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Monday, June 14, 2010

Strobe Edge Chapter 34

Dear Strobe Edge fans,

I have the chapter with me since yesterday but could not post it up earlier due to some technical problems. My router died!!! You can imagine my frustration... Alright, without further ado, ...

This is the much-anticipated chapter. I'm so captivated by Ren...

Andou sits at the eatery feeling defeated. He wonders whether Ren and Ninako have gotten together. He really wants to win Ren. As he laments, a female friend approaches him. She expresses her surprise to see Andou and tells him that she has not talked to him outside and in school for a long time. She asks who he is going out with now. Andou confides in her that he likes this particular girl. He intends to confess to her but she likes his friend and his friend likes her too. His friend is likely to tell her about his feelings. Andou's female friend is thinking that she does not want to listen to this as she quite like Andou and is not happy that he is talking about another girl. The girl suggests to Andou to spend the night together...

Meanwhile, Ren is awaiting Ninako's reply after confessing his feelings to her. Ninako thinks to herself that Ren's confession is what she has always wanted but the timing is lousy... Even though her feelings of liking Ren is something that she treasures, she has decided. She thinks of Andou's sad face and her decision is made. She tells Ren: " I'm sorry..." Saying this takes too much effort from her and she begins to tear.

She thinks to herself: " If only I don't like him so much..." She tells Ren again: "I'm very sorry.."

Ren seeing Ninako's tears, tells her he understands... ~~~ Ren is so gentle with her. T__T

When Ren tells Ninako that he will walk her home, Ninako tries to reject his offer. Ren tells Ninako that under such circumstances, it will be weird for her to reject him. He tells her that he is grateful for her companionship and walking her back is something he can give to her in return. As they walk to Ninako's home, they keep a distance from each other and walk at a fast pace in silence. Ren bids Ninako goodbye. As Ninako stares at Ren's departing figure, she scolds herself for what she has done.

... Ninako is reminded of Andou telling her to be his girl. She remembers Andou's expression when he asked her... She remembers being speechless as she did not know how to respond to his expression... Overwhelmed, Ninako tears again and blames herself for what has happened.

The next day (in school). Andou is absent from school. Ninako wonders how Andou is. Ren glances at her and Ninako quickly averts her eyes. A group of girls approach Ren's seat and ask whether he knows what happened to Andou. The girls are kind of flirting whilst talking to Ren. Ninako feels jealous and upset seeing them talking to Ren. She chides herself for doing so as she knows she has no right to feel so. Ren excuses himself from them, walks towards Ninako and asks whether she knows what happened to Andou as she was with him doing part time work. Ninako remembers that Andou told her not to tell Ren about him getting injured during the fight. She quickly denies any knowledge and excuses herself to go to the toilet. As she leaves, she thinks to herself that she must avoid Ren as she doesn't want him to see through her bad mood and know her true feelings.

Ren notices Ninako's bahaviour and thinks to himself that she is avoiding him...

At his locker, while preparing to leave for home, Ren overhears two girls talking about Andou. One of them says that she has been spending the night with Andou and she is going to do so this evening. Her companion expresses interest and says that she will also try to seduce Andou into spending time with her. Ren is not happy to hear that and wonders why is Andou behaving in such a way...

Ren goes to Andou's flat. As he gets out from the lift, he sees a female leaves Andou's flat. He rings Andou's doorbell. Andou opens the door (in his underwear) thinking that his female friend left something behind. Andou is shocked to see Ren. Ren is shocked to see Andou in his underwear. Ren asks Andou to meet him outside.

At the park, Ren asks Andou why he is not in school. Andou tells Ren that it is no big deal. Trying to sound non-chalant, he tells Ren that the current him is the real him. He tells Ren that what he sees today is his real nature. ~~~ Sigh... Andou has gone back to his play boy ways. The last time he was hurt by Mao, he played the field too. He doesn't want Ren to know that he is very hurt that Ninako does not want to be his girlfriend. Although, I can understand that it is very painful being rejected, I can't help thinking that Ren too must be suffering. Ninako rejected him too...

Ren disagrees. He doesn't think this Andou he sees is his true nature.

Ren asks how Andou gets his scars. Andou realises that Ren doesn't know about his fight. He knows that Ninako kept her promise and did not tell Ren. Andou's thoughts turn to Ninako again. Quickly, he tells himself to stop thinking about her.

