This is a wonderfully done, simple story. Only 45 minutes long, Hotarubi no Mori e does an amazing job of picking the right moments and character traits to develop. Although this makes the story single-faceted and plain, it does well to support the nolstalgic romance of childhood first loves. The animation, although old due to the time this short was created, has aged well. Again, it supports the feeling of the past. Long ago memories are faded but sweet. So is Hotarubi no Mori e's animation. This careful crafting of events is echoed throughout the film, climaxing in a simultaneously heart-warming and tear-jerking ending. Overall this film is beautifully short, in just the right way. A perfect in between series movie.