>sell your sister's kimonos for 15 kg and give her children maybe 2 kg
>bitch endlessly about taking in war orphans, even though they're family
>let your 14-year-old nephew and your 4-year-old niece leave and just do whatever they want
What the fuck was her problem?
It seems to be a common bit in anime where orphans are treated like cockroaches by their family until they come across MC who has a modicum of humanity
But I think this was based on the writer's personal history, so maybe his aunt was just a huge bitch
Considering the fact they were being bombed and attacked, food was scare and rising in price. Therefore, she was panicking wondering how she will support her family and these two kids as well.
It is no wonder she bitched.
The aunt was actually pretty well off. She was giving giant ass rice balls to her husband and daughter.
She was mad jealous that her sister married a heroic navy captain and her husband was a boring bureaucrat.
Why? It made perfect sense.
The MC was from a proud navy family. With his dad gone, he wanted to be the father of the family. The aunt was kind of fucking him over, or at least didn't respect him as much as he thought he should be. She resented the honor associated with his military family. The MC wasn't going to stand for her insulting his pride so much. He was focused on keeping his sister happy and he didn't want to leave her alone.
The aunt is stressed out, and the kid is too proud. It's less feeling bad for the characters and more feeling bad for their circumstances.
In any case, the fucking 4 year old little girl did nothing wrong and suffered for it.
The only non background character who wasn't retarded or a cunt was Setsuko, her mother and the lady at the school. The Aunt's husband and daughter were OK, but they didn't call the aunt out on her cuntery.
>mfw everyone thought this movie was about the tragedies of war
>mfw the creator actually said it was to teach the insolent modern generation of kids to respect their fucking elders
>the creator actually said it was to teach the insolent modern generation of kids to respect their fucking elders
>if you don't respect your elders you'll die because they won't fucking feed you
Something like that? Though they were being starved anyway
it was more like
>respect your fucking elders, they had to watch their kid sister starve to death and then sell her corpse for enough ration stamps to survive until the US occupation came and the GI's started air dropping mcdonalds.
No, the young boy let pride get the best of him and a little girl needlessly died for it. Also, the aunt was a cunt, but she has a point: there was a war going on, famine and fire are rampant, you're fourteen years old, do your part and help put out fires/get a job.
>get a job
It was pretty clear the boy felt he couldn't leave his sister alone with his aunt. She was not only saying mean things to the girl but also telling her about how her mother's dead suddenly and stuff. He couldn't trust his aunt enough to get a job on his own.
Pity he couldn't join the American airforce. Then he could have got a nice fighter plane, flown over the aunt's house and sliced her in two with the wing. Or piloted the Enola Gay and dropped Little Boy on his Aunt's house instead of Hiroshima.
It's because he had too much pride, just like his country did. Neither knew when to quit and suffered the consequences.
The MOVIE is about the latter. The book is about the author coming to grips with the fact that his sister dying was his fault and nothing will bring her back.
Sure, it sucks that the girl died, but she had a far more pleasant death than this poor girl. If you recognise her, you'll instantly get what I mean,
Well body parts can be used in many ways.
Also in Barefoot Gen, some people thought they could use bones to cure illness from the bomb and others sold skulls to the Americans.
Tthere's also many exemple of the bitterness of people during war time in Gen. When a friend of the mother invites them in her home after they lost their house but her mother-in-law, bitter over her son's death in battle, hates them and throws them out.
During that time there were orphans everywhere, too.
I learned a new word today.
The cunt secretly told the little girl that her mother died,and afterwards complained to the brother when she won't stop crying.
This bitch deserved to have a nuke dropped on her roof.
>Big brother doesn't pull his weight
>Spends the day doing fuck all
>Everyone else is out doing something for the war effort
>Still expects to be given food at the end of every day
He deserved his fate, shame he pretty much killed his sister.
>Studio Ghibli will never make a cross-dimensional time travel movie where the main character visits each Ghibli movie and interacts with the cast.
>the main character will never trick the Aunt into going to Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th.
>trust your only relative to take you in
>she takes possession of your only valuables
>you agree to sell them
>somehow you get jewed out of the money
>she uses it to keep her own family well fed
>while you get almost nothing
>somehow this makes you the asshole
seems to me that he gave that old cunt plenty of 'respect', then she squandered it. he trusted her to fairly share the profits made from selling those kimonos and she did not. if that's really supposed to be the author's message, then he's an idiot.
seems to be a common theme in japan, where women don't want to be burdened with mouths to feed that weren't born from their own wombs. so they abuse the kids til the kids runaway or they're taken to an orphanage. cinderella complex?