Hikaru ga Chikyuu ni Itakoro……

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High-school student Koremitsu Akagi finds himself attending the funeral of Hikaru Mikado, who had died in an accident during Golden Week. He’s not sure why he’s there, as he only exchanged a few words with Hikaru at school. However, Hikaru doesn’t seem to be completely gone from the world, as he comes back as a ghost in order to fulfill a promise to Aoi Saotome, his fiancée. Since Koremitsu is the only one who can see him, he asks him to carry out his promise in his place.

Complying with his request, Koremitsu tries to fulfill Hikaru’s promises to the rest of his “girlfriends”, helping them overcome past misunderstandings and repair broken relationships.

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When Hikaru was on the Earth......
ヒカルが地球にいたころ……
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09/01/15 Hellping v8c7
09/01/15 Hellping v8c6
08/24/15 Hellping v8c5
08/20/15 Hellping v8c4
08/07/15 Hellping v8c3
08/05/15 Hellping v8c2
08/02/15 Hellping v8c1
07/28/15 Hellping v8 prologue + side...
07/27/15 Hellping v8 illustrations
07/27/15 Hellping v7 author notes
07/27/15 Hellping v7 side story
07/26/15 Hellping v7 epilogue
07/22/15 Hellping v7c7
07/19/15 Hellping v7c6
07/18/15 Hellping v7c5
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Hell_ping
Hell_ping rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: Completed
Teh_ping of Baka Tsuki, also known as Hellping, the no-name who tried his best to present your series.

Well, since I'm writing a review of a novel I personally worked on, I can't be going about giving myself less than 5 stars, no? Let's face it, I'm biased. The 5 stars is not simply about what I think about the novel (typically, I would rate it 7/10), but also about the emotional dedication made to this story.

The key themes to this story are romance, friendships, and most importantly, the idea... more>> of letting go and moving on.

1. Romance is certainly a requisite for this story, based on the classical Japanese literature known as 'Tale of Genji'. This time, it is the beleaguered assistant Koremitsu who takes over for his master, Hikaru Genji, for which the name Hikaru was derived from. He ultimately inherits the powers of a harem prince, both blessings and curses, but power itself comes with a necessary mental fortitude, a personality for it to be used wisely. As much as each girl is like a flower, unique with her own charms, Koremitsu ultimately learned to pick the right one for himself, just as his predecessor Hikaru did.

2. Friendship is another aspect that becomes a theme to the story. Here we have a 'not-a-delinquent' boy who was ostracized for looking like one, and a boy who was fawned over by all the girls yet reviled by the boys. Neither of them had managed to make proper friendships which they could be comfortable with. And they worked together to figure out what this dish tasted like. Of course, the concept of friendship was not limited to the two protagonists, but also to the other girls, classmates, rivals, love rivals, even antagonists (though sometimes twisted).

3. Letting go. Easier said than done. Nevertheless, the title is called 'When Hikaru WAS on the Earth......' (double ellipsis required by the author... for superstitious reasons). From the beginning, you knew the end. A note by the author states that the story was also based on 'The Little Prince', but unlike the bleak mood in the story, this story ends bittersweet, a feeling many readers have noted to be 'healing'. Certainly, the supernatural is involved, and it should be easier to let go of something that should not be there in the first place, but throughout the many instances of the story, the characters do not only learn to accept and let go, but to also use the experience to enrich themselves, to piece together broken glass, and to forge stronger bonds.

If you get there before I do... <<less
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moevora
moevora rated it
July 17, 2016
Status: --
A harem prince dead leaving her flowers behind, follow the journey of his friend to fulfill the promises.

This is not stupid harem, it's deep romance. You should read this if you like romance genre.
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TheManko
TheManko rated it
January 8, 2016
Status: --
Just finished reading the 10th and final volume. The series has been slightly uneven, but with many strong scenes that kept it going. Now that it's over, I'm left with that melancholy feel you get when you have to say goodbye to the characters. They're all moving on, and so do we the readers.

