Post Reply Why isn't with the the Light (Hikari to Tomoni) an anime?
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Let me start this discussion by stating this simple fact. There are not many characters in anime with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Hell even Ai Kunogi from Shirobako exhibits many Autistic traits and symptoms but she's just described as "shy."

I am a young adult Autistic man. I read all of With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child and learned so much from it. Not only did I learn more about my own disability but I also learned more about Japanese culture and how they treat and perceive Autism (or Jiheisho in Japanese).

This manga series is very page turning and excellently organized. Considering Keiko Tobe collected information from parents with Autistic children and used it as reference material for her writing.

So I finally lead to my core question. Why isn't Hikari to Tomoni (With the Light) a full fledged anime? And more importantly, how can we get one to be made?
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menameh wrote:

Why isn't Hikari to Tomoni (With the Light) a full fledged anime?


Money.


And more importantly, how can we get one to be made?


Money.

This is a surprisingly common answer to questions about the entertainment industry. Why isn't my favourite show simulcasting? Money. Why did they make this terrible series? Money. Why did they kill off that character? Money. Why aren't they making another season? Money.
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As stated above there is not enough of a tappable market to justify the spending a studio would take on to animate the manga. If there is not enough potential economically there will be little motivation and push for animation. Same goes for why we get some amazing series animated for only one season and then nothing else ever happens. Theres not a positive enough cost to benefit ratio to justify it.
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Posted 9/13/17 , edited 9/13/17
Anime's still in a "made for TV" status. Shows are broadcast on the major(ish) channels and try to appeal to as many people as possible.

Autism sorts of material is not considered prime time. At some point perhaps anime will be more online focused and companies like Netflix will feel freer to experiment (edit: I mean Japanese companies), but as far as I know that's not going to be for quite some time.
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