Manga Monday (#1) Review: Strobe Edge vol. 1

November 5, 2012 Review 8 ★★★★½

Manga Monday (#1) Review: Strobe Edge vol. 1
Strobe Edge by Io Sakisaka
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Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 193
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Series: Strobe Edge #1
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, General, manga, Romance
Ren decides to tell Ninako his feelings for her after the Sports Festival, but he’s afraid she may have already moved on! Meanwhile, Ando and his ex, Mao, keep crossing paths… How will Ando react when he hears her shocking revelation? -- VIZ Media

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Manga Mondays Meme is a awesome meme hosted by Alison Can Read!
Yay, my first Manga Monday! Since I mainly review YA novels on here I wanted a chance to showcase other things I read in my spare time (like graphic novels) and I figured this was a perfect chance to do that without annoying everyone with constant manga reviews! You should go join up at Alison’s site!


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 on what love really is. Her friends explain what love feels like while they root for her and her friend, Daiki to go out. The whole class expects them to and Ninako feels like she has to until she talks to Ren, the mysterious idol. When she is with him she has these weird feelings she doesn’t understand but recognizes they are different from how she feels with Daiki, who has loved her for the longest time.
Ninako doesn’t know what to do, could it be possible that Ren might like her back? Is she really “in love” with Daiki like everyone has been telling her? When she finds out something about Ren that should change her feelings for him but doesn’t, she’s shocked at this information because it means Ren and Daiki are in some way connected!
I don’t want to give anything away so go pick up the volume on November 6th and find out what I mean yourself! :)
  Quick Bit:

This is something new I decided to do because if you are anything like me you just want a simple “Should I read it or not, and why?” This is what the Quick Bit is. 

If you are a fan of Hana Kimi or Boys Over Flowers I think you will really enjoy this! It’s really cute, the romance will make you smile, the characters are charming, and the artwork is gorgeous!

I’ll be reading the rest of the volumes.
Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

8 Responses to “Manga Monday (#1) Review: Strobe Edge vol. 1”

  1. Alison Can Read

    This sounds cute. A typical shojo manga, but there’s a reason the same themes work so well. Although the girl’s finger in her mouth on the cover makes me think she’s trying to gag herself. Probably not what the artist means :-)

  2. Patricia

    Really sounds like some likeable shôjo. I’ve read too much Shôjo in the last few months, to be really excited about the plot, but I think I might check it out later. And agree with Alison, the finger really looks like it’s in her mouth, not in front. XD

    Patricia // MM

  3. Christy Childers

    Question: I’ve read some graphic novels but never read a manga. Any suggestions on where to start? I’m intrigued by the genre but I know so little about it that browsing the section at a bookstore is a bit overwhelming. Any thoughts for me? Thanks! (:

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