On the whole, worth reading if you like the premise. It makes some logical leaps in order to hit the emotional points its going for, kind of how like Jun Maeda does it. But it works, and... more>> it never got to the point where it made me mad. I liked the comedy, and the character archetypes it borrows are vivid enough to become their own characters. The series had a pretty clearly stated set of objectives right from the start, and it delivers on that. I wasn't disappointed at all. <<less
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caffeine_and_salt
caffeine_and_salt rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: v3c1
Ok I think after 2 volumes I got the idea. It was clear right from the start of the first one, but I had to be sure. I think you should probably read this before downloading/buying the LN.

    1. There's too much of innecessary text. Author wants to show the psychology of literally every friggin' character. And the biggest difference between good writing and bad writing is whether you have to explain characters' feelings in words or not. I mean, if the character blushed there's no need to explain the feeling of this character. We got this, Takeoka-sensei. You don't have to write the whole page of what this character thought while blushing. Also Hikaru's blabbering about flowers is rather annoying. My point is --- there's 80% (besides the dialogues) of this unnecessary crap which either doubles something we already know or provides us with useless information we don't need (we'll get to this later again).
    2. I don't know if this one is actually the fault of translators, but it feels like the immature work of a schoolgirl about 14-15 years old. The style I mean. But the psychology of characters... is a fault of Takeoka-sensei, there's no excuse. The story is good though. Well, almost. But let's get back to the style and psychology. About 10-15% of this LN (70% of it is either dialogues or monologues and the last 10-15% is... well, it's almost good and I quite liked it) is written in annoying... I guess we should call it "descriptive" maneer with primitive knowledge about psychology, so the characters are all plastic and artificial and yes, you can easily imagine them, but they don't feel alive. As for the "descriptive" maneer of writing - it only gets annoying when there's no need to write something like that. When you write about something beautiful or ugly, you sure have to describe it, but when there's no need to do it, it's annoying. I mean something like this: "Hikaru, carefree by nature, could only be seated and apologize to Koremitsu." Why we have to read this? What is the actual value of this sentence? The previous one was the line of Hikaru apilogizing. So there's no need to write that he apologized, we already KNOW that. And we already know that he is carefree. So the only point of this sentence was to tell us that he was sitting? What the hell? Okay. Moving on to the next thing.
    3. It is shojo. It is. It is written for girls. So there're even hints of shonen ai elements. Everything to get little girls drool.
    4. The main character is so strange for me, the actual real boy, that I cringe every 10 minutes. It is connected to my complain about psychology, but there's much more about main character. He's as smart as a baboon and yet he's in this elite school. Why he's there? I mean, he's stupid as all hell. He doesn't know who Proust is! I mean, for satan's sake! He's the first year student of the ELITE high school, everyone. Another problem with him is that he's getting really agitated and all noble-white-knightISH for the person who had no friends ever and was BARELY social since his early years. Ok, he's kind by the nature and can't stand when someone is being rude towards Hikaru, who is his only friend, but what about all of these girls? Few weeks ago he couldn'r even speak with them and he was raised as a hardcore misogynist by his grandfather. So why he's acting like this? (For the answer look at p.3).
So my verdict is ---- it is readable, but really boring. At first I was reading everything. But closer to the end of first volume I started to skip Hikaru's remarks about flowers. Then - thoughts of characters, then, from the start of second volume, - retrospective scenes from Hikaru's past. Then - dialogues with Hikaru. And then... I just skipped the whole ending of 2nd volume. Everything after the solving the main problem (no spoilers here). I have

uploaded the 3rd volume to my kindle, but I don't know if I want to read it.

The conclusion: 2 stars, 20 cups of coffee per volume to stay awake and not to fall asleep and 33% of skipped pages. Be cautious with this one, may cause strong cringe.
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JackStone
JackStone
December 19, 2017
Status: --
If you're a person who likes to see the MC being OP and wins all the time, this novel might not be the one for you.

