Monday, 9 April 2012

Completed: Hotarubi No Mori E (Movie)

I use the term 'Movie' loosely cause it's only 45 minutes long.... but still.

So This is the adaptation of the first chapter of the Manga with the same title.
We start with Hotaru, a young girl reminiscing overall the adventures she had during her summers. See she was six she got lost in the forest, an odd boy with silver hair and a mask helped her find her way back home as long as she doesn't touch him. Apparently if a human ever touches his skin then he will vanish.
She does try to touch him at first but after a few bonks to the head she gives up, he tells her that his name is Gin. She lets him know she'll come back the next day with a thank you present... so the next day when he's there waiting for her she's overjoyed.
Unfortunately she's only visiting the area for the summer.... but she'd be back the following year and they would continue to have fun together.

I can't go into much more without spoiling everything....

I think that it should be mentioned that this was created by the same person who made Natsume Yuujinchou... and it shares a lot of common things with the other show.... The theme of yokai (demons, spirits ect) and even if they look scary they may not be. The music styling is extremely similar, i don't know for sure but it sounds like the same composer. Also the voice talent sounds very similar to the voice actor who does Natsume, it is not the same actor but they do sounds fairly close. Finally the visuals.... Gin looks like like Natsume but with silver hair and eyes... thast not bad but itis something you notice if you like the other show.

This does just feel like a long episode of Natsume Yuujinchou but i'm okay with that, it's an adorable story of a girl growing up unable to hug the one she cares about the most. There are 3 other stories in the manga.... I doubt they will be turned into films because of the four stories this is the strongest one.
I really hope someone like NISA licenses it since they have the rights to Natsume yuujinchou... i really want this on my shelf.

sorry for refferencing Nastume Yuujinchou so much...

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