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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 (1017d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (1023d ago)
v.10 c.36 by StarryHeaven (1027d 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

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Forum
3 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1249 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

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #366 increased(+75)
Monthly Pos #450 increased(+56)
3 Month Pos #470 decreased(-37)
6 Month Pos #368 increased(+20)

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On 1525 reading lists
On 976 wish lists
On 2852 completed lists
On 128 unfinished lists
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Strobe Edge Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film 91 days, 5 hours, 30 minutes ago
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I LOVE IT TO THE POWER OF 10.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Tengkusha
March 10th, 2013, 7:25am
OMG. Never came across a manga so brilliant like this!

IT'S PERFECT TO ME because I found a manga with an AMAZING plot which connects, entertainingly funny, and the art was pretty AND BEST OF ALL ITS GOT 10 VOLUMES THAT DIDN'T BORE FOR A SEC AND ITS COMPLETED. <3 PLUS IT'S NOT CLICHE AND ITS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR~~

From this manga, you might also learn something about love.
Plot 10/10 is the reason I was hooked on this manga <3
Skipped almost dinner to keep on reading what gonna happen next.. ><
I'll never be this lucky again. I believe its a one life time event bigrazz
Rated 9.5 cuz I pitied Andou badly sad And the usage of pretty black-haired emotionless face whom always gets the girl as the main guy is kinda overrated. THE TRUTH.

Other than that I would have given it 10/10. RECOMMENDED!!

PS I CANT BELIEVED IT ENDED. worth skipping my dinner till the last page.

... Last updated on March 10th, 2013, 7:27am
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This is highly OVERRATED!   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
March 9th, 2013, 5:41am
How in the world does this manga generated any Fanbase ? let alone such a hardcore one?

The Main Girl is straight up Naive, soo Naive that you might think she suffers from "Happy Go Lucky Syndrome" she doesn't get phased by anyone or anything, much like an Elementary School kid who has just stepped out of her house to explore the environment well a bit of an exaggeration there but you get my point right ?

Secondly she is trying to Stubbornly approach a Guy who already has a Girlfriend and yet she still wants him badly i really don't get it ? is she Blind to not have that much Common Sense ?

Thirdly when you see the main Couple you get a feeling that their more like a Guardian or Big Bro-little sister feeling than a Couple to me .... yea it's that bad....they look so Not cute more due to the fact that she has small kid like stature which automatically renders her not Compatible with basically anyone in this manga well because she is like a naive small kid rather than a High school kid which the author wanted to portray i guess ?

Overall i prefer this Author's other Works, Namely AO HARU RIDE >>>>>> STROBE EDGE. seriously go read AOH it's much more refreshing and not at all Awkward or Highly Overrated like this Generic Piece of Cr*p called Strobe Edge

Don't fall for the Hype people coz there is nothing new in here just your same old same old mixed around in an more awkward fashion to make your Eyes Cringe whenever that Toddler makes an appearance

... Last updated on March 9th, 2013, 5:44am
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Awesome!!! :D   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Imsexyandiknowit328
February 8th, 2013, 5:53pm
I read some bad reviews about this manga, so I was a bit hesitant to read it -- I shouldn't have been! This is so cute!! Most shoujo mangas have awesome female main characters who call themselves normal, but Ninako-chan really IS normal. She's a pretty realistic girl, down to her reactions and mannerisms. Unlike in other typical shoujos where the guy just falls for her for no reason, Ninako actually has to chase Ren, but she doesn't do it in such an open and slutty way that Ren's girlfriend Mayuka goes bonkers. Near the end, she has to seriously consider her feelings for Ren and how her liking him affects those around her, and she does it in such a way that you can't help but understand. Others may find it annoying, but I thought it was impressive. Moving on...

Art: 10/10
GORGEOUS!! I love Sakisaka-sensei's work. Andou and Ren are freaking HOT!! Even the girls are beautiful. Sayuri was amazing and feminine. I wish I looked like her. smile

Story: 9.5/10
The missing .5 is because I was cheering for Andou, but whatevs lol. I liked the ending anyways. smile

Characters: 9.5/10
Like I said before, I was cheering for Andou. I can relate to him so much it's not even funny. I would choose him over Ren any day. Speaking of Ren, he's the reason for the missing 0.5. He reminds me of someone I know, so I am a little prejudiced, but he was still awesome. Other than that, great!! smile

All in all, a brilliant manga. I loved it!! biggrin
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OMGILI <3   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by born2shop
January 19th, 2013, 9:59pm
I wouldn't say this was amazing, but it was really good. I really enjoyed Ninako's journey into love.

