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Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light
Japanese: 蛍火の杜へ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 17, 2011
Producers: Aniplex, Brains Base
Duration: 45 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.681 (scored by 57138 users)
Ranked: #472
Popularity: #289
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The story of Hotarubi no Mori e centers around Hotaru, a little girl who gets lost in an enchanted forest where apparitions reside. A young boy, Gin, appears before Hotaru, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear.

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Adaptation: Hotarubi no Mori e

Characters & Voice Actors

Uchiyama, Kouki
Uchiyama, Kouki
Takegawa, Hotaru
Takegawa, Hotaru
Sakura, Ayane
Sakura, Ayane
Takegawa, Mother
Takegawa, Mother
Sawada, Izumi
Sawada, Izumi


Omori, Takahiro
Director, Screenplay
Ootaka, Shizuru
Theme Song Performance
Shibutani, Yukihiro
Background Art
Midorikawa, Yuki
Original Creator

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Jul 26, 2013
"Time might separate us some day. But, even still, until then, let's stay together." -Hotaru Takegawa

Time is cruel. Time is responsible for the summers that come and go, for the leaves in autumn that shrivel and fall to the ground at the mercy of the next toddler looking to create satisfying crunching sounds, for the long and cold winters.

You come to love the smell of rain in the spring or the cool breeze of a summer night and then poof. It's gone.

Much like a fleeting summer's day, the main characters in Hotarubi no Mori e are bound by the chains of time. He read more
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Feb 29, 2012
"It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love." The words uttered by Miguel de Unamuno become unusually symbolic when we think of them in the context of Hotarubi no Mori e. The romance genre has grown stiff over the centuries - and some may even imply that any originality in that peculiar type of works has depleted, that nothing fresh and original can be created when basically everything is a cliché these days. Well then, I'm truly glad I can say that whoever sports that belief is in the wrong. The evidence: Hotarubi no Mori e.

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Nov 9, 2014
I stumbled upon this anime by pure coincidence while I was searching for something similar to Mushishi. Since it had only one episode, I thought to myself: I will give it a go. Needless to say, I was not dissapointed. It is truly great, but extremely sad. I cried like a baby during the last 10-15 minutes. Seriously, it is devastating. From my point of view at least. It is about love that can never become reality because even the slightest touch by a human will make him disappear. The story is simple, the characters are well thought out, but it is really so sad. read more
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Sep 1, 2013
I heard a lot about Hotarubi no Mori e for its great story, despite it being so short (45 minutes). It was a movie that people deemed was almost equal to others like 5 Centimeters per Second. I finally watched it after my friend pushed and pushed me to see it and I was definitely not disappointed.

Story: 9.5/10
The romance story of a forbidden love seemed very unoriginal after years of silly soap dramas reusing the plot over and over again. But a sprinkle of supernatural and innocence made Hotarubi no Mori e different from the others, and better. The love story between read more
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Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei.
Both are beautiful love stories with the same core theme: distance as a conflict. For 5 Centimeters per Second, this distance is a literal seperation, while in Hotarubi no Mori e, it is an emotional and psychological distance.
Both are heart warming stories with sci-fi/ supernatural about a lively girl and her relationship with a boy. Both have a beautiful end.
Both focused on the person, who can't live side by side with people because of circumstances. Both cause a calm and sadness
Anime movies that tell tales of love stories. In both movies the male and female main characters have to overcome the large age gap between them.
Both are movies talking about a human that encounters a resident of spirits, in Spirited away it's a town and in Hotarubi no Mori e it's a forest. In both a human girl becomes a friend with one of the spirits and later falls in love with it. Both are lovely supernatural stories.

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Ending Theme

"Natsu wo Miteita (夏を見ていた)" by Sizzle Ohtaka (おおたか静流)

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