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From Yen Press:

Born during the sunrise - an auspicious beginning - the Azumas' newborn son is named Hikaru, which means "light." But during one play date, his mother notices that her son is slightly different from the other children. In this alternately heartwarming and bittersweet tale, a young mother tries to cope with both the overwhelming discovery of her child's autism and the trials of raising him while keeping her family together. This is a story that resonates not only for those whose families have been affected by autism, but also for all past, present, and future parents.

Note: Won an Excellence Prize for manga at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival.


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光とともに? ~自閉症児を抱えて~
Đi cùng ánh sáng ~Nuôi dạy trẻ tự kỉ~
사랑하는 나의 아들아
With the Light
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child

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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Incomplete due to mangaka's death)

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (30 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 23rd 2015, 11:13am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
For Mrs. (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #890 increased(+340)
Monthly Pos #2114 increased(+202)
3 Month Pos #2919 increased(+783)
6 Month Pos #4694 increased(+623)

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On 58 reading lists
On 241 wish lists
On 7 unfinished lists
On 65 custom lists

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With the Light Manga Creator Keiko Tobe Passes Away 2090 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes ago

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interesting but slow   
Rating: N/A
by iporter
October 31st, 2013, 6:47pm
the story was good and got me really drawn in to the characters, but it was longer than I wanted it to be. and it's too bad there really isn't a definite ending because of the mangaka's death, I wished for a happy ending showing what kind of work hikaru would have found as an adult.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
July 3rd, 2011, 6:25pm
Reading this manga had been one of the greatest experience for me. Back then, when I was a volunteer for the summer day camp, I have helped watch over an autism kid. It was hard because I didn't quite understand what exactly is autism. All I know he had a hard time learning and doesn't seem to understand certain things. To make it worse, no one knew about it nor there was any directions on how to take care of him except to make sure he doesn't run loose. So we just pretty much watched over the kid and played catch with him when other classmates were doing their lesson.

It was when I picked up this book when I fully realize what really autism is and how we could had work with them. I regretted that I didn't know this sooner. It was fully of information, the emotions of a mother who discovered that her son is different, emotions of the family love, etc. It really touched my heart and I wonder why no one with the knowledge of autism taught us about that in my early youth. I found myself interested that there are many ways to help teach autism kids about the world and also many ways to praise them for doing the right thing. I also find myself relating to the teachers who were ignorant about autism and they kept doing the wrong thing, which in-turn frightened the autism children or failed to understand what exactly the children are going through. However, I see them slowly understand the children and learn to be patience and see the world through the children's eyes.

There are also short stories (or essays) at the end of each volume from other parents who also have a family member that was autism and what were their feelings.

I heard the author died and my heart goes out to her and her family. She had tried to spread autism in an interesting way so that the audience could be aware of it and still enjoy the manga at the same time. When I read the first volume at the bookstore, I knew I had to buy it and so I did. I'm now waiting for Yen Press to tell us about the last volume, as they said on their website.

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2011, 6:31pm
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