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Kurayami ni Strobe  
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Arata who is in love with his childhood friend Miyamoto, always eavesdrops on the confessions his friend receives from girls but Miyamoto constantly rejects the confessions saying he already has someone he likes. One day Miyamoto catches Arata eavesdropping and asks, "Want to know who?"


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Associated Names
A Strobe in the Darkness
Une lumière dans la pénombre (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Extras (end) by Acme over 7 years ago
v.1 c.Extra Story 2 by Acme over 7 years ago
v.1 c.5 + Extra Story 1 by Acme over 7 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (395 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.35 / 10.0

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June 11th 2020, 6:59pm PST



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Cab (Tokyo Mangasha)

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Aa this is amazing  
by Miachann
August 5th, 2020, 6:55am
Rating: N/A
Last time i read this almost a year ago but i still remember the plot clearly and i love this manga so much
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Hayakawa Nojiko Never Fails  
by toastmuncher
February 22nd, 2017, 3:09am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Once again Hayakawa Nojiko-sensei produces a master piece. Honestly from my experience, I don't expect this much thought and care to be put into a manga about high-school love. And best of all the use of the trope of the camera maybe be considered cliched in some circles but over here it's not just the camera but the whole process of taking a picture which is explored that lends this manga it's depth.
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by OmNom
January 28th, 2016, 4:42am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
For a story about innocent schoolboys' first love, the author has been nothing short of a master at portraying the characters' raw emotions in a very authentic way, and readers can't help but feel attached to the boys even if their stories might have been told lots of times before. I particularly love the balance in the pacing and development here; it cohesively glues every details together with the plot, constructing a well-executed picture. Definitely one of the mangaka's highlights in her high profile repertoire.
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by haruny
May 26th, 2015, 5:41pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Cute, touching, lovely and gorgeous <3 I loved how Hayakawa-sensei portrayed Arata's anxious attitude as opposed to Shoutarou's carefree personality
It has the same concept most shounen ai's have: the uneasy feelings the protagonist has for falling in love with another guy. It was realistic and the mangaka did an excellent job at portraying and expressing Arata's emotions. And god I love Shoutarou dlasdçlka I wish there were more Shounen ai/Yaoi out there that has characters similar to him ;;
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He is not afraid of what other people will think about their relationship, nor does he hesitate at expressing his love for Arata. Of course, Arata's uneasiness are totally understandable, but that's why Shoutarou is there to reassure him that his feelings aren't wrong :D

I became a fan of Hayakawa Nojiko-sensei after reading this one. She always portrays very well the characters emotions, and her plots are very unique. Plus, her art is just omg so beautiful and gorgeous ;A;

... Last updated on November 9th, 2018, 9:14pm
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Captivatingly Realistic  
by Roaku
July 30th, 2013, 1:38am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The worries depicted here are beautiful, and this is the main reason why I gave this manga such a high rating. The story is relatable regardless of gender. Its also a very good insight into what fears one holds when one falls in love with their own gender.

I agree with MirayAllen that Arata's character somehow falls apart after the confession. The calm exterior he depicts shatters abruptly, which feels synthetic, but not so displeasing. The author probably wanted to have Arata as a tsundere, although with the amount of shouting, he comes of as a loudere (I also do not see how everyone wouldn't hear what they are talking about, hence the whole school would know the couple are a couple).

Despite this, I believe the story is magnificently executed (with the 4 chapters I've been graced with). Each chapter is elegantly approached, and the previous chapters qualms are touched upon. The flow is fantastic and very rarely does a manga of this genre have such a natural easiness, without the feeling that things are merely "thought" up by the author.

A refreshing read and highly recommended to those who enjoy the emotional and psychological aspect that lacks lackluster roller-coasters and cheap gimmicks. Its also very toned down on the sexual side, but that may be due to it only being 4 chapters.

... Last updated on July 30th, 2013, 1:40am
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Cute but...  
by MirayAllen
May 1st, 2013, 10:43am
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
There were some aspects of it that really held me back a little, like the shouting. I understand this is a "coming out" kind of story, plus it's the school years, the first love confessions, the anxiety, the drama, the perfect set for all the tsunderes of the world... still, from the moment Miyamoto confesses, Arata's character goes down hill entirely, and so goes the plot. I would say the very beginning is quite compelling -- and towards the end I like when they first hold hands or when Miya asks Arata to listen to his heart, but even then there was just too much shouting bubbles. I hate it.

The art is somewhat sketchy but still very enjoyable, so that's another pro to it. All in all, I think a six and a half is more than proper. There should definitely be a more compassed, moderate version of those finals chapters, more in sync with the first part of the manga.
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be still my heart  
by gwkimmy
February 19th, 2013, 3:29am
Rating: N/A
it's super sweet bl's like this that really get to me. their feelings are so pure and the plot is so simple, you celebrate even the slightest interaction between the two mains. it's been awhile since such innocence has gotten me so riled up, lol. itccchiiinnnggg for more! ;_;

edit: i do want to defend arata a bit. i don't feel like arata "suddenly" became this brash and loud tsundere like suggested, but that he's been holding back since the beginning. previously he needed to play off his feelings for shoutarou cooly in order to conceal them, but once reciprocated he can no longer hold them back and they burst out in full force. i think his shouting and occasional punching of shoutarou is his attempt at still keeping his feelings under wraps and trying to play it cool, but the energy escapes anyways. in other words, he's full of uncontrollable feels, lol. it's such a common tsundere tactic, but i think it works well for his character as he's so concerned with how others perceive them. don't worry arata! i am full of the feels as well! ;_;

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2013, 12:51am
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This one is AMAZING!!!  
by fisukisuki
September 23rd, 2012, 7:09am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I fall for it... (•˘__˘) ♥ It's really Amazing!!! The feeling from both the protagonist is so deep! They really thinking too much! And of course it's hurt! And that's why this one is Amazing!!! So touching! So much love! ♥
Definitely RECOMMENDED!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

... Last updated on November 15th, 2013, 7:16pm
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by Tentacle
June 27th, 2012, 3:14pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I love this. Hayakawa really manages to make something amazing this time too! I'm so glad this was continued. The poetic feeling and the relationship and the character and the art.. it is all just plainly beautiful and I would really recommend it!

... Last updated on September 4th, 2013, 6:29am
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Cute oneshot + Sequel  
by lfb
June 20th, 2012, 10:14pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I usually don't read oneshot because they tend to be short and/or rushed, which consequently give me a dissatisfied feeling. But, since this is by Hayakawa Nojiko, I decided to give Kurayami ni Strobe a try. I'm glad I did. This is a somewhat long oneshot with a cute ending. Like all her other works, there's more character interaction/depth involved than action/drama-filled plot.

imo, the sequel isn't as good as the oneshot (though it's understandable since oneshot was intended to be a standalone) but sequel still made me smile. XD

So, if you want a good, quick BL(work-safe lol) read, I recommend Kuroyami ni Strobe.
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