Strobe Edge

Strobe Edge (2015)

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Ninako Kinoshita is a high school freshman with no experience in love. When she meets Ren Ichinose—a handsome boy who’s popular with all of their female classmates — on a train during their commute home, she starts encountering him more regularly and gradually develops feelings for him. However, Ren already has an older girlfriend. As the relationship of these two is explored, several other people in their lives must deal with their read moreown feelings of unrequited love.

  • Native title:

    ストロボ・エッジ
  • Also Known as:

    Strobe Edge;

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Ceki
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Sep 10, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Strobe Edge may be the best shoujo adaptation to this date. I am personally not satisfied with most manga adaptations out there (they do not pick or transform actors well, they are boring etc.), however, this adaptation is great. Bear in mind that if you are not a shoujo fan, you will not like this and in order to like it you have to take it for what it is - a read more light and fluffy romantic teenage film which revolves around a world in which friendship and what your crush does are the most important things.

The story is a typical shoujo plot and the film follows the manga closely. That may or may not be boring if you have already read the manga. I have but I still ended up enjoying it. It is not a masterpiece nor something that I would rewatch from the beginning to end because there is no depth - I mean, a cute girls falls for a guy, he is already in a relationship that seems more like a friendship and it has become a routine, he falls for her too, there are also some supportive characters and that's it.

The cast is perfect. They are like the manga characters come to life. The acting consists of typical Japanese cute expressions and outbursts which you should have got used to if you have watched enough Japanese films. It's just their thing.

Music is also perfect consisting usually of instrumental piano tracks which fit the romantic school setting perfectly . I cannot stand the cliched sugar pop songs that seem like they are coming from a game machine or sth. I would also like to praise the production because it seems they did put more effort into editing.

The overall impression is - I liked it. I knew what to expect and that is what I got. Would I recommend it? Only to shoujo fans and those who like a light and fluffy story.
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Paige
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Sep 12, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Well, after all the expectations and disappointments I had from last year's high school love story/ manga-made-into-live-action, I finally found something. Strobe Edge is great among it's similar genre competitors, even though I won't say it is the best, it does leave with me a good feeling and scenes that I know I can never forget.

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STORY: 9.0/ 10
I would say this is great, what I read more expected from a love story, it was delivered. Lovable characters, obstacles that preventing them from being together. At first I do really feel doom for Ren and Ninako, it gives me an ache in the chest to see how compatible they are for each other, all the little similar interests they shared, the chemistry between them. I also love the character developments, for all three main leads, Ninako, Ren and Andou, it is very well written.

Though what I do think they can probably thicken Ren and Andou's friendship to make it a deeper impact on the viewers. That's what preventing it from being the perfection I hope it to be.

ACTING/ CAST: 9.0/ 10
Gotta love the casts, even though I couldn't see much from Sota's acting, Kasumi did a really convincing job as Ninako, she's sweet and simple and adorable. I love her so so much! Yuki too, was able to make Ando such an endearing character, a little bit annoying, but he has grown to be my favorite character in this movie.

The chemistry between these casts are perfection, though I would expect nothing less from a movie lead by Fukushi Sota, he seems to always have these strong chemistry with his fellow casts. Not to mention, all these three already had experience working with one another back in Starman. ;-)

MUSIC: 9.0/10
The ending song, that ending song just fitting with the movie itself, that much I noted. Not much complain towards the music plays throughout the movie either. But seriously, I LOVE that ending song so so much!

REWATCHABLE VALUE: 9.0/10
Will definitely rewatch this, because it is sweet, it with adorable characters, those sweet moments that makes me grin like a school girl again, just bathing in the fluffiness and sweetness of high-school love, and wishing that I ever had love experience like that back then. Haha!

