Monday, 3 July 2017

Manga Review: Strobe Edge by Io Sakisaka

Title: Strobe Edge
Original Title: Strobe Edge
Author: Io Sakisaka
Artist: Io Sakisaka

Year of Release: 2007
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 39.5

Volumes & Chapters:

10 Volumes in Total


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?

My Thoughts

Review covers 39.5 chapters 

Most of you know this author for writing Ao Haru Ride. I actually still have to review that one, but before that, I'll be reviewing one of Sakisaka-sensei's first works. It has the same drawing style, maybe a bit old fashioned but still very new. I remember the first I read this manga was way back when Ao Haru Ride didn't even get an anime adaptation and wasn't completed. In short, I was searching for some shoujo to read; and the primary criteria was the manga to be completed. Anyway, I did like the story, but somehow I wasn't all that impressed with it and it was only on a whim that I reread it again.

This time was pretty much the same for me, I had the same love-hate feeling about the story. if you love unrequited love stories, this one is definitely for you. It's similar to Nanba Atsuko's Tonari no Atashi with the whole unrequited love story but has a different ending. Therefore, if you love a good shoujo love story, this should be your pick. It has everything, from unrequited love to the mutual one. From jealous ex-girlfriends to damaged protagonists. Everyone has a story to tell and you'll love all of them. Meet the interesting characters who will both intrigue you and at several points will drive you nuts. Meet Ninako our protagonist, she's the novice to love and you'll love to see how she will attain her love. Wait, will she? There;s a lot of interesting events to happen and maybe some of your hearts might be broken because your shipping choice wasn't the one that lived through.

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