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

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Ninako Kinoshita

Portrayed by: Ayako Kawasumi (vomic), Aki Toyosaki (drama CD), Kasumi Arimura (film)

Ninako is the protagonist of the story who comes off as a clueless Na´ve Everygirl, but only truly understands things if she tries it herself. She falls in love with Ren and struggles with her newfound feelings for him.

Ren Ichinose

Portrayed by: Mamoru Miyano (vomic), Yuuichi Nakamura (drama CD), Sota Fukushi (film)

Ren Ichinose is the most popular guy in school. He seems cold at first glance, but is actually a nice guy and somewhat shy.

  • Always Save the Girl
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Ninako catches Ren sleeping before a student council meeting and means to wake him up, but she feels bad for disturbing him and lets him sleep. She ends up falling asleep too.
  • Big Man on Campus
  • Boy Meets Girl: Boy Meets Girl On Train (for Ninako/Ren).
  • Brown Eyes: In some artwork, Ren is depicted with brown eyes.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Defrosting Ice King
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: After Mayuka and Ren break up, it takes about four volumes for Ren to move on, and he only does so after he sees Yuu bring a conclusion to his relationship with Sayuri.
  • Friendless Background: In middle school, Ren didn't have any friends and was ostracized by the boys for being popular with the girls... and his only best friend lost trust in him after an incident that wasn't even his fault.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He briefly gets jealous of Toda when he notices that they get along with each other really well.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: When Ren realizes he and Mayuka are beginning to get distant, he does all he can to prioritize her needs. They break up anyway.
  • Nice Guy: Even though he looks intimidating, he's really a nice person, and it's because of this Ninako befriends and falls in love with him.
  • School Idol: He's the most popular boy in school. An article for the live-action film adaptation even describes the character Ren as a "cool campus idol."
  • Second Love: He later reciprocates Ninako's feelings for him.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's tall, has dark hair, and has looks that are very popular with the female population at school.
  • The Rival: Andou.
  • Unwanted Harem: Ren doesn't really understand why he's popular, but he still keeps the love letters anyway.

Takumi Andou

Portrayed by: Tsubasa Yonaga (vomic), Kenn (drama CD), Yuki Yamada (film)

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

     Ninako's Friends 

Daiki Korenaga

Portrayed by: Tomoaki Maeno (vomic), Tetsuya Kakihara (drama CD), Jingi Irie (film)

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

Sayuri Uehara

Portrayed by: Ayumi Fujimura (vomic), Miyuki Sawashiro (drama CD), Ena Koshino (film)

  • 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 is another one of Ninako's friends and was Manabu's classmate in middle school.

Portrayed by: Yukiko Mouten (vomic), uncredited (drama CD), Kaoru Matsuo (film)

Tamaki and Noriko

  • 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

Portrayed 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: Due to Alternate Character Reading, "Manabu" can also be read as "Gaku", therefore he's known as "Gacchan" to the girls. In the English publication by Viz Media, this is not so prevalent, as Viz's translations did away with most of the nicknames and Last Name Basis.
  • 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

Portrayed by: Yuki Kaji (drama CD)

     Other Characters 

Mayuka Korenaga

Portrayed by: Yui Shouji (vomic & drama CD), Arisa Sato (film)

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

Mao Sugimoto

Portrayed by: Yuina Kuroshima (film)

Mao is Andou's First Love and ex-girlfriend one year his junior 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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