Animezone: Hotarubi

I am back with another edition of Animezone where I go through some of my most favorite anime series/movies. I have only recently ventured into anime,to be honest. But I have watched a lot when I was young as well,and it’s really growing on me.

Promotional release poster for ‘Hotarubi’.

Title: Hotarubi

Language: Japanese

Country of origin: Japan

Directed by: Takahiro Omori

Produced by: Shuko Yokoyama

Voice actors: Ayane Sakura, Kōki Uchiyama

Music by: Makoto Yoshimori

Studio: Brain’s Base

Released: September 17, 2011

Duration: 44 minutes

From left to right, Gin and Hotaru Takegawa

The story is very simple and straightforward. It starts with the female protagonist, Hotaru Takegawa.

She narrates the story as she is leaving to her uncle’s home. Before the actual movie starts, she tells us the story of when she went on a trip like this to her uncle’s home when she was six years old.

She gets lost in the forest which is rumoured to be the residence of a mountain spirit. She is found by a human like man,who is wearing a mask. He says his name is Gin and that he can’t show his face. Also he cannot touched by a human or else he will disappear forever. He then leads her out of the forest.

She however returns the next day and she spends a joyous summer with Gin. Although she has to go back home when classes start every vacation she returns to spend time with Gin, who doesn’t age.

The rest of the story revolves around Gin’s identity and their growing relationship.

Now this film is very simple and straightforward. It’s also just 44 minutes in duration and in a way that was good because the story blended in well in that time. For a person who is not a hardcore anime fan (yet, but will happen soon) , I enjoyed this thoroughly and would definitely suggest another person to watch.

There were two things that brought a lot of thought to me. Both of them revolves around the growing relationship around both characters.

Those two things are one, she cannot see Gin’s face and two, she cannot touch him, if she does he will disappear. Although the story was focused more on how Gin came to be,these two things I pointed out obviously stay in our minds from beginning to end.

She never knew how he looked like, or even have any sort of “skin-ship” with him. Basic kinds of human relationships do involve these basic kinds of touch. Such as,a handshake or a hug for even more closer friends. Now although we seem to base a lot of our relationships on that, that hasn’t seemed to be a problem for these two.

And about him not showing his face,or basically not telling anything about him. Although it ignited a lot of curiousity in her,and although she wanted to see his face at least once, she never really tried. That didn’t seemed to be barrier either. For a lot of us who try to project our faces and lives on social media in happy and wonderful loves where,in reality we may be suffering just came to my thoughts.

Everyone projects a happy bubble even when they are suffering and need help. And because of that even if they know they need help,they do not ask. And the kind of problems it eventually leads to is.. well you can imagine. A lot of things could have been better when we realize how to appreciate small things like this as well.

That’s what I thought anyway.

Let me know what you feel about it as well.

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  1. It’s so cool that you are venturing more into the world of anime. And trust me on this, I am still a noob myself. Especially when compared to most of the anime blogging community. I have not yet seen this one, but I love the story…and the themes you adress in this one 😊 It is true: a relationship quite often is based on touch or looks. To see that here we have a relationship that doesn’t contain that…it sounds incredible. I so want to see this one now: Wonderful review! 😊😊

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    • Yes I am slowly inching my way into anime hehe.. wow if you are new in the world of anime then what am I hehe.. I really did love the theme,story and how it was portrayed. It was short but had impact! Do watch and k will wait to know your take on it too! And thank you!

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      • You may be new to anime, but you know what? Posts like these are hard to write…but you pull it of and really made an incredible post for this! So can’t wait to see a new one 😊😊

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      • Awww.. you did it. You made me blush! Hehe yes more are coming actually on some anime movies and I will be starting to watch an anime series shortly after I finish a very exciting Korean drama which will also be featured! Hehe .. and some updates on my Bangtan universe posts are there from their latest release from two days ago. Lots of happy blogging ahead! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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      • Haha…sorry! 😊😊 It just had to be done! I haven’t forgotten about you Bangtan universe posts by the way. In September I have three weeks off, and i can finally give them the time they deserve 😊😊 Looking forward to all your upcoming events 😊😊

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  2. The film seems to explore the underlying fundament of human relationship, is it based on people’s appearance and social media or kindness, trust and mutual understanding. Many of us live in a digital bubble nowadays, and we seem to forget what forms a sustainable and genuine human relationship. Thanks for sharing this great film!

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