Ren tells Andou that he has always looked at Andou from sitting behind him. (When they were young, Ren used to sit behind Andou and currently, he is siting behind him again). He has done that in the past and he wants to be able to do that always.

Andou wonders why Ren is saying that to him. He finds it weird. He doesn't understand what Ren is trying to say. But he seemed to cheer up (perhaps a little bit) after hearing that...
~~~ sigh. I think Ren is trying to tell him that he treasures his friendship with Andou and is asking him to come back to school too.

The next day in school. Andou has not returned yet. The students are preparing to go home. Ninako's friends are commenting that Ninako has left without them again. Ren overhears the conversation...

Thinking everyone has left, Ninako walks into the empty classroom. She walks towards Ren's seat. As she touches his table, she thinks about her having to avoid Ren... Ninako sits at Ren's seat and thinks of him. ~~~ awww... poor thing. Not being able to tell him her true feelings, that is Ninako's way of being close to Ren

The classroom door opens. Ren is standing at the door. He tells her that he came back as he has left something behind. Without waiting for him to finish his sentence, Ninako makes a dash for the back door. Ren rushes towards her and blocks her from leaving.

Ren tells Ninako: "That's my seat..."
Ninako: " That seat does not belong to you alone..."
Ren: "Look into my eyes and say that again..."
Ninako cannot do so. She is rendered speechless.

Ren asks Ninako to be frank with him. He leans forward, almost engulfing her: " Until you give me a reply, you cannot leave."

As many has predicted and as I have feared, Ninako did not give Ren a favourable reply. Sigh...
I am banking all my hopes on Ren. Gosh! The last scene is so stirring. Ren is really going all out. A determined Ren is so attractive... My heart is still beating fast. Please Ninako! Please answer him!

Sigh... I can't help but feel Andou's pain. And how he expresses his pain (in the last chapter when he left Ninako and now by playing the field) has somehow affected Ninako and Ren who care about him. Ninako is suffering cos she cannot tell Ren her true feelings and Ren is sad that Andou is behaving in such a way. It does seem like these two truly care for Andou.


  1. Thank you soooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhh!! I love you !! that andou is a player!!!

  2. I dislike loose Andou; Ren totally couldve sold him down the river if he wanted to & gain brownie points w/ Ninako.

  3. OMG! Thank you so much (xInfinite) for the post XD. You're the best!! <3 Aww the few last pages were so cute *kyah*~..I can't wait for the next chapters X3. Go Ren!!!

    *cough cough* My heart is beating fast lol before and after reading this chapter, my heart kept going *ba-thump ba-thump* Thanks ANKEMAYBE! for this chappie i've been waiting impatiently <3

    Ok to the chappie cmts ... Fine i kinda guessed Ninako would reject Ren in this chapter, but ANDOU *shame on you* Seriously he became a player because of Mao *first love* i let that one sly but now your going around sleeping with dozens of girls?!!!!!! *fu*k mu&*@!%^^$%* IS HE THAT WEAK!? Imagine he gets with Ninako, then they get mad at each other and he goes with a girl for a night just because he got into a fight with Ninako over a burger lol O_O omg cmon!!! *btw where are you parents mister? *andou* im so mad and disappointed at him!!! The last chapter omg! Ninako got caught! by Ren! OMG! Wonder what will happen next O_O Now 100% Ren&Ninako!

    [Yes ANKEMAYBE im that mad!]

  5. Aria: sigh... We all feel so much for each character in Strobe edge, that's why andou's behaviour is painful for us. I'm reminded that different persons cope with pain differently. May andou find a less destructive way soon.

  6. What can I say? I checked all the box.. 'cause it an interesting chapter, although it didn't go how many of us hoped (but we did fear this kind of development..; I love it, because Ren is hot and sooo cute in this chapter, and I hated it because of Ninako's indecision and of the behavior of Andou. I'm sad for him, but he is to fond and focused in his circumstances (I think he really like Ninako, but he also wants to win over Ren, don't you think?

  7. OH.MY.GOSH.
    My hands are shaking while hitting the keyboard.

    I remember saying once to Aria (hello Aria! *wave*) that if Ninako rejects Ren, I would be very disappointed at her (because it would be too much unlike her).
