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Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1
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The series is described as "shojo," which means it is aimed at girls. Usually these stories focus on a "normal school girl," and Paradise Kiss is no different. It starts off by introducing us to Yukari Hayasaka. Yukari is pretty (but, doesn't know it), hard-working at school (but has little time for a social life), has a crush on a good-looking classmate (who hardly seems to notice her), and desperately trying to please her overbearing mother. In short, Yukari is the perfect heroine for a dramatic shojo series. Only . . . she's not so perfect.
It turns out that Yukari wants to find herself and secretly wishes to rebel against her mother. And, she gets the chance when she's swept up into the world of Paradise Kiss - a group of fashion-students, who wish to use Yukari for their model. The group is an odd mix, which Yukari can't help but be attracted to. There's Arashi, who looks like he stepped out of a Sex Pistols cover band, his girlfriend Miwako, who looks (and acts) like an underage doll, and the beautiful and kind Isabella. Then, there's the leader, George.
George is bisexual, into kinky sex (the anime down plays this), cool, collected, harsh, and apparently Yukari's dream guy. Yes, staying true to the genre, Yukari quickly develops feelings for the aloof George. For his part, George seems to feel the same way. And, maybe that's where the story goes wrong.
There's nothing wrong with a couple falling for one another quickly. Hey, this is shojo and the anime is only twelve episodes long. The problem is: You can never quite figure out if George really cares about Yukari.Read more ›
Based on the manga "Paradise Kiss" by Ai Yazawa, the story focuses on two very different people: Yukari, an eighteen year old high school student and George, a fashion student hoping to get his name out into the world. The typical shojo, it would seem to the naked eye of an anime fan. However, the story tackles many culturally challenged issues of todays world ranging from bi-sexual, cross dressing, and teenagers facing life altering decisions.
The themes of cultural placement and striving against the values of a world are ever present in the characters presented in the first volume. The characters themselves sadly are a tad two dimensional for most of the episodes and the sudden turn around in Yukari's attitude had me baffled.
The music however is very nicely in tuned with the moments of the anime and offer youan escape into a world of romance and rebelious teenagers. The opening song "Lonely in Gorgeous" offers the viewer a funky escape into a colorful world led by the female vocalist, Tommy february. J-Pop does not get any funkier than this while its partner, "Do You Want To" closes with a bang. Performed by the popular band Franz Ferdinand, the notes stay true to the rock bands style of transpiring messages.Read more ›
I first read the Paradise Kiss manga when I was 14, and I only got through the first volume. I was a really sheltered kid, and some of what they talked about made me shocked and uncomfortable, especially since I had been shown so much Knight-in-Shining-Armor type of romances. For that reason, I don't think you should show this to younger kids...but then again, I was a late bloomer, and I'm sure there are other 14 year olds out there who are much cooler than me. By the time I was 17, I would have loved this. I'm 25 now, I am actually really into fashion, and I sew. I've always loved anime, so I decided to re-visit Paradise Kiss.
Since I have never finished the manga series, I am able to judge the show as a whole without any kind of favoritism. Like all manga/anime couples, the anime usually leaves out finer details that there just isn't time for, but that is not a reason to dislike it. If anything, it just encourages me to go out and buy the manga to get more of these characters I have fallen in love with.
It is SO GOOD. I could not stop myself from binge-watching all 12 episodes. I try to accumulate a mental list in my head of anime to show people who have never seen anime before, and I definitely think this belongs on it. The story is purely realistic. No magical animals or super powers that may make a non-otaku cringe.
This is shoujo, but it goes against so much of what we see repeated over and over again in anime romance.Read more ›
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Paradise Kiss enthralls me no matter how many times I watch it. Though the dub is, admittedly, awkward in most parts, the story and visuals are gorgeous enough to make up for it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Riya-chan
Product was delivered in timely fashion,price was right and dvd was in condition describe by merchant. Will order from this merchant again.Published on November 23, 2008 by O.J.
I just finished the first DVD and I'm a little upset at little annoying things that may not bother a casual viewer, but may upset a fan. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Geekzilla
Addicting... its definitely different from your typical anime, but a damn good change as far as im concerned! Read morePublished on January 25, 2007 by Gypsy❤️Pril