Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt titles: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

Movie (1 ep x 45 min)
4.557 out of 5 from 4,634 votes
Rank #29

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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PlatapusSpasmAK47's avatar by PlatapusSpasmAK47 on May 20, 2012
Score: 8.5/10

Story: The wonderful aspect of this story is the simplicity of it. In the short 45 minutes the story is fully developed, and since it is so simple, it is wonderfully paced. It isn't drawn out, but it has enough time to accomplish what it sets out to do. It has a predictable ending, but that doesn't take away from the plot at all, in fact, I actually appreciated the predictablilty. It didn't take any... read more

Howlorihara's avatar by Howlorihara on Jul 9, 2012
Score: 8/10

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

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