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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 (982d ago)
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven (987d ago)
v.10 c.36 by StarryHeaven (991d 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 (1243 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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September 7th 2014, 12:36pm PST



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Original Publisher

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Betsuma (Shueisha)

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English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

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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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It was great.   
Rating: N/A
by kipkipjr
August 14th, 2011, 1:03pm
Although this is the typical "girl meets guy" story, it is incredibly heartwarming and the reader can relate to the characters. The factor that makes it differ from other stories is its character development. Most stories just label typical stereotypes and show no real rounded sides of the character. This story is different. It shows the characters' concerns, flaws, habits, and everything else that define a personality. This, for me, is what makes the story fresh and not boring. Even though one can predict the ending, it was still a good plot to follow through and it was interesting to see how the characters changed over the course of their troubles and experiences.
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love this and gacchan!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aktf89
August 12th, 2011, 12:54am
wow this is actually one of the few that had me crying for the losing party. it's funny, innocent and very realistic. a light read that can make you really laugh out loud, N times. i love the main characters for being human! and i love love love! gacchan especially when he goes like "--Ren...". hahaha smile i like how each of the supporting characters are so interesting that i had no problem with reading their side stories. in fact, im still wondering how that much side stories can fit in just 10 volumes?
while this may seem like your average shoujo, im happy to say that each development in the story is like a surprise to me. the endpoint may be obvious but the journey through it makes reading this worthwhile. smile and the art and pacing is beautiful. i would love to see this in anime!

and i really have to say this... ren looks like jaejoong. hahaha smile) so each of ninako's encounters with ren made me empathic towards her. i feel for her! smile) hahaha
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rockinheaven
August 1st, 2011, 8:55pm
....just finished this manga...its 5am....what do i do with my life now T__T
i just loved this manga because it was one of those mangas that got my heart racing. its been rare for me to find mangas that do this to me lately and strobe edge did it for me! i absolutely loved it..not really a review of it..just expressing my love hahaa REAAD IT GUYS!!! the ending actually (embarrassingly) made me cry haha
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finally i read it...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by athinyuni89
July 27th, 2011, 2:16am
finally i read it. i am really glad though i pick this one to kill my time. this story is so good, art + storyline is superb. i love how the story goes, emotion that has been put in this manga, i totally can feel it.absolutely recommend for those who do not pick this one yet.
the female lead i really do love Ninako, she is unexpectedly different from what i have always imagined for shoujo female lead. she is very caring and considerate with others feeling.
i love this!!!!
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by monkry
July 19th, 2011, 1:11am
Actually I thought that this will going pathetic like parfait tic, but too bad not bigrazz
I like this one because
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Ninako's eyes that never see another but Ren eventhough the temptation is so~ tempting :p
And I love its slow plot

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others pretty cliche
like when Ren said to Ninako "you're weirdo" Graooo too much shoujo manga has used it

but because I don't like general shoujo manga long series this series must be very good
As far, I agree with the user rating 8.8
btw, 10 for artwork!

