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Friday, July 16, 2010

Strobe Edge Chapter 35

Dear Fellow Strobe Edge Fans,

Finally, I’m done translating the chapter. I took a longer time this time cos there were plenty of conversations; it’s rather difficult and I’m trying to get it right. Again, you are warned that there may be some mistakes. Those of you who r more proficient with the language, please correct me. Let's begin. Oh, before that, I LOVE the cover of this chapter!!!

This chapter continues from Ren trying to get answers from Ninako as to the reasons she was at his seat.

Ren:"Tell me, why were you at my seat?”

Ninako:"I thought that was my seat…”

Ren asks Ninako for the reason of her lying. Ninako thinks to herself, :"What should I do now?" Ren tells her that from her attitude he can sense that she will say anything to avoid telling him the truth.

Ren: "You won't face me or look at me..." Ninako is getting increasingly anxious, she wonders what she should do... Ren:"Isn't it strange? ... Nevertheless, why are you at my seat?" Ren continues to press Ninako for an answer.

Ren:"Having seen that (you at my seat), I can't remain calm even if I want to... (Poor Ren... Ninako, please answer him!!! )

Out of desperation, Ninako shouts:"No... but to me, the various reasons I have given are real!" Ren was taken aback...

Slowly, he releases her and straighten up... Ren: "I did not intend to corner you... correction..." he pauses trying to find the right words to say... Ren:"I meant I was wondering if you have been swayed (a little) due to my confession. I was hoping you will consider... cornering you, I hope somehow, you will consider..."
Ninako thinks to herself that in her haste to deny, she has put him in a spot.
Ren:"I'm sorry..." and he leaves the scene...(Ninako... T___T... don't do this to Ren...)

After Ren has left, Ninako thinks to herself:"...if only Ren didn't feel bad..." she resigns to the fact that she can't do anything to the situation... She is frustrated that she is unable to give him the real reasons... She wonders what will become of this...

Back in school, the next day, Ninako is surprised to see Andou back in school. She asks whether he is fine. Andou replies that he is...

Without further conversation, Ninako turns to leave: "See you, I will make a move." Looking at Ninako's back, Andou thinks to himself: "Oh no! I still like her...". At that moment, Ren appears in front of Andou. Ren is shock to see Andou. Andou quickly bids a hasty goodbye and leaves.

In class, all is surprised to see Andou and greets him. Ren walks into the class behind Andou. Andou thinks to himself:" Must I watch them (Ren and Ninako) being a couple in class..." To his surprise, he observes that Ren and Ninako going on about class without acknowledging each other. He wonders what is going go...

Andou finds an opportunity to speak to Ren alone. With much difficulty, Andou asks Ren:" Were you rejected?" Andou is shocked. He asks Ren again: "Why? How?" Ren replies:" I have damaged the situation." and he turns to leave. Andou reaches out to stop Ren from leaving: " What are you going to do?!"

With a leveled look, Ren tells Andou: "I am not going to do anything ." and Ren elbowed Andou away and leaves. (the look they exchanged... wow... Ren is pissed...) Andou is speechless. He wonders why Ren doesn't want to turn the situation around. Andou turns to look at Ninako and thinks that she cannot be like this too. Andou wonders what are the reasons for Ren's confession to be rejected...

Andou looks at Ninako and thinks to himself:" I'm sorry Ren, I wonder whether this time I'm forced to be behind you, at your back." (I think this is with reference to previous chapter where Ren visited Andou and told him that he is always sitting behind him, staring at his back, perhaps Andou is suggesting that he will be the one to look out for Ren this time)

Meanwhile, Ninako sits in a quiet corner and wonders what she wants. She is thinking of these differing feelings she is going through. She is thinking that Ren's mood, for quite sometime, has remained unchanged. She wonders whether she hesistated providing Ren the truth because she doesn't know how to handle her feelings of guilt towards Andou... She wonders whether there is more to it... She sighs and laments that she has all these different feelings she has to handle...

