Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt title: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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IndependentSK IndependentSK says...

Both  are very similar slow-paced and beautiful anime movies where a girl finds a friend Youkai (or forest spirit), althrough Hotarubi has sadder ending.

snivets snivets says...

Totoro and Hotarubi no Mori e are slow-paced, gentle anime. Both revolve around young human girls who become friends with a forest spirit.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both are slow-placed anime and have many elements of fantasy. Both have the same idea about a girl meeting a forest spirit of some sort. Also in both have elements that could be considered slice of life. The only real difference is that My neighbour Totoro focus' on a different sort of love compared to Hotarubi no Mori e. But I still think that if you liked one you should like the other.

Hal

Hal

Hal and Kurumi used to be lovers with dreams and aspirations, until one day a tragic plane crash tore them apart forever. To help mend his grieving granddaughter’s heart, an old man sends his android, Q01, to take Hal’s place and help Kurumi move on. But doing so won’t be easy, for Kurumi is resistant, and the android Hal will slowly come to realize the truth about the pair’s relationship...

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Sianeka Sianeka says...

I'm not making this recommendation because these movies match thematically, because they don't. Hal is a move about the loss of someone beloved to you and Hotarubi no Mori e is about a childhood friendship.

Nay, I recommend these together because they are emotionally tied. Both are beautifully animated poignant and moving films that tug on the bittersweet heartstring and either will leave your emotions touched tenderly. Both evoke feelings of wistfulness and yearning. If you enjoyed either movie, the other will surely summon a similar feeling for you.

snivets snivets says...

Along with great visuals, Hal and Hotarubi no Mori e both tell bittersweet tales of a romantic relationship between a human and a non-human. Despite some thematic differences, I think fans of one would enjoy the other.

Starsamantha95 Starsamantha95 says...

Having watched these two films which almost left me in a state of tears - Hal is about a boy who goes to help a girl have a normal life once more. The boy is left feeling conflicted about the other and tries to help her in anyway he can (trying to feed her and clean up) however making blunders along the way. In Hotarubi no Mori e there is a boy who helps a girl escape a forest and go home. However not being able to touch her means troubles tend to arrise ( her falling out of a tree).  Both films at the end leave a bittersweet taste inside your mouth because their only intimate moments are followed by sadness. 

Honestly these films are some of the best films I have ever seen and I'd fully recommend to at least see them once. I hope you enjoy both of these films as much as I did. :)

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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Akeath Akeath says...

Both of these are short, moving animes about people whose circumstances keep them from the one they love. 

RaeBrooks RaeBrooks says...

Both are beautiful love stories with stuning animantion. In both stories you witness a great dealof time passing and it's effect on the couples. I was emontionly moved by both stories and coulpes. 

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods follows the everyday life of Makoto Saeki, who is the 15th successor to her family’s shrine. As a result, Makoto is able to see Gintaro, a messenger of the gods who is the spirit of a sacred silver fox and has lived at the shrine for over 350 years. As a messenger of the gods, Gintaro has the ability to see into the future, and uses it to help Makoto only when she is truly in need. This is the story of friendship between a delicate teenager and a shy and stubborn messenger of the gods.

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Borzoi64 Borzoi64 says...

Both feature heavy spiritual content. Although Gingitsune is not so much romantic they have a very similar feel about the relationship that humans have to the spirit world.

Bronia Bronia says...

Both are all about a mortal girl's interactions with the devine. They touch on mortality and how it effects the relationship between the deity and their human friend. Both often have sad tones, although Gingitsune throws in more humor than Hotarubi.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Inari Fushimi is a middle school girl who's never had a requited love, since she's a shy, clumsy and not very bright. One day, she witnesses her crush Kouji giving a letter to her classmate Akemi. Shocked and saddened, Inari rushes to a shrine, where the goddess Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami appears to her. As thanks for saving a fox pup, as well as out of pity for her plight, the goddess grants Inari the power to shape-shift.

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Bronia Bronia says...

Both anime have mortals interacting with gods. Although Inari Konkon has not finished at the time of writing, it has been mentioned in the show how mortals are bound to die and leave their god friends behind. Hotarubi focuses very strongly on that theme. Both also have pretty animation and romance!

Aarjerm Aarjerm says...

Contain myth anime thatnyou can't effort but i think its a good choice the reason is the anime type myth same so yes i agree