It was two days ago when some friends told me they watched a beautiful anime titled Hotarubi no Mori e. At first, I didn’t really pay attention to what she told me about the movie. Then I decided it to watch it online at night, and that’s it. This movie is great! You’ll need a box of tissue ^^
Okay so let me make a little review about this, maybe it contains spoilers, so be prepared.
The story is about a girl who is one day lost in the forest, named Hotaru, when she stays in her uncle’s village to spend her summer holiday. She cries alone among the trees and bushes. A boy with a mask shows up to check upon her and asks her to stop crying. She is so happy there’s someone finds her and runs to him, but he turns away. He doesn’t want to be touched, since he will disappear if he gets touched. She wonders if he is not a human. The young boy tells her that he’s not, in fact in the whole forest lives a lot of spirits. He says he can not touch humans to stay exist. Hotaru doesn’t believe him, but then she sees a fox spirit and she trusts him completely. She says thank you to Gin—–his name, and promises him to come back tomorrow to give him a gift. She meets him everyday after that, plays with him and get to know both inside the forest and Gin. She can’t stay longer because she only lives there at summer holiday. Gin asks her to come back next year in summer, and she does. Every year at summer holiday, she meets Gin. Slowly, they share mutual feelings.
Hotaru begins to feel that she wants to know more about Gin, and to touch him. She gets older by the time but Gin stays young. She sometimes think it would be good if Gin was also a human and they could be couple. But then she neglects it, because of that Gin they met and close to each other. So Hotaru plans to graduate from high school soon and live there, to be closer to Gin. One day, Gin asks her to go with him to Spirits Festival, where spirits in the forest disguise as humans and make a fest just like normal people do. Even humans go to their festival yet they can’t tell. Hotaru is so excited, she agrees to go. They enjoy the fest, and Gin tells her that he always want to have a date with Hotaru. They both so happy then Gin accidentally help a little boy when he’s going to fall, he unintentionally grabs his arm. His hand begins to disolve, Hotaru realizes it was a human child. Gin smiles at her and asks her to hug him. She cries and hugs him, finally she touches him for the first…and the last time.
So who says a romance should be dramatic and full of chaotic matters? This anime shows us a very simple compassion between two people from different world. I see it as a very light and sweet story, with beautiful scenery and music composition. You’ll feel the emotion on how Hotaru and Gin always want each other.
Hotarubi no Mori e is a movie adaption from manga (Japanese comic) by Yuri Midorikawa. It is released in 2011. I haven’t seen any reviews about the anime but I think many people who’ve watched it give positive feedback.
I’m sorry for my lack of sources, I write this based on what I watched.
Have a nice Sunday 🙂
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