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Apr 3, 2012 6:58 AM

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My god. Hotarubi is very beautiful, I almost cried at the end.
I was sad because he was too short.
Gin But I was fortunate to have at least hugged Hotaru, after all was what he always wanted, right?
So pretty! Exciting! Perfect.
Watching the movie reminded me a lot of anime Natsume Yuujinchou, by the way is great.
Loved! ♥
Apr 3, 2012 8:49 AM

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This is short but damn, it was one hell of a bittersweet experience. I was thinking what would I do if the one I love will die if I touch her...
Apr 4, 2012 12:46 PM

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This was incredibly sad. I cried so hard :(
Apr 4, 2012 1:27 PM

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Wow. That was magical and beautiful + so purely romantic. <3

I cried a little at the end, so moved!

Apr 4, 2012 5:29 PM

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This was so AWESOME, as expected. I read the manga for a long time ago und cried at this chapter, and again, I CRIED HARD. Expecially at the hug.
GIN WHY DID U HAVE TO DIE? T__T I can really recommend this movie.
Apr 5, 2012 6:58 AM

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wow!! just wow!!!
i started watching it because gin looks like natsume.
i almost cried when he gave her the mask and kissed her i found it really sad. then he had to touch a human and die. wow this is second anime that made me cry (first is clannad). i never thought i'd actually cry that was surprising.

10/10 recommended this movie is really entertaining and sad :'(
Modified by Sora-Kasugano, Apr 6, 2012 12:26 AM
Apr 7, 2012 5:37 PM

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It was a short movie, but I thought the length was perfect. It didn't feel like a major rush or feel like something was cut off; the creators really made good use of the time and made everything really well paced, considering they covered years of story in 40 minutes.

Man, I didn't think a 40-minute movie would make me cry, but I ended up crying bucket-loads. Everything was so subtle, yet everything made such an impact.
Apr 11, 2012 7:41 AM

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One of most beautiful Anime stories I'd ever watch..
Very touching and sad at the end...
I still can't believe how can this very short movies can makes my eyes burst... T_T
Apr 13, 2012 2:45 PM

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I loved the film, the ending was a stab in the heart though :(

By the way, I'm looking to cosplay as Gin. The apparel isn't hard, I'll succeed in that, but I can't find his mask, or a blank mask I can paint. Any help on where to find one? Please?

(If I'm not allowed to ask about cosplay in this thread, sorry!)
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'Nagisa, I’ve found it. I finally found it. Something only I can protect. A precious treasure only I can protect. It was right here. Right in front of me…all along…' - Okazaki Tomoya
Apr 15, 2012 8:15 AM

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So beautiful yet so sad.

"I'll never ever forget those golden summer days".

Apr 18, 2012 5:52 AM

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That was really cute. I haven't watched this sort of simple and heartwarming story in a long time, I'm really glad to have picked up this movie.
And like Ghibli's movies, it is also an eulogy of nature, it makes me want to be in summer. Especially since it's desperatly rainy in Paris ;_;
Apr 21, 2012 10:14 AM

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this anime just soooo GREAT!!!
long time didn't see anime just like Hotarubi no Mori e, and after see this
Apr 21, 2012 11:48 AM

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Its short but its nice!
Just B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L~
Apr 22, 2012 8:22 AM

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The fuck?

Am I the only guy who thinks this is overrated?

Definitely do not think this deserves its top 25 or even top 100 or 200 place. Half, no the entire thing was damn flash backs, and dat accident-ending, smh, smh. Sorry, but while it did peak my interest with Brains Base working behind it and its oddly short length, I'm not moved, I'm not touched, and I'm certainly not about to shed any tears for this whimsical, sappy romance.
Apr 23, 2012 11:32 PM
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Yeah, definitely overrated. I mean it was good but not top 30 quality by any means. Didn't make me cry or feel too much unfortunately, maybe I'm the odd one here though.
Apr 28, 2012 9:10 PM

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just watched it and i have to say....

im still fucking crying not just a little but a lot i didnt want gin to dissappear TT^TT such bittersweet love story they should have made it longer but then i would probably even cry worser either way that was a 10/10 for me
Apr 29, 2012 8:07 AM

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Beautiful... :')

May 1, 2012 10:25 AM

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Takumaku said:
The fuck?

