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Characters: Strobe Edge
The characters of the manga Strobe Edge:

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Ninako Kinoshita

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (vomic), Aki Toyosaki (drama CD)

The main protagonist. Often naive or clueless, but only truly understands things if she tries it herself. Falls in love with Ren.

Ren Ichinose

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (vomic), Yuuichi Nakamura (drama CD)

The most popular guy in school. Seemingly cold, but is actually a nice guy.

Takumi Andou

Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (vomic), Kenn (drama CD)

Ren's middle school friend. Andou develops unrequited feelings for Ninako.

     Ninako's Friends 

Daiki Korenaga

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (vomic), Tetsuya Kakihara (drama CD)

Ninako's childhood friend. Daiki has feelings for her.

Sayuri Uehara

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (vomic), Miyuki Sawashiro (drama CD)

  • Ascended Extra: Sayuri gains more plot significance once the manga begins to deal with her relationship with Daiki. Also, out of Ninako's friends, she is the only one featured on the cover of one of the manga volumes.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Sayuri begins to avoid Daiki when she thinks he cheated on her on the school trip. She's afraid of talking to him honestly about this because when she was in middle school, her boyfriend, who happened to be Yuu, was stolen by a girl.
  • Second Love: For Daiki, she is his second love. In regards to herself, Yuutarou may have been her second love, but it's unclear to how many boys she dated before him.

Tsukasa, Tamaki, and Noriko

  • The Ditz: Tsukasa, who tends to be a blabbermouth.
  • Genki Girl: Tsukasa.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Noriko is always called "Non-chan."
  • Shipper on Deck: All of them, including Sayuri, try to get Ninako and Ren together (though they'd do it anyway as long as they're aware of a potential romantic attraction, as they all shipped Ninako with Daiki in the beginning).

     Ren's Friends 

Manabu Miyoshi

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (drama CD)

  • Ascended Extra: He was originally part of Those Two Guys with Yuu, but gets a larger role after volume 3.
  • Keet: He's the most cheerful out of Ren's friends.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's known as "Gacchan" to the girls.
  • Shipper on Deck: Manabu ships Ren and Ninako and has on more than one occasion tried to get them together. It gets to the point where Yuutarou has to call him out and tell him to mind his own business.
  • Stepford Smiler: Manabu shows a minor case of type A at the end of his side story after Ritsuko, his First Love, goes to study abroad.

Yuutarou Terada

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (drama CD)

     Other Characters 

Mayuka Korenaga

Voiced by: Yui Shouji

Mayuka is a famous model, Daiki's older sister, and Ren's girlfriend.

  • Cool Big Sis: Mayuka is Daiki's older sister and comes off as very gentle and friendly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She breaks up with Ren because she knows she is holding him back from accepting his feelings for Ninako.
  • Love Hurts: Mayuka is constantly afraid that one day Ren will leave her. She's the one who ultimately leaves him.
  • Role Reprisal: Yui Shouji is the only voice actress to return for the drama CD adaptation while everyone else was replaced.
  • Romantic False Lead: She's a more likable and sympathetic kind of False Lead than usual.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Mayuka's the Foolish Sibling to Daiki's Responsible Sibling. She's peppy and cheerful in comparison to Daiki's more cynical behavior (when he's not being a Large Ham, of course) and has more of a harder time accepting her parents' divorce while Daiki has pretty much come to terms with it.

Mao Sugimoto

Mao is Andou's First Love and ex-girlfriend who cheated on him with Ren, permanently damaging their friendship.


Toda is an upperclassmen who becomes the leader of cheer squad for Ninako's team for the sports festival.

  • Large Ham: He yells and strikes a lot of extravagant poses, to everyone else's dismay.
  • No Indoor Voice: Subverted. He normally yells in a loud voice, but in chapter 29, he speaks to Ninako softly and Ninako even Lampshades it in her thoughts.

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