I cried an indecent amount of hot tormented tears during this short anime film. I'm going to avoid spoiling it for you because you've likely not seen it, due to it not being the 'top five things people watch today' list. However, Hotarubi no Mori e was one of the most beautifully tragic productions I've seen in a long time. It really hit you where it counts, not only wrapping you up into serious connections with the characters, but exploring themes we experience throughout our childhoods. That of magic, love, and an innocence time seems to drag away.
There were a few quotes in the movie I thought I would share, (mind you, there are tons more; but they would spoil it for you). Some of these are fan made as well, so bare in mind you may not see them when you watch the movie.
"Something that disappears when touched... It's just like snow, isn't it?"
"I thought of you during winter. Even during autumn and spring. Don't forget about me."
To put it shortly, I loved this film. I made my sisters watch it with me as well, and honestly, the second time I cried so much harder. It put so simply how love isn't about physical contact, or even appearance. By removing those things, it shows that love runs much more deeply than those two could even touch upon. As a long time fan of Studio Ghibli, It reminded me a lot of the simplicity and beauty of Hayao Miyazaki's work.
If you're looking for a short clean anime, this is the one for you. It's free to watch online or even on youtube.
Until next time!