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Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends' own exclusive clothing model.


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Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends' own exclusive clothing model.

30 review for Paradise Kiss (1) (FEEL COMICS)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    A couple of years back I read a Josei Manga based on the fashion industry and abusive Male/Female relationships, Hot Gimmick, which ended disappointingly for me. It was a very readable, challenging series, but I was troubled by the heroine’s ultimate willingness to allow herself to be dominated by the man who had abused her and her acceptance that society perhaps, in some small sense, ought to be that way. After a couple of volumes of Paradise Kiss, I was concerned that this would be A couple of years back I read a Josei Manga based on the fashion industry and abusive Male/Female relationships, Hot Gimmick, which ended disappointingly for me. It was a very readable, challenging series, but I was troubled by the heroine’s ultimate willingness to allow herself to be dominated by the man who had abused her and her acceptance that society perhaps, in some small sense, ought to be that way. After a couple of volumes of Paradise Kiss, I was concerned that this would be a repeat performance. There’s certainly a lot that’s similar about the setup, a ayoung girl stumbles into the cutthroat world of fashion and meets a guy whom she loves, despite the fact that he makes her feel small and oppressed. The guy, George, is charming , attractive and brilliant. He’s inspiring but he’s also an emotional bully. The setup to portray a relationship that’s ambiguous and interesting is there, but with this manga being short and not - at least initially - as emotionally challenging as Yazawa’s brilliant “Nana”, to potential to similarly frustrate was also there. The flaws in this manga are its brevity, which simply doesn’t allow time for relationships to unwind, and the awkwardly cluttered art style - too much lettering undermines Yazawa’s art and makes the flow of reading the text awkward. But this shouldn’t detract from the huge strength of the work, as Yazawa has somehow managed to capture a moment in time that’s beguiling, ambiguous and beautiful. The characters in Paradise Kiss seemingly don’t grow from day to day or from each experience and yet, when they separate at the end of volume 5 there’s a moment of awkward pained beauty where one realises that sometimes the only way to plough onwards is through a moment of separation, and that the real growth for these people is going to happen off the page. One of the finest epilogues I’ve read jumps forward a number of years to pick up on that growth in an affecting and surprising way, and characters I’d grown frustrated with through the course of the manga suddenly felt real and all too human. Ultimately the messages of Paradise Kiss are uplifting and positive in their stark brutal reality. George and Caroline have to separate because they are not right for one another, and yet the moments they share together are rewarding and precious, and come at a point in their lives where they go on to inspire the other despite fundamental differences in personality and attitude. They can’t forge a relationship together because, perhaps, they are too young to understand one another. Aside from her inherent storytelling skill, the other thing that attracts me to Yazawa’s work is the pleasure she takes in drawing, and humanising characters who are all too often seen as peripherals in society. She’s certainly attracted to “punkishness” and for her quirkiness is beautiful and attractive. Most notably here George is a bisexual and lover of kink. These facets of his personality could have overshadowed and condemned the character, but in Yazawa’s hands they become something else that he’s struggling to accept about himself but ultimately comfortable with. I’m not sure it’s a perfect portrayal, but that Yazawa is prepared to go there and sympathise is a huge positive - and this kind of duality between punk-edgy and classic good-girl is something she’ll go on to explore in Nana. Yazawa is also comfortable portraying sex in both edgy and comedic ways. Sexual encounters are not by numbers romantic situations, and neither are they psychologically damaging when they go wrong. There are problems, characters deal with it and move on. Ultimately this ain’t Nana, which (though I’ve only read 5 volumes of that series) is a cleaner, sharper and much deeper story, but one can see the growth of Yazawa as a storyteller over the short-ish lifespan of this series and appreciate how Nana came to be. Paradise Kiss is definitely a classic in its own right, though and essential manga reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gaia

