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One autumn day during her childhood, Akino wandered into a mountain forest and stumbled upon a strange blue tree. While examining the tree, she meets and a boy with deep blue hair named Konoha and immediately enamoured with her new acquaintance, the girl begins to visit him. However, Konoha is in fact a spirit who lives in the tree, but can only venture outside during the season of autumn. Across the years, Akino continues to visit Konoha, but can a romance between a human and a spirit, really last?
The second story in Hotarubi no Mori E (Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light) is very similar to Kon no Ki Konoha and involve a young girl meeting a teenage boy spirit, and the young girl growing up with them.
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...
Natsume's Book Of Friends and Hotarubi No Mori E are both written by the same author. They both involve the Yokai and spirits and someone who can see them. If you love Hotarubi No Mori E, then you'll love Natusme's Book Of Firiends
Both mangas have nice, peaceful atmosphere, which takes you literally into another world. World of spirits. Both have light touch of romance (really light) and are kind of sad, but really in the most beautiful way. In Hotarubi there are 4 different stories in compare with Sasagu, which is One Shot.
Though Seishun Survival seemed a way funnier to me, i have to say that both Seishun Survival and Hotarubi no Mori E really remind me of each other. They both include 4 romantic short stories, and some of these stories are funny, some - sad, but all the one shots are touching and cute ^^
They are short and it wouldn't take long to read them, so i strongly recommend you to read both.