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Having no experience in romance, the vibrant Ninako curiously explores the meaning of what "love" really is, and is surprised to feel a colorful range of emotions as she grows closer to the school heartthrob, the quiet yet gentle Ren, who also happens to be involved in a longtime relationship. With every intention of keeping her head held high, Ninako prepares to face the mental pain of this one-sided love that she had allowed to take root, facing a series of trials that would either contribute to her growth as a headstrong woman, or break her as it did with other girls.

However, is this really a one-sided love? Or had something been silently sown in the most hidden part of Ren's heart?

Volume 2 contains the side story Another Light about how Ren and Mayuka first met.

Volume 5 contains the side story Unfinished Map about Ren and Andou's friendship in middle school.

Volume 6 contains the oneshot Colourless Dreamer, which is unrelated to the main storyline.

Volume 7 contains the side story Wishing for Yesterday about Yuu and Sayuri's past.

Volume 10 contains a side story about Manabu's love.


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스트롭 애지
Colorless Dreamer
Strobe edge สโตรบ เอดจ์
Strobe Edge - Another Light
Strobe Edge - Unfinished Map

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Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story by Chibi Manga (503d ago)
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven (1627d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (1632d ago)
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10 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1367 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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October 2nd 2015, 6:24pm PST



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Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

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Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

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unrealistic and naive   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by red-eyed-slayer
July 5th, 2016, 7:33pm
I never seen such manga that takes unrequited love to the extreme and the writer of this story conveniently write in a way that Ren gets to have a relationship with the heroine, it thought contrieved how Ren likes Ninako more then girlfriend, given the fact he hardly knew the girl. Just a series that relies on making forced solution which leads the writing to feel unnatural.
I admit it had potential talking about unrequited love. But another unnatural writing is when ninako rejects ren not to hurt Takumi feelings when she doesn't even like Takumi so unrealistic and it just unnecessarily prolonged the series

Also the side characters are superfluous with them having weak roles and also giving terrible love advice such as stealing a boyfriend when he had a girlfriend which enrages quite a bit and how you confess to someone when he has girlfriend which he is currently happy with. "If you love someone set them free" not selfishly think about your own happiness but the one you love's happiness.

Although Daiki and sayuri subplot felt like it was very well written and genuine in my opinion

Better shojo manga in my opinion would be my little monster, Taiyou no Ie and Orange

... Last updated on July 7th, 2016, 3:36pm
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An eye-opening series   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by firewolf19
May 17th, 2016, 5:39am
As a previous comment said, this series really made me re-think my opinion on relationship where one person leaves to be with another person. I really appreciated the author's efforts to explore this territory that is seldom explored in shojo manga. Real relationships are not black & white, and people DO in fact change - for better or worse.

Many people have commented complaining about Ninako's "interference" in what seemed to be a perfectly fine relationship. But honestly, 1) I don't feel Ninako ever interfered in their relationship and 2) It didn't seem like their relationship was that strong in the first place. Ninako never actively pursues Ren...she states multiple times she just wants to stay friends and respects Ren's love for Mayuka. She fell in love before she knew he had a girlfriend, and once those feelings start they can be difficult to dispel. She continues to be herself and ultimately
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that is what makes Ren fall in love with her. It was not through any conscious effort of her own
. As for my second point,
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the author makes it very apparent that the Ren with Ninako is much more animated and excited than the Ren with Mayuka. While they might've had a normal, healthy relationship, it is obvious to me that he was happier and more true to himself with Ninako, which is FINE. I mean, he met Mayuka when he was in like 8th grade. People are almost guaranteed to change between 8th grade and high school. Mayuka realized this (along with the realization that she loved her job more than Ren) and did the adult thing and ended it. In my opinion, both of them were holding onto the relationship for so long because it was comfortable and familiar. I'm not saying they didn't love each other at the beginning, but somewhere along the road they both changed - a very normal and human thing to do.

