Hotaru Takegawa is the female lead in the Hotarubi no Mori E Manga and the movie adaption, Hotarubi no Mori e Movie. Hotarbi no Mori e (translates into Into the Forest of Fireflies Light) was created by Yuki Midorikawa. She is voiced by Ayane Sakura
Meeting with Gin Edit
When she was 6 years old, Hotaru was lost in the forest of a mountain god. Whilst crying, she met Gin, a spirit of the forest that had appeared behind a tree, questioning why she was crying and alone. Surprised to see another person (believes he's human), she bolts up and tries to hug Gin. However, he steps to the side and lets her fall face-first into the grass. He explains that he's a spirit that can't be touched by a human and if he is, he will disappear.
Hotaru, wanting to challenge this theory, continuously tries to touch him until he gets a stick off the ground and hits her on the head with it. Believing him, Hotaru finally stops chasing him. Gin offers to guide her out of the forest and guides her by holding one side of the stick while she holds the other.
After he guides her home, she says that she'll come back to the forest the next day and introduces herself. She asks for his name but he doesn't reply. She becomes slightly afraid of him and is about to head back home until he tells her his name. When she turns around to see him, he's gone. She does indeed come back the next day and continues to visit him every summer (until he passes away).
Waiting for Summer Edit
During this time, it shows that during school, Hotaru spaces out often, thinking about how Gin is doing. It shows that another male student takes notice of this and snaps her out of her daydreams. During Winter, the same student tells her there's ice and she might slip and offers to hold her hand. Here, it is hinted that he may have a crush on her, but Hotaru doesn't notice. She accepts and takes his hand which makes her think about wanting to touch Gin.
There is a small cutscene where Gin is leaning against a rock in the snow, wearing the scarf that Hotaru gave to him the summer prior.
A Precious HugEdit
As Gin reached out for the child's hand to catch him from falling, he didn't think of the possibility that the child was a human. As Hotaru leaned down and asked if the child was alright, Gin started disappearing.
Hotaru realizes that the child was human and yells out to Gin for confirmation. Gin stares blankly at her then opens his arms and tells Hotaru that he can finally touch her. She takes off the kitsune mask he had given to her and runs into his open arms, smiling. Fading away, his empty yukata fell to the ground with Hotaru sobbing into it. As his last words, Gin confesses his love to her and she replies with the same. After she had gotten up, she picked up the mask and looked at it sorrowfully.
The spirits that Gin was raised with appeared and thanked Hotaru for her time with Gin. They also thanked her for hugging him as he had always wanted to touch a human. As she waved goodbye to the spirits, she narrated while clutching the mask tightly to her chest, "I probably won't be able to look forward to summer for a long time. My chest will hurt. My tears will be overflowing. But this warmth in my hands and these summer memories will live on in my heart."
- Hotaru's first name in Kana/Kanji (蛍) translates into 'firefly'. Midorikawa may have used this as a form of symbolism as 'Hotarubi no Mori e' translates into 'Into the Forest of Fireflies Light'.