Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt title: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

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Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...

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AkaXIII AkaXIII says...

If you liked the anime Natsume Yuujinchou or Hotarubi no Mori e. Can I certainly did not imagine anything other than you also will like the other one! Both are very similar. Understood in this way, there are supernatural beings. both are in the relaxing pace and touching too.

Destifate Destifate says...

Where to beign..

Firstly, I'm pretty sure the voice actor who plays Gin is the same as Natsume's for a start! Secondly, everything about this anime feels great, it makes you feel warm inside watching it which is exactly what Natsume Yuujinchou will do to you!

You also have the spirits etc but that isn't that important xD!

Both these are great animes to watch just before bed when you want something peaceful to end the day with, quite the tearjerkers as well so be preapred!

bokusenou bokusenou says...

Both are based on manga by the same author, and animated by the same company. Hotarubi was written before Natsume, but it's almost as if it was a Natsume one-shot.

chii chii says...

Do you love series about supernatural beings that only one person can see? Both these titles deliver on that. Natsume is much longer (4 seasons worth) than Hotarubi but both give off the same slow paced dramatic feel no matter how many episodes there are. The only difference between these 2 shows is that Hotarubi has a romantic plot to it. Check them out!

kitsune89 kitsune89 says...

Soft animation, haunting music, heart-wrenching story. To those of you who like bitter-sweet stories about humans and yokai, I highly recommend this. Be prepared for a journey full of surprises that you will not forget too soon. 

elliottmarshal elliottmarshal says...

Hotarubi no Mori e and Natsume Yuujinchou are written by Yuki Midorikawa and published by Brain's Base studio so it's not surprising that both are very similar. Both Natsume and Hotarubi are stories about humans interactin with yokai. Both stories tug at your heartstrings (I've cried during both) so don't forget to bring tissues with you when watching!

c00kiedough c00kiedough says...

Both were written by the same mangaka and have the same underlying concepts of spirits; but most importantly, both animes give you the same heartwarming feeling when you watch one or the other. So if you liked one, you'd likely come to like the other!

Kamaitachi Kamaitachi says...

Both are slow-paced dramas that have to do with ayakashi, written and animated by the same people even.

On top of this, both animes will touch your heart, I know both  got me choked up to the point of almost crying or actually crying on multiple occasions.

snivets snivets says...

Two gentle-spirited anime which involve humans and spirits, Hotarubi no Mori e and Natsume Yuujinchou will definitely appeal to audiences who enjoy slice-of-lifes with a supernatural touch.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both of these animes are slow-paced which involve spirits who usually live in the jungles and usually mean no harm to humans. They both have special character who can see the world of the youkai. They are also very visually similar with very relaxing soundtrack. 

These are the kind of animes which can be very appealing to the same kind of audiences.

Sowal Sowal says...

japanese... ghosts (?) living in forests, some out of them are scarung , some are nice...

Great stories about ppl living at the border between people's and ghosts worlds

It's not needed to say more :) 

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Lovely, slow-paced tales of a human's experience with the youkai world. Both are emotional and well done.

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Two brilliant anime about a simple life but with a touch of the supernatural. Spirits play an important role in both of these incredible stories, not in a way that makes them seem dangerous but more in a simple, light hearted way.

Both these stories will also show some impressive character development, which is quite nice and certainly a great achievement, especially for Hotarubi no Mori e, since it's a movie.

These anime won't let you go from beginning to end and will let you experience a truly amazing story.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime have Japanese mythology themes, similar art styles, and a similar vibe.  Both also have plenty of "feels".  Though Hotarubi no Mori e has romance while Natsume Yuujinchou does not (not to metion that Natsume Yuujinchou is alot longer), fans of one will most likely like the other. 

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Spirits, country setting, and a young protagonist that suddenly becomes involved in the spirit realm. The slow pacing really brings these two anime together. If you're wanting some more quiet spirit time, check out the other half of this pair.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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ibjilln ibjilln says...

If you liked Hotarubi no Mori e you would definitely like Spirited Away.They both have a lot of the same elements, namely a human 'infringing' on the spirit world, youkai and a curse. Hotarubi moves at a slower pace than does Spirited Away, however, in my opinion it is like a different version of Spirited Away but set for an older audience. Either way if you enjoyed Hotarubi no Mori e you will definitely enjoy Spirited Away and vice versa!

bobell bobell says...

Im surprised more people arent agreeing with this. I specifically set out to find anime movies like that of Hayo Miyazakis Spirited Away and found Hotarubi no Mori E.I agree with everything ibjilln has said. The art work in each movie is equally beautiful in their own way. Spirited Away is more imaginative and quick paced compared to Hotarubi no Mori E but they both have humans entering a spirit world, a pure and innocent companionship thats bittersweet, and a curse.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

both of these are amazing in there own way but they both have alot of similarities. both have a hidden love story where a human falls in love with a spirt and beautiful characters and story line. as well as that both of these are a must watch!

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these movies are about a human girl who comes into contact with spirits by chance and begins a journey that will forever change their lives. To The Forest of Fireflies is a little more mature with a bittersweet focus on life and its circumstances while Spirited Away is a fun, hearty romp for the whole family.

Larkawolfgirl Larkawolfgirl says...

Spirited Away is also about a young girl and her travel into the Spirit World. Similar to Hotarubi, spirits come in different shapes and sizes. Both have a small plot and are somewhat slow-paced. POSSIBLE SPOILER: The endings are also similar. 

Borzoi64 Borzoi64 says...

Although less romantic than Hotarubi no Mori e, Spirited Away is a fantastic journey into the world of Yokai. It's filled with as much flavour and child-like wonder as you would expect from a Miyazaki film.

qkerayziienessz qkerayziienessz says...

