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Paradise Kiss Vol 1 Paperback – May 21, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Paradise Kiss (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop; Gph edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931514607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931514606
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Paradise Kiss is one of those mangas, or books, that will immediately catch your eye. When I had got a Tokyopop manga sampler book (before I was into manga) for my brother, as a prize from a summer reading club in 2002, and I read through it to see if anything in there was worth reading. There were two mangas that caught my attention: 1. Mars by Fuyumi Soryo and 2. Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa.

Now, Paradise Kiss immedfiately caught my eye was because of the unique drawing style. Since I initially read "Paradise Kiss" I have read hundreds of other series, and never have I seen a drawing style come close to Yazawa-san's.

So, finally a year had passed since I read that sample of ParaKiss and after reading so much praise for the series; I got the first Volume for Christmas last year. Since I obtained it, I have read volume one about five different times (as well as started reading Gokinjo and more recently Nana 10/13/10).

What made ParaKiss so unique to me that I read and reread the first volume so many times? Let me first give you a synopsis of the story:

The story goes: Yukari is a high school student who recieves a lot of pressure from her parents and fellow students and teachers in school to excel and get into a good college. To Yukari if she is not placed in a good school; she is worthless. It is because of this pressure, she has never even considered an alternative to college; so even though she hates where she is headed, she continues in the same direction. Until one day she is taking a walk and thinking, and a weird guy named Arashi with piercings all over his face, sees her and asked her to be a model, Yukari attempts to run away, but she is snatched up by a drag queen named Isabella.
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By A Customer on April 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
God, this manga is mind blowing! I bought all four series at once and all i do is stay up till morning reading and rereading it. i would've given it 5 stars if not for the obvious Flaw: Yukari Hayasaka, the heroine.
The story starts off with Yukari grumbling about how she hates the city, walking across the street, her nose stuck in a book. yep, she's your typical japanese-university-entrance-exams student. But she was picked out by a real punky dude who noticed her unusually tall height (for a Japanese) and she was immediately sort of harassed to go somewhere with him. She was caught by the punky guy, Arashi and his 'accomplice' Isabella, brought down to their comfy studio, the hq of their fashion brand 'Paradise Kiss', and was proposed to be their model for their school's annual fashion show/contest. Here she immediately blows them off, showing her all-Yukari bitchy self (on which showson her looks, & on which Arashi had initially singled her out for), telling them fashion design-istas are NOTHING compared to the uni-entrance-students lot. Arashi then loses her temper on her, dissing her right back for being so stuck up while they had been nice to her all the while and scolds for being all-godly about herself, and in shock/shame, Yukari speeds off the studio, in her haste she had dropped her students pass.
Enter George(Gorgeous, more like) - Johji Koizumi - and he agrees after seeing Yukari's pic on the passbook, for her to be their model. He is, after all, their fashion designer extaordinaire, the 'lackeys' - Arashi, Isabella and Miwako - were Yazawa Arts school designer class rejects, after all. George is their king and master. They fear him. They are bewildered by him. They (Arashi, usually) constantly want to kill him. George, a self proclaimed bisexual, is weird, cocky and confused.
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By A Customer on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, I first got indroduced to manga by a foreign exchange student at our school. The first series she lend me were Peach Girl and I didn't really get too interested in it other than for the art.
THEN she gave me Paradise Kiss....and that hooked me. Ai Yazawa's art is beautiful, I love all the characters and think George and Arashi are both handsome :-) (why don't guys look like manga characters in real life?)
The clothes are equally beautiful and I have paged through all the books after I am done just to look at the beautiful pictures again.
I found Caroline kind of snobbish at first but then i realized why by later books (her mother is very very strict)and felt more sorry for her.
Miwako is so cute and innocent, Isabelle is graceful and mother-like, George is sly and handsome, and Arashi is emotional and dependant.(lol).The characters all relate so well.
And about the "sex" scenes. They arn't that bad (then again its all drawn so wonderfully.....)
i am waiting for the 5th book eagerly but i wish there would be more than just 5!
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By Rini on January 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Okay, I'm not a teenager, but I love this manga. There is something profoundly "real" about Paradise Kiss, while it maintains its ability to stay, well, manga.
Yukari is an engaging character, going through the trauma that is adolescence. And, although she tries to change and get stronger, she can't help her feelings for George, the leader and main designer for Paradise Kiss, and the primary tormentor in her adolescent life, right next to her mother. Her relationship with George is painful and pleasurable, since he is a perverse individual and an admitted "tri-sexual" (He'll try anything!), and it makes her feelings for him all the more confusing.
This is one of those manga, however, that I have reservations about giving to kids under the age of 16, simply because, by book 3, there is a LOT of sex. The tension is always there, but it is open in book 3, and, frankly, kinda graphic. As a long time reader of shojo manga, I was flatly surprised.
I LOVE the designer wear and costumes, the characters are fun and interesting, the problems are quirky and real (some of them I STILL haven't figured), and I just love it. Not only is the drawing style beautiful and detailed, but the characters are FUN, just FUN. I wish there had been a high school like that when I was going through it!!
I highly recommend this for adolescent humor and just good time!
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