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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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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven (892d 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?

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1224 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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July 7th 2014, 11:57pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Sweet story   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
January 16th, 2012, 5:52pm
Seriously a sweet story. I liked it more than anticipated. In fact, I actually finished this a while ago but recently reread it (which I dont do to many stories). Perhaps behind its basic cliched exterior I found it a little different than others somehow. Things felt more realistic and I liked that the behavior behind the main characters (or nearly all characters) felt genuine. Yes, the story was not extraordinary or that unexpecting but it was a good romance read if that's what you're looking for.
Overall when I look back at everything I'd say the story was a above average-good. It wasn't something extremely memorable but I still really liked it. The ending was cute smile

... Last updated on January 16th, 2012, 5:55pm
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I love it   
Rating: N/A
by Sakura29
January 3rd, 2012, 12:11am
I see a lot of negative reviews and I could SLIGHTLY see why but I find it really hard to hate this.
As I read the first few chapters I found and thought Ninako was stupid and naive - your typical lead but that changed especailly after
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
she confessed to Ren and decided to have an unrequited love
she become strong. The other characters were likable and each had their own stroy to tell like Sayuri.
I found the art very stunning it was so pretty that my eyes didn't burn everytime I read.
The plot was interesting and you might cliche every now and again but it was written perfectly so all of the pieces of the puzzle fit.
I found it stunning and I absolutely loved it but it isn't a masterpiece. - TO ALL OF YOU HATERS
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Nothing special!   
Rating: N/A
by AddicTed to ManGas
December 26th, 2011, 2:28am
Okay, i am one of those who said 'sigh, shoujos again!' but because of it's good reviews, i gave it a try... and now i regret doing that sad

The girl! i mean, Ninako! She is plain stupid! not realistic and weak! A mary-sue! I read till chapter 12 i think and Ninako is still as stupid as ever! Crying about small things! she is your typical shoujo female character bigrazz

And as some said, there is nothing great in this manga! It's boring! all these chapters for nothing! Only explaining about how Ninako and Ren fall in love!

Ren is the so called 'bishie' in the manga! to tell the truth, there is nothing special and attractive about him!

Overall: 3/10
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I love this manga.   
Rating: N/A
by amiyumi888
November 28th, 2011, 5:10am
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This is one of my favorite mangas of all times. I read a lot of shoujo mangas but this one is so different n beautiful. It didn't drag and it makes you feel fluffy inside. I meant thought it be a shoujo cliche but it wasn't at all. Like Mayuri wasn't like a bitch about knowing the Ren and Ninako liked each other. She set Ren free knowing that their was no real love in their relationship.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by melikechup
November 9th, 2011, 8:01pm
In fact, the series was a bit boring to the end but I loved it. It had some things that I relate to and I it was a series that got me going til the very end. I wish there was more after the final chapter I thought there would be more problems and suspense. But in all I really love this series.
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Right mood a must   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
October 21st, 2011, 10:31am
Update: It may be cliche but it's a given due to the genre. This doesn't mean it's boring, to the contrary even with all the drama i was hooked. Sure sometimes i had to remind myself how overly dramatic my thoughts and feelings got whilst a teenager, so that might have helped, but i didn't really hate any character.

Sometimes the hype is right, but i'm not sure if i can agree with this one. Only got through the first 2 volumes, but i'm going to take a break and start it when i'm in the right mood. I just can't take how ridiculously shoujo the story is so far, but that's only because i was hoping for something different.
Not sure what some are saying about it not being cliche; perhaps i have read more shoujo mangas than them? Because so far the characters are pretty typical of the genre, the only slight difference is the plot....but the fact that i would have to read at least 9 volumes before it actually gets anywhere romantically, has very little appeal right now.

I would recommend to be read, when in the mood for a good shoujo. Take into account though that it contains lots of teenage drama, which is pretty realistic.

