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Hikari no Machi

Hikari no Machi

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Synonyms: Sun Village, City of Light
Japanese: ひかりのまち


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 9
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 19, 2004 to Jan 19, 2005
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sunday Gene-X


Score: 7.651 (scored by 3281 users)
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Ranked: #24052
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The city of light is a town above a hill, called that because it's surrounded by the sun, but it hides an obscure side. There, lives Tasuku, a young kid who works as a 'messenger' for a mysterious group who organizes suicides on the phone. At the same time other youngsters like him are trying to survive the everyday's life: Satoshi changes one occasional job after another, Momoko is the daughter of a prostitute who abandoned her. Finally there's Hoichi who is always involved in dirty business, among which is the suicidal group, but at least he has a dream: earning enough money to buy the whole place and turning it back into the country village he was born in.


Hikari no Machi was published in Polish by Hanami in November 2010 and in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics in August 2017.


Itou, Houichi
Hasegawa, Tasuku
Hasegawa, Shin
Satou, Taiki

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Jul 10, 2012
loey (All reviews)
Hikari no Machi/City of Light (2004–2005) is Asano Inio's third release and my second reading by this author (first one: Solanin, his next work). This manga certainly deserves a score stats of 8.0, 8.5 or as scored in my personal mangalist, 9.0. Why?

Have you ever played Jenga? It's simple: during the game, players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.
Well, I can easily say City of Light is a Jenga Tower. One of the characters, Inspector Mizutani, even mentions that the buildings remind him of read more
Apr 1, 2017
pandemonium91 (All reviews)
It's a manga that has to be read and enjoyed slowly. There's something to ponder in every page, from the expressions on the characters' faces (either normal or exaggerated) to sentences that are in no way empty or filler. To put it simply, every sentence has a part in the story and characterization, none is devoid of sense or used as a simple placeholder.

It'd feel wrong for me to pinpoint any of the characters as "bad" or "good". Bearing in mind all the questions that this manga raises in regards to the morality of some situations (assisted suicide and revenge-murder to name two), the answers read more
Sep 15, 2017
wavewoman (All reviews)
Here goes Asano again, making my mean score higher with each work I read from him. Even in his earlier works, he has this signature listless and violent feel going on. The kind of violence that comes from having received violence first, mixed with the dissatisfaction of life routines.

Set in the gentrified "city of light", it's about the daily struggle of the people within, and how much it's actually the same everywhere. Much like from Asano's other works, the characters scare me because of how existential they get. You never know what could trigger them and cause them to act out, but the character build-up read more


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