Another school year might be over for Hikaru Azuma, but his mom has no
time to rest. With both a new teacher and new classmates of different
ages and varying disabilities ahead in fifth grade, Sachiko starts
preparing for the difficulties that come with sudden changes to her
autistic son's routine. Despite her best efforts, Sachiko meets with
much opposition from the new teacher, and the Azumas have to cope with
Hikaru acting out as a result of the stressful changes at school.
Moreover, when the time comes for the family to decide on Hikaru's
junior high, the local education administrators seem to think that a
school for the disabled is the best fit for Hikaru, partly because of
his recent behavior. But Sachiko, who has done her research, knows this
to be false. Will she and Masato be able to convince the authorities
and specialists that they know what is best for their son?
Keiko Tobe was an acclaimed Japanese manga artist whose masterwork With the Light strove to bring the everyday struggles of raising a child with autism to a wider audience. With the Light earned her the Japan Media Arts
Festival's Manga Division Excellence Prize in 2004, and the series was
also adapted into a critically-acclaimed drama series in Japan.