While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?
The story is simple, yet beautiful. A young girl named Hotaru comes across a spirit named Gin while lost in the forest. Every summer, she comes to visit him and their relationship develops, complicated by the fact that Gin will disappear if he ever touches a human. I wish I could rate the story higher. The simplicity of the story is so charming but I don't believe it was drawn to a... read more
What I Liked: Character designs were simple and lovely. Background art, plot, pacing, soundtrack had lots of charm (reminded me of a cross between the Amelie soundtrack and your standard Ghibli fare). What I Didn't: One thing: the ending felt shoe-horned in and could've been a little more gently done. Final Verdict: One of the few romance anime I would recommend, mainly because it's so cute... read more
|Hotarubi no Mori e||2002||TBD|