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.