... Last updated on November 27th, 2012, 8:30pm
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A manga you want to tell everyone how great it is   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
October 11th, 2011, 9:36am
I have read my fair share of shoujo manga, and this...this was something different. Not once was there a time when I thought "cliched!" because all of the cliches were done in such a way as to make them natural; the love traingle were not thrust upon the reader to make the story longer, nor was the first love blown out of proportion. The characters didn't fall in love in a second, and the main character stayed true to herself. There was no angst-filled misunderstandings and only one bitchy girl (who appeared near the end and in actual fact wasn't all that bitchy).
I read this manga in two days (which would have been less but I had school). Ten volumes and I never felt board; the story flowed naturally. In this world of cliche, angst, melodrama and girl's who say one thing and do another, Strobe Edge is a breath of fresh air. I would recommend it to anyone.

... Last updated on October 11th, 2011, 9:38am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
September 26th, 2011, 8:05pm
I doubted it at first despite the hype because i thought "man this is gonna be a typical shoujo manga with the popular good lookin guy and the cute innocent girl". In my opinion, this shoujo manga was quite different from the rest. It's not cliche where they fall in love in an instant but instead, they take their time. I really loved how realistic it was and i loved the obstacles that came her way. The whole time i was just thinking "man.. i love how real this is." It was an amazing manga and it'll take you on a journey to that reality of love.
Very refreshing. Definitely a rare shoujo
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Art was nice... Boring. UGH   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by xdeLiiRiOus
August 20th, 2011, 12:37pm
I read it because of the hype and praise around it. I love sakisaka's art and her plot devices are usually quite original. But personally in my opinion, this was a very boring read. Ren seemed to bland; too underdeveloped. He was a flat character. There I said it. Andou was fun but then he became a pathetic try-hard... Actually he was always a pathetic little try-hard. Ninako was cute and strong but she was almost Mary-sue. Yes I too am a hater lol. So she doesn't take Andou to her advantage but she's a kid; who cries at everything and anything; who makes cute faces. She was extremely annoying and I felt the need to give her a good punch in the face because nothing instills more common sense than a good punch in the face.

I do recommend this however, for it is a light read. I suppose some of its plot devices are original but what can you expect from shoujo? They're all bound to be the same sooner or later. And yes I agree with the reviewer who said that "Basically, all Ren has to do in this story is open his arms and Ninako will fall into his lap". I don't even see ANYTHING appealing from Ren besides that he's brooding and attractive (typical male for ANY shoujo). I still MUST complain about how underdeveloped and bland and flat this character is. It was until the last few chapters that I went like "WTF?" He was so OOC.

I don't think there's anything original and unpredictable about this. She still ends up with Ren (who is obvious right from the start) and the fact that she is so bound set on him. Nothing in this manga made Ren up to be as amazing as the main character makes him out to be. Even after FINISHING this manga I still can't understand WHY and WHAT about Ren that is so amazing. Is it because he's attractive? Brooding and mysterious? Like the reviewer who said that this will appeal to high schoolers; this is quite childish. You know a good read is when you care about the characters. Well I actually felt really sorry for them and I could honestly care less about what happens to them.

Actually I can harp on about how disappointing and boring I think this manga is made out to be. But I won't. I still would recommend this; for those who enjoy a light shoujo read.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2011, 12:48pm
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Exactly as written...Boring(yeah im a hatter)   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by slykid
August 15th, 2011, 3:13pm
This was tbh really , really boring . . .nothing exciting happened I just wanted a twist in the story but I knew I would never get it and it kind of got me angry. Yeah it says in the description its about a girl trying to get the guy she likes . . . so what's the point I don't see any future for this because obviously she's gonna get the guy with a few obstacles.It was just really bland and I got really bored with the same drama over and over again, I mean I felt trapped in the same places(train/school) no change at all .its litually exactly what it says . . .nothing more then that . Ren for me personality was also bland and the girl wasn't to 'pretty' either she had too much of a baby face also when they cried it looked weird and unreal(hey I'm just pointing it out) all she did was go on about ren! and was a total idiot and tbh it was to the point of complete disbelief(in the beginning) all I can say is don't expect any master piece from this .

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2011, 5:53am
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