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Though fictional, this is an enlightening look at what it is like to raise an autistic child, based on several true stories Even though it is often frustrating, Hikaru s parents and everyone around him grow tremendously because of their contact with him and his unique way of interacting with the world Even unpleasant characters are given their own stories and sympathetic moments rather than simply being cruel and unlikable It is wonderful to see Hikaru grow too, and although there arevolumes in this series, this can stand alone as an excellent story.The translation and layout are very well done and seem to be designed for those new to manga The text is kept in its original right to left orientation, and a diagram is given to help with adjusting to that Japanese honorifics are explained since these were wisely kept in the translation, signs are always translated, and notes are given explaining unfamiliar cultural references There are also several pages of prose at the end of the book relating thoughts of actual parents of autistic children Here the right page also comes before the left, so it may help to read these first to ease your brain into turning pages the other way.Well written, well edited, and thoughtfully laid out Very highly recommended. Although this manga is ambitious and big hearted, there were two things that put me off the narrative as the whole, and I wish the artist writer had taken into stronger consideration 1 The child and title character of the book, Hikaru, is never a real character he s never anything except his illness, and while there are hints of his personality he loves trains and blocks he never progresses beyond simple, disabled child against whom the main character has to define herself.2 Twice in this narrative, experts and educators urge the characters and therefore, readers to talk to an autistic child, in the same way you would to a foreigner, with simple words and big gestures This is pretty insulting on a variety of levels, and a former gaijin living in Japan, I can speak from personal experience that this is a really hurtful and condescending attitude Further, when foreign characters are introduced, they speak in fractured Japanese and, like the autistic child, serve solely to make the main character feel better about herself.I don t think people should ignore or walk from this book if they re interested I just wish these two points had been handledsensitively This book may read like a PSA, but when I was living in Japan between 1998 2001, right when this first volume was published very few people knew what autism was, and viewed any non neurotypical behavior as shameful, something to be hidden away and not spoken of If this work and others like it went any distance to making life better for families with autism in Japan, then that s great However, this could have been a transcendent work, appealing to audiences in many countries, if not for the two points above I don t think I ll be reading the rest of the series. @Download Î With the Light... Vol. 1: Raising an Autistic Child ⚥ 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 The 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 OK Manga What images does that word create Images of biologically impossible physical feats, computer super brains, cybernetically or anatomically enhanced young people usually female , mega weapons and all out Armageddon spring to mind Perhaps.However, those who know a little about the topic which I admit, I am not one will tell you that in Japan there are as many types of manga as there are genres in fiction Not all manga is like the suggestions given above, though outside Japan, to be fair, such a broad range is less common.Sales outside Japan though are on the rise I understand that the TokyoPop imprint has been very successful, for one, not to mention the Ghost in the Shell and the Akira series for another.Here though, from a new imprint, we have a very different novel in a graphic format.With the Light published as Hikari to Tomoni in Japan tells the contemporary story of a young mother, Sachiko Azuma, whose first child is born as the sun is rising For that reason he is named Hikaru meaning to be bright or light in Japanese All is initially well, though there are soon signs that Hikaru is not the same as other children seemingly quiet and inward looking, disengaged from events around him, becoming upset at things that do not normally upset young children and not upset at the things that do.At about one and a half years old, Hikaru is tested for deafness, though eventually it is realised that he is not deaf but autistic The majority of this book is about how Sachiko and her husband deal with this issue, helping Hikaru cope and showing the consequences of the Azuma family learning to survive and adjust to a new situation as Hikaru goes through his early years.There are no robots, no spaceships, no mega battles here Instead there is a gentle, sometimes humorous, often sad, story of human emotions and relationships I realise that this is not the usual item for an SFF site to review, but it is stunning The story is sympathetic to the situation and though in places it can be a little mawkish for some, it examines many aspects of the real world through the comic medium, as does the best comic book or novel.It is also a major tome 528 pages of graphic novel, produced by Yen Press in the Japanese reading format back page to front page, right to left on the page yet with a scrupulous translation from the Japanese into an engaging and readable English version Once I got used to the format I read it very quickly I read it in two major sittings.This book surprised me a great deal on a number of levels, as I might expect it will others It has depth and detail, light and shade, humour and pathos Putting my cards on the table, as the father of a boy diagnosed with Asperger s Syndrome, it was at times an uncomfortable read, though