This novel's about an MC who solves the past regrets of a certain Ghost Friend, who accompanies him throughout this novel.

The ghost's past regrets mainly consist of females who he left, females who are broken or would be broken. The MC here tries to help each and everyone of them one by one, but as he solves these regrets, he himself is slowly being... more>> fixed, cause even he was broken due to events in he past.

The character development here is definitely of high quality, especially the MC's development. The side-characters here are 3 dimensional and sometimes accompanies him in times of trouble. The antagonists in this novel actually do their jobs, they're made to hinder the MC, not place him in a pedestal. The romance here is quite exquisite and really... Bittersweet.

This novel's also basically a mentally Ill boy who found a toy box with broken toys, and him tying to fix the broken toys that's fixing his own self.

All in all, I'd give this a novel a 4.5/5 (deducted.5 due to personal preferences) <<less
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markro1248
markro1248 rated it
August 30, 2016
Status: Completed
Great story with descriptive content, good story line, plot twists, and a great ending. This is not your usual "lets have a never-ending harem that will keep growing" type of series and, furthermore, is already completed and you don't have to wait to keep reading the chaps.
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Sansome
Sansome rated it
November 3, 2015
Status: --
Definitely a hidden gem!! I wonder why this novel got less attention. Anyway if you like harem-comedy that have sweet story and a dense prontagonist that actually could be reasoned with.. Then this is for you!
P.s: Translator works top quality
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Rice1321
Rice1321 rated it
July 10, 2016
Status: --
A excellent read to pass the time. My absolute favourite volumes are volume 2, 5, and 6. But all of them are great. Its a heart warming story filled with the emotional turmoils of youth in a sort of way that makes it cliche but in a refreshing way.
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Sorata
Sorata rated it
January 9, 2017
Status: --
Well I've Been reading those otherworld thingy but it felt good reading romcom one in awhile and this novel is also a masterpieces and really sad when I finished the series it's also mystery that make u want to read more every time u finished a chapter feel free to read it u'll certainly like it for sure
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
November 25, 2016
Status: --
A "harem" (more like romance though) actually done right, where every character, male or female, is actually developed. This is so rare, and a gem in a galaxy where bad/forced relationship developments are the standard.

Also, high quality translation here (no word to word TL, no "I'll keep the word in Japanese because it looks cool"), so it's a pleasure to read.
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Luminstia
Luminstia rated it
June 12, 2016
Status: Finished
Not really a 'slice of life' reader, but this LN really hit the spot. MC and heroines' characters re strongly potrayed and you can relate to their feelings in RL. Do prepare Kleenex when you get to the last vol, v10 though XD.

Hellping did a great job in the TL. Kudos to him.
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Atamahead027
Atamahead027 rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: v10
One of the best romance novel I ever read. Started of as your typical harem romance story, turned out to be mystery. A dense protagonist at start, the increase in character development was seen in every chapter. And the best part is a conclusive ending that most harem novel didn't have. (No Spoiler)

Translated by Hellping with full transculturation, bring this novel to another level.
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Haipher
Haipher rated it
August 2, 2018
Status: Completed
All in all, this is a good novel. The characters seem to be well made, the growth of both of the male protagonists is developed really smoothly and the mysteries are solved in an essence with each volume, at the end too. The girls also introduced in each volume brings us closer to the truth with each of their background making a slight impact on the story and the ghost protagonist. The only thing I felt disappointed in is, the last volume kind of made me feel as if the... more>> mystery lost some points or there was no point to it at all.

Nevertheless, if you are into a story with a bit of cosy feeling added with a bit of tragedy, mystery and romance then I recommend you to read this. <<less
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UselesslyUseless
UselesslyUseless rated it
July 23, 2018
Status: v10
This is a pretty good novel, all things considered. The arcs are clean and self contained, and the flow of events is quite sensible. The only thing keeping it from 5 star is the rather lackluster ending and the MC being blindingly obviously written by a woman. I can't point out where, but his thought process just feel wrong somehow.
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