I really believe that if you like one, you will like the other. They both take place among spirits and leave you with a similar feeling. I really love both movies and I hope you will too <3

AtmagyaS AtmagyaS says...

Both the movies are based on human interacting with sprits and other creatures in mutiple way i think if a peoson lived either movie they will like the other one as well.

morgangleave morgangleave says...

They are both lovely films, but with slightly diffent tones. Hotarubi no Mori e is a little darker, but both make you smile.

KawaiiKenzie11 KawaiiKenzie11 says...

Both of the main   Protagonist are girls and they both deal with the problem and find love along the way. The supernatural boys both have the same feel to them and I really enjoyed them! 

Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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WinterSnowfall WinterSnowfall says...

Apparitions and the spirit world, with all its strange rules, wonders and beautifully told stories, is a main theme in both anime, though Horatubi no Mori e is essentially romantic and Mushishi is equally spiritual.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

If you liked Hotarubi no Mori e or Mushishi, I recommend you check out the other because both of these poignant and touching anime will grab your heart. Hotarubi is a bittersweet movie that tells of a friendship that grows between a spirit and a girl which develops into something more.  Mushishi is an episodic series involving the encounters a research scientist has with beings not of this world, and often these meetings resonate and stir the emotions.  The slower pace of both anime evokes a sense of nostalgia, and they both will reach out and pluck at your feelings.  If you saw one and liked it, be sure to check out the other.

loremar loremar says...

They kinda have a similar atmosphere in it. Ginko and Gin being having white hair. Also being slow pace, you'll find the characters walking in the mountain and interacting with a supernatural environment in a laidback sort of atmosphere.

LovelyOne LovelyOne says...

The  beautiful, quiet scenery and the mood of Mushishi (all seasons), and Hotarubi no Mori e are very similar. Both are emotionally moving with stories that will grab you, and keep you watching. They are intelligent and thought provoking with a little mystery in play.  If you love one, you will love the other. I can't recommend enough trying them both.

SSmith1014 SSmith1014 says...

Both Hotarubi no Mori e and Mushishi have that beautiful mystical quality that comes from Shintoism and spectacular animation. Another great aspect of both is the ability to condense a story with substanial depth into an episode that lasts 30-40 minutes- which is a big deal. 

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Both anime revolve around spirits in a way, Hotarubi no Mori e in a more romance and light hearted fashion and Mushishi in a bit more serious manner.

They do have a lot of things in common though, like the journey style storytelling for that matter. Both will tell a story that will stick with you for a while.

If you watched Hotarubi no Mori e you might just want to check out Mushishi if you're in for a more serious and episodic tale about spirits. And if you watched the latter than you might also like Hotarubi no Mori e.

5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.

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eitomakesmesmile eitomakesmesmile says...

Even though their contents aren't that similar, with Hotarubi no Mori e being more fantasy-like as compared to 5 Centimeters per Second, the themes that these two shorts have are the same.

Both revolve on theme of longing, on wanting to meet someone they like but have trouble doing so.

Also, both have easy-to-relate-to characters and a moving plot that will most likely move you to tears.

If you like one of them, you'll definitely love the other.

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

Both anime are about romance and are slowpaced. They have a similar vibe and were both really enjoyable to watch. however 5 centimeters per second has a little more drama/sadness.

Fargo Fargo says...

These movies show the gradual process of relationships changing over time, focusing on both love and separation. A bittersweet atmosphere accompanies both titles and opens a perspective on how one cannot help life's circumstances at times.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both of these anime are very slow-paced and are set around a boy and a girls long distance relationship. Both stories focus' on the hardships for these two to be together and so on. Anyway in the end they are both pretty similar, the only main difference is that Hotarubi is a more fantasy whereas 5cm per second is a more of a realilty based anime. Never-the-less both are really good anime you need to watch if you liked on you should like the other.

Ailly Ailly says...

While 5 Centimeters per Second and Hotarubi no Mori e are on opposite sides of the realism spectrum, the feel and themes of these two movies are very alike. They both also feature some stunning background visuals and a nice music track. If you like somewhat more slow-paced and bittersweet love stories, you should check these out.

kristrex kristrex says...

Both of them are movies, and are quite slow paced. They have an amaing soundtrack and the atmosphere of both movies is quite light hearted and easy to watch. Both are also a little bittersweet towards the end, and both tell a really good love story. They're also good if you don't want to spend a lot of time watching a whole anime series, as they are both movies.

Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansou Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan's tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era. The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse. Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

A young human girl meets a mysterious abnormal boy who hides behind a mask. Both share gorgeous animation, dramatic moments, and bittersweet feelings from beginning to end. Hotarubi no Mori e focuses more on romance while Fuse is a bit bloody and violent at times, but I feel like fans of one could appreciate the other to some extent. 

snivets snivets says...

Hotarubi no Mori e and Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou have in common the relationship between a masked supernatural being and a normal girl. Although Fuse Teppou has a slightly more action-packed (and violent) atmosphere, both shows have themes of human connection and bittersweet relationships.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

A human girl meets a not so normal boy, these two anime are pretty similar if you think about it. Hotarubi is about a girl who meets a boy behind a mask and Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimomochou is about a boy who hides behind a mask as well. The fantasy aspect of both of these anime is pretty similar and the storylines and quite similar. Both are cute stories and I believe if you liked one you should like the other.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

A young girl comes to live in a new place and immediately meets a mysterious masked boy. With beautiful settings and a bittersweet romance, these animes feel very similar. The best part of these anime is that are rooted in Japanese folklore. 

KawaiiKenzie11 KawaiiKenzie11 says...

I love this movie! The art styles are kinda the same and j really enjoyed how the protagonists developed! The male characters are both going through a problem ant the girls try to fix it with love! I really love both the movies and you will too