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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

Groups Scanlating
Chibi Manga
Houkago Scanlations
JShoujo Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story by Chibi Manga over 2 years ago
v.10 c.Special & Omake (end) by StarryHeaven over 6 years ago
v.10 c.Miyoshi Manabu by StarryHeaven over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1411 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 2nd 2015, 6:24pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #437 increased(+101)
Monthly Pos #697 increased(+153)
3 Month Pos #949 increased(+84)
6 Month Pos #1003 decreased(-4)
Year Pos #1008 decreased(-89)

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Strobe Edge Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film over 3 years ago
strobe edge ending over 5 years ago
Ren or Andou? over 6 years ago

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If you get past the first half, surprisingly a good read.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ajmanga
April 20th, 2011, 10:40pm
I actually stopped reading this and put it on hold because I thought it was boring and typical, but when it was on the list of completed manga, I decided to go back to it after reading the comments.
I liked the later half of the series a lot more. Seeing Ren start to fall for her and her not responding to him (or pretending not to and hiding her feelings) and her telling everyone she doesn't like Ren anymore is what made me keep reading on. The usual heroine would've tried dating Andou to forget about her feelings. She's one of those few heroines who isn't self-important and considers the feelings of everyone involved. And yet, she stays loyal to her feelings. At one point she even decides not to date either of them. I really enjoyed when she rejects Ren's confession. Her reactions to the situations are very different from the typical shoujo heroine and even admirable. I won't spoil the ending, but it definitely satisfies. Unlike most manga endings, it ties up things really well.

... Last updated on April 20th, 2011, 10:43pm
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Worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yennyenn
April 20th, 2011, 10:28pm
I think this series is really good. Beside just a regular school life romance shoujo, I really like the spice of comedy in it. I can't stop smiling when reading. I appreciate the fact that every detailed of the characters are covered. Each character has their very own history and background. Almost all have their happy endings, even though some did not get together with the one they like, they have no more regrets. that's more than anything else.

Definitely worth reading. I was hoping that the mangaka will write another series as such.
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pretty good.   
Rating: N/A
by sukinaru
March 31st, 2011, 11:06pm
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Wah~ Just finished reading it today~ I just loved Ren. He's just so darned cute, especially once he started liking Ninako. (This is not a spoiler~ It's expected in every way~) The plot was typical and all, but it was fun nonetheless since it made sure everyone got their ending (EXCEPT FOR ANDOU AND THAT SCARY CHICK....). Well, if you like typical shoujo with a very very hot guy then it's pretty cool.
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So sweet!   
Rating: N/A
by plasticheese
March 31st, 2011, 1:19am
This is one of the best shoujo I've ever read, hands down. Its so simple and pure that it makes me wanna fall in love too! Haha! And this is the first time I like all the characters; for I usually dislike characters like Andou, but in this case, I find myself wanting Kinoshita to get together with him too! And Ren is pure awesome. Lol I laughed so much at his "I'm impure" moment. This guy's so cute!
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quality shoujo   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eternalight
March 29th, 2011, 8:43pm
this is coming from someone who just read the series straight through.

EDIT: after reading some negative reviews, I just wanted to add this: do not read this if you absolutely hate any stories involving a girl getting together with someone who starts off already having a girlfriend. I understand the reviewer was in that point in their lives where cheating is the center cause of problems and worry for them, and for that, I say I'm sorry they can't see past something so shallow. The purpose of this shoujo and the main theme of Strobe Edge is to explore the human condition of "keeping things in" and validating those feelings by exploring such characters. Strobe Edge's only purpose is to tell you to communicate your feelings by showing you why you should not shoulder the blame all on yourself. This theme will poorly translate to those people such as the negative reviewer who ruined the story for themselves. To say the girl made the boy "confused" and accuses the girl of "making the boy cheat" is not only relieving the cheating boy of any responsibility and grossly oversimplifies the over arcing story, but this is the very cycle of toxic attitudes that Strobe Edge seeks to stop perpetuating! Please do not read this manga, even with all the hype, if you are at the point in your lives where you would see cheating as a bigger issue in the world than keeping emotions bottled up and unspoken. If this is you, please do everyone a favor. And now onto my review:

this is one of the best quality shoujo you'll ever read because every single character has depth, and by depth, i mean they honest to goodness act like how real people act in the real world. They aren't blind about what they do (they have a set mind and they all act on firm reasons) and people treat each other with realistic consideration.

