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do they show peoples skin melting off like in the graphic novel?


well do they?

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Yes. Ive not read the graphic novel, so ive nothing to compare it to. But scenes during and after the explosion are quite disturbing. I doubt anything was "dumbed down", i cant think of a better way to portray the events.

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yeah, everything down to the eyeballs. its on youtube, just search barefoot gen and your sure to find it.

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Yes they do. I remember seeing this in the cinema in Tel-Aviv when I was about 8 or 9. My grandmother (Japanese - lived in Tokyo during WWII) took me to see it.

I don't think I slept for a month, and can still remember the images now, twenty years later.

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Chilling images, like ice dropped into your stomach as your mind contemplates the horrors placed before you.

But the worst of it was the burning house coming down upon the family with the little brother screaming for help, narrating his suffering. It's the kind of thing I'd imagine if I were trying to create the most disturbing, horrific scene possible, but it's a thought that I sweep as quickly from my mind as possible. You simply don't want to think of it, and yet you can't help but to drink it in, out of some primal human instinct.

But what goes too far is making it appear that the people hit by the blast weren't killed instantly, but survived for at least a few seconds. The worst of that being the mother and child, the gesture of the mother, burned beyond recognition as a human being, reaching back to clutch the child who had fallen from her pack and shield him.

I personally refuse to believe even a blast as small as the two notorious bombs was weak enough not to instantaneously kill those hit by the gamma rays. Gamma rays are like death converted into light, your brain doesn't slowly-cook, it's incinerated, you've no time to feel the Hell that awaits your remains.

And perhaps I refuse it, mainly because it's the thing of my nightmares. To burn alive, to be trapped with the heat, the infinite heat as it consumes you. Apart from breaking my neck and living a life in paralysis, it's the thing I fear most. My Hell is to be dropped into a lake of lava, able to burn, but unable to die.

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im no expert but please consult Hiroshima by John Hersey, apparently many did surive the initial blast, from an account by those who actually survived, it seems, as hard as it is to accept, that those horrors were indeed real.

Its obvious really that between the borders of those who survived and those who were killed instantly there must be a gray area of those who suffered unimaginably, that grey area most likely covers the darkest regions that the human experience can offer.

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I agree wholeheartedly with JMDude.

You do see it all in very chilling detail. I was eighteen when I saw the movie just this summer, and the things I saw still haunt me to this very moment, no thanks to my inability to look away even though I was weeping openly and wanted to look away so badly. For several weeks I could barely sleep and was constantly waiting for the blistering white heat at my back. I still fear that. I was given the small reassurance that the images of those who survived were probably exaggerations, because you would disentegrate into nothing instantaneously... but you don't forget people melting like candles so easily.

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I'm on day 2 of fearing the A-Bomb. I simply can't think correctly at night or when I'm alone. I fear the flash and heat of it hitting me, going through me. I will never forget those images.

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The author himself affirms that he was shielded and not able to see anything during the blast, so these scenes cannot be taken from his living memory of the event.

In addition 'shadows' etched onto walls and floors seem to indicate that the people at the centre of the blast were turned into incandescent gas at the instant the heatwave reached them - they are shown seated or stood casually and not writhing in hellfire.

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Oh yes, and far more, I don't know I could say far WORSE, but definitely far more. That actual moment is probably THE worst but there are plenty of closer runners up, a key one for me, that one guy that his intestines are dragging behind him as he walks, that's the one I especially never forgot.

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