So while many people may complain about these things, I actually think that's what makes the manga really great. And I really like Ninako as well. She handled somethings poorly and others great, but that's refreshingly realistic. The important thing is is that her heart always seemed to be in the right place and she always stayed true to her feelings. The only reason I'm not giving this a 10 is because some portions (like Daiki's super abrupt love interest switch and everything to do with Andou) were annoying and cliched. But over all I'd say this is a really great read.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by seat
December 1st, 2015, 1:16am
this story changed my life. i used to be judgmental on why people would even dare to cheat, etc. but this story gives me a different perspective on "cheating". also i don't have much experience with dating and being in a relationship so this was an eye opener for me. it also taught me how to deal with my emotions, as dramatic as that may sound.

just to clarify this story isn't only about "cheating". it involves relationship struggles as well as friendship and loss and coping.

i hope i can help someone.
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he changed heart once   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by losangelivetrue
October 18th, 2015, 2:08pm
I agree with you all that sometimes feeling change, and breakups happen in reality. But because of that, we must admit one thing that if Ren did change heart once when he began to have feeling for Ninako, so what guarantee that he won't change heart again? Sure he seems so much in love with Ninako now, but he used to have a beautiful love with Mayuka too and please don't say they didn't love each other or it's because of her job. They did love each other, but he has a change of heart. So Ren and Ninako seem so much in love now, but what makes sure that in the future he wouldn't fall for someone else. Same goes with Ninako.
I think while it's good that this manga teaches us that sometimes relationship doesn't last, and while you love someone, you can still fall for another. But after ch.19,
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where Ren broke up with his girlfriend
, it went downhill, returns to being a cliche romance, with a no-good heroine and one girl/many guys relationship.
And yup, from what portrayed, I don't believe Ren is a loyal type. He changed heart once, he can change it again.
P/s: I would proably rate 10 of there is a situation where after they got together, Ren has shaky feeling for another girl and I could see how Ninako deal with this, rather than just showing their puppy love.
Pp/s: I really like Mayuka, what she did was couragous and kind. She would totally be my type of heroine.

... Last updated on November 10th, 2015, 11:59am
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It surprised me...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nalaula
May 9th, 2015, 7:54pm
I don't exactly remember how I came upon this story, but I'm glad I did. Even more so that I stuck to read it past the first chapter. It is not your typical shoujo, where the heroine is a whiner, who thinks that its the end of her world because her love is unrequited. It was refreshing to see how she gathered up her nerves and confessed, for the simple fact of letting those feelings have an outlet. And Ren's absolute cuteness in regards to his girlfriend and those that he considers friends is just ahh! I think that this is something that could happen in real life. Ninako didn't confess, and decided to be his friends with the objective of making him fall in love with her, she just wanted to at least be friends with such a good and respectful guy.

She never made any move towards breaking them up, nor showed any advance past confessing the first time, so people please calm down because if you listen to those that are saying that it was wrong of her to choose FRIENDSHIP over parting ways, you'll be the one losing. It is a very heartwarming story. This is coming from someone that does not tolerate cheating, or interference in a relationship. My heart clenched a couple of times, because Ninako's feelings were so genuine, and all the other supporting characters were so down to earth as well.

Definitely worth a read, and a second and a third. For me, this is a 10 in comparison to so many others where they fall as easily in love as out of it. Slow to come and lasting love is so much better. It may seems as she falls too easily, but while it might not be considered love at first, she grows into it.

Just really love this manga. Recommended.

... Last updated on May 9th, 2015, 7:56pm
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some people are commenting on the theme of love when they've probably never been in love   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SephiriaChronos
March 7th, 2015, 10:53pm
I see so many people not liking the fact that Ninako is still pursuing Ren even though he has a girlfriend, but she didn't really do anything bad like seducing him or whatsoever. All she did was wanting to stay friends with the guy that she likes, what is so bad about that?

Those that call this manga bland are probably kids that have never been in love before so I'll just ignore those.

Anyway I think the flow and the characters are pretty good. First love doesn't always blossom, like Ren, Sayuri, Daiki etc., but Ninako is a lucky one. The theme of this manga is basically about first love, I think it's done pretty well. It's very realistic compared to some other shoujo mangas that I've read, because romance is about heartbreak, sadness and happiness, but it doesn't always work out in the end. Also, sometimes, feelings change, no matter how sad it would be for the one still holding onto the relationship, it's a fact.
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Just no.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by LaughingMushroomXD
December 23rd, 2014, 11:10am
I read this manga about a year ago, but I'm only making a review now because this is going to be a live-action soon, and a lot of people might consider reading the manga first before watching the live action (which maybe due to fukushi sota's looks *wink wink* haha). If anyone planning to read the manga is reading this, let me just warn you about what you're about to delve into.

