Title: Strobe Edge Vol 1
Author: Io Sakisaka
May Contain Spoilers
When I first read the book blurb above, I thought it was pretty lame. After reading Strobe Edge, though, I think it very accurately and very succinctly describes this high school romance. Ninako is shy and reserved, and everyone thinks she and her childhood friend, Daiki will eventually get together. Daiki makes no secret of his feelings, but he has never voiced them, leaving Ninako, who is kind of clueless, thinking that they are just friends. After circumstances have her and school heartthrob Ren cross paths several times, Ninako discovers how kind and thoughtful he is, and she falls in love with him.
Strobe Edge captures all of the awkwardness and exhilaration of falling in love for the first time. Ninako falls head over heels for Ren, and who can blame her? He’s gorgeous, and better yet, he is nice. What a combo! As her feelings for Ren grow, so does her guilt over them. She has finally picked up on Daiki’s feelings, and she feels awful about her lack of feelings for him. She blames herself for leading him on, and though she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings, she knows that she has to level with him. So along with the giddy rush she experiences whenever she sees Ren, she realizes that her feelings are going to hurt one of her closest friends.
I don’t want to spoil any other plot points, so instead I’ll urge you to give Strobe Edge a try if you enjoy series like High School Debut and Kimi ni Todoke. This introductory volume will leave you smiling as Ninako slowly begins to blossom, shedding her reservations and allowing herself to come out of her shell. She knows that her heart will more than likely get broken, but for the time being, she is enjoying how she feels about Ren. Because she is so sweet, and because she is taking this huge risk, you can’t help but cheer her on. Will things work out between her and Ren, or is Ninako doomed to heartbreak? I don’t know, but I can hardly wait to find out!
Grade: wavering between a B+ and an A-
Review copy provided by publisher