Strobe edge is one of the very few manga I read. It definitely comes as an amazing manga. Why? The characters are definitely the redeeming point, well I can’t possibly say everyone in the anime are comparable to realistic people. As an example, Ninako is there, yep she is there, but no, you can’t find a real life character as perfect and open-minded as her, at the least not where I reside. Let’s analyse the manga from my thoughts.
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?
(FROM myanimelist, guessed most people might not know the manga)
The story is about a love triangle between teens. This mostly focused on 5 characters, and two relationships. There’s a total of 10 volumes and 37 chapters, and some other side kick chapters. And it’s the previous work of Io Sakisaka,the writer of ‘Ao Haru Ride‘, which of course, I have yet to see. Wait, how can I use the word of course there, well whatever.
JUMPING INTO RELATIONSHIPS:
REN x MAYUKA:
That’s the initial pair. Yeah, as soon as we jump into the manga (in the 2nd or 3rd chapter itself), we get to see that Ren being paired with Mayuka, a girl older than him. As the synopsis says, their relationship has been around for a long time. Their love was genuine, out of loneliness, and care. The way they started their relationship was acceptable, unlike other anime/ manga, where the characters are just forced to match up because they are popular in the High Schools and stuff. The scenarios are written in the most plausible way, given the characters and their background settings. But, what’s even more intriguing, is the fact that how well they understood that they had to move on.The relationship at that time was genuine, but as time passes they were just forcing their way, as both of them fell in love with things that are not of interest to the other. Finally when they realise how little they have known each other’s developments, they decide to no longer hold on to the “always together pact”, just for the sake of holding on to it. This manga really stands out for the fact that it is one of the few, where couples move on without any hard feelings.
ANDOU x NINAKO:
Not officially a pair, but it could have been one, with just slight variance in scenarios. Andou is pretty much another interesting character. He feel in love with Ninako because.. well let me tell the scenario again. He used to have unrequited feelings for a girl in his middle school, who was obviously in love with Ren (typical manga romance, can’t do anything about that), so as a guy who was rejected, he gave up on love, and when he sees someone who longs for Ren so much, even after she knows he only sees her as a friend (for the first half of the manga, yeah), Andou eventually falls in love with Ninako (or more like spontaneously?). Still, it’s well written and they have their own fanbase. But if this pairing was to be set as the final, then the entire point of the manga would come under a question.RIN x NINAKO:
Finally the pair which was meant to be forever, yes it’s forever. The author just simple plays around with the scenarios when these two characters are around. He literally ties them even stronger whenever they are together, no not only together, even when they are in groups or by themselves, there is always a resonating string connecting those two which is visible to the readers. Most of all the author made the characters to have the same thoughts, that’s the only way to put it. A classic example is shown in the pictures below. The way it happens are better read than told.
DAIKI x SAYURI:
There is still more to this? Yes, this is the final pair.. Both of these characters are friends with the main characters. The story starts with them and progresses half way with them. If I say any more of this, then it will just connect all the dots to form the picture, and there would be nothing to read except how the picture is painted. So, I will refrain from talking about them, but they don’t have a large part anyway.
If I have to rate this manga, I do want an anime adaptation of this, yes, definitely. There was a live-action adaptation of this manga series, and was welcomed with good reception. But an anime would be even fair, Ao Haru gets an anime adaptation from the same author (which I haven’t seen ofc), then why not this? That leaves me with a question, if Ao Haru is even better?, should check it out later.
Strobe edge has a vibrant of colours flooding throughout the entire manga. It starts with a sweet pink of high school, and right after 2nd chapter it turns into a lonely cyan colour (left alone Cyan is not a lonely colour, still..), for the entire series it just keeps us entertained, giving us a beautiful touch of youth, and the pain that follows, so Yes, I think it’s Cyan. Beautiful, yet reminds us of faraway clouds and loneliness. (at least to me). At the end it just has a 200% brighter Cyan.
As a added note, I would say, the first few pages (the introduction of Ninako-chan) would never bore anyone, actually it might rope you into the entire series, just like it did for me.