- 41st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Drama
- 41st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actress - Shinohara Ryoko
- 41st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Saito Ryusei
- 41st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress - Kobayashi Satomi
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Sachiko and Masato Azuma, in their 4th year of marriage, had been so excited about the birth of their long-waited first child. They named their baby boy “Hikaru” (meaning light in Japanese). Nobody doubted that the birth of their precious son Hikaru would bring great happiness to the Azumas’ family life. Until one day, Sachiko noticed that there was something different about Hikaru. This heartwarming drama is a story about family. Hikaru’s mother goes through so many difficulties raising her autistic son, sometimes so overwhelmed that she doesn’t know what to do. Then at Hikaru’s school, with the help of one very special teacher, she learns to deal with her son’s autism and think positive about her family life. Her story will touch the heart of all mothers with young children, mothers who have brought up young children, as well as woman who will be mothers in the future.
What did people say about the series? Source : Jdorama.com
||Comments by atheon [Rating: 8/10]
Dec 2004: This is the first drama my dear shinohara ryoko won for best female actress, and the little boy from this drama gets best supporting male, this drama not only touching, but teaches us to be more considerate and patient to ppl who suffers from autisme, great acting and educative, but some will find it rather boring bcos the story is abit more detailed. My mom watch it with me too, shes the one kept buggin me to continue watch the next episode....
||Comments by toiling [Rating: 10/10]
Brilliantly Performed. Haven't seen such a great dorama in a long time
||Comments by IniQx [Rating: 9/10]
a very unique theme to tap on - autistic children. so interesting that even my Mum got hooked! The ending's kinda weird though...that's where that 1 point gone to.
||Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
Not my usual kind of drama but I'm glad I watched it. It's a detailed process of how a family copes with an autistic child, every episode is like watching the boy taking baby steps towards achieving something and it's very touching. Shinohara Ryoko was awesome as the mother, I really like her now after watching this, she's a good actress. Hikaru's teacher was also really awesome, I was just wondering how it is possible that she could just tend to Hikaru alone without doing other work. The little boy is just so cute too.
||Comments by icpmat [Rating: 7/10]
I like Kobayashi in this series. She seems to be very good at playing quirky and intelligent characters. Yamagushi from TOKIO over acts in too many scenes.
||Comments by kira69 [Rating: 8/10]
id have given it a 9 if not for the ending. im surprised i liked this dorama so much cos its quite sappy. but i really felt my emotions being swayed by little hikaru (and kotomi). everytime he grew i really felt so happy, as if i really knew him. moe deserves to be commended too. overall a very heartwarming and engaging dorama.
||Comments by kinki_txr [Rating: 10/10]
This drama makes me understand what is autism. The kid acting is superb.
||Comments by yume [Rating: 8/10]
A drama about a family whose son is autistic and the daily struggles and battles of living with a disorder that is as enigmatic as the human brain itself. Shinohara Ryoko plays flawlessly a mother at her wits end but unwilling to give up. Yamaguchi Tatsuya plays the father who doesn't under autism; he plays a frustrated man very well. This drama has to be applauded for informing people about a condition that was previously thought to be stupidity or ornery behavior. The execution could often use work, however.
||Comments by soupychan [Rating: ?/10]
Want to see
||Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 10/10]
What a lovely drama. Very touching, and meaningful. And I can learn a lot about autism too.
Reminds me of the famous special education teacher Torey Hayden!!