This is a movie I would certainly recommend to anyone who wanted something that just makes you grin to yourself for the 2 hours, or perhaps a girls sleepover, this makes a very good sleepover film. :)
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Ninako Kinoshita is a high school freshman with no experience in love. When she meets Ren Ichinose—a handsome boy who’s popular with all of their female classmates — on a train during their commute home, she starts encountering him more regularly and gradually develops feelings for him. However, Ren already has an older girlfriend. As the relationship of these two is explored, several other people in their lives must deal with their own feelings of unrequited love.
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    Kat 19 days ago

    It's nice in some ways but it's also odd. The camera and cut are strange during the flashbacks. The beginning is king of hasty. And I felt like I didn't see this yet half of it was so familiar. I'm not talking about the storyline alone. And not even about the typical set of school-romance actions and clichés. It's the settings. I feel like I've seen half of these places in other similar movies but with the camera angle being a bit different. That was so odd that it kept distracting me from the actual action. And as I'm reading a few of the comments, I also realize that I, too, found the chemistry between the leads a tad off.

    Not bad. Good quality stuff to fill some spare time for sure. And if you've not seen many school-romance dramas, starting from this one is probably good. It's just not top-notch for me personally.

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    Lovely Jan 23, 2017

    for someone without further knowledge about the manga or anime, I really liked the movie. But I do agree that the chemistry between the leads wasn't quite the best. mostly because I find Fukushi Sota to be super awkward.

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    kawaii-chan Oct 1, 2016 - edited

    Skipped most of the parts. Lack of emotions. No chemistry. Boring. Meh.

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    Ace Aug 2, 2016

    Too slow paced for me, honestly I found it boring. It's just another typical shoujo romance, something you've probably read or watched already. There's nothing unique about it that makes it stand out imo.

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    Almonda Jun 29, 2016

    I really wanted to like this movie, it started good...but then nothing really happened...the movie felt really slow...there was no moment were my heart hurt for the characters...

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    Room707 Mar 12, 2016 - edited

    I mean, you've seen one youth romance live-action based on a manga, you've seen pretty much all of them. This didn't really have anything new to keep me interested. The storyline and characters were very cliché. The actors themselves didn't add much either. However, the cinematography was pretty - still, not that groundbreaking either.

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    Nana8 Feb 13, 2016 - edited

    I really enjoyed this one <3 ... you can watch it with eng subs on kissasian.com :)

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    rosyprincess Jan 28, 2016

    MY FAVOURITE MOVIE!!

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    Sora Jan 3, 2016 - edited

    Got bored of it half way through... everything was moving so slowly

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    lynncol Dec 26, 2015

    I was expecting a lot from both the lead, Fukushi Sota & Arimura Kasumi because they've shown good acting in various movies that I've watched, but however..

    This movie didn't live up to my expectation somehow, I find it boring that I've to skip most of the parts. I find the movie somewhat bittersweet in some ways. There are no chemistry between the two leads... Personally, I don't like the storyline. The ending was a drag, and definitely, it could have been so much better.

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    Willieee Dec 23, 2015

    Just personal thoughts on this live action movie I'm sorry if I offended any of you guys who liked this live action in advance :
    I had high hopes for this live action movie as I liked the manga a lot. And when I knew that this was coming out AND WHATS MORE it's FUKUSHI SOTA AHHH to me he's like my idol and also KIN CHANN is in it so I literally screamed internally and was like OMG YES for the whole day and PATIENTLY waited for this movie to come out. I don't really like ao haru ride so I thought I should watch that first and leave this for last and UNEXPECTLY IT TURNED OUT OH SO WELL (for me) and had higher hopes for this but whyyyy did the two of them not really have much chemistry and etc etc. I recommend you guys to read the manga instead and GO WATCH AO HARU RIDE toooooo.

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    conniecofo Dec 22, 2015

    the ending could've been better

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    meroron Dec 1, 2015

    that was really boring....

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    NotYourOppa Nov 3, 2015

    Uh, Another super-boring japanese movie.

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    irisixora Oct 28, 2015 - edited

    I hate infact I can't enjoy this movie.....maybe because of the storyline and I agree some comments about two main lead was weak and no chemistry,..and ao haru ride was pretty slow romance too but I can enjoyed it but this movie was ughhh....

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Mar 14, 2015
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 56 min.

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