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Tomomi is a high school dropout who was tragically responsible for crippling a beautiful girl he had just met; Kiyoharu is an ex track star whose bone cancer confined him to a wheelchair as a child; and Takahashi is newly handicapped due to an accident on his bike, stripping him as captain of the basketball team and his status as the alpha male of his gang of friends. Each of these young men shares something in common – their love for basketball. Though society may look down on them, these new friends will come to terms with themselves and their situations, and show their love of the game.
Sakuragi Hanamichi is a delinquent who's so unpopular with girls that he's been rejected fifty times. Haruko Akagi is the only girl who isn't scared of him; instead she's impressed with Sakuragi's athleticism and, convinced that he would do well, introduces him to the Shohoko basketball team. Desperate to impress Haruko and believing that she is the girl of his dreams, Sakuragi joins the team in spite of his initial reluctance. Surprisingly, Sakuragi is a natural at the sport regardless of his reputation for being hot-tempered and immature. From now on Sakuragi must work together with his teammates, including his rival Rukawa, to fulfill their captain's dream of winning the national championship. That is, if they have what it takes!
These mangas both portray basketball as intense, exciting, being written and drawn by the same mangaka, they share the same kind of comedy and art (though Real is by far superiorly drawn), They have very different feelings.
Slam Dunk is about a passionate, young delinquent who falls in love with basket and shares an amazing time with his high school mates. Real however follows a another basket ball delinquent who meets a handicap basketball player who moves like the wind.
If you like sports manga, these are probably the best, both of shounen and seinen.
Sachiko Azuma felt that her first child, Hikaru, was born to her with the morning light; however, the joy she expected from being a mother was short-lived. Her child exhibited unusual behavior, not wanting to be held, seeming to not hear people when they spoke to him. Being confused as to what was wrong, she sought help from doctors who misdiagnosed the problem. Eventually learning that her son had autism, Sachiko became motivated to learn more about the disorder with the goal that her son could become a working, independent adult. Now, Sachiko continues to face the struggles of raising a child with special needs, while attempting to help seemingly-uninterested people understand more about autism.
These manga are fundementally very different, though they are meant to appeal to older audiences, Real being a seinen and With the Light being a josei. The major linking factor is that they both deal with a wide range of disabilities, Real featuring physical disabilities and With the Light highlighting mental or neurological disabilities. If you enjoy reading about characters with realistic disabilities, I suggest both of these manga. They are presented in different ways, though both handle disabilities realistically, respectfully, and in a way that they can be understood better by the reader who may not have experienced a disabilty firsthand.