honestly, i'm impressed by the intelligence. This book explores the social phenomenon of "keeping things in" so depth by setting so many examples. From the fact that the side characters had loose ends, and they properly tied them back up (see v07c25 for specifics), to the fact that the classmates tell each other for example "hey, if we tried hard, it could actually make the festival fun!" I'll tell you, my school environment could never reach such an enlightened enthusiasm. They always saw "trying hard" as looking uncool. Well, i don't know how effective these nuances have over people who read it, but this manga hints to inspire a better mental well-being for youth. it goes without saying, these characters are vibrant, and the environment is vibrant. It really brings to light how people aren't as complicated as you think, yet it's how you don't know bits and pieces of their story that makes you think they are complicated. Ren is admired by so many girls as being "cool" but he's really just a simple guy who thinks about dinner trying to mature. Furthermore, the girls don't start being disinterested when that fact is made obvious either. The environment of this manga is FRIENDLY and REALISTIC. it just isn't one of those annoying comics that dramatizes everything and makes the character end up looking dumb for not doing this or that. you just don't see a lot of pieces like this nowadays.

anyway, even without going all indepth, the ~moe~ is so powerful here *____* this manga series is quality. i totally recommend it ^^d

... Last updated on September 10th, 2016, 1:58am
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A very nice piece of shoujo   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by eLeela
March 29th, 2011, 3:18pm
Though usually the plot with undecisive heroine and two guys who fell for her barely shows anything worthy this mangaka acctually managed to pull it off. It's probably the first time I really enjoyed a shoujo where the female isn't strong.

The art is amazing, probably couldn't ask anything more from this genre, expressions are great and befitting the mood. And also what impressed me most is that you can actually reason with Ninako's choices and feeling even if you don't believe that you should stick with one person for forever and ever. The flow of her thoughts and her actions are also right for the age she is.

To sum up mangaka did a really good job taking traditional plot and giving it a new refreshing feeling.
A must read for shoujo fans.
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Rating: N/A
by mimioreo
March 28th, 2011, 7:58pm
I've read it. I've reread it. (I haven't finished it, waiting for scans). It left a really warm feeling in my heart. Like, this girl is so pure, and all she wants to do is to treasure her feelings. It made me want to fall in love because it's so... refreshing?! Even though I know that love is painful, this manga made me feel all fuzzy and sparkly. Haaha I don't know how to describe it.

It's cute. It's good. (:
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super shojo manga!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jpchkvn
March 26th, 2011, 9:15pm
i garrantee that you will have that heart wrenching feeling in every chapter that you read of strobe edge! i giggle with excitement when the littlest developement occurs between the two main characters! it's that good! If you love the cool and calm bishounen type and a cute and unbiased shojo lead then you'll definetly love this series! It's so innocently pure (kinda like kimi ni todoke but better)...i wish more mangas were like this one!

... Last updated on March 26th, 2011, 9:16pm
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Rating: N/A
by angelicrarity
March 22nd, 2011, 7:50pm
I'm a die-hard shoujo fan, so this review is, admittedly, a little biased.

Strobe Edge surprised me by being refreshingly unique for having your basic shoujo skeleton (Love triangle, two guys, etc. etc.). I don't know, there's just something about it that draws you in, and you can't help but root for Ninako (and Andou!) The art is good, the writing is superb, and overall, it's a great story. The only thing is that Strobe Edge will probably appeal only to shoujo fans, as it is /intensely/ shoujo-centric. If you're even remotely interested, though, you should definitely pick it up.
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very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shani
March 16th, 2011, 3:53pm
I'm not a big fan of shoujo (even though I've read my share), but I admit, it's surprisingly good for such an unoriginal story. (: The pace, characters, thoughts - everything is very natural. I hope it will work out all right for them. When an opportunity presents itself, give it a try. I definitely recommend it!

... Last updated on March 16th, 2011, 3:53pm
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