    WAS THE ENDING ALWAYS THIS BITTERSWEET I'M CRYING

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alaiel Kreuz

    This is most certainly not a new manga for me, in fact, I read this like 4 or 5 years ago and it inspired me like no other book or manga have done. Since it's compose for five tomes I'm just going to do a review about the hole series in general, but without spoilers,so don't worry. It all starts with the view of a young lady in the middle of a few persons waiting to cross the street, but somehow she seems really unhappy and well, bother with the whole world. Her name is Yukari (aka Ca This is most certainly not a new manga for me, in fact, I read this like 4 or 5 years ago and it inspired me like no other book or manga have done. Since it's compose for five tomes I'm just going to do a review about the hole series in general, but without spoilers,so don't worry. It all starts with the view of a young lady in the middle of a few persons waiting to cross the street, but somehow she seems really unhappy and well, bother with the whole world. Her name is Yukari (aka Caroline) and she is what we can call a top class student whith great grades and a confident personality. But it's all a fake. She studies a lot at night to keep her grades good and she lacks of confidence. Her house is a sad place, her dad, tired of the way her mom is, left home using his work as a excuse and her mom only wants Yukari to be the number one in everything she does. On top of that, her little brother is a truly genious and doesn't need to study at all to keep up his grades... and her mom is always comparing her with him... But that day, when she was annoyed with the whole world something wonderful happened: a guy spot her and went to talk to her because she, among all the people, was the person his group needed. A fashion group... and they wanted her to be their model. This is the story of how yukari turns into Caroline, a completely new person that seeks, above all, her happiness and destiny. Ai Yazawa's desing is marvelous, she takes care of every detail not only of the characters but also the clothes of everybody. Each character has their own personality: Yukari: scared of the future tries to do what is "right" (acording to her mom and teachers) but deep inside wants something else... she just doesn't know what. Jouji (aka George): the King of ParaKiss (the name of their fashion group). He is talented, excentric, handsome, charismatic and a marvelous designer; his personality is a little twisted and one moment he can be completely sweet and then turn into a cold manipulating person. But he has his own story and you get to know why is he like that. He also falls in love with Yukari. Miwako: the most sweet and cute person in this whole world. She is the one that starts calling Yukari Caroline and doesn't hesitates in helping her. Sometimes acts like a child and dress herself in a "lolita" style. During the story you get to know her a little and in the end you just want to hug her and even eat her xD Arashi: his style is punk and, let me tell you, before I saw him I was always afraid of this kind of people but not anymore, hahaha. Besides being in ParaKiss he also plays in a band. He is Miwako's boyfriend. He seems like a cynical and abrasive person but in fact her cares deeply about those around him. Isabella: well, she is like the "mother" figure to the member's of ParaKiss but the only thing is... well, she is actually a "he". Nevertheless, is one of the most charismatic characters and I totally support her. In fact, she is the one who inspires George's first dress. There's more characters who complete the story in a incredible way. Give it a try if you want to feel inspired and believe in dreams that are worthy of fighting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Cute start to a series. I like that character dynamics. Ai Yazawa has that skill down nicely. The story focus on a girl named Yukari who is a hardworking student who tries hard to please her parents. She meets some students of a nearby art school and they ask her to model their clothing the create. She then starts to question her own views of reality as these 4 new friends show her concepts of life she never thought of before. My only complaint is how the characters keep referencing to themselve Cute start to a series. I like that character dynamics. Ai Yazawa has that skill down nicely. The story focus on a girl named Yukari who is a hardworking student who tries hard to please her parents. She meets some students of a nearby art school and they ask her to model their clothing the create. She then starts to question her own views of reality as these 4 new friends show her concepts of life she never thought of before. My only complaint is how the characters keep referencing to themselves as comics. Let the story be a story not one where the characters know its a story. Otherwise well done. Looks like this will be a fun series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This is only my second manga, so I don't have much to compare it to; but I liked it. I thought it was funny. Nevertheless, I'm not positive I'll borrow the next one. Still, it was entertaining!