... Last updated on July 19th, 2011, 1:22am
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One of those rare rated-10 shoujos you come across once in a blue moon   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by awavingflag
July 7th, 2011, 4:39pm
I think that a successful shoujo has the following criteria: enjoyable, efficient, and well-crafted plot that doesn’t get bogged down by unnecessary details and subplots, some form of character development, artwork that compliments the story, a cast of multi-dimensional characters who are more than a backdrop, and dialogue that rings true. (Are these high expectations for a mere manga? Maybe, but I think manga can have just as much impact as literature or films.)
Strobe Edge deserves high marks on all counts, and a 10 rating (only reserved for manga I read and enjoyed so much that I would buy it.) I left the manga feeling light, cheerful, a little emotionally-drained, very emotionally-satisfied, and just a little bit more hopeful about pure unconditional love. Here are my overall impressions (Warning, I may get carried away with analyzing the characters, but it shows that I really enjoyed Strobe Edge!):
1. Artwork: One of the better ones I’ve seen. It stays extremely consistent throughout and it’s easy to tell each character apart. You can see the full range of emotions from their expressions—regret, confusion, exuberance, celebratory, etc—which only adds to the appeal. (Not to mention the male leads are quite good-looking for fictional characters. And dangit, this is why I don’t have a bf in real life, because my expectations are being raised by fiction!)
2. Characters: Very realistically-portrayed. Ninako is childish and naïve, cheerful in a healthy way and generally positive. She didn’t really have a first love until she saw how nice Ren was and along her journey to just be around him so she can enjoy his company, she becomes more perceptive of her own and others' feelings. This isn’t the kind of character growth that smacks you in the face—ie, character makes a heel-face turn, character becomes uber-powered-up—but that’s why it’s perfect. It’s subtle. Subtlety is difficult to achieve. She’s not a character you can easily sum up in a sentence, though you can try. But your sentence won’t give you a grasp of her character until you see for yourself.
Ren, as the male love interest, surprised me because he also came across as a kind of real character. Usually in reading manga I automatically slap on a label and be done with it. Ren is likeable, he’s the “popular” guy of the high school, though he hardly knows why and doesn’t bother with it. He’s calm and looks like one of those “serious, silent, and strong” types, and he kind of is—but I didn’t feel like any of these traits were forced onto me. He’s actually a hardworking, smart, nice guy, which I came to realize along with Ninako. With him, actions speak louder than words, and it’s this honest approach to everything that Ninako loves about him.
But flaws in characters are what make them three-dimensional. Ren seemed too perfect with his ‘caring nonchalance’ and good looks so at first I appreciated Ren, but I wasn’t smitten with him. I was waiting to see if he got angry, is he neglectful, is he scared of something, does he ever get embarrassed? Ren’s ‘caring nonchalance’ (oxymoron, yes, but I think it’s apt!) was cute, but it didn’t make him charming. He really seemed like an unapproachable guy whose coolness prevented him from having any negative traits. Eventually, I saw a different side to Ren: the side of him that laughed out loud, blush with embarrassment, blurt out things without thinking, and for heaven’s sake, SMILE. And he showed this range of emotion whenever he was with Ninako.
The problem with Ren was that he was too restrained with his feelings; even though he was starting to like Ninako, he tried to smother it (perhaps without even KNOWING it). The honest Ren was dishonest about his own feelings; even if he had good intentions
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(to continue loving his girlfriend, to whom he had promised he would always like),
being honest about your feelings is a part of a healthy, lasting relationship.
So you have both the female and male lead overcoming their own struggles: Ninako keeping her love strong
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despite it being unrequited,
and Ren learning to be honest with his feelings and
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pursue the girl he truly liked.
And while they have their individual struggles, it’s interesting that they both gain a greater awareness about some aspect of love.
Usually I hate love triangles, squares, polygons, whatever—I do NOT believe you must have any of these shapes in order to make a plot ‘interesting’; on the contrary, it gets annoying and dragged out and overly dramatic. Strobe Edge pulls off a successful love triangle in that the feelings of
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Ren, Andou, and Ninako
were so genuine that I became emotionally-invested in their trials and tribulations. Watching Andou struggle for
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affections was charming, painful, wistful—I wanted him to get the girl because he truly liked her for who she was. At first he’s this kind of guy who
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has no scruples with playing around with multiple girls but he eventually proves the strength of his love for Ninako.
He earnestly battled Ren knowing he would most likely lose, but he still held on to that sliver of a chance that maybe, just maybe, he could win. This was one of the more realistic, painful, and inspiring portrayals of unrequited love.
And Ren
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earnestly competed against Andou for Ninako’s affections
because he took Andou seriously and he wasn’t arrogant enough to be like, “I just need to open my arms and Ninako will come running towards me.” It’s clear that Ren respects Andou. (Their interesting friendship is another highlight of Strobe Edge.)
A final mention about the supporting cast before moving on: most of them got enough ‘screen-time’ that I enjoyed their presence and didn’t find them unnecessary or extraneous. They all had a part to play, even illuminating a truth about Ren and Ninako’s relationship (that without communication a relationship can fail, as it happened with
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Sayuri and Yutaro).
I thought it was pretty clever of the mangaka to introduce the
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detail because it leant a sense of urgency for Ren and Ninako’s budding relationship…if they didn’t act on and communicate their feelings for each other soon, it won’t happen.
3. Plot/Dialogue: Surprisingly unpredictable, and even when I did predict it, I didn’t mind because I enjoyed it anyways. You’ve got your usual stuff that happens in shoujo high school-setting mangas—sports festivals, cultural festivals, classes, summer vacation, etc, but everything was still fresh and it never got boring. Well-paced, too. The dialogue was clear and I thought the conversations really sounded like the ones of high schoolers. No jumping around or wacky transitions. And thank goodness there isn’t too much overblown, dragged out, nonsense drama-for-the-sake-of-drama drama! This manga is primarily character-driven. Strobe Edge took cliché elements (first love, high school drama, love triangle, unrequited love) and turned them into a wonderful experience.
It’s rare for a manga to make me feel the emotional ups and downs of the characters as Strobe Edge did. I lost hours of sleep completing it because it was amazing and well-written and a whole list of positive synonyms. It made me laugh, my throat hurt from sadness, and smile wide enough for my cheeks to smart at five in the morning. I disagree with anyone who says that this is 'childish'; that sounds too negative. Strobe Edge depicts a high school love that is as real and pleasant as it gets (for high school, at least). For a manga in a genre that I think is usually full of flat characters and superficial plots, Strobe Edge is one of the best.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2011, 4:54pm
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