Manga Review: Strobe Edge Volume Four

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Strobe Edge’ Volume Four by Io Sakisaka on Blogcritics.

Strobe Edge Volume Four is a manga by Io Sakisaka, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2013. The series is rated “T” for teens; from the four volumes that I’ve read of this series, I would agree with this rating.

Strobe Edge Volume 4
Written by: Io Sakisaka
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Ninako Kinoshita is a high school freshman who is in the middle of a love triangle. She is in love with a guy named Ren, while Ninako’s friend Daiki has confessed that he likes Ninako. Unfortunately for Ninako, it turns out that Ren already has a girlfriend: Daiki’s older sister. Ninako’s friend, Sayuri, has confessed to Daiki that she likes him, and two start going out. Another potential love interest for Ninako was introduced in Volume Two: Ren’s classmate, Ando.

Right at the end of Volume Three, Ando told Ninako that he likes her. Ninako is still in love with Ren, even though she knows he already has a girlfriend. But Ninako finds herself feeling confused and conflicted for a lot of this volume after receiving this confession of love from Ando. And between an awkward situation that happens with Ren and Ando giving her his scarf, Ninako’s confusion only grows.

Daiki also learns that his father is getting remarried and will be moving. He needs to decide if he’s going to move with his dad and break up with Sayuri. Mayuka, Daiki’s sister, has a hard time accepting her dad’s remarriage and asks Ren to stay with her.

Right near the end of the volume, Ren begins acting differently. Also, there’s some conflicting information given between Mayuri and Ren at this point as well, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens in Volume Five.

To me, the strongest part of Volume Four was actually the storyline with Daiki and Sayuri. While the love triangle between Ninako, Ren, and Ando makes some major progressions in this volume, I felt that the Daiki and Sayuri storyline was a little more interesting and a little more riveting.

But when it comes to the love triangle, I still find it hard to root for Ando. While he begins to seem like he’s being a little more sincere compared to Volume Three, I’m just not convinced that he’s the right guy for Ninako. I guess Sakisaka wants the reader to root for Ren, but I have hard with that, too, since he’s currently in a relationship with Mayuri. However, between a couple of scenes near the end of Volume Four, I’m wondering if Ren and Mayuri’s relationship could be headed for trouble.

At this point, Strobe Edge has evolved into a shojo manga series that I have come to enjoy and look forward to reading each volume. And I think that if readers who have already read the first three volumes of Strobe Edge and enjoyed them should also be able to enjoy reading Volume Four.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Strobe Edge Volume Four that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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