Am I the only guy who thinks this is overrated?

Definitely do not think this deserves its top 25 or even top 100 or 200 place. Half, no the entire thing was damn flash backs, and dat accident-ending, smh, smh. Sorry, but while it did peak my interest with Brains Base working behind it and its oddly short length, I'm not moved, I'm not touched, and I'm certainly not about to shed any tears for this whimsical, sappy romance.

You are making it far worse then it is. I think it deserves an 8. And yes, it ahd the flashback setup but so? What is your point? The movie was about their encounter, so it's all in a past tense so really what the fuck are you getting at?

That ending was indeed a big letdown, but it shouldn't be a reason to bash on it so much. This is a movie that let's you enjoy the relaxing vibe and the cuteness that goes along with it. Let's face it, this is just a slice-of-life kind of movie, and this is normal for it.

I think it deserves a 7/10 or my preference a 7.5/10.

But oh well, it was a good watch.
May 1, 2012 2:14 PM

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I’ve been anticipating this ever since it was announced and I have to say that it didn’t live up to my expectation, the animation was beautiful indeed but that’s the only good thing about the movie in my opinion and I know this differs for each person.

I thought that the emotions weren’t transferred as well as it did in the manga and the last scene (When Gin disappeared) I think they could’ve done it much better, the ending felt somewhat rushed...

I guess since I read the manga and knew how it would all play out, so I probably expected something much more but I guess I didn’t get that nevertheless it was a good movie and I’d give it a rating of 7/10.

This AMV had more impact on me than the movie itself
May 8, 2012 1:06 AM

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That was short and sweet. The ending came out of nowhere and hit hard...followed by that beautiful ending theme.

And the cute and playful young Hotaru reminded me of Ushio
May 10, 2012 5:01 AM

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Uwaaa.... just have seen this movie, so sad, so short...
I cried like a kid... I hope the manga go further, I want to know if Gin was really disappeared é_è

May 11, 2012 8:24 AM

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No, this is too much...

May 11, 2012 12:13 PM

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I'm BAWLING... so sad. :/
May 13, 2012 1:32 PM

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I expected that ending and it came out nicely =) A good short movie!
May 18, 2012 6:51 PM

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so short yet so sweet
May 22, 2012 6:24 AM

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It was too slow paced for me, I prefered manga. But still ending theme was beautiful and story as well. So I don't regret those 45 minutes. It's a shame that they had to part but at least they did it with a smile :)
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May 22, 2012 4:52 PM

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Beautiful and nice paced story. Loved development of their feelings and beautiful ending theme.
Jun 2, 2012 9:05 PM

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To be honest i was bored at the very beginning, but slowly when the romance kicked in, that was when i started enjoying the movie. Teared at the end.. :'( Beautiful.

However the ending was too sudden. Was hoping more.
Jun 11, 2012 3:07 AM

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I thought it was okay. I'm pretty sure my experience with anime like this ruined it for me, as it was sort of obvious from the beginning that Gin was going to disappear somehow. So I was a bit disappointed in the dialogue (a bit corny at times) and really the event that made Gin disappear (Gin made sure not to save her when she was a kid, but he grabs a random boy?). It had the potential to be better in my opinion. And it certainly wasn't bawling or made me teary like other anime.

Now that the nitpicking is out of the way, I really liked how the story was told, through a memory. We also see from the very beginning and very end (in the present) that she's still her cheery self, and the experience with Gin was sad yet not something she regrets. Even though I said I predicted the ending, it was the progression of the story that I thought was done well. In the very beginning, I began thinking that this cannot possibly turn into a romance, and if so how would they do it? Furthermore, it's pretty stupid for a middle/high school girl to play around with a spirit so I thought after a couple of years she wouldn't go back there during the summer and the story somehow takes off from there.

