Author: Midorikawa Yuki
Artist: Midorikawa Yuki
Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy
Summary: A forest, home to spirits and monsters. A lost child, a fated encounter. A fragile bond, an everlasting relationship.
Collected in a tankōbon of one-shots by Midorikawa Yuki
Fleeting and bittersweet; this one-shot focuses on the development of the relationship between a human and a non-human. What I found made it so special wasn’t just the fragility of their bond but the mellow, sombre way it was presented in. Hotarubi no Mori E isn’t much of a cute, passionate, heart-racing high-school romance; it gives a more toned down atmosphere. I like that it looks at the little things that made the relationship so special – a common feature in Midorikawa-sensei’s works.
If you want the sort of manga that makes you feel warm all over (like when you drink a nice, hot cuppa tea when it’s subzero outside and the expensive student residence you paid for switches off central heating at 11 PM so you’re freezing all the way until 6 AM because you didn’t finish your coursework) then this might just hit the spot.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
– arawr >=3