Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Strobe Edge: A manga review

Author: Io Sakisaka
Info: VIZ Media LLC

Being in love can light up your life… A sweet love story that will warm your heart!
What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. When she meets Ren Ichinose, the handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship, her life takes an unexpected turn. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her world...

~Barnes and Noble Description~

I breezed through the first three volumes of this shojo manga.  The story is sweet.  A young girl is trying to figure out the difference between love and friendship.  On one hand, she has the the boy who has been her friend for years.  She knows his story, celebrated his highs and lows.  On the other hand is the cute boy in school.  The boy who is sweet and thoughtful.  So, sure, it's a sweet story...maybe a little too sweet.  It's definitely missing some of the humor I've become accustomed to in shojo manga.  There are no wacky characters.  No hilarious situations.  Just a lot of pining for a boy.

The artwork is decent.  Each character is unique; I can actually tell them apart which is a plus.  I'm not, however, overly fond of how the lips are drawn, especially on Ninako, our lady in love.  It looks like she's always puckering.  Kind of annoying.

It looks like there are ten volumes currently available.  Not sure if I'll continue.  I'd kind of like to see who she chooses, but three volumes might be enough.  If you're a fan of cutesy, sweet manga this might be the right choice.  I prefer a little action with my love story. (Okay...that sounded a little weird, but you know what I mean...don't you:)

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