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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  4,656 ratings  ·  156 reviews
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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Sesana
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
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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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
So freaking cute!! Is Vol 2 out yet??? (scurries off to check)

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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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Holly Letson
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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Sen
May 27, 2012 Sen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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Theresa ♫
Jul 13, 2013 Theresa ♫ rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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Kate
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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Mehsi
Dec 01, 2013 Mehsi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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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
...more
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
I don't remember when did I first read this manga. I think last two years ago? or something. But I absolutely love this series from the start. I like Ninako very much and of course, Ren!!!

Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
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Copy generously provided by Viz Media via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Although I've yet to read a manga I've really disliked, I found Strobe Edge to be delightfully entertaining and super cute. It's hard to find a manga that just has romance instead of action and fantasy in it to keep my attention but this one did! It also ended on a cliffhanger which makes me want to read the second volume even more!

Ninako is a girl that is confused
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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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Nicole
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

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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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
Lara Marqueses
The art was amazing. Although the story sucks big time for me. Many things that I hate on romance manga were all here.

The girl who didnt really do anything got to have the guy.
And not to mention that she looks like a freaking 10 year old. You know how freaky it is to see a 10 year old that were being chased by a lot of mature looking guys in the manga. I mean, pedophile much?
And also the fact that she fell in love with the guy after so so number of pages? I mean seriously? He didnt even do som
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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)
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!
Linda Jaejoong
Der Manga dreht sich um Ninako und Ren. Durch ein Missgeschick freunden sich die beiden an und Ninako verliebt sich in Ren. Doch leider hat die ganze Sache einen Hacken, Ren hat nämlich schon eine Freundin und hat deshalb bis jetzt jedes andere Mädchen abblitzen lassen.

Ninako weis nicht was sie machen soll, sie gehen nämlich beide auf die gleiche Schule und fahren jeden Tag mit dem gleichen Zug. Die Sache mit der Liebe kann schon ganz schön anstregend sein.

Ich fand die Idee zum Manga sehr gut u
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Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Ninako has never known what love is until she meets Ren. He’s the guy that almost every girl loves. After a few brief encounters, she finds her caring for Ren and starting to experience love. The more she asks her friends about love the more they think she is talking about her friend, Daiki.

She doesn’t know what to do when Daiki confesses that he loves her. Her friends already expect them to get together, but she can’t stop having feelings for Ren. Will she be able to sort her feelings for a guy
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Anh
This manga series was so cute! It follows the typical shoujo storyline, but it was somehow different and kept me reading after every chapter.
Jennifer
I probably wouldn't like this as much if it weren't such a quick read, but as is, the whole thing goes by so fast I don't mind that there's practically no plot and it's all about feelings. Ninako is an easily swayed girl who is trying to figure out who she is and what she feels - particularly her feelings towards Daiki, her long-time good guy friend and towards Ren, the pop star-like guy who all the girls at her school worship. By accident, Ninako has caught Ren's attention causing her to realiz ...more
Sarah
This was listed on the 2014 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens list by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association.

So I'll say it's okay. It's popular. But I have issues with it. Ninako is ignorant when it comes to love. At first, she thinks she may be in love with her friend Daiki because "he's a nice guy, and it's fun being around him." But then the hot guy of the school, Ren, talks to her after he bumps into her on the train after school. And, from then, on, it's all about her ca
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Anna Leontine Ortiz
Yet another shoujo to add to my favorites .-. It slightly reminds me of High School Debut, which is my second all time favorite. But Ren definitely reminds me a bit of Yoh.
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
This is the end all be all of triangle relationships in the manga I've read.

Let's see... You have the MC who falls in love with the most popular boy in school, though she thought she might like one of her classmates. Said classmate likes her back. MC's BFF is in love with the MC's classmate (the one who loves the MC.) Of course, popular boy falls for MC but doesn't show it because he's got a girlfriend already. Then another random 'cool guy' enters the stage that falls in love with the MC... Oh
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Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
What an adorable series! Ah, the perils of falling in love with someone who isn't available, or who is in love with someone else.
Rifda
Nggak sengaja baca ini, iseng-iseng karena punya temen ketinggalan. Ini tipe Shoujo-Manga yang amat-sangat bukan tipeku. Di awal, Ninako diceritakan punya sahabat bernama Daiki -----yang ternyata sama sekali tidak ada di jejeran tokoh utama. Lalu ceritanya berfokus pada Ninako dan cowok super-keren bernama Ren -----yang entah kenapa disukai oleh semua cewek di sekolah. Terus, apa fungsinya ada Daiki?

Well, actually I was cheering for Daiki but he soon disappeared from the plot! Guess what, he eve
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Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Shojo, shojo, shojo! Beautifully captures all of the magic, awkwardness and devastation of first love as a tween/teen...
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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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