  6. 5 out of 5

    JttR T

    -its delicious -tasting fashion -at its -absolute best -with a tangy -twist of -bittersweet -romance

  7. 5 out of 5

    Javiera

    I read this manga in a few hours and I regret nothing. I heard about ParaKiss many years ago but even if the plot was kind of appealing to me, I never had the real intention to make some time and read it. However, this last summer I got interested about "Nana" and that's how I decided to give it to this other Yazawa's work a try again. Even though is a bit more of the typical "My family force me to be like this but I find an unconventional interest that makes me happy even if they wou I read this manga in a few hours and I regret nothing. I heard about ParaKiss many years ago but even if the plot was kind of appealing to me, I never had the real intention to make some time and read it. However, this last summer I got interested about "Nana" and that's how I decided to give it to this other Yazawa's work a try again. Even though is a bit more of the typical "My family force me to be like this but I find an unconventional interest that makes me happy even if they would hate me for that" plotline, Yazawa makes it believable and, at times, very touching. I give her a lot of credit with that because is difficult in this kind of stories. It was easy to end up with a very one sided vision of each character. Without being enough careful Yukari would have ended just being a cynical brat, George as manipulative idiot, Miwako as emotionally unstable brainless lolita, Isabella as just an eccentric fellow and Arashi as a guy with serious rage and jealousy issues. Thankfully that wasn't the case and in each chapter we could see a wonderful development of each one of the guys. Personally, was Yukari and her mother's relationship and also Isabella's realization of his transvestism thanks to George's friendship, my favorite side stories. Honestly, this is not the kind of mangas I like to read and if you ask me to pick between ParaKiss and Nana, I'll go with Nana all the way. However, when I see a well written and drawn story I admit it and this is one of this cases.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    I read this one for the first time four years ago and fell completely and utterly in love with the series. The characters are fantastic. They are all so colourful and interesting, not to mention talented! George is just AWESOME!! I actually don't know what words to use in order to describe him. He is just so unpredictable, but at the same time you can't help but love that about him. After reading this again, I am totally in love with him all over again! Aside from George and his epicness, I don' I read this one for the first time four years ago and fell completely and utterly in love with the series. The characters are fantastic. They are all so colourful and interesting, not to mention talented! George is just AWESOME!! I actually don't know what words to use in order to describe him. He is just so unpredictable, but at the same time you can't help but love that about him. After reading this again, I am totally in love with him all over again! Aside from George and his epicness, I don't think that I have ever come across another artist like Ai Yazawa. Her illustrations are just gorgeous! I can't help but take a minute on each page just to relish her style and the beauty she creates on every page of her manga's. It is incredible! Paradise Kiss is one of my all time favourite manga's and I recommend it to everyone! Can't wait to finish re-reading this series :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    A lot of people I know like Ai Yazawa's 'Nana' series and it is her most popular series. While I did like the movie I wasn't that big of a fan of the manga. However, her Paradise Kiss manga is fantastic. It doesn't have your typical ending and it involves some really interesting fashion. Not to mention that George is one of the most fantastic characters in manga I've read. You don't know whether you want to kill him or kiss him.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Genevra Littlejohn

