Hotarubi no Mori e (Manga)
Hotarubi manga
Release Date

July 10, 2003

Kanji Title


Romaji Title

Hotarubi no Mori e

English Title

To the Forest of the Fireflies




Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ)

Chapter Guide
Hanauta Nagaruru
Kurukuru Ochiba
List of Chapters

Hotarubi no Mori e (Manga), (蛍火の杜へ lit: To the Forest of the Fireflies) is the second chapter in a tankōbon short story collection of the same name, which included four romantic one-shot stories written by Yuki Midorikawa.

When Hotaru was six years old, she got lost in the forest but got rescued by Gin. Ever since that summer, she had been visiting Gin at the forest year after year. One day, when Hotaru already in high-school, Gin invited her to a youkai festival held in the forest. What will happen with their relationship?


The second story, Hotarubi no Mori e, is set in the summer and begins after a six-year-old girl named Hotaru Takegawa gets lost in a forest inhabited by a yamagami, or mountain spirit, as well as yōkai (strange apparitions). She is found by a human-looking spirit named Gin, who wears a mask and informs Hotaru that if he is touched by a human, then he will disappear forever. Gin then leads Hotaru out of the forest.

Despite the limitations on their interactions, Hotaru and Gin become friends, and she spends the next few days with him in the mountain forest. When her summer vacation ends, she informs Gin that she is only visiting her grandfather's country residence and that she will return the following summer. As the years go by, Gin hardly ages while Hotaru grows closer to his age. Meanwhile, Hotaru struggles with their budding romance and their uncertain future together, while Gin wishes he could touch and hold the young woman that Hotaru has become. When Hotaru reaches high school, Gin takes her on a date to a festival in the forest hosted by the spirits.

The story ends in tragedy when Gin mistakenly touches a young boy who sneaked into the spirit festival, though before he disappears, he and Hotaru embrace and confess their love for one another. The anime follows all of the events from the manga, adding only a few additional scenes.

Main article: Hotarubi no Mori e (Movie)

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit


Chapters Navigation
Hanauta Nagaruru
Hotarubi no Mori e
Kurukuru Ochiba
Hibi Fukaku