Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt title: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

Movie (1 ep x 45 min)
4.534 out of 5 from 16,793 votes
Rank #63

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 Jul 10, 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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Zutto Apr 11, 2012
Score 10/10

I loved it, i loved it. But why is it so short! GOD WHY?! The simpleness of this anime makes it so strong. Though why an ending like that.... It's pure torture. I don't have much to say about it further, but if you are planning to watch it, then definitely do it. read more

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Hotarubi no Mori e
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 4
  • 2002

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