the events examined were pretty realistic and clearly relatable to from my experience In a wider less personal context, it examines the issues that many parents have had to face in an increasingly common situation, as well as the actions and attitudes of those around the family involved With such a common bond, ultimately, whilst not a self help guide, this book made me aware that dealing with autistic children is an experience that crosses international boundaries.In summary then, an impressive and very moving read, and one therefore that may be worthy of your attention For those manga fans looking for something a little different, or perhaps wanting to show that manga is not always what the outsider s perceptions imagine it to be, the book makes an interesting counterpoint to those who read and enjoyed Elizabeth Moon s The Speed of Dark another book written based on autistic experiences This is an unusual book from a new publisher of manga Though the rest of its proposed publishing may betraditional, this is an interesting start Recommended. I really enjoyed and appreciated this series the first read through, but that was a decade ago So I didn t want to get my hopes up because 19 year old me didn t have the best taste in things But I liked it enough to hold on to it when I ended up having to get rid of 90% of my books due to reasons.Readhere So this is a manga Japanese comic about autism Really That was so unusual that I kind of had to check it out of the library.I m not sorry I did, either, aside from the fact that I stayed up too late a few nights this week because I was reading it The story follows a young Japanese mother as she struggles with raising her first child, both before and after learning that he is autistic The plot, which focuses on the daily life of the family, is sometimes a bit sappy, but I still found myself engaged with the characters In addition, this book packs in a TON of information about autism without getting textbooky It seems like it would be a really awesome resource for someone particularly someone living in Japan who had just learned that someone close to them had autism That doesn t describe me, but I think I m going to look for volume 2 at the library anyhow.This also was my first experience reading manga printed in the Japanese style, with the binding on the right and each page read from right to left After about five pages, it was pretty natural feeling. This book is amazing and so cute The graphic novel format works well as the reader is gradually immersed frame by frame in the realization and acceptance of Hikaru Azuma s autism The diagnosis is resisted by the Azuma family, but acceptance brings help, relief, and a strength they did not know they had.As they navigate social situations and the already competitve and difficult Japanese education system, the reader learns both about autism and how an autistic child can be accomodated and even integrated into the larger world As one early childhood teacher remarks, she learned from watching Hikaru that all her students can benefit from some of the methods used to ease his discomfort with the chaos of life, such as explaining clearly what is going to happen before it occurs.Especially when Hikaru is very young, his mother, Sachiko, is often the target of cutting remarks All parents have experienced a similar judgemental attitude about their parenting skills when a child does not exhibit perfect behavior and of course in the case of an autistic child there are so many potential problems to navigate But in a larger context, all children have their difficult moments, parts of their interaction with the world that just don t fit into the increasingly narrow and often not age appropriate sprectrum of what is expected of them With the Light is another reminder that all would benfit from thoughtful and patient help with these difficulties and that sometimes it s the adults who need to modify their behavior, not the child Hikaru s life is like rays of light shining in and out during a storm, says Sachiko Is every one the same No they re not But that s why the world is wonderful A good story, absorbing, well told, with expressive illustrations and some moving and insightful text. These have got to be the best books I ve read about autism ever Even better than these sort of scientific kind of things, and books by parents.It s just so sweet The way they try to include Hikaru and understand him It s a book filled with sweetness and compassion and it s best not to read it in public if you are like me and get wet eyes over people being kind to people.Seriously, Read this book about autism and not age of autism and sites like that I mean it Those sort of sites are all negativity This book has hope She learns that if she understands Hikaru on his own terms, things will get better for the family. Before I read this book, I thought I just lacked the manga gene I love American comics, but Japanese comics were incomprehensible to me But it turned out I was just reading the wrong genres of manga This book instantly grabbed me, and wouldn t let go Which is not to say that I didn t struggle at all with it, just that it was much easier to follow, and gave me an incentive to figure it out when I had trouble I fell for little Hikaru, and soared when he triumphed and sorrowed for his defeats, much like a mother would I learned much about autism that I didn t already know between this and the second volume And the interaction of caring for an autistic child in Japanese culture was fascinating.One thing I liked from a structural point of view was the English translations of sound effects written in small letters alongside the originals I felt like it allowed the original art and intention to shine through without leaving me, the American reader, behind It s so much better than the usual lack of translation or glossary in the back I would heartily recommend these books And I would love to know if there are others out there like this in the US