Ninako walks towards the classroom and thinks that whether there is a reason to her having to contend with these different feelings that are going inside her... Ren is in the classroom too and they see each other. Without looking at Ninako, Ren assures her that he will not ambush her again after the last time when his behaviour frightened her... Ninako realises that Ren is doing class duty today. Ren continues to assure her that he is finishing the book soon and will leave as soon as possible...

Ren:" Goodbye, I'm leaving." Not being able to stop herself, Ninako makes a sound:" Aa..." Ren stops in his tracks, without turning around to face her, his eyes widen. Ninako regains control of herself and bids him farewell. Ren, with a resigned look continues to walk out of the class... (sigh..., Ren is so sensitive to Ninako's response, he is still hoping for a change in her...)

Looking at Ren's departing figure, Ninako resigns that again she could not tell him the truth. She cannot help but thinks that she should be able to tell him if she likes him. She wonders why she is so afraid. She thinks that she is the one who created the distance between them. She cannot be moved to tell him the truth... Trying to control herself, Ninako grasp the curtain and again tells herself not to be moved... From below, Ren looks up into the classroom and sees the curtain being bunched up, his eyes widens...

... Ren wants to go back into the class but he is reminded of what Ninako said when he cornered her. "But to me, all the various reasons are real." Ren stops himself and continue his way home.

Meanwhile, Andou calls out to Ninako to come to him. Ninako walks towards him. With a smile in his face, trying to sound as nonchalant as possible, Andou asks whether everything with Ren is normal..." Seeing that Ninako is not answering, Andou added: "... I have become cute, right?" Ninako tells him not to say such things. Andou digresses and asks whether Ninako has heard from Mao.

Andou continues to tell Ninako that in the past, Ren was his friend. He wants to protect himself from being thrashed by Ren, but in the end he lost to Ren twice. He asks Ninako whether she pities him. Ninako refuses to reply. Andou continues his story:" Anyhow, I became moody. Can you show me a happy face?" Ninako is taken aback by Andou's sudden change of topic. Andou tells Ninako that he will be satisfied with her happy look and that will strengthen him. Seeing Ninako's expression, he asks why she is offended. Andou tells Ninako:"Truly, if I'm cuter, consider me." He bends down and brings her head towards him and kisses her...

Andou:"Think about me and commitment." Quietly, Andou thinks to himself:" this time, he is behind Ren, looking at his back." Ninako looks at Andou with a hurt look, she raises her hand to slap him. Andou braces himself for the slap... Ninako stops at midway and lightly places her hand on his face... Ninako:" You did that on purpose..."

Ninako:"You did that on purpose. You did things to make yourself hateful." (T__T this is such a touching moment for me, to have Ninako knowing Andou so well and treating him so tenderly) Andou blushes and cannot believe that Ninako sees through his actions and knows his motives... Not being able to control her feelings anymore, Ninako cries and tells Andou:"Out of cruel sympathy for you, I did not accept Ren's feelings. I am the No.1 bad person. Andou realises that in truth, Ninako's real thoughts has been in conflict with her behaviour.

Ninako bursts into tears and apologises that she has made him do such things to her and she adds that she is unable to show him a happy face... Finally, unable to contain the truth any longer, Ninako tells Andou:" ...because I still like Ren." Andou gives Ninako an understanding look, kisses her gently on the forehead and tells her to go chase Ren. With that, Ninako flies out of the school...

With Ninako gone, Andou leans against the wall and talks to himself:"I can never look back again." He thinks to himself that this time it is really the end. Slowly, he sinks to the floor and with tears in his eyes:" She did not turn around to look at me." (T__T I'm tearing thinking of his pain...)
Suddenly, Mao walks by. Andou sees her and she glances at him. She says to him:" You are soft-hearted..."
Andou feels embarass... Mao suddenly turns around and tells him:"Now its my turn to head towards you fairly and squarely." (wow... is Mao professing that she will pursue him?)

Andou replies that for the current him, his attitude towards such matter is no longer simple. Mao seems to tell him she is serious about it.
Meanwhile, Ninako dashes down the street towards the train station in pursuit of Ren.

