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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 (259d ago)
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven (1383d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (1388d 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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Last Updated
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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Monthly Pos #759 increased(+55)
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Strobe Edge Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film 456 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
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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,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Rating: N/A
by kk99aa
July 29th, 2014, 7:48pm
Although the plot was overdone (first love, some kind of love triangle, etc) this manga somehow pulled it off without making it seem incredibly cliché. The romance wasn't the worst I've ever seen either. Most notably is that she actually ends up with the guy that treats her well.

But I had one major problem with Strobe Edge... Ninako. Not her personality, because truthfully I admire that she refuses to go out with someone she doesn't have feelings for (something that, if done, rarely ends well). It was her face. In EVERY. SINGLE. SCENE she looks like a baby! It was really off putting! What healthy highschool girl has a face like an infant's?!

Needless to say, it bothered me a lot.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rothrock
July 25th, 2014, 7:45pm
Childish and terrible comments on this series, some from people having the need to compare it to Ao Haru Ride. While I feel this series is better than Ao haru ride, I love them both quite well.

Keep in mind this is my own honest opinion and preference, but I see no need to put it down just because it's being compared to Ao Haru Ride, more foolishly so, Ao haru Ride is bragged about being better than Strobe Edge that's why I question the hate towards this series.
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So dull...Why is this manga so popular?!   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by nemo91591
July 22nd, 2014, 2:52pm
Strobe edge is incredibly dull. The only character in this manga that is even remotely interesting is Andou. Ren is the typical, popular, cold male lead, and Ninako is nothing more than an overly optimistic, naive girl that of course falls head over heels in love with the most boring, antisocial, insignificant guy in her school. This entire manga is just about Ninako chasing after a guy that really is not all that special. Ninako completely friend zones the guys that have always cared for her from the beginning (i.e. Andou and Daiki) and instead pines after some guy that already has a girlfriend. Even though she's not a terrible character, her unrequited love and naive way of thinking is extremely irritating. She needs to get over Ren, who has about as much character and personality as a rock, and start to appreciate what she already has. If you want to read a very generic, boring, shoujo manga, then read Strobe Edge, but don't expect much.
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