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Manga Author of With the Light Passes Away

by dtshyk
Jan 29, 2010 2:11 AM | 55 Comments
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 "With the Light (Hikari to Tomoni)" had been suspended since January 2009 due to the illness of the author. The translated edition of the manga has been published in US, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Source: Mainichi

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I heard about this from someone who works in the shop I buy my manga from (She was a big fan of the manga) and it's really said, I started reading her manga because I can relate to Hikaru.

I know this is two years later but a loss of a great person is never forgotten and I hope her family is doing well.

R.I.P Keiko-Sama

Apr 12, 2012 4:57 AM by Anniexo

KitsuneTail said:
but I'd be lying if I said stuff like With the Light doesn't offend me.

I'm curious: what about With the Light did you find offensive?

Apr 13, 2010 9:07 AM by bowliebart

It's sad she died so young, but I'd be lying if I said stuff like With the Light doesn't offend me. Still wouldn't wish her dead though.

RIP

Mar 31, 2010 2:54 PM by fdssdfdsfsf

Noes! D: I love With the Light. RIP...

Mar 29, 2010 12:12 PM by BloodyNewMoon

never heard

Feb 12, 2010 8:32 AM by MrKnD

flygon250 said:
bleeb said:
So: I have never read the series but wanted to wait until the story was finished. Can I read it with a never ending hiatus, or should I just keep with the tvseries?
I imagine that it would be a "slice of life" manga, so it would have never had an ending in the same way as something with an actual plot would anyway.

I had the impression even slice of life manga had a plot somehow...

Feb 12, 2010 8:22 AM by bleeb

Aww, that's so sad. I love her manga. To hear her die like this, I don't know what to think.

May she rest in peace

Feb 1, 2010 12:52 AM by BlackAssassin

OMG thats awful! I love With the Light!
RIP

Jan 31, 2010 1:54 PM by VelvetEris

Sad to see the author of one of my favourite and one of the most unique manga series around pass away.

I had even managed to persuade my mother - who works with people who have a mental disability - to read With the Light and she'd been enjoying it thoroughly.

flygon250 said:
I imagine that it would be a "slice of life" manga, so it would have never had an ending in the same way as something with an actual plot would anyway.


Tobe had been quoted as saying that the manga would end when Hikaru (the 'main' character) had become a 'cheerful, working adult'.

Jan 31, 2010 1:51 PM by bowliebart

R.I.P

Jan 31, 2010 12:08 PM by apocalipse369

oh shi- not this news again :<

again, R.I.P you make good manga there <3

Jan 30, 2010 10:17 PM by villains

Man, this sucks. I actually know a friend who loves this manga due to its theme. And I didn't even know she was sick. May she rest in peace.

Maora said:
i need to read volumes 3 and beyond in the yen press edition. >.>
to tell the truth, because of her series, i was able to tell that one of my cousins was autistic without them telling me. so it's sad to know that this amazing author is gone. D:

Though maybe your cousin wasn't self-aware at the time to be able to tell you that. I thinlk many children of the autistic spectrum don't usually know they are diagnosed unless someone informs them.

Maora said:
(not anime related, but the author of catch in the rye died this week, too.... poor creative people. ;.;

Dude, seriously? Man, talk about a messed up start with the new decade. First the casualties in Haiti, then Daisuke Gori, and now Tobe Keiko and J.D Salinger.

Jan 30, 2010 9:54 PM by Hypeathon

I can't believe this and it is immensely sad news. She wasn't even very old :/ The Manga always struck me as being an amazing work and I'm going to endeavour to read it, especially given my interest in the subject matter.

Jan 30, 2010 9:41 PM by internetotaku

I'm horrible lol. I would've never even heard of this manga if it wasn't for the mangaka's death.

It looks touching. Completed or not, I'll read whatever was pusblished.

RIP.

Jan 30, 2010 7:26 PM by Moogles

RIP.

Jan 30, 2010 3:30 PM by RenaPsychoKiller

Well most of us don't really know about her except she has 2 sons and a family of 4.
So it's natural that people show concern about her works more often.
It's a big loss to fans and of course to her family, common sense. I just checked yesterday, she fell ill and stop drawing last year, the course ran down hill so fast.

Part of the manga story had been serialized in TV drama in 2004.

Jan 30, 2010 2:20 PM by bottle

bleeb said:
So: I have never read the series but wanted to wait until the story was finished. Can I read it with a never ending hiatus, or should I just keep with the tvseries?
I imagine that it would be a "slice of life" manga, so it would have never had an ending in the same way as something with an actual plot would anyway.

Jan 30, 2010 10:03 AM by Rosa_FOEtida

So: I have never read the series but wanted to wait until the story was finished. Can I read it with a never ending hiatus, or should I just keep with the tvseries?

Jan 30, 2010 8:43 AM by bleeb

aw.. rest in peace..

Jan 30, 2010 7:01 AM by drrraddict14

R.I.P.
Rest Happily

Jan 30, 2010 6:49 AM by terminus

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