Hotarubi no Mori e

Alt title: To the Forest of Firefly Lights

Vol: 1; Ch: 4
4.273 out of 5 from 496 votes
Rank #1,302
Hotarubi no Mori e

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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masterchica Jun 22, 2017
Score 9/10

This is such a beautiful story. Theres is a sculpture by Camille Claudel  called "The Waltz" it perfectly expressed the feeling of this story:  two persons, joined in a magical hug that fussed them into only one soul. We have spirts, and tradicional summer's festivals, and magical creatures that live in the deep of the forest, all seen through the eyes of a small girl, that gets lost one... read more

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serenashadow Mar 9, 2019
Score 10/10

I've watched the anime like 4x now and I just had to read the manga. I definitely adored both the anime and manga and definitely recommend both! They are both sweet and the type of heartwarming, heartbreaking, tear-bringing, beautifully ending romance that you just don't want to end but are actually pretty satisfied with the ending (somehow). The anime is definitely a good, family friendly anime to use to... read more

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