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Grave of the Fireflies initial theatrical release in Japan was accompanied by Hayao Miyazaki's much more lighthearted My Neighbor Totoro as a double feature. In commercial terms, the theatrical release was a failure. While the two movies were marketed toward children and their parents, the extremely depressing nature of Grave of the Fireflies turned away most audiences. However, character goods of Totoro, particularly the stuffed animal of Totoro and Catbus, sold extremely well after the film and made overall profit of the company to the extent that it stabilized subsequent productions of Ghibli studio.

The release of the film in South Korea was delayed indefinitely because authorities feared it would be thought of as justification for Japan's role in World War II.

It was the only Studio Ghibli film before 2011 that Disney never acquired the rights to due to the fact the film was not produced by parent company Tokuma Shoten, but by Shinchosha, the publisher of the original novel. Disney however later acquired the Japanese Home Media rights and reissued the movie there.

Home MediaEdit

Country Release Date Format Publisher
Canada Ca, USA UsJune 2, 1993VHSCentral Park Media
UK UkAugust 23, 2004DVDOptimum Releasing
Australia Au, New Zealand Nz?DVDMadman
Japan JaApril 15, 1988TheatreToho
Germany DeMai 17, 2002VHSAnime Virtual

North AmericaEdit

Grave of the Fireflies was released in the U.S. first by Central Park Media on 2 June 1993 on VHS, which get re-released on September 1, 1998. The first release on DVD cames October 7, 1998 which re-released on December 7, 2004.

Central Park Media released the film also in a two-disc set on October 8, 2002. The first disc contains the film uncut in both an English dub and the original Japanese with English subtitles as well as the film's storyboards. The second disc contains several extras, including a retrospective on the author of the original book, an interview with Director Isao Takahata, and an interview with well-known critic Roger Ebert, who has expressed his admiration for the film on several occasions.

Following the 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation of Central Park Media, ADV Films acquired the license to Grave of the Fireflies and re-released it to DVD on 7 July 2009. Following the shutdown and re-branding of ADV in 2009, their successor, Sentai Filmworks, rescued the film and released a remastered DVD on 6 March 2012, and plans on releasing the film on digital outlets. A Blu-ray edition was released on 20 November 2012, featuring an all-new English dub produced by Seraphim Digital.


Grave of Fireflies - Hotaru no Haka (VHS)
Grave of Fireflies VHS Format VHS Special Features

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Release Date June 2nd, 1993
Distributor Central Park Media
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Subtitle English Ca Us
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Grave of Fireflies - Dual Languages (DVD by Central Park Media)
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Release Date October 7, 1998
Distributor Central Park Media
Languages English Ca Us, Japanese Ja
Subtitle English Ca Us
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Grave of Fireflies DVD SP CPM Format DVD Special Features
  • Storyboard
  • a retrospective on the author of the original book
  • an interview with the director
  • an interview with critic Roger Ebert
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Release Date October 8, 2002
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Grave of Fireflies (DVD by Central Park Media)
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Release Date December 7, 2004
Distributor Central Park Media
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Grave of Fireflies (DVD by ADV Films)
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Release Date July 7, 2009
Distributor ADV Films
Languages English Ca Us, Japanese Ja
Subtitle English Ca Us
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Remastered Edition
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Release Date March 6, 2012
Distributor Sentai Filmworks
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Blu-ray Remastered Edition
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Release Date November 20, 2012
Distributor Sentai Filmworks
Languages English Ca Us, Japanese Ja
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United KingdomEdit

StudioCanal released a Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 1 July 2013, followed by Kiki's Delivery Service on the same format.

The Studio Ghibli Collection - Double Disc Set
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Release Date August 23, 2004
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Languages English Uk, Japanese Ja
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Release Date July 23, 2007
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Blu-ray + DVD The Studio Ghibli Collection
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Release Date Mai 27, 2013
Distributor StudioCanal
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Australia and New ZealandEdit

Studio Ghibli Collection
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Distributor Madman Entertainment
Languages English Au Nz, Japanese Ja
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