Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare Manga to End on May 13, 2019

The May 2019 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine has announced that Io Sakisaka’s Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare manga will end in the magazine’s June 2019 issue on May 13, 2019. The June 2019 issue will also feature “big news” for the manga.

The story focuses on two girls whose stances on love are polar opposites. Yuna wants a love that’s like a dream. Akari thinks she can become better at love and is very realistic in her approach. The two heroines’ stories unfold beside two male main characters. Kazuomi doesn’t understand love. He asks, “What’s that, something tasty?” On the other hand, Rio won’t reject anyone who comes his way, as long as that person is cute.

Sakisaka launched the manga in June 2015. Shueisha published the 11th volume on February 25, 2019.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces New Shojo Manga Series Ao Haru Ride

VIZ Media announces the launch of a new shojo manga series about high school romance with the debut of Ao Haru Ride on October 2, 2018.

The series, by creator Io Sakisaka, is rated “T” for Teens and will be published in print and digital editions under the Shojo Beat imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN The series also launches digitally on October 2, 2018 via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, and will be available from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of Ao Haru Ride will be published by VIZ Media on a bimonthly basis.

In Ao Haru Ride, Futaba Yoshioka thought all boys were loud and obnoxious until she met Kou Tanaka in junior high. But as soon as she realized she really liked him, he had already moved away because of family issues. Now, in high school, Kou has reappeared, but is he still the same boy she fell in love with?

Ao Haru Ride has been one of the most requested series by avid North American shojo manga readers,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Senior Editor. “We are very excited to give fans the opportunity to collect this beautiful and enchanting series about first- and second – love.”

 

Manga creator Io Sakisaka made her professional debut with Sakura, Chiru. Her works also include Call My Name, Gate of Planet, and Blue. Strobe Edge, her previous work, is also published by VIZ Media (rated “T” for Teens). Ao Haru Ride was adapted into an anime series in 2014.

Information on Io Sakisaka’s Upcoming Manga Series

The June 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine is announcing more details about Io Sakisaka’s new manga series. The new manga, Pure x Real, will launch in the July 2015 issue, which will be published in Japan on June 13, 2015. The manga’s 60-page first chapter will include color pages.

Source: ANN

Strobe Edge Manga Is Getting a Special Chapter

The March 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine is announcing that Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge manga will get a special chapter in the April 2015 issue, which will be released in Japan on March 13, 2015. The chapter will be an epilogue about Ninako, Ren, and Ando. The chapter is running to commemorate the live-action film, which is opening in Japanese theaters on March 14, 2015.

Sakisaka drew Strobe Edge in Bessatsu Margaret from 2007 to 2009. VIZ Media published he 10th and final volume of the series in North America in May 2014.

Source: ANN

Io Sakisaka to Launch New Manga

The March 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret shojo manga magazine is announcing that Io Sakisaka will be launching a new manga in the magazine’s July 2015 issue, which will be published in Japan on June 13, 2015. Shueisha will publish an illustration collection for Sakisaka on May 25, 2015, which is the same day that the 13th volume of her Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride) manga ships in Japan. The collection will feature art from two of her manga series: Blue Spring Ride and Strobe Edge.

Sakisaka serialized Strobe Edge in Bessatsu Margaret from 2007 to 2009. VIZ Media published he 10th and final volume of this series in North America in May 2014. Strobe Edge has also inspired a live-action film that stars Sota Fukushi and Kasumi Arimura; the film opens in Japan on March 14, 2015.

Sakisaka is ending Blue Spring Ride in the March 2015 issue of Bessatsu Margaret. This manga inspired a television anime series that aired in 2014, as well as a live-action film that was released in Japan in December 2014. Crunchyroll simulcast the Blue Spring Ride anime as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

Ao Haru Ride Manga to End Serialization Next Month

It has been confirmed that Io Sakisaka’s Ao Haru Ride shojo manga series will end with the final chapter in the March 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret. This issue is scheduled to be published in Japan on February 13, 2015.

The manga has been serialized in the monthly Bessatsu Margaret magazine since the February 2011 issue. The 12th tankobon volume was release in Japan on December 12, 2014, and as the end of the last year, the total print of the tankobon has reached 9.3 million. A 12-episode anime adaptation, which streamed on Crunchyroll under the English title, Blue Spring Ride, was produced by Production I.G and aired in Japan from July to September 2014. A live-action adaptation of the manga, directed by Takahiro Miki, was released in Japan on December 13, 2014; as of this writing, the film has grossed 1.4 billion yen and has become one of the most successful live-action film adaptation of a shojo manga.

Source: Crunchyroll

Manga Review: Strobe Edge Volume 10

Strobe Edge Volume 10 is a manga by Io Sakisaka, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading the entire series, I would agree with this rating.

Strobe Edge Volume 10
Written by: Io Sakisaka
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 6, 2014

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.

At the beginning of Volume 10, Ninako and Ren have a very awkward encounter and nothing is resolved between them. Later, Ando learns from Ren about Ninako turning Ren down when he confessed his feelings to her. When Ando asks Ninako about it, he learns that Mao filled her in about Ando and Ren’s past. Ando catches Ninako by surprise when he kisses her, but she pushes him away and realizes why he did it. Ninako realizes that she truly loves Ren and runs after him. Mao also declares that she’s going after Ando.

Ninako manages to find Ren and she explains her thoughts when she turned him down and then says that she loves him. Ninako and Ren become a couple, but the transition from being friends to being a couple is a bit awkward…

Overall, I have to say that this was a satisfying ending for Strobe Edge. After everything that has happened between Ren and Ninako, their awkwardness when they become a couple feels very realistic. If it hadn’t had that awkwardness to it, that transition wouldn’t have felt nearly as believable.

