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: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.281 (scored by 463413463,413 users)
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Ranked: #2842
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Popularity: #223
Members: 829,107
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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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Hotarubi no Mori e 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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"Natsu wo Miteita (夏を見ていた)" by Shizuru Ootaka


Jan 7, 2024
I like to start off my reviews with a stupid joke and a bad summary, but I don’t think that will do this short 40-minute heartwarming story any justice. Hotarubi no Mori e or Into the Forest of the Fireflies’ Light tells us the story of a Young Girl and her mysterious friend Gin and how their relationship grows over a span of around 10 years. If by the time the film ends you feel like crying – I don’t blame you, even in the one shot, you can get attached to these characters very quickly.

Plot – 9/10
It’s short, concise and well executed – everything ...
Mar 29, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The Light of a Firefly Forest is a very simple anime, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in all circumstances, but in my opinion it does this anime a disservice. It's very bare bones from top to bottom. There are very few characters, very little development of said characters, very few plot points and very little to take away from it after your viewing is over. Perhaps comparing against Shinkai- a man genuinely in the conversation of the best to ever do it- is not the fairest of comparisons, but when I look at movies of a similar length, such as The Garden of Words, ...
Jan 13, 2024
Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light was incredibly disappointing. Based on the trailer, rating, synopsis, and cover, I really expected this to be a cute, sweet, heartwarming movie. Unfortunately it's just a tale of pedophilia and grooming. I didn't realize this was meant to be a romance going into it, so that's my fault I suppose. Regardless, this anime is just 40 minutes of an adult flirting with a child and watching her grow older. The whole thing is gross, but this would've been a decent story if not for the egregious age gap. I only gave this 2 stars instead of 1 because the ...

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Why does the girl doesn’t look that upset?
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