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To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

Hotarubi no mori e (original title)
Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director:

Takahiro Ômori

Writers:

Yuki Midorikawa (idea), Takahiro Ômori (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Koki Uchiyama Koki Uchiyama ... Gin (voice)
Ayane Sakura ... Hotaru Takegawa (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... (voice)
Izumi Sawada Izumi Sawada ... Mom (voice)
Hayato Taya Hayato Taya ... Ryota (voice)
Kanehira Yamamoto Kanehira Yamamoto ... Shadow (voice)
Masanori Machida ... (voice)
Hiroki Gotô Hiroki Gotô ... (voice)
Asami Imai Asami Imai ... (voice)
Mami Uchida Mami Uchida ... (voice)
Kumiko Tashiro Kumiko Tashiro ... (voice)
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Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

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Trivia

The author of the anime movie "Hotarubi no Mori e" made this movie as a tribute for her friend who died of cancer. See more »

Quotes

Takegawa Hotaru: Time might separate us some day. But, even still, until then, let's stay together.
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Natsu o Miteita
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A Simple Yet Moving Story About First Love
28 March 2020 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Short, sweet & sentimental, To the Forest of Firefly Lights (Hotarubi no Mori e) is a simple yet moving coming-of-age story following a young child who is rescued by a spirit after she gets lost in an enchanted forest, and covers her decade-long friendship with the same entity despite the limitations of their interactions.

Directed by Takahiro Omori, the film addresses first love, memories & passage of time in an apt manner, and is as exquisitely animated as it is beautifully told. The story unfolds at a breezy pace, while the interaction between the two characters plus their growing intimacy for each other is sensibly handled & finely portrayed.

Overall, To the Forest of Firefly Lights would've sufficed as a short film instead of aiming for feature-length but it still makes fab use of its 45 mins runtime, taking viewers through plethora of emotions. The simple story, serene quality & magical vibe helps keep the interest alive while evoking feelings of nostalgia in surprising ways. Worth a shot.


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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 September 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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