Ren was my absolute fave. He was just so pure and innocent you can't help but like him haha One thing I loved about Ninako was her "never give up" attitude. I really admire that. All the other supporting characters were great too. and I loved that there wasn't to many unnecessary drama as well =]

The story was pretty good in my opinion. It was really refreshing. It wasn't just about love, but the journey to self awareness and making your own decisions when it comes to love. It's about friendships and self growth.

I loved the art. OMG wasn't Ren so handsome =D hahaha though there was a lot of ups and downs for the main character, but the ending was pretty sweet. And it made me happy.
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The Journey, Itself   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aoi-Tenshi
December 16th, 2012, 5:24pm
I think I really like this kind of portrayal about 'first love'. This obviously isn't first time the concept of 'first love' has been done and it surely won't be the last but I'm pretty sure that Strobe Edge will be more memorable than all the 'first love' anythings you will encounter. This is due to the fact that Sakisaka-sensei spins the whole concept into something that is remotely her own. Strobe Edge is solely a 'first love' story in its purest, rawest form. The focus is 'first love' so Sakisaka-sensei does not throw in trivial things like rivalry or jealousy. Mayuka was not created as a character to be hated. She isn't a clingy/possessive, horrible person. She doesn't do anything hateful. You can't even hate her. In fact, there isn't anyone to hate in this because it isn't the point of the story. All ten of the volumes are completely on Ninako and her journey to finding love, what it really means to love and being strong enough to love someone in the deep depths of your heart even when they don't love you back. However, it isn't only Ninako's 'first love' story―it is also, Ren's, Mayuka's, Andou's and even the side characters have their 'first love' story.

From Dictionary.com,
strobe
noun. also called strobe light.

a lamp capable of producing an extremely short, brilliant burst of light, for synchronization with a camera having a high shutter speed, in order to photograph a rapidly moving object, as a bullet, for such a short duration that it will appear to be standing still.

Strobe Edge deals with many cases of 'first love'. It goes into the start of a growing first love between two individuals, into the falling of a once-great first love, the birth of a one-sided first love, into stunted first loves―this is practically the book of first love. It's painfully human in its execution. You watch the characters grow with their experiences with first love―whether they have experienced it or have just learned about it. These are characters that are completely endearing. They strive for their love, they fight for it, they learn to accept, to grow, to change―to become. This is the first love journey.

After reading this I felt like all I wanted to read was another series like Strobe Edge where the entire subject is the journey itself. I will be honest though, I hesitated on reading it for years. It always kept coming back in my searches but I never gave it a chance. It was not until I read her Ao Haru Ride and it became slow in updating that I finally gave it the chance it deserved and really, I have probably reread the whole thing two more times and possibly will for many more times (and that is saying something since I have a hard time rereading anything―even my most adored favorites in manga or YA novels). I can't really get enough of the wistfulness I feel as I am reading it(or remembering the feeling or reading it for that matter)―being enveloped in purely emotions and feelings. That, in itself is the most amazing, refreshing, gorgeous experience ever in reading shoujo. It is the reason I read shoujo.

The three things I enjoyed the most about Strobe Edge:
The bittersweet/ironic part about Ren's ex being so scared that he was going to 'fly away' from her while in reality, she was the one doing the flying. How utterly ironic

Also, how sometimes, love does die―how it doesn't last forever―no matter how great a relationship or how great a love. Things change―feelings change and not everything stays the same. It's not that the feelings don't exist anymore―just that they aren't as strong as before.

And last but not least, how it is to keep on loving someone even when they don't feel the same way. This takes great effort on anyone's part. It's painful but because it requires so much effort, it makes it all the more endearing and meaningful.

Strobe Edge begins as a seemingly ordinary shoujo with a matching ordinary heroine but get a few more pages in and maybe you'll see its charm because it is so much more than you ever imagined it to be capable of. Ninako is no ordinary heroine, Ren is no ordinary hero, Mayuka is no ordinary rival girlfriend, Andou is no ordinary playboy―it isn't what it all seems to be. It is anything but ordinary. In this, it will further prove that Sakisaka-sensei excels at bringing out the emotion and feelings in her manga.
This is the power of Sakisaka-sensei. This is her forte.

