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?"
I'm always in love with Nojiko's art and waiting for something new. And finally, a new completed one is out. "Kurayami ni Strobe"
To be honest when acmedan first posted this, i thought it would be just oneshot because they said so. But after i read it, i thought it wasn't finished yet and then, the 2nd chapter was out.
Kurayami ni Strobe tells you about Arata and Shoutarou. Arata loves to take pictures of boys in his highschool and get the benefit by selling them to the girls. Since junior highschool his "lens" always landed on Shoutarou but he just stayed in the closet until
one day Shoutarou confessed his feelings to him.
I think Nojiko really wants to do something different here by describing how gays' life in the closet would be. Arata is very cautious by his feelings and always figures out how to not show that he's into Shoutarou. It's 180° opposite with Shoutarou (and i must tell you, HE'S SUCH A CUTIE!). This innocent straight-talker guy isn't shy to show up his feelings and what he's gonna say ignorantly. And you completely can imagine how red Arata's face is through the pages. Shoutarou reminds me of Misato from Junketsu Drop (a yaoi manga by Watarumi Naho and Kisaragi Manami). They have the similarity in appearance and about 10% of Misato 's personality is in Shoutarou.
Kurayami ni Strobe is light, fun, and enjoying. You can go through the pages with smile and laughter because of the ridiculousness Arata and Shoutarou make. But there are some clichés of boys love manga that make you say "Oh... this again". Some readers actually want to know more about the relationship between other characters in this story, Sawayama and Hase. And about the kiss, i think that Nojiko now understands how to express the kiss for boys love manga. Don't you think the kissing scene in Endou-kun No Kansatsu Nikki is a little bit inappropiate for a shounen-ai manga?
About the art, ughh, you really don't need to put your doubt against Nojiko, right? her sketch-styled drawing is ALWAYS amazing! She really can express the loneliness, emptiness, and joy perfectly.
Overall, this manga is 8/10 worth to read. It's not so special about the story -compared with the feelings you get after read Endou-kun or Yozora ni Sumikko de- but it's so worth to give a try.
I fell in love with this Bl. The plot, the art and the characters are absolutely cute.
The story seems to be a cliché because of the childhood friend theme but it's a cliché well done. I was impressed by how it was realistic not like some BL which the subject of homosexuality is not developped.
I love the fact that Arata hides his feelings for Shoutaro because of the fear of what other people might think.He's not only protecting himself but also protecting Shoutaro.
I think the art is the main factor for the cuteness of the story, especially the faces: you can tell just
by looking at their faces what they are feeling.
This is a really great manga. I had so much fun reading the sweetness of the story. Since this is a shounen-ai, there’s no explicit scenes shown which can disappoint some yaoi fans. But I think what’s more important here is that, the story is told with great care and the relationship feels true.
Sincerely, just read it and you'll understand what's a masterpiece.
saw that there werent many reviews for this so thought i might help people out!
the story is only 5 chps + 6 extras that are small 4-komas, side story of the other friends, and other developing relationship moments of sawa x arata. very easy quick read with each chp being 30-40 pages.
the art is what drew me in first ;) the hand-drawn art style is really natural and light, everyone has a different character design -no same face syndrome. the photography film unraveling with plot points, the contrast of light and dark -very nice metaphor!
story wise and character development -very wholesome! the author
takes time to actually realistically show each of their feelings esp with anxiety, fear of rejection, fear of societys homophobia, internal homophobia /being in the closet etc. I really appreciate how the author actually has them communicate this to each other and learn to grow from these fears together. honestly COMMUNICATION WAS KEY TO MAKING THIS GOOD plus the wholesomeness of the couple -their faith, respect, and love for each other was too pure T.T OVERALL give this a read -its totally worth it!