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

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Chibi Manga
Houkago Scanlations
JShoujo Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story by Chibi Manga (262d ago)
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven (1385d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (1390d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1330 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.45 / 10.0
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October 2nd 2015, 6:24pm PST



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Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

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English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

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Strobe Edge Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film 458 days, 16 hours, 53 minutes ago
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by mimioreo
March 28th, 2011, 7:58pm
I've read it. I've reread it. (I haven't finished it, waiting for scans). It left a really warm feeling in my heart. Like, this girl is so pure, and all she wants to do is to treasure her feelings. It made me want to fall in love because it's so... refreshing?! Even though I know that love is painful, this manga made me feel all fuzzy and sparkly. Haaha I don't know how to describe it.

It's cute. It's good. (:
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super shojo manga!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jpchkvn
March 26th, 2011, 9:15pm
i garrantee that you will have that heart wrenching feeling in every chapter that you read of strobe edge! i giggle with excitement when the littlest developement occurs between the two main characters! it's that good! If you love the cool and calm bishounen type and a cute and unbiased shojo lead then you'll definetly love this series! It's so innocently pure (kinda like kimi ni todoke but better)...i wish more mangas were like this one!

... Last updated on March 26th, 2011, 9:16pm
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by angelicrarity
March 22nd, 2011, 7:50pm
I'm a die-hard shoujo fan, so this review is, admittedly, a little biased.

Strobe Edge surprised me by being refreshingly unique for having your basic shoujo skeleton (Love triangle, two guys, etc. etc.). I don't know, there's just something about it that draws you in, and you can't help but root for Ninako (and Andou!) The art is good, the writing is superb, and overall, it's a great story. The only thing is that Strobe Edge will probably appeal only to shoujo fans, as it is /intensely/ shoujo-centric. If you're even remotely interested, though, you should definitely pick it up.
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very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shani
March 16th, 2011, 3:53pm
I'm not a big fan of shoujo (even though I've read my share), but I admit, it's surprisingly good for such an unoriginal story. (: The pace, characters, thoughts - everything is very natural. I hope it will work out all right for them. When an opportunity presents itself, give it a try. I definitely recommend it!

... Last updated on March 16th, 2011, 3:53pm
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So good....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sailorliones
March 13th, 2011, 4:49pm
This one is making me cry... And it's hard to do that when you're reading disjointed chapters months apart.

The art is really good, the characters are well thought out and very well developed, the plot is genuine and realistic without the drama so characteristically found in shoujos. It's just really really good. It's the kind of work where if you read one chapter now and one more in 3 months, you'll remember everything and be equally into it just because it tugs at your heart strings so well.

... Last updated on March 13th, 2011, 4:50pm
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by xxxTokineko
December 23rd, 2010, 2:23pm
Well, it I have to admit, the series is pretty good. Most of the characters are very likeable, and the art is a decent eye-candy. It has comedic undertone once in a while, and Sakisaka Io really knows how to draw dramatic scenes without making it seem too stupid (i mean, cmon, some shoujo mangas are way to dramatic to even enjoy). Getting back on characters, I really like Ninako and Ren. As in people. In real life. The thing is, the plot and love triangle shit is a bit cliche..First love? High school? Love Triangle? UNREQUITED LOVE?! if these were the things put out before reading a manga blindly, i would've turned off my computer and tell my self to finally get a life. But seeing the ratings, I tried it out. The first few chapters seemed boring, but after iono, chapter 9? i started to really like the manga.
It really is a shoujo manga; with its cliches, and drama. Typical shoujo manga like this is why my boyfriend hates shoujo manga (he's a shounen freak /shot).
Personally, I hate love triangles because they get in the way with the 2 main protaganists.
Ok, enough with the negative feedback from me. I really enjoyed this manga actually. Ninako's persistence was really amusing, and she seems a bit like a role model to be so strong-willed and happy. You really shouldn't over look it because it can be a bit heart-warming. Even though it is cliche, the way it is protrayed is really great.
Reccomendation: I think this is mainly for hardcore-shoujo lovers. Anyone else that reads it, probably won't appreciate it as much (/cough)
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Top Ten Best.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Got2runnow
November 27th, 2010, 7:57pm
After reading up to volume 6 (unfortunately, the series hasn't been entirely translated) for the fifth time, I decided I needed to write a review.

