With the Light

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With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (光とともに…〜自閉症児を抱えて〜, Hikari to Tomoni… ~Jiheishōji o Kakaete~) is a josei drama manga by Keiko Tobe. It began serialization in 2000 in For Mrs., and serial chapters were collected in 15 tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series depicts the struggles of a young mother, Sachiko Azuma, raising her autistic son Hikaru in modern Japan. The series is licensed in English in North America by Yen Press, with eight volumes (each collecting two tankōbon volumes with the exception of the final volume) published as of September 2011.[1]

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With the Light
Cover of the first volume of With the Light
(Hikari to Tomoni... ~Jiheishōji o Kakaete~)
Written byKeiko Tobe
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisherYen Press
MagazineFor Mrs.
Original run2000June 2010
Television drama
Original networkNTV
Original run April 14, 2004 June 23, 2004

In January 2009, the series went on hiatus due to Tobe's illness and remained uncompleted when she died in January 2010.[2] Her works during her illness were collected and published with some of her earlier works as volume 15 in June 2010.

The series received an Excellence Prize for manga at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival.[3] It was adapted as a television drama, airing on NTV from April 14, 2004, to June 23, 2004, which won several awards at Japan's 41st Television Drama Academy Awards, including "Best Drama". The theme song was performed by Rythem.[4]