Hotarubi no Mori e

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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
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.351 (scored by 356768356,768 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1882
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #200
Members: 643,071
Favorites: 8,513

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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


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

Recent News

Hotarubi no Mori e Wins the 66th Mainichi Film Award

According to the official website, Hotarubi no Mori e has won the Best Animation Film Award in the 66th Mainichi Film Concours. The Blu-ray and the DVD of the anime more

Anime Movie of Manga Hotarubi no Mori e Announced

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