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->''"The day you were born... the morning sun was very beautiful."''

''With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child'' (''Hikari to Tomoni'' in Japanese) is a {{Josei}} manga written by Keiko Tobe in 2000.

The story begins with Sachiko Azuma having her first child, Hikaru. He's not like the other babies, though: He stays in his stroller even when he's too old for it, he is only willing to eat the same thing every day, and he refuses to be held by his mother. Sachiko feels she is to blame... but she learns that Hikaru has autism -- a communication disorder. What ensues is the story of how Sachiko, her family, and others around them both hinder and contribute to Hikaru's life, and her ultimate goal that he will grow up to be "a cheerful working adult".

Creator/YenPress has been publishing an English translation of this manga, with each American volume combining two volumes of the original Japanese version. Sadly, Mrs. Tobe [[AuthorExistenceFailure died of illness]] in early 2010, leaving it unfinished.
!!Tropes in this work:
* AbusiveParents: The fathers of Eri and Oki are the main offenders. Eri's father intimidates her and [[DomesticAbuse beats her mother regularly]]. Oki's father beats his son and keeps the house is a state of squalor after his wife leaves. A few other frustrated parents approach this at various points in the story (even Sachiko, who hit Hikaru in frustration a couple of times, admits this to herself), yet they never quite get that far.
* AdultFear: Evident in Hikaru's early childhood, as his tendency of getting lost often scared Sachiko, fearing that he may be kidnapped.
* BadBoss: Masato's manager, who demotes his employee to a position where most workers quit after days of horrid working conditions, just so he can keep himself superior to Masato.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: After Hikaru's panic from bright camera-lights disrupted a school event, Sachiko overhears two parents complaining about his 'misbehavior' while she's in a stall.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: A subtle version occurs with Sachiko's two friends from her mommy-baby group. One, Mrs. Tanaka, looks like an anime drawing of Jennifer Aniston, and the other, Mrs. Katakura, looks much more like a Japanese woman actually would look like. Guess which one winds up being more accepting and supportive of Hikaru...
* BerserkButton: If you ever call Hikaru names and pick on him in front of Kanon, she will pummel you.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Akamatsu-sensei. Looks like he understands autism, but thinks that autistic students must be like ''Film/RainMan'', and refuses to listen to his students' parents. And this is why the Special Ed class under him learned nothing. Although he later improves his attitude towards his job after setbacks.
* DoorStopper: The American paperback volumes of this are '''huge''', even for a non-manga series. Granted, each volume is actually two Japanese volumes put together, but even half of that is big. That's because the original Japanese versions are pretty large too.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: So many things go wrong against Sachiko's family because of Japan's ignorance of autism and bully culture, but even after all that, you'll feel happy when things go ''right'' for them.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Masato's older sister and her daughter are introduced early in the first tankobon, but she's always referred to by [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics oneesan]] or "Sis." It's not until towards the (premature) end of the series that we catch her name.
* FreudianExcuse: This is usually employed upon any bad caretaker or mean-spirited person. [[{{Anvilicious}} A lot.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Early on, we are introduced to Sachiko's Filipino neighbors. After one become friends with Hikaru, he starts randomly repeating several phrases in Tagalog.
* GenderFlip: Lampshaded during a school play when Kanata and Misaki play Vega and Vega's father, respectively.
* HollywoodAutism: This manga focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, this is mostly an aversion of Hollywood autism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.
* ImStandingRightHere: Mrs. Katakura once badmouths Hikaru... behind Sachiko's back.
* IronicName:
** Hikaru's full name is Azuma Hikaru, or "light of the East," and upon hearing this name, his new father Masato's first hope was that Hikaru would grow up to climb the corporate ladder. Which... he most likely won't do.
** Miyu means "beautiful feather", but she acts far less delicate than her name would suggest, as does [[HugeSchoolgirl the fifth-grade kendo champ Misaki]], whose name means "beautiful blossoms."
* KidsAreCruel: The junior high bullies that torment Hikaru on his way home certainly count, by trying to rob him and making him scared as well. Also included are the children that mock Kanon for having a "stupid" brother.
* LastNameBasis: Takuya Oki, Daisuke Ishida, Kanata Tanaka, and Misaki Oota.
* MoodWhiplash: Pretty much the entire series may count, largely due to its effort to capture the unpredictability of RealLife. Families with autistic members have to handle the afflicted person's condition ''on top of'' all the other challenges and fears of life -- job loss/transfer, illness, natural disasters, etc.
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: Both Hikaru and Kanon have names related to circumstances of their birth. The titular character was given the name meaning "Light of the East", like the sunrise during his birth. His little sister Kanon is, loosely translated, "the sound of eastern flowers", given after Sachiko heard a canon on radio while giving birth.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Saori has her first during a school trip; it's also mentioned that Miyu will probably start getting hers soon.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Gunji-sensei was quite scandalized when she caught Hikaru with both hands down his pants. He just had a rash, and didn't know better than to scratch himself in public.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Sachiko's mother-in-law, who [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishes her]] [[JerkAss jerkassery]] by blaming Sachiko for Hikaru's autism before his diagnosis.
* OpaqueLenses: Gunji-Sensei, whose eyes ''were'' visible before she was a jerk. You ''do'' see them a few times later though.
* OrphanageOfFear: Oki was sent to one after being taken from his father. The older kids bully him and the youngest child, force all their chores onto them, and force Oki to shoplift for them under threat of either him or the littler boy being beaten. Then we discover the principal and all but one teacher are abusive as well when the principal beats the bully with a baseball bat so much that the kid can't even move.
* ParentalAbandonment: Masato, Sachiko's husband and Hikaru's father, walks out on his family over his son's diagnosis. It doesn't last, though.
* TheQuietOne: Hikaru is a very silent boy.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The way that Sachiko's Filipino neighbor treats Hikaru has some shades of this, as she was separated from her own son when she left for Japan.
* RousseauWasRight: Most who act antagonistically towards Hikaru or Sachiko do so either out of ignorance of autism, or some other FreudianExcuse. With a little bit of friendship, however, many people change their attitudes towards Hikaru for the better.
* ShoutOut: Plenty that both American and Japanese audiences would recognize, though the English translation includes extensive footnotes for the uniquely Japanese ones (no matter how minor).
* ShownTheirWork: See ScienceMarchesOn.
* SliceOfLife
* TheUnfavorite: Variation -- Sachiko loves both her kids well, but her mother-in-law prefers Kanon, Hikaru's little sister, to her brother. Having a "normal" child to interact with makes it harder for her to accept him, especially as he gets older and the full ramifications of his condition become more apparent.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Hikaru is afraid of dogs.