Hotaru no Hikari
Hotaru's Way
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Hotaru no Hikari

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Synonyms: Light of the Firefly
Japanese: ホタルノヒカリ
English: Hotaru's Way
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 90
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 10, 2004 to Aug 10, 2009
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Kiss
Authors: Hiura, Satoru (Story & Art)


Score: 7.261 (scored by 10331,033 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #52992
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4090
Members: 4,922
Favorites: 27


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Hotaru's Way
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27-year-old Hotaru would rather sleep at home than seek romance, but due to unforeseen circumstances, suddenly she's living with her boss, Takano. What's more is that she now has a budding relationship with Makoto, who's younger than she is. Like a dried fish thrown back into the ocean, can she learn to swim again and rediscover the ways of romance?


Hotaru no Hikari was adapted into a live-action TV drama by NTV which aired in 2007 and 2010.

The series was published digitally in English as Hotaru's Way by Kodansha Comics USA from July 18, 2017 to August 25, 2020.

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Oct 9, 2013
i first got interested to read this manga after hearing about the concept. 'himono-onna' or 'dried up women' is someone who has lost touch with her femininity. hotaru is a 27 year old office lady, is one of them. all she like to do is drink beer and relax on her house porch. in come two men in her life to change that. the handsome and young teshima mokoto is the office favorite and the one hotaru falls for, and her classy boss takano seichii, who due to circumstances ends up living with her. the story is about how hotaru rediscovers the world of love ...
Oct 5, 2014
Preliminary (56/90 eps)
Super fun manga. I laughed throughout. Hotaru is a dried fish woman with no social life. She happily lives on crisps and beer. Her life changes with the entry of 2 hot men. Unlike other josei or shoujo manga, I root for Hotaru and do not want to replace her in the manga. She is fun. Her office is really nice. Its glamourous and the workers help each other. The developement of the various relationships has been handled with finesse. I dont understand why the manga has such low ranking. It is really sad. I am glad I didnt go for ranking. It seems josei ...

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Poll: Hotaru no Hikari Chapter 57 Discussion
Stark700 - Feb 19, 2016
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Oct 6, 2014 11:42 AM
watching the drama
KhaliaRose - Mar 24, 2011
2 repliesby Sapphiregleams »»
Oct 5, 2014 10:36 PM
is the manga ending as unsatisfying as the drama ending?
laketica - Oct 26, 2011
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Feb 14, 2014 11:11 AM