Orphans of The Firestorm

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Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
1988
Original Running Time:
89
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
86
Time Cut:
3
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
With his mother dead and his father at war, Seita takes it upon himself to protect and raise his younger sister Setsuko during WWII.
Intention:
This edit takes the already phenomenal film and puts the events in chronological order, thus making the ending more impactful, especially for people who haven't yet seen the film.
Other Sources:
Conspiracy (Album) By The Raven Age
Special Thanks:
Dwight Fry - For reviewing this project and helping me iron out a few technical bugs.
INIGHTMARES - For supporting me in my fanediting endeavors.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Supports all 3 original audio tracks; Both original and new English dubs and the original Japanese with subtitles.
Editing Details:
Moved the opening scene (Which is chronologically last) and moved it to the end, cutting certain scenes to hide
Cuts and Additions:
- Added Fanedit warning at start
- Removed non Ghibli logos from the first few seconds.
- Added "Orphans of The Firestorm" Title card in Japanese.
- Removed entire opening sections, This version cuts to the air raid scene.
- Removed Seita on the train and instead faded to him already arriving with his aunt.
- Cropped out and cut scenes of Seita watching his past self fail to comfort Setsuko.
- Cut Setsuko's funeral to black to transition to ending.
- Moved opening here.
- Merged opening and ending including removing text from the opening credits.
- Changed credits theme to "Grave of The Fireflies" By The Raven Age.
- Added Fanedit Logo at end.
Trailer

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Remarkable first-time edit that gives a simple but smart spin to Takahata's ever relevant masterpiece by making it linear, thus hiding the fates of the characters that the original revealed at the start. It can be argued that, given the tragic situation, several things can be expected at the end, but still it plays beautifully this way, and retains all the poetry and all the devastating punch. It even makes it darker and more hopeless in a way: you can see the bombs falling through the train window at the end. Make whatever you wish of that...

The technical aspects are very well achieved and quality is consistently high. It's a great touch to include both English dubs along with the original Japanese version, so everyone can choose their preferred way of viewing. I won't go as far as saying this is better than the official cut, but it can very well be considered an equal. And, in case you are wondering... yes, I cried at the end. This film gets me every time.

If you have never seen Grave of the Fireflies, this cut is a fine choice for a first time viewing. Get both the original Blu-ray and the edit as soon as you can. I assure you that you won't regret doing either.
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