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Hotarubi no Mori e (2011) Mini Film Review

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Hotarubi no Mori e is a short anime film that is based on a shoujo manga. It has garnered several awards in the past years and captivates the audience with its story and arts. Most important of all, it is a film that seems to be able to bring the audience into a different world and immerse them in it. So what’s make this anime film so unique? Check it out!

Premise

Hotarubi no Mori e’s basic premise is about Gin, whose existence is neither spirit nor human and Hotaru, a normal human girl who resides in the village during summer holidays. They met each other when Hotaru was lost in the forest while she was 6 years old. Since then, they start forming a relationship. However, there’s a catch, Gin can’t touch humans or else he would disappear forever. With this limitation, could their romance be broken?

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Does the Fox mask indicate a friend or a foe?

Review

First of all, DAYUM! The narrative is really simple for an anime film. There are no big twists or some complicated plots that will make you think its a deep film. What you get is a simplistic but serene romance story that is close to innocent love. I love the pacing which is done slowly but keeping us interested in both Gin’s and Hotaru’s relationship that is developing at a controlled pace. You will feel the time moves along as Hotaru gets older and grows to become a fine young woman, which contrasts with Gin’s eternal youthful appearance since the start of their encounter.

What’s surprising is the amount of emotion each scene is able to bring out, even though Gin is always wearing masks and there are no other events happening aside from those two accompanying with each other doing basic activities. Perhaps its the wonderful animation and the music which helps to set the mood and atmosphere of peacefulness. It is akin to us going back to childhood and enjoying the peaceful nature with a friend. The ending is quite touching as it’s not overdramatised and it has been foreshadowed by Gin’s words and actions. It’s a truly wonderful short film which manages to makes us feel for the characters using minimal characters and in such short time.

 

 

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Hotarubi no Mori e (2011) Mini Film Review
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What's good?
Wonderful simple romantic story that is seen rarely nowadays
Pacing is greatly controlled
Excellent soundtrack that pull the heartstring
The two characters relationship will make you empathise so much with them
That ending :'(
What's bad?
Story is a bit short
Simple animation but it is kind of suiting the art style
4.2
Dayum!
A simple story that will make you shed a tear
With its simplistic animation, artstyle and featuring only two characters, this film will surprisingly make you feel deep down in your 'kokoro' after you watch the film. Damn...this film is great in its own way of pulling our heartstrings!

 

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An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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