Ranked #47

Hotarubi no Mori e

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light, The Light of a Firefly Forest
Japanese: 蛍火の杜へ


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


Score: 8.661 (scored by 73,170 users)
Ranked: #472
Popularity: #263
Members: 126,121
Favorites: 2,416
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Miyake, Masanori
Miyake, Masanori
Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Director, Screenplay
Ootaka, Shizuru
Ootaka, Shizuru
Theme Song Performance
Midorikawa, Yuki
Midorikawa, Yuki
Original Creator

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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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Yesterday, 2:28 AM
Well, here is Japo again and this time I bring you the review of the movie Hotarubi no Mori e.
The film begins with a child apparently sleeping in a forest. This girl quickly realizes that she's lost and therefore looks at all over the place to find someone.
Hotaru (this child) notices that there is a masked man and therefore go to him to help.
And it's something like that this movie begins.

I do sometimes think that audiences in general would do to rethink their definition of a "children's movie".
When I think about this type of stuff, I find myself thinking Hayao Miyazaki films and his unique 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.

How read more
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Nov 15, 2015
Okay, so this is going to be my first ever review here, so no hate guys

so, i had seen some pictures and gifs of this anime before, but i didn't know the name of it, so i didn't really get to watch it, until my little sister came and told me about it, telling me that it was a real tearjerker, so i decided to give it a shot cause why not, i like to cry real good sometimes. and as soon as i sat back and started to watch the movie, i could tell it was going to be sad.

The ambiance was good and read more
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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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Akarioru - Feb 22, 2012
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Nov 23, 1:13 AM
About the romance aspect in this movie...
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