The girl is going after someone who already has a girlfriend. And yes, she is fully aware that he has one. HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND. Am I the only one who finds that wrong?! I mean I get that it happens -- sometimes some people fall for someone already taken, but when that happens, you DON'T pursue your feelings. Yes, at one point she did say she was giving up on him, but did she really, now? Poor girlfriend even considered the heroine as a friend. What's even worse is I can't see anything wrong with the relationship between the lead guy and his girlfriend enough for him to switch feelings towards the heroine (considering he's supposed to be a real gentleman ugh). It's pretty obvious the girlfriend needed the guy more than the heroine(which basically spells out that he left her when she needed him most). I didn't like the heroine at all. She's overly optimistic to the point that it's just plain stupidity. Contrary to what others say, I find her really selfish. Selfish, not naive. If she really really liked the guy, she would have wanted him to be happy even if he ends up with another girl. I mean come on, woman! I get that she can't control her feelings, but to confess her feelings for a guy who currently has a girlfriend is very inconsiderate. Of course a sudden confession would confuse the guy. She just planted the seed of the doubt in the guy's head. And if this was her plan all along, then bravo; guess she's not so stupid afterall.

And so, I think the story is realistic and unrealistic at the same time. It's realistic since breaking up with your partner because you started to like someone else does happen in real life. Liking someone you can't be with is realistic. Being left out in a relationship is realistic. What's unrealistic is how the story tells the readers that what happened is okay, that it's the right thing. The lead guy is still portrayed as the nice, perfect, gentleman even when he leaves his girlfriend for the heroine(why he liked her enough to do that will always remain a mystery to me). Good guys don't do that. Jerks do that. To give the story a bit of praise, it did start out differently than other shoujo mangas. I mean, the lead guy breaking up with someone he promised to love? Rare. Plus the manga has two characters worth mentioning -- Andou and the ex-girlfriend. What they felt, that's real love right there. They let the person they love go because their happiness is their loved one's happiness. That's how it should be.

After the two main characters became a thing, the manga lost its uniqueness and followed the pattern of every cliche shoujo manga. It's all lovey-dovey blahblah. We all know how it plays out.

I think it would have been better if our heroine never got the guy. For once, let the pain be real. Let it be the story of how she actually got over her first love. Hers doesn't really count because no matter what, she still had him in the end. But that's just my two cents, think what you want.

So maybe I did take the story too seriously. But I just wanted to make a point. Nevermind that the latter part was just like any other cliche shoujo manga. That's actually the okay part. The art was okay too, i guess. It's just the story that really bothered me. What I wanted to read was a story with real romance, main characters with true heartwarming feelings; that's not what I got. But if you're okay with ruined relationships, messed up concept of true love, real people with actual feelings who actually care a lot getting pushed to the sidelines, then go ahead and read the manga. Maybe if you don't think about it too much, you can actually enjoy the manga. Maybe. Maybe I'm the only one who was bothered by it. Afterall, it's just a manga. But if you read it and feels the same way I did, don't say I didn't warn you.

... Last updated on December 25th, 2014, 10:16am
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This story is so boring   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Nyuuuuuh
December 5th, 2014, 2:36pm
I don't mind naive/simple minded main characters, I really don't. But this one is just... well, stupid to be honest. And the guy she likes is just boring and extremely anti-social. I don't know if it gets better, but so far they don't match at all.

Usually I get really happy feeling while reading shoujo, no matter if it's cliche, or if the story is stupid, so it pains me to give this one such a low score, but I reaaally didn't like it. Sorry >_<"
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So freaking cute but   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Bebe~
October 13th, 2014, 7:38pm
I didn't start liking until after chapter 19
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when his girlfriend lets him go and breaks up with him
. From that point on, I LOVED IT. SO cute. Pure innocent puppy love.Gosh.. chapter 34? Pang straight to the heart. I did find it a little draggy at some times. Certainly didn't need 10 volumes..but I'll let it slide.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jiujin
August 21st, 2014, 2:05am
I liked that
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ninako never really considered dating andou. people are complaining about ninako keep on approaching ren even though he had a girlfriend, but i m actually fine with that. she never really made a move but stayed as a friend. and it was ren who developed feelings for her which cant be helped. i also liked it that it was mayuka who acknowledged first that it was time to move on.

anyway a nice read
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