- As for the awkwardness someone mentioned, the awkwardness in Strobe Edge really isn't so much as awkward as it is realistic. Think about it. How can some instances in real life not be awkward? Painfully awkward even. So, in that sense, even though shoujomangaland is all sparkles and hearts, how is it possible to not have awkward moments?

... Last updated on August 28th, 2014, 10:52pm
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It's nothing out of the ordinary...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 25th, 2012, 5:05pm
Right off the bat, the girl's naivete was an issue. Being that naive stops being cute and starts getting annoying after a while. Maybe it's the generation I live in or where I live, but a high school girl being so oblivious to "love" like she was was so unrealistic (if she was middle school and felt like that, I'd be more accepting). She does end up realizing it but by then I wasn't on her side anymore. She doesn't really learn from her mistakes as much as she should have and that was pretty disappointing to be honest.

The art is nothing amazing, but the guys are drawn to be really handsome, so that's a plus. The story is okay, it's normal shoujo, just a bit slower. This manga doesn't follow the exact shoujo manga archetype but it's close of enough to where you'd need to have really liked this series to defend that it's unique of other shoujos. The leads are really plain and the supporting cast sorta outshines them a lot of the time. I was never rooting for the main guy because he seemed too perfect (Daiki and Andou were better in my opinion because they seemed a bit more real) and the female lead left a lot to be desired in the relatability category (I liked Ren's ex-girlfriend a lot better, and wished she was the lead instead).

I really liked Ren & his ex's story though. If that was a one-shot, I'd have given it a better score than this manga as a whole.

After reading some other reviews, I'm getting the feeling everyone sees what they want in this manga. I could personally go over people's reading list and check what manga they gave high reviews to vs the ones they say are boring and see why they didn't or did like this title very clearly.

... Last updated on December 18th, 2012, 4:48am
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Brilliant   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Beezlenef
October 6th, 2012, 3:51pm
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I love how Sakisaka Io showed how Ren and Mayuka first met; She made it just like another shuojo manga one shot. But then you see how not every relationship lasts no matter how great it was and it gave this manga a much deeper meaning than i originally thought it had. It showed how not matter how close you were and how much you loved each other people grow distant and sometimes they fall apart.
I recommend this manga mostly because of that reason. Other than that the manga wasn't bad. To be honest not the best, I didn't really like the main character. But I did enjoy it and it was worth the time.

... Last updated on November 8th, 2012, 4:46pm
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LOVE IT!   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by rurihime
September 3rd, 2012, 1:07am
This might sound weird but I love this manga not because of the main characters but because of Andou and Mayuka. I really admire them. They're both selfless, and were willing to sacrifice their own happiness for the person they love, even if it's to see them be with someone else. Very admirable, isn't it? Main characters are meh. I leave the passionate comments about them to other reviewers. =P
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Nice   
Rating: N/A
by Ginny
August 15th, 2012, 1:27am
I don't know how I feel about this. It hard to judge, because it is different from anything I've ever read. Everyone is so nice, considerate, and understanding. Even the mean girl I thought" someone to hate had made their arrival" is a nice person too. All problems handled maturely like adults. This is a first. However, this is certainly not slice of life. It was nice...very nice I guess.
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Well...   
Rating: N/A
by marionette23
July 23rd, 2012, 11:21pm
I actually dropped it after reading two volumes. The plot is rather typical for the genre and almost completely predictable, despite the claims otherwise.

I do not recommend this for anyone around or above my age (I'm 16) or anyone who's looking for a serious read. However, I do recommend this for a younger audience with a more idealistic approach to life.

In all, I rather liked Andou, rather disliked Ren, felt bad for Ren's first girlfriend, and ended up being annoyed with Ninako.
- While Ninako does have some character development, it's not particularly good character development. She doesn't really learn anything useful, except maybe that love doesn't always work out, in the first two volumes (but that doesn't really count, because she ends up getting the guy) and becomes progressively more annoying as the chapters proceed.
- Although Ren had an actual personality, he was a boring love interest -- a Marty Stu by any other name is just as irritating.
- Andou and Ren's first girlfriend were actually very enjoyable characters. The former, because of his flaws and the latter, because of her relatable insecurities.
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