High school student Koremitsu Akagi finds himself attending the funeral of Hikaru Mikado, who had died in an accident during Golden Week. He's not sure why he's there, as he only exchanged a few words with Hikaru at school.
However, Hikaru doesn't seem to be completely gone from the world, as he comes back as a ghost in order to fulfill a promise to Aoi Saotome, his fiancée. Since Koremitsu is the only one who can see him, he asks him to carry out his promise in his place.
Complying with his request, Koremitsu tries to fulfill Hikaru's promises to the rest of his "girlfriends," helping them overcome past misunderstandings and repair broken relationships. But the situation surrounding Hikaru's death is shrouded in mystery, as it's uncertain whether or not he truly died in an accident...
Hikaru ga chikyuu an ikatoro is a bittersweet romance novel that is really good and enjoyable. It follows the 2 main characters koremitsu and Hikaru and as it usually is ,a wide variety of girls.
Hikaru is the kind of playboy you see in movies or you see women fantasising about. He is that overly pretentious guy who some how turns out to be romantic for reasons we males can never decipher. He is the guy who'd go to a woman watching flowers and say something pretentious like “ the flowers are soothing but not as soothing as you”. Oh he has a nice face
and manages to make everyone fall in love with him. And by everyone I mean everyone. His character is very well done. He is exactly the way you expect a non manly popular male to be. He gets especially annoying when he goes on long essays about flowers. But this annoying is intentional. The author wants us to shout back at him “ they are just flowers damn it!!”.
Koremitsu In 2 words is a shonen protagonist.
1) pure - check
2) straight forward- check
3) shouting random lines like “I'll protect you” at cliche moments - check
4) not being able to see the most obvious signs that a girl is interested in him - check
Thankfully though he doesn't pull down the series too much and is a nice contrast to Hikaru. He isn't a pervert like Hikaru. And he also knows that the description the women give about Hikaru and the actual Hikaru he knows are so different. It creates a nice dynamic.
Every volume is about a particular girl and a short bittersweet romance. The romance is well done, with enough mystery to keep you entertained. In every volume there is a grandstanding show- off, where our shonen protagonist does something cool and Hikaru fucking randomly becomes Sherlock Holmes. But I can forgive that because the final conclusion is satisfying. Every single time.
In volume-5 the book became harem and full on loli. Normally I'd put it down, but the main romance about the girl of that volume was too interesting for me to give it up. Finally I just skipped parts to know what was going to happen. ( it was a bittersweet story about an online friend Hikaru made. That girl was insecure about our nose and koremitsu tried searching for her as she hid. It was bittersweet)
After volume 4 the series becomes Haremy. Even during volume 4 it was like that. But I did not mind it because this series uses harem to fish for jokes rather than a form of wish fulfilment. I found it fine and easily ignorable. Reminds me the start of Nisekoi where harem was used for laughter. Something I enjoyed because of the sheer ridiculousness. The series isn't loli except volume -5 and 2-3 instances in every other volume from vol-4. While I liked her arc, I disliked everything she did after that and just stared in disbelief.( the underage character) .This story isn't realistic with people being practically treated as queens and what-not but in this case it turns out to be an advantage. A story about solving girls problems wouldn't be same if the girl were absolutely normal. That is reality.
Overall- this series is a well done story with well done enjoyable parts and easily ignorable - unenjoyable parts. That I think is important. Sometimes it can get too preachy but that too is ignorable. It isn't a " o-p protagonist, harem, wish fulfilment” this leaves some hope in the medium. It is a solid 8/10.
I don't always read a light novel. This is probably the first light novel I have ever finished. So here is basically my review. I spent 2 days reading 10 volumes.
If you had read or heard of "Tale of Genji", you probably would have sensed some characters' name related between this two stories.
"Hikaru ga Chikyuu ni Ita Koro" or simply "When Hikaru was on Earth" is a story about ghost. Wait! It is not a horror one. The main character Akagi was haunted by a ghost who needed to fulfill the promise before passed on to either heaven/space/nirvana/idk.
You might think of Anohana
after all. However, Hikaru is a beautiful ghost, yet a BOY. He is a harem prince. He need Akagi to help him fulfill his promise with his flowers (girlfriends, fiance, mistresses). The story starts off as a romantic comedy but becomes more of a tragedy and dark as the story goes on.
It has a VERY GOOD ENDING. So don't worry.
Because of the character development in the story.
Everyone in the story has flaws. Yet, they continue to deal with them and grow as well. Most of the girls in the story starts off as fragile yet after being helped by the MC, they starts to show determination to change to be strong. I just cannot find any point to hate them.
I love them all.
Aoi: The Princess type.
Honoka: The Best friend Type.
Asa: The TsunTsun Type.
Yu: The NEET Type.
Michiru: The Class Rep Type.
Shioriko: The Loli Type.
Tsuyako: The Senpai Type.
Beni: The Online Love Type.
Hiina: The Peculiar Type.
More characters involved. The Crossdressing, The Yandere. lol
Even though, it might be a harem, Yet, the MC in the end choose someone, the best girl.
Its a interpretative piece(like so many others) of Genji Monogatari, although the outcome maybe predictable, its a pretty good novel.
The story follows through Koremitsu (the name of genji's aide in GM) , similar to Ryuuji from Toradora, he has a scaring face and people often mistake him for being a bad person, while he does not have any friends, he's caught up in a mess, when the ghost of Mikado Hikaru (Note: Genji's name is Hikaru) tells him to help him go to heaven by fulfiling his wishes.
So Koremitsu ended helping a lot of Hikaru's (ex)lovers, and ended up getting caught in a mess
of this bittersweet romance, you will see a reinterpretation of a lot of GM characters, and Koremitsu with Hikaru's guiding helping them obtain closure and happiness.