Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt titles: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

Movie (1 ep x 45 min)
4.555 out of 5 from 5,454 votes
Rank #33

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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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

Blackbuttons's avatar by Blackbuttons on Nov 4, 2014
Score: 9/10

This film broke my heart... in a good way i guess, it is films like this that make me love anime. To be able to produce such emotion in to something animated is a gift in its self but this film manages in 45 minutes to make me smile, laugh, and cry. A very beautiful story. A box of tissues is definately needed for this one. read more

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