Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II."  Synopsis Source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Seita changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Seita, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Seita prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Seita uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Bad
Seita ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Surviving in WWII Wartime Japan

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Doing
Overall Story Issue: Enlightenment vs. Wisdom
Overall Story Problem: Unending
Overall Story Solution: Ending
Overall Story Symptom: Process
Overall Story Response: Result
Overall Story Catalyst: Experience
Overall Story Inhibitor: Ability
Overall Story Benchmark: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 1: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Main Character Throughline

Seita

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Progress
Main Character Issue: Fantasy vs. Fact
Main Character Problem: Unending
Main Character Solution: Ending
Main Character Symptom: Test
Main Character Response: Trust
Main Character Unique Ability: Threat
Main Character Critical Flaw: Confidence
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Past
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Present

Influence Character Throughline

Setsuko

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Preconscious
Influence Character Issue: Worth vs. Value
Influence Character Problem: Non-Accurate
Influence Character Solution: Accurate
Influence Character Symptom: Process
Influence Character Response: Result
Influence Character Unique Ability: Worry
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Security
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Memory

Relationship Story Throughline

Orphaned Brother and Sister

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Being
Relationship Story Issue: Thought vs. Knowledge
Relationship Story Problem: Unending
Relationship Story Solution: Ending
Relationship Story Symptom: Hunch
Relationship Story Response: Theory
Relationship Story Catalyst: Desire
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Skill
Relationship Story Benchmark: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Doing
Overall Story Consequence: Being
Overall Story Cost: Preconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Progress
Overall Story Requirements: Obtaining
Overall Story Prerequisites: Becoming
Overall Story Preconditions: Subconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Future

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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