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Paradise Kiss  
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Description
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-styled fashion-obsessed artists who call themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself flung into 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.

In this manga we meet characters from Gokinjo Monogatari like Mikako (and her little sister, Miwako - she's in the "ParaKiss" group) and Arashi's father (only a poster, but still), as well as new characters like Isabella.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Gokinjo Monogatari (Adapted From)

Associated Names
パラダイス・キス
天堂之吻
ParaKiss

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.2 by Parakiss (2968d ago)
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss (3155d ago)
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss (3155d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 5

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (945 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2014, 6:41am PST


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Year
1999

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Serialized In (magazine)
Zipper (Shodensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (5 Volumes - Complete)
Vertical (3 Omnibus - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #880 increased(+100)
Monthly Pos #1475 decreased(-116)
3 Month Pos #1522 increased(+100)
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On 364 reading lists
On 658 wish lists
On 2683 completed lists
On 77 unfinished lists
On 287 custom lists

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"reality bites"   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by wrensei
September 13th, 2013, 3:57am
I've read negative comments and I dunno if my comments here were the same as others but I'd like to point out some stuffs.

It's just LOVE, people fall in and out of love, the ending part perhaps shocked those who are rooting for a "first of everything ...and everlasting love".
It took the path of "slice of life" thing and conflict-love-fiction scenario.
the story broke my heart it's like giving me a hang over but I DO UNDERSTAND that there were people out there who ventures life..just like that..I salute the mangaka for this story.
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Very Good.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 6:04pm
One of those few mangas where I enjoyed the anime more than the manga. Nevertheless, the manga was still brilliant. It's unique, romantic, interesting, beautiful, dramatic, and touching. I really enjoyed it though I feel like it was rushed, yet, not rushed.
Like it hit a climax and just ended. And that ending....won't spoil it, but it's definitely not what I was expecting. Won't read or watch again, but it is a brilliant story and a great first read.
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That was pretty awesome!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
May 12th, 2013, 1:14pm
I didn't care for it much at the beginning - I didn't like Yukari, and I especially didn't like her George-romance-obsession. It was rather difficult to buy that he genuinely found her personality attractive, and to be honest, he was so blatantly bad for her. I suppose we've all got to fall for a bad boy sometime in your life, but at points throughout the story, I had to stop and walk around to room to calm myself down, I got so incredibly irritated.

But I stuck with it, and it drew me in, and I think it ended surprisingly well - bittersweet, and nice, and I'm really pleased that the nice guy wins in the end. Maybe I just got so annoyed with it because it paralleled my life a little bit too much. bigrazz

I did thoroughly enjoy the mood of the story - it was rooted in realism, but it also had sort of that "I don't care, I live the way I want" vibe that is both such a flighty fantasy thing and also something a lot of people do. I feel like I could have met these people in real life, and have liked (or disliked) them.

So that. And I did like the ending. It suited the story far more than a happily-ever-after would have, because sometimes, people just aren't right for you, but that doesn't mean that being with them wasn't wonderful anyway.
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Gokinjo Monogatari ~> Paradise Kiss ~> Happy Me X3   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bibisuki
January 3rd, 2013, 9:00pm
After reading Gokinjo Monogatari, I felt such a big urge to immediately read Paradise Kiss (like a feeling running through my body), and find out how the continuation of the next generation´s story was like.

I´m loving the art, at first years ago I didn´t like so much piercings, but now I got used to see them, and quite like them (when they are used in a stylish mode, ok?) Also, I´m loving the male characters art, OMG Hiro and George both are hotties *dies*
Even though he is so cold, in his own way he shows interest, love and care. He is just so damn manly and mature, I cannot help but envy Yukari

Miwako, so damn cute, I would like a little sister like her. SO MOE and STYLISH at the same time X3

Also my favorite part in the art, are the eyes, George´s gaze kills me and send me right away to seventh heaven. They feel so realistic and penetrating.
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Surprisingly Unique   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelabsun
December 26th, 2012, 11:50pm
At first, I was hesitant in starting "Paradise Kiss" because it seemed cliched and the synopsis made it seem boring, but after starting it, I really couldn't put it down. In the beginning, I had an extreme dislike for the art because I couldn't see how Yukari could be considered pretty and I couldn't stand how lanky most of the characters were, but after awhile, I got used to it and even started to like it, although I still dislike the art from the anime.

The part that interested me the most was actually the relationship between Yukari and George. I liked them together at first, but then they kind of turned into a mess, but unlike some people, I really liked the ending.
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What I liked was that although they were in love with each other, it kind of turned into a mess and as they grew up and began to find their own paths, they didn't stick to each other, but fell apart. In the end, George became a designer in Europe and Yukari became a model/actress, and she is on her way to marrying her first crush.


Also, the story strayed from Yukari and George's story and included other characters', such as Miwako and Arashi's.
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Unexpected   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by SoaRin
August 6th, 2012, 11:35am
I've got to say I started reading this manga thinking of it as a light break from more complex stories I was reading but oh but how wrong I was. I love how it started as almost a clichéd shoujo but evolved into something completely different, gripping and deep.

I loved the main characters and their relationships. Throughout the series I noticed a touch of realism in every single one of them. They were not perfect and/or annoying reflections of some character types, they felt very human - with all their doubts, uncertainties and passions. Yes, even George. Thus it was very easy to identify with them.

The romance was lovely but not all bubbly and peachy - I appreciate that.


