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Strobe Edge  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
ストロボエッジ
閃爍的愛情
闪烁的爱情
스트롭 애지
Colorless Dreamer
Strobe edge สโตรบ เอดจ์
Strobe Edge - Another Light
Strobe Edge -Unfinished Map

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven (979d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (985d ago)
v.10 c.36 by StarryHeaven (989d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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Forum
3 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1243 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 7th 2014, 12:36pm PST


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Year
2007

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #519 increased(+68)
Monthly Pos #526 decreased(-105)
3 Month Pos #440 decreased(-73)
6 Month Pos #368 increased(+20)

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On 1526 reading lists
On 966 wish lists
On 2828 completed lists
On 126 unfinished lists
On 451 custom lists

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Strobe Edge Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film 53 days, 3 hours, 54 minutes ago
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decent...   
Rating: N/A
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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Surprising   
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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in love~   
Rating: N/A
by HanaChuu
July 8th, 2010, 2:23am
This one is one of my favorite mangas! I just love everything about it! At first I thought that this is just another typical shoujo manga, but i was wrong. This has an interesting story!! The main girl can be a little bit annoying sometimes, but I dont care about that.
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recommend it!!!!!!   
Rating: N/A
by lucifer_yssa
June 24th, 2010, 9:27pm
when I started reading it, i thought that it was gonna be like one of those typical shoujo mangas, y' know, a girl falling in love with the school's hottest guy....but aside from that,this manga doesn't give you the same feeling as those other "typical shoujo mangas", it actually has a deep meaning into it...
the female protagonist is surprisingly not annoying me, although she cries a lot and she just can't let go, it seems that she's aware of her situation and acts maturely in most of the times...although she might seem very weak, she's actually pretty strong inside...
and I also like that the male protagonist are also not one of those "stuck-up handome guys"....

this manga really shows you how a true love can completely change a person.... so I highly recommend it!
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Perfect Execution   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tamariskw
June 23rd, 2010, 11:45pm
I read volumes 1-5 in one go because I just couldn't stop. The pacing and flow is amazing. I was either laughing, in suspense, or my heart was going 'kyuuun' all the time. Both male love interests are likable and it's hard to root for just one of them. Personally I like the 'other one' better but I can't help but want the female lead to get the one she really wants just because I want her to be happy. She's not annoying at all and even if some people think she cries too much, I don't think she does. I'm an emotional person and I cry when I feel like it. There's nothing wrong with it. She doesn't just cry over nothing, I think her feelings are justified.

And the male lead isn't expressionless as some have said. The point is that the female lead brings out the livelier side of him that he normally doesn't show to a lot of people. That's realistic. I know guys like that. They seem all cool on the outside but let go and unwind in front of someone they feel comfortable and connected with. High school boys usually put on a certain image at school, particularly the 'idol' ones because they have to in order to survive the masses of fangirls after them.

It's been a really long time since I've given a shoujo manga a 10 but this one definitely deserves it.

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2010, 11:46pm
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RE: OH COME ON!!! by koolgurl5   
Rating: N/A
by jadey
May 30th, 2010, 6:34am
We must have been reading completely different mangas because all the things you accused the main guy of NOT doing is actually what he HAS been doing the entire time. He has shown affection for her, protects her in his own way and he cares that much for her; to say otherwise is to grossly misinterpret the manga. Just because Ren doesn't show off or try to flaunt it flashily like a superhero like Andou does doesn't mean he has none of those qualities - the manga is about Ninako's pain with her feelings AND Ren's struggle with conflicting love.
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OH COME ON!!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by koolgurl5
May 18th, 2010, 7:33pm
Why cant she be with Andou or whatever his name his! I love that guy! Why is it that girls always end up with the guy that doesn't care about them and gives them pain all the time. why cant those stupid girls go for the guys that actually love them and protects and cares for them!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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