The actual story only takes up about half of the volume. The rest of the volume includes three bonus stories. The first focuses on the character of Manabu, and we see when he falls in love for the first time. Unfortunately, he has no real chance with her, but he keeps pursuing her anyway. It was nice to see Manabu get his own story, since he was seen throughout the series but never truly played a major part throughout it. But this story does help explain why we never saw Manabu actively pursuing anyone or looking for love.

The second bonus story focuses on Ren and Ninako, and it takes place after the end of Strobe Edge. While the ending of manga was a nice way to end the story, I believe that this story could have been added on to make the main story a little longer; the ending of this side story would have also made for a good ending for the main story.

The third bonus story takes place when Ren, Ninako, Ando, and the others find out if they made it into the high school that they attend during the series. It’s rather short, and in the long run, I’m not entirely sure if it truly added much. It only truly enforced the idea that Ando isn’t happy about the fact that he’s in the same high school as Ren. This fact was made really clear in the series, so this bonus story is kind of redundant in that way.

In the end, I have to say that I did enjoy the Strobe Edge series. While I hadn’t been too sure about it after the first volume, I’m glad I continued reading the series. While the story itself may have fallen into the “typical shojo” category, the characters were well defined and I came to care about them as a reader. If you enjoy reading shojo romances, then I think you’ll enjoy reading Strobe Edge.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Strobe Edge Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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Manga Review: Strobe Edge Volume Nine

Strobe Edge Volume Nine is a manga by Io Sakisaka, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; from the nine volumes that I’ve read of the series, I would agree with this rating.

Strobe Edge Volume 9
Written by: Io Sakisaka
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 4, 2014

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 tries to suppress her feelings for Ren because she thinks she’ll be able to make Ren and Ando friends again. Ren, meanwhile, realizes he’s in love with Ninako but is too afraid to say anything. However, he realizes that he needs to say something, so he’s determined to tell her after the school sports festival is over.

During Volume Nine, Ando gets a surprise when Mao admits that she’s still in love with him. Unfortunately, this does nothing to sway Ando away from having feelings for Ninako.

When the festival is over, Ninako has an after-party for the cheer squad to go to. However, Ren says he has something to tell her so he’ll wait for her in the classroom. Unfortunately, Ninako stays until she needs to go to work, so Ren’s already gone from the classroom. Ninako calls Ren and leaves a message on his voicemail, saying she needs to talk to him.

When Ninako’s shift is over, the boss insists that Ando escort Ninako because some rough guys have been hanging around lately. They have an encounter with the rough guys, and Ando gets beaten up in front of Ninako. After helping Ando out, Ninako feels guilty about what happened. So when Ren tells Ninako how he feels, she surprises herself by turning him down…

When I got to the scene where Ren and Ninako finally talk and Ren confesses his feelings, I nearly wanted to scream when Ninako turned him down. Here I was, so excited that it looked like the two of them would finally get together, that I was thinking, “No, Ninako! You’re messing this up!” when she turned him down.

I have to give Ando some credit for the fact that he didn’t simply go back to Mao after she admitted that she was still in love with him. However, I really couldn’t feel sorry for him when he was depressed when he thought there was a chance that Ninako and Ren had become a couple after meeting up face-to-face.

There’s only one volume of Strobe Edge left, so I’m really hoping that Ninako and Ren are able to work things out by the end of the next volume. If they don’t, I’m going to be feeling disappointed and gypped. The two of them make such a good couple, and I’ve been rooting for them for so long, that anything less than Ninako and Ren ending up together is going to be a letdown of an ending. I also hope that the ending of Strobe Edge doesn’t turn out to be like the ending of A Devil and Her Love Song, where it was essentially a non-ending after building up the story for 12-13 volumes. I’m really wanting to reading Volume 10 of Strobe Edge in order to find out how the series will ultimately come to an end.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Strobe Edge, I think you’ll like this volume… although you may find yourself getting a little frustrated with Ninako for blowing her chance with Ren.

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

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Manga Review: Strobe Edge Volume Eight

Strobe Edge Volume Eight is a manga by Io Sakisaka, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T’ for teens; from the eight volumes that I’ve read of this series, I would agree with this rating.

Strobe Edge Volume 8
Written by: Io Sakisaka
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 7, 2014

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 most of this volume dealing with her confusion about her feelings with Ren. While she knows she likes him, she’s afraid that if the says anything to him that he’ll feel awkward and not want to be friends anymore.

At one point in this volume, Ninako makes the decision that she wants to pursue Ren. However, Ando’s former girlfriend Mao talks to her and tells Ninako about Ren and Ando being friends in middle school and how she came between them when she dated Ando in order to get closer to Ren. Now knowing this information, Ninako decides to try to suppress her feelings for Ren because she doesn’t want to get in the way of Ren and Ando potentially becoming friends again. Unfortunately, Ninako tells her friends that she’s no longer going after Ren but won’t explain why; this causes her friends to worry about her.

As I read this volume, I thought that Sakisaka was able to effectively portray Ninako’s conflicted feelings. Throughout the scenes that she appeared in, I almost thought I could actually feel the emotions that she was feeling. I just kept feeling so bad for her, especially since she’s unaware that Ren has actually developed feelings for her. It almost makes me want to smack Ren and tell him to just tell her straight out how he feels so Ninako can quit beating up on herself.

A new character is introduced, a loud-mouthed guy from another class who’s working with the cheerleaders for the upcoming sports festival. As he spends time around Ninako, he actually becomes the source of some helpful advice for her.

From what I’ve seen, there should only be two volumes left of Strobe Edge. At this point, I’m going to predict that these final volumes will focus on the sports festival and wrapping up the loose ends in regards to the various love interests. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sakisaka will ultimately bring the story of Strobe Edge to its conclusion.

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

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

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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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