    Well, I guess I am... but not as much as I thought. Somehow, I already knew that she wouldn't be able to lie to herself very long... The girl just loves Ren too much!! Furthermore she is so honest and pure... Look, she's about to burst into tears when Ren asks her to tell the truth!! She simply cannot resist to tell him how much she loves him!
    Or so I hope...
    As for me, Yuka, I don't particularly dislike Ninako's indecision. I think she's making the ultimate effort to keep Ren & Andou's friendship intact, as she naively thinks it is the best thing to do. Maybe what makes her less reprehensible in my eyes is that in my opinion, it is just a matter of time before she confesses her inner feelings.

    I have been pretty much imagining the ways Ren would discover the truth (he would have caught her secretly squeezing his jacket in the deserted classroom, either that or he would have caught her secretly staring lovingly at him... but I guess Io sensei opted for the sitting-in-your-seat-while-sinfully-dreaming-of-you-until-you-catch-me scenario) and, who knew it would be game over so soon?! I can't imagine that Ninako will lie to Ren once more in the next chapter...

    *Sigh* The ending scene is breathtaking.
    Indeed Ren is sooo captivating!! And like others have already said, this chapter is definitely setting my preference on Ren irremediably and undoubtedly.
    Ren stands so confident and patient and strong on one hand, whereas Andou is completely falling apart on the other hand. You can see how much different they are in this chapter, and it is no longer difficult for me to decide who is the most suitable match for Ninako.

    My prediction for the upcoming chapters is, first, that Ninako will confess to Ren about her true feelings, without nonetheless revealing the truth about Andou. Andou will find out about them being a couple (at least, an unofficial one) and dive some more into his desperation (I feel very uneasy to say that but that's what I think)... until his friendship with Ren rescues him from the nightmare.

    But let's not think too much about Andou's case LOL, it's too painful.
    Let's all chant in harmony: NINAREN! NINAREN! xD

    ... Thank you sooo much Ankemaybe for this awesome chapter *__*
    Glad you like my new lj background ;) and to know that you're having fun even when swamped with work! As many people may disagree, WORK IS HEALTH!!
    See you soon with new updates on my blog :)
    Next time we talk, I will be on vacation! Woohooooo!!

  8. Freesiane: Hahahaha... "..he would have caught her secretly squeezing his jacket in the deserted classroom, either that or he would have caught her secretly staring lovingly at him.." that is hilarious.

    I'm still recovering from Ren's sexy gaze on Ninako when he confronted her. Ohhhh... and the engulfing her in his arms.... *swooning away*

    A fellow fan wrote to Io Sakisaka Sensei and asked what type of character she prefers in man.
    Her reply: Calm, determined and focused. Sometimes, mysterious and difficult to understand.
    :)) Doesn't that sound familiar. Ren is like that to me. : ))) * I'm swooning again*

  9. Aria: "*btw where are you parents mister? *" : ))) I was thinking the same thing.

  10. Freesiane: well, I too do understand that is the reaction you can expect from Ninako, but I can't help feeling disappointed in her. As for Ren, he is my type of man, too (*blush*). Andou is very sweet sometimes, but I think he is not so mature in 'love circumstances'...

  11. Hehehe, the close distance between Ren & Ninako is driving my imagination wild!!
    Here is a little of what I was day-dreaming about all morning:

    //Ren leans so close to Ninako that he almost touches her...
    Ninako can't help but remains silent, head down.
    After a moment, seeing how weak she is, Ren uses the opportunity to try and make her give in.
    Slowly, but ever so clearly, he whispers in her ear: "I love you".
    Startled by the sudden confession, Ninako lifts up her head.
    Ren's face is so close, so full of love and devotion that she looses herself into his gaze, incapable of averting her eyes this time.
    They stare at each other like this for a few seconds...
    And then...


    Hahaha!!! What did you think happened after that?!
    This manga is driving me NUTS!

    *gets up of her seat, screams and jumps all around her bedroom...
    comes back to her desk and collapses upon her mathematics books*

