希望 read as ヒカリ?

Hello. I noticed in the latest opening for My Hero Academia, the word 希望 has furigana saying it should be read as ヒカリ.
kibou-as-hikari

However, I don’t see anything about that in the Jisho entry:
https://jisho.org/word/希望

Is this some kind of creative decision, like the song is using light (光) as a metaphor for hope?

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It’s a creative decision and happens quite often! It’s a way to insert a specific nuance into a word, in this case that the light is a source of hope. [“even if the light of hope looks like it’s going to disappear, go on”]

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Cool. Thanks for the insight!

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Yeah, you see this a lot in manga and the like.

They use furigana to show how it’s read and kanji to show what it means, sort of. Like in Fullmetal alchemist where they write automail like so: 機械鎧オートメイル to indicate that it means machine armor.

It can also be used to show what a character refers to: in 僕だけがいない街 they have マンガこの業界ぎょうかい and 編集者ヤツ. So basically he says this business and that guy but the kanji/katakana show he means the manga buisiness and the editor.

And in the Hunter x Hunter OP they have あおい地球ほしにありがとう to show that the blue star refers to the Earth.

Sometimes they can do crazy stuff like 友達てき.

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Now that I think of it, I think I’ve seen furigana like your automail example for made up words, but your example of “friend” read as “enemy” is something I’ve never seen before. That’s super interesting!

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen that one in person, That was from an episode of 日本人の知らない日本語 that I happened to watch years ago and now can’t find.

Basically the students started making ever more absurd claims about alternate readings of kanji that they’d “learned” from manga. Eventually the friend/enemy one came up :slight_smile:

That particular one may or may not exist, but it still illustrates the extents it can be taken to :slight_smile:

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I’ve noticed a number of songs do this with 宇宙 but give it a reading of そら.

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Think my favourite is Negima, in which Negi’s spells are written in kanji, but the furigana is Latin converted into katakana.

Heh. I’ve been thinking of nominating the manga of that for one of the book clubs, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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