Ninako is running towards the train... She thinks to herself that she will communicate to him and let him know the truth. Meanwhile, as Ren gets into the train, he is thinking about the bunched up curtain and wonders what expression did Ninako has then... Ren is thinking of getting off the train and going back to school.

Ren tries to fight the crowd in the train so as to get off the train and meanwhile, Ninako is fighting the crowd to get to the train. (how poignant... they r at different points but heading towards the same direction, that is each other. Sakisaka Sensei, you are the best!) Ninako reaches the door as the train door closes. She is out of breath...

At the same time, Ren manages to get off the train.. They see each other. Ren:"Kinoshita Chan..." Ninako:"Ren Kun..., Ren Kun!" and she runs towards him. She wants to tell him how she feels.

I LOVE the ending of the chapter!!! Sometime ago, Ninako first confesses to Ren at the train station but was rejected and now, she is going to confess again at the train station. Gosh... I'm feeling so much for this story... It seems like the next chapter, we will be able to see some lovey-doveyness between the two. Please Sakisaka Sensei, show us more lovey-doveyness and don't end it so soon. I'm so hoping to see Ren at Ninako's house meeting her parents (just like in Kimi ni Todo ke). Ok. Tell me what you think of the chapter.


  1. I'm so moved ! This chapter is great ! It's make my heart beat wildly ! I can't wait for the next chapter : the moment we have waited for since the beginning ! XD !
    I'm like you I want more than 36 chapters !

    Thank you very much for this summary : you're the best !

    PS : forgive my poor english

  2. Amazing chapter and you are amazing too. Thanks for the summary..... thank you very very much. Andou at least suceeded in stealing the first kiss of Ninako(one of my favourite parts). I hope that in the end Mao and Andou will end up together. Maybe it's only my impression but I find Ren really sexy especially at the beginning when he tried to stop Ninako and I absolutely adore his attitude <3. Love the end of the chapter....hate it too because I was hoping that since it seems to be almost the end we will get to see a whole chapter of "lovey-doveyness".

  3. I told myself to be patient and give Ankemaybe more time to post Strobe Edge... so I was not prepared to see this now! Thank you sooo much Ankemaybe for your hard work <333

    I don't know what to think of the possibility that our beloved manga might not end next month. I'd rather not hope too much for more chapters since I know Sakisaka Io is not the kind to write/draw lovey-dovey scenes.

    As for chapter 35, woah I am so proud of Andou :). My favourite scene is when Ninako puts her hand on his face instead of slapping him, showing how much she understands and cares for him. Of course, EVERYONE cares for him :). This is indeed, such a touching moment. I love the fact that it is Andou who removes the situation. There would be no meaning to it if it was not him. Oh and I think like Anonymous, that it was really clever of him to have stolen Ninako's first kiss ;) At least, he beat Ren to this xD *Sighhh* We all love Andou like this.

    Seems like Mao will return to Andou's side. Though I doubt we'll see anything of it before the series ends. Maybe some cute interactions between them in chapter 36, I hope. I think they have very good chemistry together, like a love-hate relationship that never ends. Even though I still do not have forgiven Mao for her sins, I see her as a very happy ending for Andou.

    As for my favourite Ninaren couple, I think that not only do they have chemistry together, they are also both specially kindhearted. They are caring, they always consider other people's issues in priority (Ren is afraid of hurting Ninako's feelings, whereas Ninako is afraid of hurting Andou's). Seriously, how can anyone possibly deny how much they are meant to be together? I love this couple sooo much!! I'll stay a Ninaren fan forever!! xD

    *Sighhh* Even though the chapter was excellent, and the ending very promising, I can't help but feel quite dejected. I don't want this series to end!!!!!

    I'm really counting on Io Sensei to offer us unforgettable loveydoveyness in the upcoming chapter!!!

  4. Anonymous: Thank you for the compliments. : ) I thought Andou stealing Ninako's first kiss was the mangaka's way of pacifying AndouXNinako fans; although seeing Andou in pain again is not easy. I definitely love Ren's attitude and the way he engulf her... sigh...

