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Hotarubi no Mori e

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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.

User Rating: 4.35 ( 11 votes)


Japanese: 蛍火の杜へ
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 17, 2011
Producers: Aniplex
Studios: Brain’s Base
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural
Duration: 45 min
Rating: G – All Ages
Resolution: 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Masanori Miyake – Producer
Takahiro Oomori – Director, Script, Screenplay
Shizuru Ootaka – Theme Song Performance
Atsushi Aono – Key Animation
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If you don’t think a mere 45 minutes can affect you I urge you to watch this film. Pure emotion that is sure to captivate.


load of fucking tears


By the creator of Natsume, this short tale of bittersweet romance is poignant and charming in all regards


More emotion in 45 minutes than I thought was possible.


An amazing short film with a impactfull story in just and a great romance in just 45 min


A very nice yet sad movie for something so short. I’ve watched it like a few times and still enjoyed it


Original work by the same creator who made Natsume, comes a beautiful tale of a girl growing up with her spirit friend Gin.



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