    This is an excellent series. Too many shojo manga suggest that you're going to go to high school, find the man you'll be with forever, and that'll be it--it was refreshing to find one that shows a relationship that is finite, but still also lasting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I did read the whole series. I thought the main character was pretty much a schmuck but it ended kinda interestingly. Also, the artwork is really neat.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Overall Rating: A+ Summary: A fashion/drama/romance Josei series created by Ai Yazawa (who is also the creator of Nana), which follows Yukari "Caroline" Hayasaka. Yukari is an attractive high schooler, but her life consists of traveling from high school to cram school to home, and back again. The manga opens with Yukari running into Arashi (a punk) and Isabella (a transvestite), who are part of a group of fashion students that call their label "Paradise Kiss". Yukari thinks they are perverts (did I mention she'/>Summary: Overall Rating: A+ Summary: A fashion/drama/romance Josei series created by Ai Yazawa (who is also the creator of Nana), which follows Yukari "Caroline" Hayasaka. Yukari is an attractive high schooler, but her life consists of traveling from high school to cram school to home, and back again. The manga opens with Yukari running into Arashi (a punk) and Isabella (a transvestite), who are part of a group of fashion students that call their label "Paradise Kiss". Yukari thinks they are perverts (did I mention she's a bit naïve?), and faints. When she wakes up, she's staring at a pink-haired woman named Miwako (the cute woman in lolita clothing on the cover), who explains the situation, and that they want her to be their model. She refuses, explaining that she's much too busy with school and doing important things, and that fashion students have it easy. This understandably pisses off Arashi (our spiky haired punk boy on the cover), who yells at her, and Yukari quickly leaves. Miwako runs after her and calls her "Caroline", because she doesn't know Yukari's name yet. As a result, Yukari is referred to as "Caroline" by the Paradise Kiss crew. Regardless, Caroline leaves, but drops her student id. The next day a ridiculously attractive guy named George shows up, and tells Yukari Miwako has her id (he has it). George gets her to go with him, in theory to pick up her id, to the art school Yazagaku. He then takes her to a hair and makeup artist for a makeover (this mostly consists of giving her bangs). After this stop off, they go meet up with the Paradise Kiss crew, and they put Yukari in a dress they designed, give her back her id, and convince her to be their model. I love Ai Yazawa. Nana is one of my favorite series, and I am now thoroughly addicted to "Paradise Kiss" after only one volume. I had already watched the anime, and finally got around to checking out the manga. Now I wish I had grabbed the first volume as soon as I finished the anime (or even while I was watching the anime). As with "Nana", "Paradise Kiss" has an excellent plot that really draws you in, interesting characters that develop in interesting ways (even in just the first volume), and is a lot of fun. The series is clearly intended for a slightly more mature audience (there are sex scenes, but they aren't explicit), but if you like Josei/Shōjo manga check this one out. Check out more manga and anime reviews at Hobotaku!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Okay. The part of me that (still) likes to watch America's Next Top Model every season was for obvious reasons drawn to a series about a reluctant model (Yukari) and the crew of fashion-forward design students that help Yukari discover her passion for the industry. And there was a lot I liked about this series, including the artwork by Yazawa. But the romance that develops between Yukari and George, the "leader" of the group of fashion students she starts hanging around with, made me uncomfortab Okay. The part of me that (still) likes to watch America's Next Top Model every season was for obvious reasons drawn to a series about a reluctant model (Yukari) and the crew of fashion-forward design students that help Yukari discover her passion for the industry. And there was a lot I liked about this series, including the artwork by Yazawa. But the romance that develops between Yukari and George, the "leader" of the group of fashion students she starts hanging around with, made me uncomfortable. At times it was passionate, at times, sweet, but also at times disturbingly disfunctional and kind of emotionally abusive. For that reason, I knocked this one down a few stars. The anime of the same name is really cool and done in a very different style than most modern anime series (I watched the full anime in one shot).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Garden of Eden

    I have finished reading this manga back then. Well truthfully it's really annoyed me when Yukari refuse to attend school at the beginning of the story. You need to finish your education instead of skipping & almost deciding to drop. Depending on your beauty alone is a big no no. There's a part in it she talked as if she had seen lots about life. Well she deserves her mother's slap for that. But, as the story goes by she begins to mature & realise what she should do & don't. Which is I have finished reading this manga back then. Well truthfully it's really annoyed me when Yukari refuse to attend school at the beginning of the story. You need to finish your education instead of skipping & almost deciding to drop. Depending on your beauty alone is a big no no. There's a part in it she talked as if she had seen lots about life. Well she deserves her mother's slap for that. But, as the story goes by she begins to mature & realise what she should do & don't. Which is a good thing. A good part of her is, she manages to persuade her mother through her perseverance. P/s: OH MY GOD! Have I been such a brat during my teenage years? *O*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luke Reynolds

    Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars I am conflicted! I watched the anime adaptation of Paradise Kiss almost two years ago, and while I did love the art and the style of the story, the main couple frustrated me all to heck. It's one of those condescending mind games of a relationship where the guy drags the girl around on a leash, and although she's sick of it, she can't get enough. Along with that, there was some terminology in this book that felt outdated (calling a picnic gay, for example Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars I am conflicted! I watched the anime adaptation of Paradise Kiss almost two years ago, and while I did love the art and the style of the story, the main couple frustrated me all to heck. It's one of those condescending mind games of a relationship where the guy drags the girl around on a leash, and although she's sick of it, she can't get enough. Along with that, there was some terminology in this book that felt outdated (calling a picnic gay, for example; freak was also heavily used). But there's a sort of sophisticated edge to this story that makes it interesting. Yukari is a very judgmental person, but she recognizes her mistakes as soon as she makes them and apologizes for them. That doesn't stop her from being aggravating at parts, but her attitude is at least understandable. She's a frustrated high school senior with nothing in mind for her future except to study. Learning motivation with the Paradise Kiss crew as a model might give her a career idea. There are also some excellent and colorful side characters, including punk band member with a coarse (British here) tongue, Arashi, cute Lolita Miwako, and drag queen Isabella (who I believe was transgender in the anime). They make this more enjoyable and fun when I get annoyed. There's a genuine sense of wacky humor between them that makes me laugh. The real highlight is Yazawa's art, which is quirky and fun and really nice to look at. If I do decide to check out her other series, I have no doubt her engaging drawings will pull me in. Everyone looks stunning here (especially George; his cowboy ensemble was A+ and I really appreciate that he's bisexual). I have the next four volumes in the series thanks to a library book sale, so hopefully I can breeze through them soon. We'll see if this turns out on the same level or better than the anime. Complex romantic dramas will always be of interest in some regards, even with their drama.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Definitely have not read (or watched) a story quite like this one. The initial premise, an outsider brought into an unfamiliar place/group, sure, but the characters and setting in this Magna were totally new to me. All the inhabitants in the Paradise were completely fascinating and people I’d LOVE to hang out with. George...uh...totally gorgeous and I found his personality utterly charming. Our protagonist, “Caroline”, is totally likable and I found her feelings towards the Definitely have not read (or watched) a story quite like this one. The initial premise, an outsider brought into an unfamiliar place/group, sure, but the characters and setting in this Magna were totally new to me. All the inhabitants in the Paradise were completely fascinating and people I’d LOVE to hang out with. George...uh...totally gorgeous and I found his personality utterly charming. Our protagonist, “Caroline”, is totally likable and I found her feelings towards the whole situation realistic. Also, I thought she looks a lot like Rei from Sailor Moon and her personality is also very similar to that character so I found that to be amusing. Will definitely be checking out volume 2!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Imane

    I read the whole series when I was in high school because the fashion was amazing