    Freesiane: I doubt the series will end with next issue as this issue makes no mention of ending. It just simply states that the story will reach a climax but they did not say it will be the last chapter.

    I'm so proud of Andou too! He shows that he cares for Ren and yes it is more meaningful that he is the one that played the key role to resolve Ren's and Ninako's misunderstanding.

    Sigh... everything seems to be falling into place and that does suggest that the end is near... I'm in total agreement with you, Freesiane, let's all chant for unforgettable lovey-doveyness in the upcoming chapter!

  5. I think Io Sensei owes to her Ninaren fans at least one kiss, considering how Andou stole Ninako's precious first kiss. At least one!!! Which means maybe we'll get to witness MORE xDDD Arghhh, I think I'm regaining energy all of a sudden xD

  6. *squealing all over*
    LOVE the cover!
    I'm guessing next month they will be on the cover of Betsuma 8/11 because Vol 9 is coming out.

    About the chappie, i guess it had to be that way.
    Ninako with Ren and Andou with Mao *i'm in pain*
    I wanted Andou for me! *sobbbbbbbbb* Poor Andou getting hurt twice but still bastard *shaking fist* he kept sleeping with hussies! Sorry still unforgivable XD

    Very good chappie indeed with such a cliffhanger.......Thank you Ankemaybe!!!

    Oh yes Welcome back Ankemaybe ^__^

  7. Hi, this is my first time posting a comment for a manga. I guess it's because strobe edge is such a good read! thank you ankemaybe for posting this- I kept checking your blog everyday just to see if you have an update and what a surprise:) just when I was thinking of sleeping already. Can't wait for the next one! Glad that a friend of mine will go to Japan next week to buy me a copy of Strobe Edge.

    I love Ren as well as Andou- Ninako is such a lucky girl to have two guys caring for her in their own special way- well I guess it's because of her character (I would like to know someone who is as honest as her:))

  8. Seeing the scan of the last page, I think you're right about it not ending. I knew it couldn't be ending!! Plus if it were, it'd have to be 10 volumes anyway, unlike what people were saying. There's no way that the final chapter and final volume would be out on the same date, especially since Sakisaka Io is having her autograph signing the weekend after the volume comes out.

    Although I am the one who originally found that blog link, I thought they had seen it saying the final chapter at the end, but guess it doesn't. Ah well, at least I'll be able to buy the next chapter myself the day I get to Japan hehe

  9. its great..nice work. i like ur wish for tat lovely dovely chaps of ren and nina .

  10. omygosh!I think I love you, haha.
    Thank you soo much for this chapter! I couldn't concentrate on my homework & was waiting desperately for this checking every few hours.
    I can't wait too see Ninaren's blushing faces/cuteness/awkwardness when they're together in the next chapter. Well at least I'm hoping there's some scenes for us to see what they're like as a couple...
    Well, anyway, thanks a bunch again, now the rest of my day will go smoothly =-)
    Hope yours does too~!

  11. Thank you so much for posting....
    my feelings for andou reached a new low in chapter 34..... but oh gosh... he made a great come back~~ for like a split second... i wish andou would end up with ninako... (just a split moment....)
    now i hope that there will be strobe edge 2 about how mao tries to win back andou's heart~~ hahaha~~~ go mao go!!! i somehow just love people named mao....

  12. <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

    I felt so many emotions in that chapter...Sad, to excitement,to happy, to angry..omg name it.
    Awww, poor Ninako for not beeing able to tell Ren her feelings. But it's ok, she will be able to tell him in the next chapters XD. (I hope that there won't be any bad timing such as someone is going to interrupt them ;O!!)
    As for Ren, i could almost feel his feeling for wanting to get an answer from her and always wanted to go to her DX. I was screaming in my head: " GO HUG HER!! GO HUG HER!! NO WAIT!! GO KISS HER! GO KISS HER!!!" but Andou beat him to it and she had her first kiss with him XD!! Awww. I'm kind of happy that her first kiss was with him >.> even though I'm rooting for Ren XD hahaha. Andou was so amazing in this chapter. He made up for being a total ass in the last chapter. I have a feeling he might end up with Mao (Even though i don't want too)...but anwyays, I hope that he can find someone he is going to love from the bottom of his heart and that person also will love him from the bottom of her heart and that he can find the happiness that he deserves.
    I seriously can't wait for the next chapter and finally see some lovey-dovey scenes with Ren and Ninako.( I hope...and crossing my fingers for XD)
    I don't know if it's too soon for that but...


