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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
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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 (891d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (897d ago)
v.10 c.36 by StarryHeaven (901d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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2 topics, 23 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1224 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #396 increased(+6)
Monthly Pos #339 increased(+67)
3 Month Pos #400 increased(+32)
6 Month Pos #409 increased(+44)

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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.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2013, 6:13pm
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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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not for me   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by shinorei
July 12th, 2012, 8:13am
I get how some reviews say there is character development with this manga.. that after facing a heartbreak, Ninako gets back up on her feet and never gives up on her first love. However, the male lead in question already has a girlfriend at the time of her confession.. which is rather inconsiderate of Ninako as it would definitely waver his feelings he has of his girlfriend. I understand how you should fight for your love, but certain as the girlfriend, don't you find it unfair?

Being a typical formulaic shoujo manga, I'm sure the male lead falls for Ninako in the end.. and I don't approve, because that's not how it should be. This shows that while the male lead already has a girlfriend has strayed and it doesn't matter if the girl he falls for is the heroine - he's cheated in his heart. I find this despicable and just can't move on from that, I'm sorry for being harsh and obstinate but this manga is dead to me.
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Boring? Not really   
Rating: N/A
by Verix
July 7th, 2012, 12:28pm
Having read some reviews before picking this one up I saw lots of mixed opinions, some thought it fell right in line with others, not being special and boring; I beg to differ, really. Sure, it's shoujo, lots of relation stuff remains the same old relation stuff, but the characters are believable and the plot, pacing and art is nice. I quickly drop shoujo I don't find promising, but this one stuck with me. Do give it a try, it's one of the more balanced shoujo around.

One thing I don't like is manslut characters, but oh well. On a side note, with shoujo there's often moments where you feel like dropping the manga entirely just because something plain.. retarded happens. Awful unneeded drama, characters suddenly acting out of character, you know the kind. There's not.. too much of that, at least not until the late volumes and it's still pretty tame at that. It all remains logical and believable which is a big plus.

Oh, and don't miss the side story in the middle of the last volume, it's easily the sweetest thing in the entire manga T_T.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2012, 2:12pm
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A 10 out of 10 for sure!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sweeticted
June 6th, 2012, 8:48pm
It's a typical unrequited love turns to requited love shoujo manga but the way It's so innocent and cute hooks me, and how even though there is a love polygon, the heroine doesn't waver or bounce between two guys and not just her, they're all determined to see their love blossom. For some reason I love how the male lead tries to restrain his feelings for the heroine and the way the heroine grows on the male lead. The art is also good. The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the heroine's facial expression in the first few pages, (the heroine herself annoyed me for the first few chapters but quickly grew on me) and how the guy that was originally "in love" with her first, moved on so quickly (but it's okay since she didn't like him back like that at all). Other than that LOVE everything else about this series. I have a feeling I won't come across anything this satisfyingly good in a while. One more thing- you might find it a bit annoying when she
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hesitates to accept his confession but it leads to a very heartwarming scene
and how the male lead doesn't seem to try as hard as his rival to get the heroine but I think he handled his feelings in the most appropriate way possible. Don't let that stop you from reading this, though. It's a cute love story!

... Last updated on June 6th, 2012, 9:06pm
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an okay manga   
Rating: N/A
by kaiisawesome
June 1st, 2012, 8:27am
Although I don't hate this manga, I don't really like it either.
The story is nice. I like the realistic touch of the scenes and happenings, and the artwork is very well done. Very detailed and soft and..well...shoujo-y. Although I must admit, those weird pouty faces that Ninako makes irritate me beyond my own understanding.
And also...I don't like Ninako. But hold up, I'm not saying that I don't like her because she's not tough and she doesn't punch people. (to prove my point, I don't really like Ayuzawa Misaki from kaichou wa maid-sama either)
I just don't like her because she's SO ANNOYING. Yes, she's sweet and nice and cute, and I like heroines like those but I dunno, I just think she's annoying. I don't like overly violent and perfect heroines, but this Ninako Kinoshita character is just too dumb and annoying for me to take. There are lots of manga heroines that are cute and nice and shy that I like, but that's because they were interesting. In this manga, my biggest turnoff is the heroine herself. I don't find her interesting. She wasn't shallow or bland, I just found her uninteresting.
I did like Ren though. He's definitely a sweet guy, and at least he wasn't mean to the main character.
Anyway, perhaps I'm just a person with bad taste. Read the manga to be sure, because I heard that lots of people like it. And also, I found it lacking in the comedy department, perhaps that's why it really failed to entertain me.
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