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mazohyst

    August 9, 2014 I decided to reread this series again. I'm not sure why. Okay, just kidding. I totally know why. I read this article: Paradise Kiss and the Art of Self Deprecation and wanted to revisit Yukari's relationship with George. Not much has changed in the three years since I first read this, but I'd like to analyze their relationship with a clearer head and without being so emotionally attached to the characters. I'm still entranced by Yazawa's cute and quirky art style. I'm still in August 9, 2014 I decided to reread this series again. I'm not sure why. Okay, just kidding. I totally know why. I read this article: Paradise Kiss and the Art of Self Deprecation and wanted to revisit Yukari's relationship with George. Not much has changed in the three years since I first read this, but I'd like to analyze their relationship with a clearer head and without being so emotionally attached to the characters. I'm still entranced by Yazawa's cute and quirky art style. I'm still in love with the way she crafts "dark" moments in what seems like it should be a light-hearted series. I really feel like this first volume sets the stage for the rest of the series. I stand by my original statement though: it's a bit too fast paced for my tastes. This series is near and dear to my heart (as Yazawa's series usually are), so hopefully my reading of it again will unravel in a way that keeps it there. February 17-18 2011 Ai Yazawa. I love her style in drawing. It's extremely alluring and delicious. All the characters are so attractive. Putting the art aside, the story is a bit cliche and too fast paced. I know this series is only five volumes long, but I'm already wishing it was longer for the story to breathe a bit more. The first volume had a lot to absorb, more than usual. On an unrelated note, Isabella is my favourite character so far (visually that is). He reminds me of the extremely beautiful and unfortunately no longer of this world, Jasmine You. P.S. This is my 1000th read book on Goodreads!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kidrauhl

    this is one of my favorite mangas. yukari was such a relatable character for me and she was very refreshing among the typical sugary shojo schoolgirls i was used to read about. yukari is really smart and she feels like a real person and not a stereotype. in fact, all of the character feel that way despite fitting into some. miwako is one of the cutest characters ever. george is really weird and twisted and i can never figure him out, but i guess thats the way he supposed to be. but he's very cha this is one of my favorite mangas. yukari was such a relatable character for me and she was very refreshing among the typical sugary shojo schoolgirls i was used to read about. yukari is really smart and she feels like a real person and not a stereotype. in fact, all of the character feel that way despite fitting into some. miwako is one of the cutest characters ever. george is really weird and twisted and i can never figure him out, but i guess thats the way he supposed to be. but he's very charismatic and interesting. the eccentricity he and all the parakiss characters possess sort of set them apart from cliches. this manga is character driven, not plot driven, which works fine with me because the strenght of the series laid in the characters and their dynamics. it's yazawa's funniest manga the comedic timing is pretty much flawless and somehow she's able to blend the realism with the wacky humor very well. her style is very unique, though she has the typical anime (and manga) flaw of all the characters looking similar. her fashion designs are amazing and i wish we could've seen even more of them. something i liked is that they got modernized in the anime. yes, the manga obviously has an anime adaptation, though it seems in this case the manga is more popular. i watched a bit of the anime and it lacked the same vividness and humor of the manga but it was faithful enough and all the voices fit the characters. the manga is a lot better though. i really recommend it to people who like slice of life stuff and specially to girls. its deeper than the plot and the movie makes it seem.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack Reynolds

