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 449376449,376 users)
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Ranked: #2702
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Popularity: #215
Members: 803,187
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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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Oomori, Takahiro
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Ootaka, Shizuru
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"Natsu wo Miteita (夏を見ていた)" by Shizuru Ootaka


Dec 27, 2022
"Into the Forest of the Fireflies' Light" is a sweet gentle tale about a spirit and a young girl and the close friendship they develop over the course of years. Their interactions are heartwarmingly sweet. The animation is neat and the background score is good. Though there is nothing much in the story, the serenity and magical vibe of this short film keeps one's interest alive. The main characters receive just enough characterization to make us feel slightly nostalgic by the end.
It is basically just a relaxing story which is recommended when you want to watch something peaceful so it might not be appealing to ...
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 5, 2021
Yeah, so it's a bit weird how this dude meets a 5 year old when he's a gazillion years old, and then starts falling in love with her. It was also pretty boring, and not that interesting.

First, the characters are not that interesting. The soundtrack is not memorable. The direction of the plot was lackluster and dull. There is no character development for the main girl except puberty!

I understand the theme of forbidden love is one that is interesting in many situations, but in this one it condones GR**MING. The main dude is falling in love with a kid he met when they ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Hotarubi no Mori e Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
Orulyon - Feb 22, 2012
425 repliesby JOEana »»
Sep 23, 4:21 AM
How did you feel at the end of the anime ? ( 1 2 3 )
Galaxy__ - Mar 3, 2016
120 repliesby Foreall908 »»
Sep 14, 10:29 PM
Any Anime which ends in 1 eps and in 45 mins (like thus one)
WVM - Nov 29, 2022
16 repliesby salarx »»
May 23, 11:07 AM
Why does the girl doesn’t look that upset?
Sincere_T_ - Jun 12, 2020
8 repliesby weeblet727 »»
Aug 4, 2022 2:18 AM
Any rumored/known reason why it hasn't been licensed in North America?
Lolicon - May 8, 2022
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