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Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 (Strobe Edge #1)

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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 ...more
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Published November 6th 2012 by VIZ Media LLC (first published November 22nd 2007)
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it really liked it


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

Completed the series

I was reading this and all I was thinking is that this art looks like Ao Haru Ride and the story is eerily similar too. Of course, dumbshit me didn't see that both were from the same author. ANYWAY, this story is basically the same thing except done much much better. The drama, the romance, the...well, all the crap that shojo holds...I was happy with all of it.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)


Review for the entire series

Don't ask, guys. I have no idea what I really think. I know what I'm supposed to think (it would be so easy to hate it, frankly) - but I'm honest, so here we go.

Over the top, cheesy, basically plotless and repetitive, totally frustrating, a love-triangle, but so cute, oddly comforting, compelling and picturing great friendship.

Yet I could say that the girl's life revolves around the boy she likes. I definitely could say that and complain endlessly. But... She is fort
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Mary
"Falling in love with someone...all kinds of people do it everyday."


WOW. This was just the thing I needed after so many paranormal YA and manga. Sure, they're great, but a good, realistic story is what you need every once in a while. I was so worried I wouldn't like this the first time I picked it up. All I remember was thinking how cute it was but it wasn't until my friend gave me her extra copy of volume 2, that I finally sat down and took it seriously. And even if you're a guy, I think this i
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Sesana
Sep 27, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. Romance fails at least as often as it succeeds with me. And the cover art is nice, but a little overwrought. It actually does start slow. The first chapter was dull and felt too much like a dozen other series I've read before. But I stuck with it, because I was interested by the author's explanation of the title. It's about those brief moments in time when your point of view can change dramatically. That was enough to make me hopeful that ...more
Nanna
Update III 30 Agustus 2016: untuk vol. 9 dan 10 (tamat)

Melihat endingnya.... saya tahu si heroine akan berakhir dengan siapa, tapi... tetep aja berharap ada twist tersembunyi,,, ugh.. dunia perkomikan itu sungguh tidak adil!!

Bintang dikurang satu.. karena... heroine berhasil mendapatkan cinta pertamanya sedangkan yang baca nggak.

Andai saja endingnya ga seperti itu... andai saja endingnya (view spoiler)
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jan 24, 2013 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
So freaking cute!! Is Vol 2 out yet??? (scurries off to check)

Review -

When I first read the book blurb above, I thought it was pretty lame. After reading Strobe Edge, though, I think it very accurately and very succinctly describes this high school romance. Ninako is shy and reserved, and everyone thinks she and her childhood friend, Daiki will eventually get together. Daiki makes no secret of his feelings, but he has never voiced them, leaving Ninako, who is kind of clueless, thinking that they
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Theresa ♫
Jul 13, 2013 Theresa ♫ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a cute story of unrequited love
ALRIGHT! I do feel...that I have to redo this review for this book. WHY?

1. I reread the review I gave this thing in 2011 and.......this book seriously deserves a better review.
2. With more FEELING. more...more EMOTION.
3. More ALL CAPS.
4. MORE GIFS (since I finally learned how to insert them about a year ago)
5. MY LIBRARY HAS STROBE EDGE, WHOA. I didn't even know it was going to be released in the US but yet....'twas......

So. Let's us begin.

Okay. 1-5 star. FIVE STAR, FIVE?! THATS IT?! It should b
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Krishna *needs a pink katana*
Well, well. What an interesting manga. It started off typically shoujo and ended pretty much the same way,
but when the plot was developing, it was a really compelling manga. I really appreciated two things about this manga. The first is the character development. Everyone matures, learns lessons and comes out the better for it and no one denies their feelings (for the most part). The second was the sympathy the mangaka created for every character. Under ordinary circumstances, Mayuka would have
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Courtney
Jun 28, 2016 Courtney rated it liked it
Recommended to Courtney by: Unshelved book club
Not bad. Standard romance with some drama to spice things up. The plot is pretty lacklustre in the first volume, but I might continue on with the next couple to see if they draw me in any better.
Sen
May 27, 2012 Sen rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Update (5/27/2012)
I am a bit late to find out, but Viz Media has licensed Strobe Edge ! First volume of an English copy will be released in November 2012~! (it's about time)

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**There are 10 volumes to Strobe Edge ; I've started and finished all of them in the month of March 2012.
Now instead of me reviewing each volume separately, I am reviewing all volumes right here! *u*)/ oi!**

Where did I read it? manga.animea.net

Let me break it all down:
The first 52.8% (yup, I did the math
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Holly Letson
Sep 18, 2012 Holly Letson rated it it was amazing
Ninako is young, and has never been in love. But, the latter part is about to change.

