Hikari to Tomo ni...: Jiheishouji wo Kakaete
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child
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Hikari to Tomo ni...: Jiheishouji wo Kakaete

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Synonyms: Thank You Sensei!, Haru no Manazashi
Japanese: 光とともに… ~自閉症児を抱えて~
English: With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 92
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 28, 2000 to Apr 3, 2009
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Childcare Childcare, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: For Mrs.
Authors: Tobe, Keiko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.231 (scored by 670670 users)
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Ranked: #3492
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Popularity: #3532
Members: 4,517
Favorites: 114

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With the Light...
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Born during the sunrise—an auspicious beginning—the Azumas' newborn son is named Hikaru, which means "light." But during one play date, his mother notices that her son is slightly different from the other children. In this alternately heartwarming and bittersweet tale, a young mother tries to cope with both the overwhelming discovery of her child's autism and the trials of raising him while keeping her family together. This is a story that resonates not only for those whose families have been affected by autism, but also for all past, present, and future parents.

(Source: Yen Press)

Included one-shots:
Volume 15: Thank You Sensei!, Haru no Manazashi


In 2004, Hikari to Tomo ni...: Jiheishouji wo Kakaete won the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival's Award of Excellence in manga division, and was adapted into a live-action TV drama series.

In 2010, after the author's death the last two unfinished chapters in their manuscripts format were published in the magazine, and later included in the last volume, deeming the series as incomplete. On the 30th anniversary since Tobe's debut in 2016, Kawasaki Mei drawn those two chapters concluding the story.

The series was published in a 2-in-1 omnibus edition in English as With the Light... Raising an Autistic Child by Yen Press from September 24, 2007 to September 20, 2011.


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Jan 23, 2021
u_zech (All reviews)
As an anime-only watcher—who has recently started following manga lately—I have been capable to utilize my time searching for something to read. However, whenever we stumble upon a manga that approaches a controversial topic, our interest is drawn. I decided to check if there are other indistinguishable series. There are no results. That would mean autism as a theme, in general, isn't covered by manga of any demographic. This occurrence causes me to beg the question, “Why isn’t there more series that tackles autism?”

Awareness is significant—it implements the change to influence ourselves and others around us.

Autism has been beginning to be more prevalent since the aughts but now, we read more
Jan 7, 2011
Firechick12012 (All reviews)
This is my first time rating a manga so I apologize if there are any mistakes.

I give this manga...a perfect, pure, concentrated 100/100!

Yep! You read that rating right! I feel this is the single greatest and best manga of all time!...yet it's so underrated and underappreciated! But the appreciators who DO love it are truly devoted to this beautiful and majestic manga! I honestly feel that this is one of the most ground-breaking and wonderful and incomparable manga ever created! This is my number one all time favorite manga. And I can give A TON of reasons for it being sooooo wonderful!

The premise of this read more
Jul 26, 2020
silver_saber (All reviews)
This is a fantastic slice-of-life manga following two parents as they raise an autistic child. As the couple learn more about autism and about their child, they grow as parents and learn how to nurture their son and develop an environment he can thrive in.

Story: 9/10

The premise is a simple one, and it’s right in the title: this manga is about raising an autistic child. We follow Sachiko and Masato as they learn how to become better parents to their son, Hikaru.

They struggle to reconcile their fantasies of parenthood with the realities. They realize that their primary goal as parents shouldn’t necessarily read more
Jul 30, 2017
ggultra2764 (All reviews)
As many readers of my reviews may note, I typically don’t tackle manga titles since anime is more my main priority of covering. But upon learning the premise of With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child almost three years ago, it caught my interest for both personal reasons and seeing how mangaka Keiko Tobe would approach exploring autism as to my knowledge, the disability has not had a serious exploration within any Japanese anime or manga series. The manga focuses on the challenges faced by the Azuma family as they try raising their autistic son, Hikaru, as With the Light explores his life from birth read more

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