Ranked #51

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
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Brains Base
Source: Manga
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.651 (scored by 80,015 users)
Ranked: #512
Popularity: #263
Members: 138,104
Favorites: 2,739
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Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.

Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.

Based on Yuki Midorikawa's manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.

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

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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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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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Jul 12, 2012
I am not great at writing reviews, but I am trying to get better so please bare with me on this one. Hope you like my review though ^^ ok so lets get on with it.

I started to watch this because it was written by Yuki Midorikawa. I loved her previous work "Natsume Yuuchinjou" and I was hoping this would be another good anime to pass my time on. I was not wrong.

I am sure that on this movie there are many reviewers who has retold the summary of this story in their own review which I am going to skip over because I read more
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May 21, 2015
Six-year-old Hotaru, lost within an enchanted forest, is led to familiar roads once again by the mysterious forest dweller Gin; however, she is warned never to touch him, for his fragile existence would soon fade away.

Yet, while their hands are joined by little more than a fallen branch, their hearts are woven by a tender, almost melancholic fondness. From there our eyes are swept along with the tranquil breeze of the forest as we witness the flourishing bond of the charming Hotaru and the kind-hearted and playful Gin, summer after summer, year after year. And despite their lack of physical intimacy, I nevertheless found read more
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Hotarubi no Morie e is like a longer Natsume Yuujinchou episode without Nyanko-sensei. 
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Whilst the settings are rather different, both tales share the thread of a love which, although pure, innocent and routed for throughout by the viewer, there remains the sword of Damocles constantly hanging overhead, threatening to sever that thread at any moment.

Both are tear-jerking love stories, worthy of anyone's time. 
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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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