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Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt titles: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

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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?

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Hotarubi no Mori e 2002 TBD
Name Role
Akira TAKADA Character Design
Takahiro OMORI Director
Makoto YOSHIMORI Music
Yuki MIDORIKAWA Original Manga Creator

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Main Characters

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Hotarubi no Mori e ViKidreaperiV 9/10 Feb 27, 2014
To the Forest of Firefly Lights ViKidreaperiV 9/10 Feb 27, 2014
To the Forest of Firefly Lights FreeUnity 9/10 Feb 9, 2014
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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

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

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

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

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  • 2013

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

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

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.

Comedy

Comedy
  • OVA (1 ep x 10 min)
  • 2002

Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...

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Aiedail

They may seem not to have much in common, yet the feeling while watching them is so similar - warm, melancholic. Both are short, slow-paced animes with similar main pratagonists: a little brave girl and a boy who isn't who he seems to be at the first glance. The storyline of each is tottaly different, but i think you may like one if you liked the other. (They are my two favourites animes.)

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

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Borzoi64

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.

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle
  • Movie (1 ep x 118 min)
  • 2004

The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...

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Haachan

Both of these are very sweet. They are both tear-jerking love stories with funny sides. They both have fantasy elements like wizards and spirits. I just know that if you love one you will LOVE the other.