    This is the only josei series I've read as of now (and watched in terms of anime), but going back into this world is a lot of fun. Killer fashion and amazing art collide in this coming-of-age story about Yukari Hayasaka, a 3rd year high school student who becomes involved with the shenanigans of Paradise Kiss, a group of students from the Yazawa School of Arts. Aside from eventually signing on to be their model for the school festival up ahead, she also becomes romantically involved with the lea This is the only josei series I've read as of now (and watched in terms of anime), but going back into this world is a lot of fun. Killer fashion and amazing art collide in this coming-of-age story about Yukari Hayasaka, a 3rd year high school student who becomes involved with the shenanigans of Paradise Kiss, a group of students from the Yazawa School of Arts. Aside from eventually signing on to be their model for the school festival up ahead, she also becomes romantically involved with the leader, George Koizumi, which provides a whole new slew of complications. So far, the only problem that isn't directly related to the franchise itself is the translation. It's heavily outdated (transvestite, calling a picnic gay are two instances I caught) and it clashes from what I'm used to reading when it comes to manga. ANYWAYS, re-reading this made me realize just how conflicted my feelings are about George. One side loves him because he is fascinating to look at (he's so pretty; I can't help it) and he's bisexual (which is cool), but at the same time, he is a Manic Pixie Dream Boy and really condescending towards Yukari. I know their relationship isn't perfect, but c'mon. Lighten up a little. I am excited to see what comes next for this series, even though I know what already happens. Hopefully the ending isn't as bad, even though it won't be a happily ever after.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    When I researched this manga, I heard that it's about fashion and modelling and such. It didn't sound like something I'd be too interested in, but being new to manga anyways, I thought I'd give it a try. And whoa. I am so glad I did. Paradise Kiss is about a girl named Yukari Hayasaka. She's very studious and spends mostly all her time studying for college. One day, she is spotted on the street by the members of Paradise Kiss, a group of designers from a local arts high school. She is When I researched this manga, I heard that it's about fashion and modelling and such. It didn't sound like something I'd be too interested in, but being new to manga anyways, I thought I'd give it a try. And whoa. I am so glad I did. Paradise Kiss is about a girl named Yukari Hayasaka. She's very studious and spends mostly all her time studying for college. One day, she is spotted on the street by the members of Paradise Kiss, a group of designers from a local arts high school. She is taken to their studio where they ask her to be their model at the school festival. She isn't sure if she wants to, but she can't help but want to spend more time with the group. There's Arashi, the punk with tons of piercings; Isabella, the glamourous and motherly drag queen; Miwako, the bouncy cutie with the pink hair; and George, the tall, blue-eyed, blue-haired leader of Paradise Kiss. So this was a lot different than I thought it would be. It's not really all about fashion at all. It's about living your life and making your own decisions. And there's also some romance in there, along with the most beautiful friendships. I love the characters; they seem to real, so possible. And the art is just fantastic. Laugh out loud funny at times, too. Rated 16+, for older teens, because of some suggestive content. So if you fit the bill, you should totally give this manga a go.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fenny Wong

    After reading so much shoujo mangas.... I actually find this one series appeal to me the most. Not only because I really liked fashion, but the bittersweet love really got into me. The male lead character George was a very complex and interesting character --- so was the female lead Yukari. Don't expect the ordinarily-popular-handsome-smart-perfect pretty boy like in other mangas, George was different. He had his ambition, dream career, even his negative and dark sides when it comes to love.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yue

    It is an interesting manga, although I was expecting more of the world of fashion, which I guess it will be in the following chapters. Yukari is funny and kinda clumsy character, but she forgets too soon 'her true love' and falls rather quickly for George. The guys at the studio (the rocker, the loli, the drag) and George were OK. I think I liked the drag better as we do not get much about her. Miwako looks so much like a little girl of 14-years-old it looks disturbing to read that sh It is an interesting manga, although I was expecting more of the world of fashion, which I guess it will be in the following chapters. Yukari is funny and kinda clumsy character, but she forgets too soon 'her true love' and falls rather quickly for George. The guys at the studio (the rocker, the loli, the drag) and George were OK. I think I liked the drag better as we do not get much about her. Miwako looks so much like a little girl of 14-years-old it looks disturbing to read that she and the Arashi are lovers. And that she loves 2 boys at the same time. She is a loli, but surely has adults' issues. I will not read the next volumes, but I am glad I did read the first one. I have the movie on my computer, waiting to be watched. And Omasa Aya is playing Miwako (!!!).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela Auten

    Paradise Kiss Volume 1 Review Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I read the manga because I watched the anime. I wanted to see how close the anime came to the manga. This volume represented episodes 1-3. Characters: 5 stars out of 5. I loved each and every character that was written for this manga. Yukari, the narrator, she had a dull life. The only thing she did was study for college entrance exams. She finally opens her shell when she meets the p Paradise Kiss Volume 1 Review Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. I read the manga because I watched the anime. I wanted to see how close the anime came to the manga. This volume represented episodes 1-3. Characters: 5 stars out of 5. I loved each and every character that was written for this manga. Yukari, the narrator, she had a dull life. The only thing she did was study for college entrance exams. She finally opens her shell when she meets the people from Parakiss. A lot of things in her life change. It was nice to see how she developed in the first volume of this manga. Writing Style: 5 out of 5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Lyn

