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Hotaru no Hikari   
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Official English: INKR

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?

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Associated Names
Glow of the Fireflies
Hotaru's Light
Hotaru's Way
Мерцание светлячков
Свет Хотару
호타루의 빛

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.65 by ShoujoHearts 10 months ago
v.11 c.64 by ShoujoHearts 11 months ago
v.11 c.63 by ShoujoHearts 11 months ago
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in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)
7 Volumes (Bunkoban, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (277 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0

Last Updated
December 9th 2022, 2:45am



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (2004; 2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Azuki (digital)
INKR Comics
Kodansha USA (15 Volumes - Complete; digital)

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Keeping a "spare" boyfriend/Having your cake and eating too  
by Rozzak
August 13th, 2016, 5:14pm
Rating: N/A
This manga has a huge case of gender-bias resultant from the author's own POV. It's seriously a little messed up from my (a male's) perspective. This selfish bottom-feeder woman attaches herself to her boss and essentially steals his home. She uses him for the emotional aspects of a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship all while having sex and going on dates with her "public" boyfriend. They're really just each being 1/2 of a boyfriend and any rational mind would see what she's doing is two-timing. Not to mention, that the relationship she develops by sponging off her boss basically fucks up his marriage, without any benefits whatsoever for him. It's pure altruism bordering on masochism. It's pretty pathetic in my opinion. On more than one occasions her boss has to vacate his own home so she can fuck her boyfriend in it.

It's just a very typical selfish female state of mind and reading it is very uncomfortable.
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I enjoy it  
by jackalan
August 19th, 2012, 2:31pm
Rating: N/A
Cause its scanlation has yet to finish. However, I can guess the ending already.

It is somewhat typical and cliched like other comments have mentioned. But I think that does not really get me off. Like when I watch movies, there are of course some outstandingly magnificient originals that set trend and be heralded upon generations to generations. On the other hand, it's not that bad to go for the less original ones. After all, would you prefer a really really bad, unauthentic movie or one you can see oh this would be what the ending like but still continue because you want that development, that gradual build-ups, then that somehow foreseen ending? I prefer the latter cause you have Dark Knight, you still can have heart for Batman Begins or Dark Knight Rises rather than Batman Forever right?

Oh man, this is kind of offish, rather miles away from the topic. But I would like to see how Hotaru finally turns out. At first, it would be so tough choosing between the younger boyfriend and the geezer Buchou. In time, it is more vivid to me that Buchou is the one to repeat again and again the line: "I'm back!"

And actually, even though Hotaru is rather pathetic, other characters appears in the general of shoujo and josei mangas a lot, yet I found them rather relevant to the real world. It must be something (with the dialogue and development of each chapter) to get some readers like me going biggrin (I actually remembered it today, picking it up again after 4 years of leaving translation to J-Sis, they sure do take their time, no regrets!)

Oh wait, there's still Miyuki... Dang... Love in manga is complicated isn't it?

... Last updated on January 28th, 2013, 1:03am
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by kazehaja
July 26th, 2012, 12:17pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
this is just..plain boring. the characters are not developed, the story is a cliche, and not that funny, and the art is mediocre, all males and females look like they are drawn from one character with different if you value your time, skip this one.
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Love this!  
by kebi
June 15th, 2012, 4:30am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I love this manga. It's very laidback and very true. It's got a heart and that's what makes it a very readable manga. I'm sure a lot agrees.

I just don't get the complaint about the art. I actually really like it. I remember choosing this manga because of the cover.
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I love it  
by vvhime
April 26th, 2012, 2:03am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I've just finished reading this manga yesterday up to the last volume. And I love it.
I'm pretty much the same age as Hotaru. Maybe that's the reason I can relate myself to Hotaru. She works as good as she can, but after works, she just wants to laze around.
I like the romance, slow but sure. At first I think 5 years is too long for Hotaru to grown up as a fine woman. But seeing how she is at first, 5 years is just right.
And I love how the mangaka ends this story. She leaves us with our own imagination, how Hotaru's life after that.
Oh I like the side story about Yuka and Kaname as well.
This manga is a recommended read if you like josei genre.
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all in the eye of the beholder  
by nekoburo
November 24th, 2011, 11:09pm
Rating: N/A
I enjoy this series. Both the art and the plot. I do think the plot can be fleshed out more, given more depth, considering the triangles of relationships that occur and the length of the manga as a whole. There is plenty of time to do this. Sadly, unless another scanlator picks this series up, we won't be getting anymore chapters. Seems that J-Sis has become inactive.
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endearing & identifiable  
by Caronroz
August 11th, 2010, 8:58pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I disagree that Hotaru is a flat character. She's working hard to develop herself in her own way and she's stronger than she thinks she is. She's trying to change herself, but at the same time I think she's starting to realize that she should be liked for who she is and shouldn't have to drastically change herself for a guy.

The so called "theoretically real love" is shallowly developed for a reason. He's not the real "main character" of this series. He's shallowly developed because he represents a concept, an ideal of what women think they want, but can't feel comfortable being around.

There are many working women out there that look beautiful and poised at work and like to lounge around dressed like a slob at home. This manga nicely depict the differences between the work persona and the casual non-work persona.
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Pretty good.  
by Alannaeowyn
May 5th, 2010, 10:06pm
Rating: N/A
The art improves as it progresses, and the characters are fun. What amuses me is the fact that it's kind of an inversion of Kimi wa Pet. laugh The overall quality of Kimi wa Pet may be somewhat better, but the setup here is a bit more to my taste, 'cause I like mature heroes. biggrin

Anyway. I recommend it!
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addictive but dull  
by fouloldron
May 3rd, 2010, 8:11pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
This manga has good elements and bad elements but not sufficient that I would recommend it to anyone except if they were writing an essay on gender depictions in the media.
The main character Hotaru is rather flat, about 2.3 dimensional. There are elements of a real personality but it never really ties together and stays as the cut out of a woman who lived as she liked and is now changing herself so that she can get a man.
The entire manga seems to be chapter after chapter of her discovering new insecurities, dealing with them in often extreme fashions and then being offered a sensible option by her boss and roommate, who is referred to at home and work as Bucho (professional title).
Bucho is in fact the most likeable and developed character in the story, He has a real personality beyond the token responsible parental-esque love interest.
The theoretically real love interest being more shallowly developed than Hotaru and getting much less screen time. How the character or relationship is to develop with so little attention in the story or in the art is partly the cause.
The only other endearing characters are the 2 dimensional father, who is a loving father stereotype, and nephews, who are at least entertainingly fanatical about trains.
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this is not shoujo  
by ruthii9
September 7th, 2009, 8:45pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Please realize that this is intended for an older/mature female audience, not the type of audience shoujo tends to aim at, thus, the genre JOSEI. This turned out to be an amusing manga for me(although the live action was pretty enjoyable, too).
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