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Sore wa Isshun no Hikari, dewanaku  
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Quiet, sweet story of an emotionally shuttered university sempai and his conversationally clumsy junior. Sharing the same last name and a love for classical music brings them together a little. But will this be enough to bridge the gap between the sempai's secret sorrow and the junior's awkward naivete?


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Sore wa Isshun no Hikari dewanaku
Sore wa Isshun, no Hikari de wa Naku
Sore wa Isshun, no Hikari dewa Naku

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 by Soledad over 13 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Soledad over 13 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Soledad over 13 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (260 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.66 / 10.0

Last Updated
April 30th 2016, 1:48am PST



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Asuka Ciel (Kadokawa Shoten)

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by OmNom
May 16th, 2017, 11:50am
Rating: N/A
This had the potential to be another tearjerker but somewhere around midways it seems like the authors just kinda got tired and dropped it from their grips altogether. The last two chapters are very rushed, as if it was a race to reach the conclusion which seems to be the only thing that matters, leaving any satisfactory development on the side of the road. Even the sex follows this downward spiral. Oh well.
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by letterbee96
June 18th, 2013, 10:40am
Rating: N/A
Well....for the first time.... I cant say anything.... Which is sad because I love the artwork and the characters I guess but its just.... ^^"

Nothing to say... Read it if you want, thats all I guess....
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sweet i guess  
by gwkimmy
May 9th, 2013, 11:03am
Rating: N/A
relationship between yasunao and akira was super sweet, but the trauma plot felt tacked on. i was just forced and half-hearted so the scenes with akira being depressed don't really make a lot of sense. this manga could have just gotten rid of the whole trauma thing and made a cute simple story about how two friends fall in love with each other. nothin wrong with that 8D
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Wanted more...  
by butterflyflying
January 5th, 2012, 12:22am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
At first, I didn't understand Akira since he seemed aloof, you know, like those people who smile, but you wonder if it's real or not. It was like, he seemed to have a second agenda with everyone, and the author(s) conveyed that rather nicely. As the story developed, I started to like him, more and more. He was elusive, but at the same time, the most realistic character amongst Yasunao and their I thought.

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His trauma with lightning needed more developing since we never got to find out how the wife died, and quite honestly, I expected Akira to be at the scene of the accident to make it more...realistic. Along with this, all sorts of questions came to my mind when I reached the final chapter. His relationship with the professor's wife was open-ended. Did they have an affair together? Was he in love with her? Was she in love with him? Did she want to go to the concert with him out of friendship or something more? Did the professor love his wife, or did he love Akira? Why did the professor try to have sex with Akira? And did the professor know about the relationship between Akira and his wife?

Because none of these questions were directly answered, it left me feeling empty toward the end of the manga. It needed another chapter or so to justify my curiosity. I could make assumptions, but it wouldn't feel complete.

Anyway, Yasunao is adorably puppy-like that I could see how Akira could fall for him. He probably represents the innocence that Akira lost through his days with the professor and his wife. Akira couldn't help himself from being drawn to him, thus, he was able to move on eventually. Perhaps a bit fast pace at times, but what can you expect from a 4-chapter story? Regardless, this manga was cute at times, and for the most part, I liked both Akira and Yasunao. However, because of how incomplete it felt for me, I’m not surprised at the fact that I don't feel as satisfy with the story since I have plenty of questions to ask. Still, it's a good, quick read and the reference for classical music made it an added plus for me.
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cute, but huh?  
by varianthart
April 18th, 2011, 11:46am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Overall, the story was an ok read. I liked the main characters and connected with them. I wish that the whole story had just been about them though, as I don't feel like the whole thunder and sensei thing made much sense or had much purpose. That was not near enough trauma to cause someone to flip out during thunderstorms, I'm sorry. I won't bother getting into details, but the whole thing just felt out of place in the story.
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Not One Of Their Best, But Still Great  
by MightyMaeve
November 27th, 2010, 12:13pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This isn't one of Studio May-be and Asou-sensei's best pieces, but it is certainly classed as an excellent short manga story in my books. The final coflict and resolution that finally draws the two together is a beautiful arch, a harmonious 'full-circle.' It wasn't boring at all; rather, it was quite dramatic. His emotions seem flat throughout most of the story, but I think that is on purpose--it dramatizes the ending that much more.

The secondary characters of the professor and his wife were incomplete and jarring, with little depth. That part of the story needed a lot more polishing and depth-showing. But the actually dynamics between the two men was delightful in both art and dialogue.
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by vkoi
December 10th, 2009, 9:50pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I have to agree with elenaluz; the plot was confusing. The first half of the story is spent referring to a traumatic event in Akira's past, but the references were so oblique that I spent the first couple chapters wondering if I was just completely misreading the story. Then, when the traumatic event was revealed, it wasn't traumatic at all. I spent the second half of the story waiting to hear that Akira had either a deep friendship or an affair with the professor's wife, something, anything, to justify his butthurt, only-half-convincing self isolation.

Oh well, Yasunao was very cute, but all his potential as a character wound up squandered by an ultra weak plot and a characterless love interest. If life had a redo button, I'd skip this and go reread pretty much anything else with an inexperienced, terse, blushing man-puppy seme stock character.
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Sore wa Isshun no Hikari, dewanaku  
by angelkurisutin
August 24th, 2008, 12:49am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
The manga's worth reading just for Yasunao. ^_^ He is seriously cute. Socially awkward and smitten with Akira, you'd think he'd be the uke! XD But I just love his character so much... The thing with Akira is, even though he's the more popular, outgoing one and always has a smile, it's mostly a front. He's rather hollow on the inside. I think the two fit together well. The manga was kind of short, and did have a quiet feel to it, but the way Yasunao and Akira interacted was just... realistic? I don't know. I just liked the chemistry between the two. I do feel as if there could have been a little more depth to Akira's past, but then again I have to wonder if it would have taken too much away from the budding relationship? Maybe there should have been more to that... Anyways, I don't usually like reading things under the 'Drama' category, but this did have a happy ending, so I was happy too. ^_^
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about the manga  
by silkeyes
June 18th, 2008, 1:28pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
it's very nice a sensitive story about get over the past obstacles to achieve love , very touching .
love appears when you less expect it and this story shows it very well .
when you're scared you call the first person that comes in your mind , that's the person you care about most and who can be there for you when you need him/her
i give it 10 with all my heart biggrin
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by samanthaknd
January 19th, 2008, 1:16pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I found the story quite good but nothing new. I really did enjoy this one and i had a rather *aww* feeling at the end of reading it. I don't think anyone would be dissapointed with this story.
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