  12. Freesiane: Wow... your rendition leaves a powerful image... Ren whispers " I love you" in such close proximity. I just die... How can Ninako resists...

  13. Freesiane: ... tears well up in Ninako's eyes. Her heart is so full of love, and her love for him radiating in her eyes. Softly he whispers: " I understand..." He leans forward and kisses her...

  14. *____*
    I can see that between Ninaren lovers, our minds are in harmony :) <3

  15. Freesiane and Ankemaybe: Your imagination is a consolation for us poor fans that have to wait with this cliffhanger... *bows to thanks*

  16. Freesiane *waves, hugs* & Ankemaybe : Buahahaha OMG! "Slowly, but ever so clearly, he whispers in her ear: I love you" *i'm getting tickled XD*Oh please! Io Sakisaka Sensei! Let that happen! well i was torn between Andou & Ren before this chapter but seeing Andou acting this way. I'm now a 1000000000000% NinaRen Fan.

    O_O still crying because Andou is doing what hes doing T_T *heartbroken* I used to think that maybe Mao was the only person to "rescue" Andou but now i think its definitely Ren like Ankemaybe said "~~~ sigh. I think Ren is trying to tell him that he treasures his friendship with Andou and is asking him to come back to school too."

    I just hope that it doesn't end up bad between Andou & Ninako in the end. Like him ending up hating her or disliking her to the point that he just won't talk to her anymore, most likely that won't happen but im afraid because look Andou became a SLUT again T_T and i thought that wouldn't happen again T_________T

  17. Aria: "O_O still crying because Andou is doing what hes doing T_T *heartbroken*"....Poor thing... sigh... Sakisaka Sensei really takes us Strobe Edge fans thru a roller coaster ride. Last chapter left us all in awe of Andou's behaviour (body shielding Ninako from attack). This chapter left us feeling disappointed and pained with his frivolous behaviour. Perhaps the coming chappie will detail a different picture again. I said this before and I say this again. The mangaka is a cruel but talented story teller.

    I think and hope that Andou will be "saved" by Ninako, Ren and Mao. They seem to care so much for him (and he is unaware). I certainly hope we have not seen the last of Mao.

    Yuka: *bows back with humilty* may our collective imagination be fulfilled...

    Freesiane: (chanting) NINAREN, NINAREN, NINAREN...

  18. OMG!! thank you so much!! I'm really greedy, I want the next chapter summary like tomorrow!!! so impatient ;) hehe! THANK YOU VERY MUCH ANKEMAYBE!! You're the best!

  19. Anonymous: I am impatient for the next chapter too but the magazine it is serialized in will only be published mid of next month... sigh... we wait with longing...

  20. Ankemaybe!!! *runs towards Ankemaybe to get a pat on the head* T________T *me screaming at Andou* WHY!!! YOU BASTARD!!! WHY DID YOU BREAK MY HEART!!!!!!! T_______T WHY~~~~~~~~~!!!!!! CANT BELIEVE YOU!!!!!! WHYYYYYYY~!!!!! YOU BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEPPPPP!!!!!!!! Even though this chappie, well this manga overall isn't graphic i can imagine all the things Andou did with those girls *hitting the table* ..... *slap back to reality* I wish Ninako would've gone to his place rather that Ren to catch him in full action XD That lose bastard! O__________O

    I hope the next chapters gives us *me* closure from this chapter. Stupid Andou! *seriously where are his parents, i want a word or two with them >.<* I really want Sensei to show Ren's family, Andou's family. We already saw Ninako's mother and Daiki's family but what about the rest of the main cast O_O *unanswered questions*

    I also wonder which charrie is going to be on the next cover of the volume ~.~

  21. Aria: *pat, pat the head* there, there... I think Mao maybe the next covergirl. :))

  22. thank you very much for that chapter!omg i'm so happy >w< i was really waiting for this one!
    argh ninako you suck why?! but i hope she give the right answer to ren now >__<!

  23. Stupid Andou! seriously andou is a promiscuous guy!! grrrrrrrrrr I hate guys who's had sex with anyone!! thank you for the summany!!!

  24. Dear All,

    I would appreciate that all who leave comments in this blog respect others' opinions even though you may disagree with them. You may disagree in a respectful manner. I will delete any comments that disturb the harmony. Let's try to maintain the harmony. Thanks. : )

  25. OMG!!!!! the tears won't stop flowing... Why ninako?? WHYYy...my heart is going to burst... It was so cute>•<
