporo, in
which he mentioned Grave of the Fireflies.]
It wasn't my intention to give people the catharsis of crying.
Yet, many people say "I cried so much," and some even say
"I cried so much, and I don't want to see it again."
I tell them, "it would be more fun if you watch it one more
suggested that maybe people thought that the
movie was just about the past and it just inspired their nostalgia.]
That was regrettable. I intended to depict the boy in Grave
as a contemporary boy, rather than a boy in that time. He doesn't bear
with hardships. When the aunt threatens him by saying
"OK, let's have meals separately," he is rather relieved.
He thinks that it's easier to eat by
themselves than to bear with the discrimination from his aunt. As a
result, his life becomes harder. Such a feeling is closer to the one held
by today's kids. I made the movie by thinking what would happen if a kid
today was suddenly sent to that time through time machine. So, I didn't
intend it to be retrospective or nostalgic, but mI didn't express it well
[Animage, vol 151, January, 1991.]