    I fell in love with the series asap. Especially since I read it as a teen in puberty and rebellion XD so I totally felt Caroline's feelings. My family is a bit peculiar, but quite like Caroline's. My sis was like Caroline x the creative lot, slightly out of the household, while I was more like her brother with Caroline's frustrations. We too are as close as Caroline and her brother. It is also the first manga that I felt so near to reality yet too bizarre to be real. I still love the I fell in love with the series asap. Especially since I read it as a teen in puberty and rebellion XD so I totally felt Caroline's feelings. My family is a bit peculiar, but quite like Caroline's. My sis was like Caroline x the creative lot, slightly out of the household, while I was more like her brother with Caroline's frustrations. We too are as close as Caroline and her brother. It is also the first manga that I felt so near to reality yet too bizarre to be real. I still love the series, only hate for it is that IT IS TOO SHORT T.T

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Admittedly, I watched the anime before reading the manga. As someone who is not very much into anime romance OR fashion, I wasn't expecting to like this series as much as I did. What first intrigued me was the art style, so I thought, "eh, I'll give it a go". I was enthralled from the start. What I really loved was the atypical nature of this romance manga. From my experience, most romance manga are very cute, flowery, and girly. Not the case with Paradise Kiss. This one gave off a gritty and er Admittedly, I watched the anime before reading the manga. As someone who is not very much into anime romance OR fashion, I wasn't expecting to like this series as much as I did. What first intrigued me was the art style, so I thought, "eh, I'll give it a go". I was enthralled from the start. What I really loved was the atypical nature of this romance manga. From my experience, most romance manga are very cute, flowery, and girly. Not the case with Paradise Kiss. This one gave off a gritty and erotic feel with an art style and characters to match. Overall, a suprisingly good manga!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aurore

    the movie adaption of this one chose a happy ending. i prefer the manga ending. that's life, and we cannot always have what we want. besides, with the manga ending, we know for sure how much George and Yukari's feelings and love for each other. if not thinking about the other one's future, they would not choose to sacrafice their love. they chose to live longer, they must lose sth precious in exchange. and we, readers, should think carefully of our choice and chance in life. nothing costs for fr the movie adaption of this one chose a happy ending. i prefer the manga ending. that's life, and we cannot always have what we want. besides, with the manga ending, we know for sure how much George and Yukari's feelings and love for each other. if not thinking about the other one's future, they would not choose to sacrafice their love. they chose to live longer, they must lose sth precious in exchange. and we, readers, should think carefully of our choice and chance in life. nothing costs for free.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allanna

    Yukari's life is turned just about upside down when her student pass falls into the hands of some strangers she bumped into. This eclectic group of fashion students know that she would be perfect for modeling their designs at the nest show. Can Yukari (as, as she's dubbed by them, "Caroline") manage to juggle school and her evening college-prep classes AND modeling? (And deal with crushes?)

  29. 4 out of 5

    leila

    This is good stuff. I got a self-insert feeling from it, but the environment she is in is so wonderfully crafted, it don't matter, because you want to be her tooo. Maybe. Unless any kind of entitled whiny Mary Sue vibe pisses you off. Seriously though, if you like Ai Yazawa's other stuff, this is just as good. Watch the anime too, it's not that long and it has an unbelievably good soundtrack. So good I opened my SAT test results to it. So yeah.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I loved this series so much. It was unlike any manga I've ever read before. It's about a teenage girl that becomes the model for a group of fashion students. There is the in-your-face punk, the hot mysterious guy, the cross-dresser, and the super adorable girl. The drawings are beautiful and the characters are original. However, there is one big problem with Paradise Kiss and that is the sexual content. I personally don't like that sort of thing so I never finished the series.

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