    thank you so so much for sharing! I really hope ninako gives an honest reply

  26. I don't know how to describe my feeling when I found your website!! I was dying to see this chapter since I had read the spoilers. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! I can't wait for the next month!! I bookmarked your site!
    Is it possible of you to do Chap. 31, when you have a chance???

  27. Dear Anonymous,
    You can get good summaries of Strobe Edge earlier chapters from Mangafox Strobe Edge fanclub. :)


    I was one of those people that just KNEW that she was going to reject Ren. I'm just glad that they might be getting another chance though. REN and NINAKO!!

  29. Thank you so much for this summary! I really want Ren and Ninako to get together. I hope Andou does the right thing and lets them get together in peace.

  30. Ankemaybe, THANKS SO MUCH!!! =D You really made my night! This chapter was SO awesome!!!

    Finally, Ren is making his move...I just hope Ninako would confess her feelings in the next chappy & stop being a martyr. She's hurting Ren too by not telling the truth.

    Anywayz, Strobe Edge is really an amazing manga! =) It makes me feel all these different emotions and the drawings are superb!! Go NinaRen!!!

  31. omigahhh thanks so much for this! ugh omg i love how ren is taking some action here!

  32. Thank you, Ankemaybe.
    I already read the summaries, but I wanted to read raws later than Vol. 8. Somehow, some of your scans of chp. 32 and 33 cannot be enlarged. Do you know any site I can read Japanese raws of chp.32 and 33? (don't need Eng. translation..)

  33. yeah! I so agree with you Charm85. I want Ninako and Ren together. I love this manga! so much. Go! Ren keep it up. Ninako is for you

  34. ommmmmmgg!!! i love ren. wen wil u post da next chaptr???? please tell me will...n thanks so much u made ma dae!!

  35. Thank you so much for the scans & summary! ^^ I think there might be a few translation errors.. the only ones I caught were in the end (probably because those are the scans that I stared at forever just trying to take in the fact that REN IS TAKING ACTION)... Ninako says "I mistook it for my seat" instead of "this seat is not yours alone" and then when you say that Ren tells Ninako to tell him frankly, he actually says "Wasn't I rejected?"

    Thanks so much againnnnn! 8D you're srsly a lifesaver!

  36. .. i feel so bad for ren-kun and andou-kun.. i really think that when andou-kun started to be a playboy again was wrong in so many ways.. but what could he do!! ... my heart is beating so fast.. i feel so bad.. i love andou-kun.. i wish he could just be mine.. <3

    if only mayuka-san didn't brake up with ren-kun.. then.. andou-kun could still maybe have a chance to get ninako-chan all to himself..

    aahh!! andou-kun!! i feel so bad!! <////3

  37. Hi Ankemaybe! welcome back! Glad you're back!
    this is cute!
    off topic, but I can't wait for your strobe edge summary! :D

  38. I've read from a french website that this manga will end the 11 august. I can't wait to see how it ends and if a french publisher will buy it to sell in France !
    Thanks for all !

  39. Lessien: Really!!! Such mixed feelings I have... Want to know the ending and yet I don't want it to end so soon...

    To all Strobe Edge fans, I will get my copy of Bessatsu Margaret tomorrow! Stay tune!!!

  40. Oh no, I can't believe this... Somehow I knew this was coming, but I wished it wouldn't be this soon. I could have followed Ninaren's love story all my life, and watched the two of them getting married and having little kids in the same time as me xD

    Say Ankemaybe, can you post the raws for Kimi ni Todoke too? Not the summaries, but at least the raws, please? :DDDD That is, indeed, if you have time.

  41. Freesiane: : )) I feel the same, I want to enjoy their lovey-doveyness for awhile... T__T

    Sure, will post the raws when I can. Swamped with many things currently. : )

  42. Ankemaybe thank you so much for exactly translating the important parts and for the bigger photos. We all appreciate it. PLEASE KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO!!!!!

  43. thank you so much. My heart's racing when i read this chapter. this manga is so cuteeeee. : )))))

  44. thank you soooo much,i love this manga!>:D<
    poor Andou ... QQ,from what i see things will get favorable for Ren ... I like Ren a lot,but i was cheering for Andou :((