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Monday, April 8, 2013

It's Just Another Manga Monday - Strobe Edge Vol 3 by Io Sakisaka

Alison Can Read started a weekly Manga Monday meme which I have jumped on. I've been reviewing manga from the start, but it is nice to have a place were like minded Otaku can meet and share our favorites.

Book Description:
Release date: March 5, 2013 | Series: Strobe Edge (Book 3)
Being in love can light up your life… A sweet love story that will warm your heart!
What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. When she meets Ren Ichinose, the handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship, her life takes an unexpected turn. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her world...
Ninako’s feelings for Ren continue to stir, especially since he seems to be sending her mixed messages. One minute he’s avoiding her and the next minute he’s holding her to hide her away from Ando! Could seeing Ando’s interest in Ninako be causing some subtle changes inside Ren?

Releases R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.

My Review:
Well, it's another bitter sweet volume for our lovably adorable heroine, Ninako. Ninako has confessed her feelings knowing Ren won't return them, but she wants to be friends. Ren seems okay with that at first, but then he starts to avoid her. He still tries to protect her from Ando, who seems relentless in his pursuit. Ninako is confused because Ren runs hot and cold, but she can't stand him ignoring her. Then Ninako finds out the reason Ren is ignoring her is because the other girls Ren has turned down start bullying her. She confronts him about it and giving in, Ren resumes being friendly toward her.

Ando is such a player, but the more he gets to know Ninako, the stronger his resolve in winning her over and away from Ren. Ninako is content to just be able to love Ren and be around him. What's more, Mayuka, Ren's girlfriend, is starting to feel a little suspicious of Ninako's friendship with Ren. Ninako and Ren end up getting a part time job in the same place and Mayuka gets a little jealous. So when Ando, Ninako, Ren and Mayuka are out together, Mayuka takes the opportunity to steal him away for alone time, obviously marking her territory. And Ando gets mad at Ninako for hanging on to Ren and begs for a chance with her.

Will she give him and chance and put Ren behind her? Read and fins out. Volume 4 comes out May 7.


  1. This sounds like a classic Shôjo! I think I'll put it on my list somewhere. Even though I started to avoid those, sometimes I'm just really in the mood, and then I get angry at myself for not having planned ahead. *g*

    Thanks for stopping by BookExhibitionism! :)

    1. The thing I like about shojo is that they have a happy ending. Unfortunately, I generally have to read through at least several volumes and wait at least a year before I get my happy ending. They are good to read, though, in the tub or when I've had a really bad day and I just don't feel like thinking too much.
      Some are not so good, but I am really enjoying this one and I haven't had a new series to read in a long time.

  2. Poor Ninako I think she should give Ando a chance I mean yeah he may be a player, but he seems to genuinely like her and even as a friend Ren is only breaking her heart.

    1. You know, as much as I prefer Ren's looks, I might have to agree with you. Ren doesn't seem to know who or what he wants and Ninako is suffering for it. Ando may have been a player, but he really does seem to seriously like her and not just make a conquest. I like him more and more and Ren perhaps a little less after this last volume.

  3. I have been wondering about this. Thanks for the review :)

    1. While it can be frustrating at times, it is a good shojo series. At this point, I'm not sure who or what I'm rooting for, but I ook forward to figuring it out.