Daiki is Ninako's childhood friend, and in his eyes, Ninako is the sheer picture of what love looks like. He cannot imagine himself ever being with anyone except her. You'd think he'd want to tell her right away, but no, he's too shy to confess.
All Ninako's gal pals are rooting for Ninako to get with Daiki. All Daiki's male buddies are rooting for him to get with Ninako. You'd think that's exactly what would
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Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Synopsis:

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 co
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Entre letras y cámaras
Para leer la reseña al completo, haz click aquí ---> http://entreletrasycamaras.blogspot.c...

Ninako es una chica que está en su primer año de preparatoria para la universidad. Tiene un buen grupo de amigas y siempre están hablando de chicos, en especial del misterioso Ren Ichinose, de quien se sabe bien poco, salvo que al menos una vez a la semana hay una chica que le declara sus sentimientos, a lo que él siempre las rechaza porque no las corresponde.

Al principio, a Ninako le llama la atenci
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Anne Freya
Wow, kupikir tdk akan ada lagi shoujo manga kontemporer yg lebih kusukai drpd Hibi Chouchou dan love button/Kokoro Botan, tapi hei...aku salah besar!! Jika diberi ranking utk komik shoujo yg bertemakan cinta remaja di sekolah yg pernah kubaca selama ini, maka Strobe Edge ada di urutan pertama!, utk saat ini.
Bagi yg suka shoujo manga, WAJIB baca yg satu ini, dijamin bakal tergila-gila sama ceritanya (dan sama Ren-kun juga, hihihi... ;p). Ceritanya memang simpel bgt dan ending cerita pun bisa dit
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Kate
May 23, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
I've been keeping my eye on reviews regarding Strobe Edge ever since it debuted under Viz's Shojo Beat imprint. Those reviews have been fairly positive, and now that a handful of volumes are out, I decided to give the series a try myself.

What I discovered is a really enjoyable little story about discovering love for the first time. Our heroine, Ninako, is absurdly naive, but she makes up for this lack in her kindness. She is a very good, very kind person. Indeed, all of the characters thus far i
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Alex
The Deal: Ninako is a high school student that has never had any experience with love, sure she has a small crush on Ren, the most popular guy at school but all the girls in her grade find him dreamy - though it doesn't seem any of them have ever actually talked to him.

Things change when Ninako realizes they take the same train after school. Due to a small accident, they start talking, and soon Ninako is really falling in love.

All to the consternation of Daiki, Ninako's best friend who really h
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Mehsi
Feb 14, 2016 Mehsi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mehsi by: Dee Dee
First all thanks, Dee Dee for recommending this manga to me!

I really enjoyed this first volume. Ninako was a bit of an idiot sometimes, but I really grew to like her in this volume.
I am really happy that she had the heart and guts to reject the guy who asked her out. I have read enough books/manga were that doesn't happen, so yeah for this one!

Ah Ren, Ren, Ren. Damn he was beautiful and yummy. Ok, so are a lot of the guys in the manga (if you see them), but Ren just tops them all. He is dark, m
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Starbubbles
Oct 04, 2014 Starbubbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I'm surprised by the simplicity of the story and how much I have come to like it. It is a simple love story between a girl, and a guy who is completely unavailable. I kept asking, "and what?" "you love him and you're... a vampire, magician, dead, what? That can't be it, right?" It took a while to get used to the idea of it being a normal story with no extra frills. haha!

Anyway, the story is fairly sweet and endearing. It explores the complexities of getting, maintaining, and letting go of relati
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Irma Agsari
Aug 31, 2016 Irma Agsari rated it it was amazing
WHY SO CUTE ASDFGHJKL
Abbey He
Oct 02, 2015 Abbey He rated it really liked it
SUBTLE SPOILERS


I discovered Strobe Edge after watching, reading, stalking and crying about EVERYTHING Ao Haru Ride related(If you're a fan of Strobe and haven't read Ao Haru Ride, you should drop everything and get on the band wagon). Like many of Sakisaka's mangas, the heroine in Strobe is likeable and passionate which is one of the huge reasons I love her works. Nothing is more of a mood-spoiler than a wishy-washy heroine. This manga was just so raw and wistful, it really gets your hopes up ha

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Nicole
Apr 26, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, romance, shojo, series
A really sweet series from start to finish. I was a tad skeptical at the start of volume 1, since our main teen heroine (Ninako Kinoshita) came across as dumber than a door knob. But she evolved pretty quickly into just a sweet, energetic, extremely naive young woman. The full series reminds me of a "lighter" version of something like Kimi ni Todoke - we follow the various romance escapades of a group of interrelated young high school students. And as happens in any high school/teen age group, t ...more
Jennie
Feb 03, 2014 Jennie rated it it was ok

As far as Ninako is concerned, Ren’s super cool handsomeness places him on a different level--he's an unapproachable celebrity, someone to admire from afar. It’s not until a misstep on a train that Ninako begins to see through Ren’s “pop star” status. The more glimpses she catches of the real Ren the more Ninako’s feelings begin to evolve from gushy schoolgirl crush to the purity of first love.


