Strobe Edge by Sakisaka Io: A Ms. Not-so Popular Meets Chick Magnet, and yes, you've heard this before, but this one is good!
Review/recommendation by baka-girl (Some rights reserved)
Rating: 8.5 of 10 ♥
Okay, this is my first review in March. Haven't reviewed anything since Valentine's *sweatdrops*. I'm introducing another gem that I found a few days ago, and again, it's a shoujo manga. Actually I wanted to write a shounen manga review but couldn't find any title that inspired. Anyway, this manga represents another case of what I call Not-so-popular girl meets and falls in love with super-popular boy. For some reason (or maybe just my mind fooling me), I think this manga gives similar Kimi ni Todoke and Koukou Debut vibes. I'll let you judge for yourself...
Kinoshita Ninako is just a simple girl who still doesn't understand love. Well, she has friends who can teach her, but no personal experience means she remains clueless. A little accident helps her to get close to Ichinose Ren, the most popular boy in her school. A few moar run-ins later, she gets to know a Ren that most people don't know. This, per shoujo norm, leads her to fall in love with him. It's not easy, though, since Ninako already has Daiki crushing on her, even though she doesn't feel the same way. Moreover, Ren already has a girlfriend.
Will Ninako able to convey her feelings to Ren? Or will she choose to go out with Daiki? Find the answer in Strobe Edge!
Deeper look at each main character —
|[Ninako profile taken from volume 7]|
|[Ren profile taken from volume 7]|
|[Ando profile taken from volume 8]|
Strobe Edge began its serialization in 2007 in Betsuma mangazine and ended in 2010. It's another work from Sakisaka Io (but I haven't read her works besides this one). I'm reading the scan thanks to Starry Heaven and Bikkuri!. Starry Heaven released chapters 1-23,
Another Light(extra from volume 2),
Unfinished Map(extra from volume 5) and
Colorless Dream(extra from volume 6). Bikkuri!, on the other hand, already released chapters 23 through 34 and
Wishing for Yesterday(extra from volume 7). More on the side stories below. If you ask me about the Indonesian version, I don't have any news about it. Already searched it in Elex Media's forum, but can't find it. Let's just hope Elex or m&c! picks up this series because it's awesome! I want more people to read it (one of my many reasons for writing this review)!
|[Ando and Ren in middle school]|
RatingGood artwork, decent storyline, awesome characters, so I'm giving this series 8.5 of 10 ♥. Make sure that you buy this series if it's released in your country. Believe me, it's worth it!
PS: If you're already a fan of Strobe Edge, I can recommend these mmv. This one is Ren x Ninako and this one is Ando x Ninako. They don't actually contain spoilers so, those who haven't read the manga can watch it too ^^ It's good and cute; Strobe Edge fans must watch this! xD