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Hotarubi no Mori e

Jan 8, 2019

In short this anime is an exercise in doing the least to achieve the most, basically using the least amount of time to tell the story coherently,  without major plot holes, and the least number of characters without feeling that the protagonists exist in a vacuum. While still developing a meaningful and engaging story about these two individuals, where their motivations and emotions are easy to grasp without being too straightforward. Even in the  absence of facial expression in some cases. Most aspects are very praiseworthy indeed.

The only area where my feelings become mixed is the end, one the one hand I can see where it could be adding to a deeper philosophical meaning associated with the context of the scene and it’s abruptness. But on the other it feels tacked on, like the production team had to ended it in a timely fashion for whatever reason, or they didn’t know what else to do with the story, so got straight to the point. (?)   

Also the title could be vaguer, takes a bit of the emotional ompf out of it for me at least . If you haven’t got it yet ignore this…..

Pros: Simple but good (pie of anime), satisfyingly bittersweet, animation quality of expected movie quality.

Cons: It’s over way too fast :/, sounds and scenes are appropriate but not really special in anyway, predictable.      

7.5/10 story
8.3/10 animation
7/10 sound
8.7/10 characters
7.9/10 overall
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