Hotarubi no Mori e

Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light

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Synonyms: The Light of a Firefly Forest
Japanese: 蛍火の杜へ
English: Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 17, 2011
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: IyashikeiIyashikei
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.311 (scored by 410944410,944 users)
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Ranked: #2282
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Popularity: #205
Members: 729,669
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During a summer vacation at her grandfather’s house, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa gets lost in a forest rumored to be inhabited by spirits. While crying out in desperation, Hotaru is approached by Gin—a mysterious boy wearing a mask—who offers to help her.

Overjoyed at the sight of another person, Hotaru runs to Gin with open arms only to be rudely fended off. However, she quickly learns the grave reason behind his behavior: a dreadful curse has been cast upon Gin. Should he ever be touched by a human being, he will disappear forever.

Though Gin urges her to never return, Hotaru does the exact opposite, and before too long, the two become close friends despite his delicate situation. Nonetheless, as years pass and their mutual feelings grow stronger, Hotaru and Gin start struggling with the boundaries that destiny has set between them.

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i]Hotarubi no Mori e[/i] premiered in Japanese cinemas on September 17, 2011. Though initially planned to be first presented in March 2011 at the Anime Contents Expo in Chiba, Japan, the event was canceled due to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In Europe, the movie was shown at the 2011 Scotland Loves Animation festival, twice: in Glasgow and then in Edinburgh. The film was also screened at the 2011 Leeds International Film Festival in November and at the Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles on June 30, 2012.

Following its premiere in Scotland, Hotarubi no Mori e won the festival's Jury Award. It was also given the Animation Film Award at the 66th Annual Mainichi Film Awards in Japan.

DVDs and limited edition Blu-ray disc sets were made available in Japan on February 22, 2012. The sets included bonus content such as illustrations, stickers, brochures, and one of Gin's masks. According to Japan's Oricon sales chart, Blu-ray disc sets sold well shortly after their release.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


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Ending Theme

"Natsu wo Miteita (夏を見ていた)" by Shizuru Ootaka

Jul 26, 2013
hinahinaxxchoco (All reviews)
"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
Jun 19, 2016
celerih (All reviews)
Hotarubi no Mori e is a calm story of love, growing up and the passage of time. It will charm you with it's great visuals and a beautifully composed soundtrack, and that's pretty much it for me. If this sounds like something you'll like... good, go watch Natsume's Book of Friends or Garden of Words, both of them way more worth your time then this.

[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS AHEAD NOW!!!] Now for the detail of why I didn't like this movie:

In this kind of short, emotional movie, the characters have to be easy to get attached to, since the short time of the movies read more
Jul 12, 2012
Z-I-CO (All reviews)
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
Apr 20, 2015
orionator (All reviews)

For something with a pretty basic romantic storyline, Hotarubi no Mori e pulled it off pretty well.

It's easy to follow; a young girl gets lost in an enchanted forest, she meets a spirit, they become friends, they grow up together every summer, they fall in love, and then their love ends. Pretty basic, huh? That's what I loved about it. It was a comfortable watch, you didn't have to think about it too much, but all the emotion is still there.

The script is well written, interspersed with the right amount of humour, with natural conversation flowing between the two main characters. read more

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