I have to admit, at the start I thought Ninako was kind of wishy washy, that she was too willing to let

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Dre
Jul 26, 2016 Dre rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, manga
Manga exists. I knew that, but I was never a fan. Mostmangas are turned into animé, I'm not a fan either, though I watchedAttack on Titans and finished the first season. With that said, I think I entered a black hole and can't get out!

Strobe Edge is not my first manga, but it's the first one that I am going to review. For some reason, I am drawn toschool life romances; maybe because during our teens, we experience the most innocent kind of love.The story was pretty short, at 43 chapters, but i
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Samantha Tai
Ninako and Daiki have been friends forever. They became especially close when she helped him through his parents' divorce. Because of their close friendship, everyone thinks Ninako and Daiki should be a couple. But Ninako isn't sure if she feels the same way about Daiki that he feels about her. Especially when she starts to get to know Ren, the most popular boy in the school. Ren is aloof, broody and mysterious. As the story progresses, Ninako starts to see some chinks in Ren's armor and realize ...more
Snow Bunny
Nov 25, 2015 Snow Bunny rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2015
[Review on the entire series] 2.5 stars

I am pretty picky when it comes to shoujo manga. I'd read so many terrible shoujo with stupid plots and shallow characters that there was a time I deeply loathed it. Not until did I have a chance to read such awesome shoujo mangas like Kimi Ni Todoke, Catsreet, Hibi Chouchou, Honey and Clover..vv. that I started to change my mind and tried to read Shoujos again, even though good shoujos are still hard to find.

Strobe Edge is not a bad manga, the art is prett
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Zaz
Mar 02, 2016 Zaz rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The so clueless heroine falls in love and of course he's the popular guy. I found them both likable, the story in this volume was easy to follow and the art was nice, so it's a good start. I don't expect big depth here but something light would also be welcome.

Complete series: 3.5 stars
I've mixed feelings with this series. I rated most of the volumes 4 stars because they were entertaining and smooth. But it's overall just all they were! I think I wasn't moved once while reading even if the heroi
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Glire
Es como volver a leer Aoha Ride. Los personajes son idénticos lol.
KaYeah
Series rating: 4.0 stars!

It was a really fun read! I did this especially when it came to the end.
I was annoyed in the first parts because the Ren-kun already had a girlfriend but yeah, can't argue if that's the plot. In the first parts, I also did think that Daiki will become one of the hurdles of Ren and Ninako's blooming romance (eheh.) but uh, he ended up with Sayuri (I must say, he moved on pretty fast huh.)

Though, I did like it how persevering Andou-kun was in trying to win Ninako's affec
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Jenni Frencham
Sakisaka, Io. Strobe Edge. VIZ Media, 2013.

Ninako is in love with Ren, but he's already dating someone. And another boy likes Ninako, but she's only interested in Ren and continually turns down Boy #2. This is the entire plot for at least the first six of these books. Ninako is obsessed with Ren, who thinks she's nice and all but is already dating and isn't looking for someone new.

This book irritated the fire out of me. The first volume was bad enough with this, "I love Ren!! He's so cute! I wa
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Madeeha (D-ha)
Mar 16, 2013 Madeeha (D-ha) rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Io Sakisaka! The art and story line of strobe edge is amazing. Once you start reading strobe edge you just can't stop reading and it's one of those series that you keep reading over and over again. If you're a mangaka who likes shojo manga, then I would definetly recommend this series. This is a must read!
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Io Sakisaka (咲坂伊緒) is a Japanese manga artist. She also designed the characters for the anime movie HAL. Her works are:

-Call My Name 2001
-Watashi no Koibito 2002
-Bye-Bye, Little 2002
-Blue 2006
-Mascara Blues 2007
-Strobe Edge 2007
-Ao Haru Ride 2011
-Sono Omokage o Shitteru 2013
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Strobe Edge (10 books)
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  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 3 (Strobe Edge, #3)
  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 4 (Strobe Edge, #4)
  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 5 (Strobe Edge, #5)
  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 6 (Strobe Edge, #6)
  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 7 (Strobe Edge, #7)
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  • Strobe Edge, Vol. 10 (Strobe Edge, #10)

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