Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu
The Summer Hikaru Died
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Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu

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Japanese: 光が死んだ夏
English: The Summer Hikaru Died
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 31, 2021 to ?
Genres: Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Serialization: Young Ace UP
Authors: Mokumokuren (Story & Art)


Score: 8.191 (scored by 72617,261 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4272
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #446
Members: 39,467
Favorites: 1,266

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Best friends Yoshiki and Hikaru have been stuck together like glue for most of their lives. Living in a small village and being the only children their age, the two boys find solace in each other's company. Their friendship seems picturesque at first glance, but Yoshiki has noticed a shift in Hikaru's demeanor ever since one fateful summer.

The "Hikaru" that sits beside him now is nothing like his friend. Despite his physical appearance and memories remaining exactly the same, Yoshiki knows something is amiss and that the Hikaru he once knew is gone. When he brings this up, Hikaru partially transforms into an otherworldly being, threatening to kill Yoshiki if he cannot accept it—while also professing its love for him.

Wracked with grief and unable to let go of his best friend, Yoshiki struggles to move on with his life as he finds himself getting closer to the new Hikaru. At the same time, strange occurrences begin to plague their village, bringing unsettling chaos.

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Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu won the Traditional Chinese Global Special Prize at the eighth Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards in 2022. It ranked first in the 2023 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the Male Readers division.

The series has been published in English as The Summer Hikaru Died by Yen Press since July 18, 2023.




Apr 12, 2024
Preliminary (2/? eps)
Bumped into this and at first I just wanted to read a horror manga with 2 boys as MC hoping to ship them but it turns out this has BL/Yaoi genre mixed into this.
The horror and uncertainness genre is widely present. the exaggeration of the effects and BG noise adds the feels to it.
I am in still in the early chapters but I already like everything there is to it - Art, Story, Pacing, Telling of the everyday life, the scene.
Even when I look at each panel it feels clean. Idk but there is something in each page/panel.

The feeling of mystery and uncertainness makes ...
Feb 18, 2024
Preliminary (20/? eps)
The constant fear that something has replaced a loved one, the claustrophobia of living in a small rural town, the urge to kiss an eldritch monster you have a crush on; all of the tension in the story works well and builds such a dreary, suspenseful atmosphere. The glimmers of hope through relationships and community get snuffed out as the tension rips them to pieces before your very eyes.

With a story this engaging, the biggest crime would be to let down the intense atmosphere before it really gets going, and thankfully the story continues drudging through the mire it created. I love horror stories with ...
Mar 11, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (5/? eps)
Preliminary review

I don't understand what's so nice about this manga that it got into the rankings for top manga or something. Firstly, the 'horror elements' aren't even that scary. One part of it is super cliche. Or maybe it's because i only read the first few chapters.

Secondly, the characters are boring, i can't even tell that there is romance. Even the 'horror element' character is boring. ALSO, the suspense is boring. Again, maybe it's because i only read the first few chapters. perhaps it gets really good later on.

The art is not bad though.

I don't recommend this but neither do i discourage people ...

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