But then it did turn into a romance, and I love how the relationship builds up over time, making what I original thought was ridiculous become something completely natural. And that's probably what I think is the main selling point of this movie for me - changing the way I see things, not an easy feat. Instead of imposing ridiculous romance scenarios onto us like some anime do, Hotarubi no Mori gradually leads me to believe this can actually happen. It's very magical how you can have a convincing fantasy like this, and then have unrealistic "slice of life" anime.

The hug scene was the best, and I love the camera movements. A kiss might have been better like some suggested, but the simple hug keeps the innocence of the relationship that started when she was six.

I think I'll give it 7/10, and revisit it a month later to see if it's memorable or I've forgotten about it.

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Jun 15, 2012 6:17 PM

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What I really like in love stories is simplicity, heart and realism, and this one, had it all. Not to mention its very pleasant atmosphere and beautiful art.
Jun 17, 2012 8:47 PM

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Omg.Its hard to describe how i loved every second of it.One of warmest animes i've ever seen.I felt incredible watching it...and ending made me shed tears.

Amazing, 10/10.Too bad its only 40min...
Jun 23, 2012 11:30 PM

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I bawled so hard. I wish it could have been longer...

Jun 24, 2012 5:31 AM

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This anime was beautiful, I can't say I didn't shed a few tears. The ending was kind of obvious, but I hoped that somehow the girl became a ghost as well.

I hope the little boy dies a horrible death
Jul 1, 2012 2:08 AM

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Wow, this was simply amazing. Very nice story combined with this feeling that only Natsume Yuujinchou can give.
It was a lot like Natsume Yuujinchou, the art and music was similar. But honestly that wasn't bad because I liked it it very much.
Jul 2, 2012 11:17 AM

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Even though i saw the ending coming, i still hated it......just the ending though
Jul 3, 2012 2:15 PM

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It's really good and reminded me of 5 Centimeters Per Second. It's a shame it's so short, but ultimately it works because it successfully told the story it needed to tell.

I really hope Takahiro Omori makes something feature-length, he's a really strong filmmaker.
Jul 12, 2012 4:31 PM

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Q_____Q sob sob.... Stunning, and Gin is beautiful....hoped for a better ending for them both .___.

Aug 6, 2012 8:10 PM

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I can't believe he just disappeared so abruptly and in that way.

AUGGHHH I think I just broken something.
Aug 7, 2012 4:27 AM

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My god.

Aug 9, 2012 5:29 PM

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My gosh, that was just beautiful. Although I know that ending was probably for the better, I can't help but cry, weep, and sob....
Aug 9, 2012 6:31 PM

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Awww so sad ;_;
Aug 10, 2012 3:39 PM

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10/10 because I have nothing to complain about. xD

I'll rewatch this someday~
Aug 13, 2012 7:26 AM

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Loooool , Gin's dissapearing was awkward :( But overall good movie , I loved it <3
Aug 17, 2012 2:18 AM

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Sweet little story.... <3
Aug 21, 2012 8:13 AM

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I just watched it and wow, just beautiful. I never thought that a 40 minutes movie could excite me so much, I have so many different feelings right now...sadness, cheerfulness, rage, satisfaction.

Such a wonderful movie!

Modified by ainky, Oct 31, 2012 12:57 PM
Aug 25, 2012 2:12 PM

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Reminds me of Natsume Yuujinchou but didn't quite get the feeling right, or maybe I am just too tired.
Aug 31, 2012 1:46 PM

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Wow! I swear, if I looked up the word 'bittersweet' in the dictionary, this movie would be somewhere in the definition. 44 minutes of my life well spent!

Sep 3, 2012 1:26 AM

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It'll be interesting to see how this ties in with Natsume Yuujinchou, maybe a short crossover episode or something.
Sep 4, 2012 2:52 PM

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Bittersweet as hell and I felt like it ended too abruptly (Gin's disappearing was a bit awkward). But all in all it was beautiful and very enjoyable, so I'm giving it an 8/10 :)
Modified by RazielZero, Mar 3, 2013 6:52 AM
Sep 6, 2012 4:07 PM

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Already was familiar with the story because i read the maga first but still made me cry man ;_;

Forest spirit stories get me the most.
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