Manga Review: Strobe Edge Volume Seven

Strobe Edge Volume Seven 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 seven volumes that I’ve read of this series, I would agree with this rating.

Strobe Edge Volume 7
Written by: Io Sakisaka
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 5, 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, Mayuka. 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. Daiki ends up coming out of the love triangle getting into a relationship with Ninako’s friend, Sayuri. At the end of volume five, Daiki’s older sister breaks up with Ren.

Ninako spends a lot of Volume Seven feeling rather conflicted. She believes that Ren is willing to spend time with her and smile because they’re simply friends; because of this, she doesn’t want to confess her feelings to him again, out of fear that if she does, they’ll no longer be friends. Unknown to her, though, is the fact that Ren has feelings for her but isn’t saying anything. I found myself feeling rather bad for the both of them, because I knew that if they could just admit their feelings for one another, things would be OK.

A major focus of Volume Seven is on the class trip. Ninako, Sayuri, Ren, and Yutaro end up being the same group. The trip becomes tense, due to several factors. Obviously, Ninako and Ren’s reluctance to tell the other how they feel is one part of this tension. However, Sayuri notices that a girl from Daiki’s class seems to be a little too close to him, so she spends her time worrying about whether or not Daiki is being faithful to her. And it turns out there’s a secret that involves Sayuri and Yutaro that adds to the tension.

Manabu and Ando are in another group. While Manabu tries to have their group keep their distance from Ren and Ninako in order to give them space, Ando keeps trying to find ways for their groups to be together on the trip.

At the end of the volume, there’s also a bonus story called, “Wishing for Yesterday,” which focuses on Yutaro and Sayuri. This bonus story gives the reader the backstory that’s needed to better understand their secret that’s revealed in this volume. This is at least the second time that I can think of during the series that Sakisaka has provided a bonus story in a volume to help give the background on something that appeared in that volume. This is information is important, but including it as a flashback in the main story in this series would have hurt the flow of the story too much. I have to give Sakisaka a lot of credit for writing and illustrating these bonus stories in order to impart important information to readers.

If you’ve read the previous six volumes of Strobe Edge, then I think you’ll also enjoy Volume Seven.

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

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