Every school life shoujo has the same skeleton: heroine has some love conflict with a boy at school. But what makes shoujo's different from one another are the little characteristics about the plot, characters, settings, themes etc. Strobe Edge, sticks to the base of things--the skeleton, he conflict of character(s) and love. Everything is really simple and realistic (well as real as a shoujo manga can get without pregnancy or anything "mature"). The humor is mild and cute. The characters aren't over the top, but layered with development (nearly all of them are).

Ren, the love interest, isn't a delinquent, smart ass, cold, jerk or extremely smart. He's just quite from everyone's perspective. Andou (the third corner of the triangle) is the persistent, "I'm not losing" type. He's sweet, funny (practical humor) and charming. Niniko, the heroine, may seem typical but she's not. The first chapter really gives the impression that Niniko is naive. Which she is when it comes to love, but after three chapters you've come to see she's not stupid or dense. She's observant and always eager to learn in a childish way. Yea, sounds like it doesn't make sense, but it's hard to describe her. She's pure hearted (Of course tons of people are going to disagree.)

Also, there's no "villain." No mean girl. No sabotaging guy. No mean parents. The conflict is all from within the characters. Niniko isn't sure if a painful love is worth it. Andou's heart and brain can't seem to agree with each other. Ren, who is has the deepest conflict of all, can't figure out what's a good change and what's a bad change.

So, even without much drama, I was sucked in. I find the drawings amazing (Ren is so freakin' good looking it's not even funny). The plot soul sucking (you find yourself squeeing at the smallest things). And the characters worth worrying over. Don't let the first few pages or description push you away. Read it. Now.
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Don't get put off by the drawing of females and read it!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by buywrong
November 13th, 2010, 2:02am
I was put off by the stupid o-shape mouth of this mangaka's drawing and have put this manga in my unfinished list at least a few times!!! But then all these great reviews made me think again, and so I pushed myself through the stupid 'apple' buying pages in the 1st chapter, and turn a blind eye on the ugly female characters... and I got my rewards!!! This manga is hilarious, sweet, tender and most of the cliche is bearable or has a twist to it (eg the first time Kinoshita met Ren's rejection alliance).

I love this and I regretted that I have put it off for so long before I read it!!!
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by souless_cat
November 6th, 2010, 6:12pm
For a long time I've been avoiding this manga after reading the summary many times, i've encountered this manga in some threads and thought it would be very frustrating,typcal, and have many annoying cliche characters. After reading so many reviews and praises for this manga i gave it a shot even though there's some cliches here and there for some reason this one makes them feel a little different. The characters weren't frustrating at all for me i actually love how they progressed especially the other relationships in the story my favorite side characters being Daiki and Sayuri. I gotta say though Ninako is clueless but she is just too cute that i can't not like her. Experienced romance manga readers don't be put off by the summary at least give this around 10 chapters of a try and see if you like it or not wink .

... Last updated on November 6th, 2010, 6:14pm
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Don't overlook it ^_^.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by elianthos
July 8th, 2010, 3:05am
Indeed, sometimes the way a story is executed means everything.
This is one of the lucky cases when seemingly unoriginal situations and characters are dealt in a careful, detailed, gentle yet involving manner, and wrapped in a very appealing shoujo art style - smooth and clear lines, decent body proportions and nice fashion style without being flashy, no overuse of sparklies/bubbles/flowers, big eyes but not freaky big - to boot.
Also... I love the cinematic flavour of some sequences, the author can and does use such quality very effectively. The last volume especially benefits from this. The final climaxes + cinematic storytelling are LOVE.
There's a certain something in this story (especially in volumes 3-5) that just reminds me of titles/artists like Masami Tsuda (of His&Her Circumstances fame), Yuuki Obata ( her Sumire wa blue especially ) and Sprout, and possibly of Ai Yazawa before NANA, maybe without the level of depth occasionally reached by these, but positively without their -arguably- melodramatic/tragic excesses shown on occasions either wink .
So, if you're in search of sympathetic characters, some sublety and naturally rising conflicts but without pits of endless angst (nothing against *well done* angst and soul-searching, but sometimes is nice to take a break ;D ) and smut/fanservice-free - at least so far XD, but judging from the author's previous works they won't turn that way - , this manga and mangaka might be right up your alley.

Update: upped the rating . 9 points for a refreshing and competent handling of a 'traditional' plot&setting, plus 0.5 point for the oh-so-subjective enjoyment and empathy with the characters. The only thing missing, *maybe*, was some more focus on some of the side characters. Not that the story is lacking, but simply those characters are as interesting as the mains and I would like to know more about them as well wink .

... Last updated on March 30th, 2011, 6:49am
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