Ranked #270

Strobe Edge (Manga)

Strobe Edge

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Colorless Dreamer
Japanese: ストロボ・エッジ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 13, 2007 to Aug 11, 2010
Authors: Sakisaka, Io (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Margaret


Score: 8.341 (scored by 14082 users)
Ranked: #2702
Popularity: #94
Members: 27,351
Favorites: 1,551
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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?

(Source: MU)

Included one-shot:
Volume 6: Colorless Dreamer


Strobe Edge was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from November 6, 2012 to May 6, 2014. The manga received two drama CD adaptations on August 25, 2010 and September 22, 2010. It also had a live-action film adaptation that was released on March 14, 2015. It was also published in Spanish by Ivrea from March 2012 to February 2014.

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Mar 11, 2010
Strobe Edge is a story, which starts off as a seemingly normal story, a typical shoujo, but because of its superior story pacing and character development, it is able to become something special and unique.

The mangaka decides to start the story off with a very familiar situation. Ninako, a girl who is very naïve towards love, falls in love with one of the popular guys in school, Ren. At first, all seems good, but we soon find out Ren actually has a girlfriend. Then the manga introduces another boy called Andou, who loves Ninako, and thus the typical love triangle is formed.

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Sep 19, 2009
I suppose that this is a usual technique for writing 'credible' reviews, but let me tell you now that I am, in fact, a considerably jaded romance shojo (I'll be talking about 'romance shojo' in particular for this review) reader. I read any shojo title with the initial thought: "I'll drop this once it gets boring." This is because I've read quite a lot from this genre and in fact, I started my love for anime and manga with shojo.

Why, then, out of all of those titles, have I decided to leave a review for this seemingly ordinary and cliche, been-there-done-that shojo?

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Jan 30, 2014
Strobe Edge tends to be a bit overrated, if you ask me. It will be a good read for those who are interested in following a high school girl experiencing her first crush. If you are expecting an established relationship between the two MCs within the manga, you will be disappointed. Despite my boredom with this manga, the high rating is because of the manga’s accomplishment in disproving the popular saying “Love don’t die” and being realistic towards a girl’s first crush.

Story (7) / Characters (7)

“I swear I will make you love me” is how to approach this manga. Will the characters succeed? The answer read more
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Jul 16, 2015
I'm about to finish reading this manga, so I thought I'd write a short review to let people know how overrated this manga is.
Basically this manga tells the story of a very clumsy girl who falls in love with a guy who already has a girlfriend. Instead of trying to steal the guy away or just repressing her feelings, she decides to treasure the love she feels for him. So, yeah a pretty average plot.
Regarding the characters, the male lead is someone you can relate to since he is someone who is constantly struggling to be honest with her girlfriend, while feeling attracted to Ninako read more
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Strobe edge and Ao Haru Ride are manga from the similar author, io-sensei. Both story is about the struggles of a teenager falling in love with the popular guy in school. Both mangas have characters with unique and strong personalities which are lovable to love and to hate. The storyline might sounds cliche but io-sensei is really the master in depicting these type of stories. The sweet moments make you happy, the sad moments make you cry. It is really amazing how the characters grows in both manga. Definitely worth reading. 
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Cute stories with cute characters. 
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I get a familiar feel when reading either Strobe Edge or Orange. Both shoujo series explores human emotions with the main characters. They are also known for well-rounded romance that develops between the main male and female protagonists. As time goes on, the connection they build explores their true characteristics. Drama is distinctive that holds strong emotional values as well in their story. Orange is also noticeable for its additional supernatural content while Strobe Edge's story gets more complicated with romance angles. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
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Same feeling, pure love, and protagonists who won't stop loving the same guy, however difficult it may be. Love triangles in both, although they're very refreshing. Two mangas that are really worth reading. 
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Somehow, the story has an identical feel to it. Even though they're both seemingly "cliché" (And I hate cliché) once you start reading it you can't stop. It's actually really interesting. The main characters are superb in both stories and the graphics are also both really good. 
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