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Movie Review: “Grave Of The Fireflies”, Classic Anime That Will Definitely Shed Your Tears

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“Grave of the Fireflies”, a 1988 production from the famed Japanese animation house that is Studio Ghibli is definitely one of the saddest animated movies has ever made. This movie resets all the expectations of what an animated movie can be if the men and women behind the production choose to move in unconventional directions.

“Grave of the Fireflies” is actually based on the short story of the same name by novelist Akiyuki Nosaka, who lived through the bombing of Kobe while he was a child. He lost two sisters to malnutrition, and his adoptive father was also killed. Nosaka reportedly spent the rest of his life wrestling with guilt over their deaths.

What “Grave Of The Fireflies” Is About

The movie is about two children from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by the bombs. Seita is a young teenager, and his sister Setsuko is about 5. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, and their mother is a bomb victim. Seita kneels beside her body, covered with burns, in an emergency hospital when he met his mother. Their home, neighbors, schools are all gone.

For a time an aunt takes them in, but she’s cruel about the need to feed them, and eventually, Seita finds a hillside cave where they can live. He does what he can to find food, and to answer Setsuko’s questions about their parents. The first shot of the film shows Seita dead in a subway station, and so we can guess Setsuko’s fate. We are accompanied through flashbacks by the boy’s spirit in the whole movie.

The boy and his sister must find a place to stay, and food to eat. In wartime, their relatives are not kind or generous, and after their aunt sells their mother’s kimonos for rice, she keeps a lot of the rice for herself. Eventually, Seita realizes it is time to leave. He has some money and can buy food but soon there is no food to buy. His sister grows weaker.

What Can Be Said About “Grave Of The Fireflies”

“Grave of the Fireflies” is many things in one movie. It is a story of sibling bonding, a tale of survival, a struggle against the ugly side of human nature, and a reminder that the greatest victims of any war are often the ones whose stories are never told. The movie doesn’t question the “rightness” or “wrongness” of the war or its various military engagements but it shows that when powerful people use those without standing as tools and pawns, the collateral damage can be devastating.

Seeing a movie like this really changes attitudes about war. All about who really suffers, and that the honor and glory is shallow comfort when you contemplate what has been lost in the struggle.

Sources: YouTube Madman Anime

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Food Review: Delicious Gula Apong Ice Cream By ‘M Ice Cream’

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Gula Apong Ice Cream is actually a very famous dessert in Sarawak. Previously, it is hard to find it to be available here in Peninsular. Now, since ‘M Ice Cream’ has introduced it here, it is easier to find it. Gula Apong is actually the ‘gula melaka’ version of Sarawak but both of them are definitely not from the same tree. It is commonly used in a lot of Sarawakian beverages and also desserts.

‘M Ice Cream’ specializes in Sarawak Gula Apong Ice Cream. In this store, their ice cream can be topped with honeycomb and also varieties of toppings. The Gula Apong itself got brought from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream

Gula Apong flavor is the best seller flavor from the shop. There, you can have 4 different toppings that are free and that topping is:

  1. Chocolate Rice
  2. Peanuts
  3. Nestum
  4. Corn Flakes

M Ice Cream also has two other additional toppings, and if you wanted these toppings you need to add-on payment for them and that is:

  1. Chocolate Chips – Add-on RM1
  2. Honeycomb – Add-om RM5

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream

Picture: Facebook M Ice Cream 

Sources: Facebook M Ice Cream.

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Ji Soo Leaving ‘River Where The Moon Rises’, Na In Woo In Discussion To Replace Him

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After making an apology for the offense of bullying, actor Ji Soo will be leaving the cast of the drama ‘River Where The Moon Rises’.

The KBS station has confirmed the matter and informed that the character played by Ji Soo in the drama will be replaced with another actor.

“Ji Soo, who has recently become the center of controversy, will be stepping down from‘ River Where the Moon Rises, ’” they stated.

Ji Soo previously appeared to make an open apology on his Instagram account to everyone who had been a victim of bullying during his school days.

Meanwhile, the management agency Cube Entertainment issued a statement saying that the drama actor ‘Mr. Queen’ Na In Woo will replace Ji Soo.

“Na In Woo has received an offer to join ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ in the role of On Dal, and he is currently reviewing the offer,” said the agency’s representative.

At this point, discussions are still ongoing over whether the upcoming episodes of ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ that was scheduled for March 8 and 9 will make it to air.

Source: Soompi

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I-Sinar: EPF Members Can Change The Amount Of Applications Starting 8th of March

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Members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be given the flexibility to make their amendments to the application details that they have made. The amendments that can be done are such as the amount applied for, bank information, address, telephone number, and the payment mode on the i-Sinar Online site from the 8th of March.

The Minister of Finance that is Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz is confident that this is one of the developments that is very much awaited by all the people. According to him, the new i-Sinar application which abolishes all criteria will be opened on that particular date.

Payment For Existing Application

  • Applicants will start receiving their payment starting from the 2nd of March.
  • Payment for the application done before the 25th of February 2021 will be approved in stages.
  • This involves applications that are still pending approval and whose status does not pass.

New Application

  • Starting from the 8th of March.
  • For members that are under 55 years of age.
  • Subject to the balance of Account 1.
  • Including non -Malaysian EPF members.
  • Will be processed in 5 days’ time.

The application status and also the date of payment can be checked after that. Other than that, the total i-Sinar withdrawal amount, as well as the maximum payment schedule for 6 months, remains as previously informed.

Sources: Facebook I-Sinar: Permohonan & Semakan KWSP Akaun 1 Online.

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