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.