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Hikari to Tomo ni...: Jiheishouji wo Kakaete

Hikari to Tomo ni...: Jiheishouji wo Kakaete

Alternative Titles

English: With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child
Synonyms: Thank You Sensei!, Haru no Manazashi
Japanese: 光とともに… ~自閉症児を抱えて~


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 92
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 28, 2000 to Apr 3, 2009
Authors: Tobe, Keiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: For Mrs.


Score: 8.411 (scored by 429 users)
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Ranked: #2182
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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 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 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
Jun 21, 2019
lowlifeloveliver (All reviews)
Okay, let's talk. There's a reason I decided to review this. Please bear with me here as this will be long and include personal anecdotes which have made this story extremely important to my family.

The year is 2014. I come across this series at the library and read a few volumes. It's touching. It's well-done. I didn't know anyone with autism (well, I didn't think I did, since I didn't quite know what it was, either, but my best friend at the time was autistic) but it seems heartfelt and educated. I like it, but it didn't really stick around as something impactful.

The year is read more
Mar 6, 2008
Juliab (All reviews)
This is a very good manga, even if you don't know anybody with autism. If you do, the manga has little blurbs of advice interspersed with the story, which I thought was a nice touch.
I noticed that there is never any trouble with insurance, or tuition, because it takes place in Japan.
One area where the story was sometimes not very realistic: Sachiko is often looking to choose a daycare/kindergarten/school for Hikaru. When this happens, there is usually a daycare center that treats the disabled kids really negligently, and then there is one that treats them awesome. She rarely sees any schools that have both good read more


Recent News

Manga Author of With the Light Passes Away

According to Mainichi news, Tobe Keiko, the author of manga With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child passed away on January 28th. She was 52. The serialization of &...read more

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where can i buy this ?
Ame-Drop - Jan 29, 2012
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