    Anyways...NINAREN FTW!!

  13. OMG thanks so much!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU <33333
    I'm so glad that ninako chose to run to ren and it was so cute how they met up with each other in the end >•< I really hope that they will get together in chapter 36!! And I totally agree, I really hope that there will be more ninaren and meeting each others parents and stuff >•< I don't think I'll ever get tired of them <3
    my heart almost stopped beating near the end.... I wish I could have a romance like a manga...especialy like that subway scene!!! Why can't there be more guys like ren in real life??????:3

  14. Aria: Welcome back to you too . You have been missing for awhile. : )

    Cheebs: Enjoy your trip to Japan. : )

    tykie: Enjoy your copy of Strobe Edge. : )

    and a warm thank you to all of you fans of Strobe Edge who wrote comments here. Seeing your interests and love for this amazing manga just makes me feel so warm all over. Let's hope that the next chapter will be extraordinarily amazing!!

  15. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!! thank u so muuuuuchhh i love u muacks ><

  16. THANK YOU SO MUCH ANKEMAYBE!!!!!! =D Strobe Edge is really d best!!! It's been a long time since a manga made me feel so many different emotions. I am so HOOKED on this series!

    I love all 3 characters, but of course I'm rooting for NinaRen! (",) Here's to more sweet chapters...

  17. OMG OMG OMG!!!!! Thank you so much!!
    I have been checking this site since last week for updates.
    Hope the coming chapter is not yet the end as I want to see more of Ninako and Ren. Omg! with all the pressure she's in and now finally burst all frustrations to Andou.
    I want it I want it!!! go kiss Ninako Ren!!!! go kiss the girl!!! hahahaha!

    I can't wait for the next chapter, probably when is it?

    Thank you! Ankemaybe. You're the greatest!

  18. Angelmiz: I love every characters in Strobe Edge, especially Ren and Ninako. :)

    Luanne: Thank you for your support for this blog. :) The next chapter will be out in Japan on 11 Aug so it should be about the same time or a few days later before I get my hands on it.

  19. i cant help it! i keep coming back to this page to re-read! realised that ninako & ren has hugged several times already, i mean up till this chapter....luv luv luv! initially i tot it might be draggy to continue the story but now, i hope for more lovey dovey scenes between ren & ninako... spread the luv! ^^

  20. I can't stop the tears!!! Thank you so much for the full translation and the quality of the photos!!! Please keep doing what you do!!!

  21. Anonymous: I have been reading several Strobe Edge chapters many times too.

    Storm-and-Fire: :) Thank you.

  22. your amazing, thanks for posting this!!!

  23. Ok Ankemaybe i have the ultimate question...
    Is it true that STROBE EDGE is ending in next month's issue of Betsuma? Sorry to bother you but i need to know, if you know lol.

  24. Aria: No. I don't think so. At least, my current Betsuma issue makes no mention of it. Don't worry. I think it may have a few more chapters. : )))

  25. *bows down to Ankemaybe*

  26. This is my first time commenting. I'm really a big fan of Strobe Edge ^^ I truly enjoyed chapter 35! I'm very excited about the next chapter and just like other NinaRen fans I want more lovey dovey scenes ^-^ Thank you very much Ankemaybe-san for translating!

  27. Anonymous: I love Strobe Edge too. ^__^ I'm very excited about the next chapter too! About 2 more weeks and the new chapter will be released.

  28. waaaaah! so cute >.< i have been waiting for this for too long.....

  29. *cries Andou......
    i agree with you,i'm feeling so much for this story too,thank you so much for your work!