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Paradise Kiss Vol 1 Paperback – May 21, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cover received was not the cover pictured. The cover pictured would have matched my other covers but the one I received was completely different.Published 7 months ago by J. Carino
I love the artwork and the story! DEFINITELY love the characters. This is a really unique manga~ and it has such great sense of fashion.Published 10 months ago by Yari Garcia/Moody Thursday
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This is one of my favorite mangas of ALL TIME! Great art, wonderful characterization. Just plain good work. Would recommend!Published on March 14, 2012 by Kate
For a short, 5 volume series, this was a decent read. Some of the characters - especially George - seemed a bit wishy washy at times, but the artwork is clean and enjoyable, and... Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by M
Paradise Kiss is (of English translations at least) the most beautiful, funky and sweet shoujo manga you could wish for. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by RabbitWithFangs
This is the best short manga series I've ever read.
The characters are instantly memorable, yet have surprising depth. Read more
The story of Paradise Kiss is very interesting. Its a great love story. It will appeal to an age group starting at around age 15+. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by S. Rutigliano
I actually watched the anime before the manga. I liked the Anime series quite a bit and ordered all 5 volumes of the manga. Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by Jerry Yen