Everything was going all right with the plot, it was well paced but I always wondered while reading it why there were only five volumes of this series. The ending, however, was like a wake-up call.
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After such dream-like fantasies we're forced to land on the ground. It was so realistic - too realistic - that it left this bittersweet taste afterwards. Plain realism is not why I read manga, in fact, I usually want quite the opposite. However, I never appreciated those cheesy and-they-lived-happily-ever-after endings anyway (or, so to say, I never truly like endings, whatever they might be). In other words, although it completely shattered my naive, child-like dreams and made my fears come true (yes, after a while I started suspecting Caroline was going to end up with Hiro), it was also beautiful in a way that it was both realistic and real.


This is a beautiful, thought-evoking story about growing up and learning how to stand on your own two feet, love, appreciate and let go. Highly recommended.

... Last updated on August 6th, 2012, 11:50am
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Ruined my day   
Rating: N/A
by Yuvaine
August 5th, 2012, 1:56pm
I just finished with the manga, and it has left a bitter taste. It was good halfway through, but after that the story went completely downhill. The needlessly stubborn side of both the main characters was disappointing, and by the end, I just felt that the story was forcibly shaped into how the mangaka had thought it out to be.... It wasn't satisfying, instead it made me feel cheated....
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It would have been alright if they had given up their feelings, but they still loved each other. Wouldn't that be unfair to the person they'd be living with in the future...? It's a given that any relationship needs you to compromise a little, no matter how I think about it, it feels like both of them took the easy way out. It was a disappointment to the readers(me, atleast) who'd been cheering on the main characters ever since the beginning...


I won't advice anyone to read this manga, the main characters show no development all through the series.... And the plot is the worst. The 4 point it got was only due to the decent art.
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Great, but somewhat weak   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
June 11th, 2012, 6:58am
ParaKiss really allowed you to learn and understand the story at the main character's pace. In an ingenious combination of scenes and art, in just the right sequence, Ai Yazawa surprised me when I found out that my attitude at first towards this manga was the exact same attitude Yukari had towards the members of ParaKiss when they first met, as if this was intended (but this was just me).

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That goes onto say that during Yukari's relationship with George I really got into it. You have that same confliction she was feeling, and when things don't work out, you also have that same stubbornness and aggravation.

The art and storyline were very unique.

As for why this is not a 10, more than half of the manga online (11 and on) were from the actual sold English copies and while I don't usually prefer those (the wording is just so...), the more worse part was that it was badly scanned, two pages on one, etc. That kind of made the manga go fast for me, so I felt no big impact when it ended.

There was also the constant breaking the fourth wall that the characters always did, which was annoying and sometimes was straight into/during a passionate moment or scene.
The ending, to me, was also kind of disappointing...
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The storage room scene was okay; I cried a bit, but the whole George suddenly moving to Paris was just like...a cheap shot, I'd like to say. It happens a lot in manga when a mangaka just throws something unheard of/cheap in there to make up for a storyline/ending. So that's what I say to that...but I do suppose it being Paris is better than America (as they usually are), as he was the one to show interest in haute couture.


Otherwise, everything was good. The love was passionate; it was real; it was mature. There were many characters/scenes that really allowed you to understand the romance between George and Yukari, but maybe her
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constant crap and hysterics were a little annoying (And by this I mean if I were George, I wouldn't be in love with her.), especially near the end.


Lastly, my favourite thing about this manga was...
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how I felt conflicted, really badly. George is so charming, seductive, and it just lures you in on how great of a man/character he is, as George was definitely not what you would call an "honest man," but that was what made him so mysterious. "Curiouser and curiouser!" As you would say. But because of this, conflict flares within Yukari and she becomes broken, in her life and in her mind. It just made me think of Hiro (as I'm sure some were), and how when she goes to him for advice, you just start leaning him towards him more, Hiro being so dependable, rational, thoughtful, but, as Yukari and as with me, George is like a black hole, where when you already know of the danger, you still approach it, and when you're too close, the blackness sucks you in. Yet still somehow you're at bliss. I mean, I do reckon she still has feelings for George towards the end. It was just good, very good.


... Last updated on August 16th, 2012, 6:08pm
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Kewl   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
May 20th, 2012, 5:36pm
I'm an easy rater, but trust me, this manga is worth your time. I'd consider it a good old 19s manga for sure. The art is definitely unique, and so are the characters and the situations they're put through. Much originality to indulge on, hm, hm.

It has its own style. The ending was pretty bitter-sweet, but I think it was not a bad way of ending the story. I have to include - I'm just really grateful to this mangaka for not making her characters all sterotypical and shit.

... Last updated on August 13th, 2012, 11:57am
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9/10 but 1 Point Penalty = 8/10   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Meins
May 4th, 2012, 10:31pm
Art is not bad (and mean more an British "not bad" than anything else *g*). Objects are drawn good, faces have not very much distinguished features and the range of expressions are limited. But overall OK.

The story is good, the characters have noticeable own personal motivations and own goals.
I really like the story. It's not happy story, a story that could happen in real live. Even the one main character is only 18, the story is very mature (well it's Josei after all). The Ending is appropriate and good but the last 11 pages are completely unnecessary. On the last 11 pages you can read what happens 10 years after this story. It seams that the author is weak-willed and dare not to let a strong ending standing alone. The 11 pages didn't destroy anything, they are only unnecessary. What happens in 6 months or 10 years is simply a different story.

I give a penalty point to the author for two reasons: first, i didn't like the meta-talking. This thing when characters begin to talk about how many panels they have left for this chapter, or complaining that they have not enough appearance in the manga and there like more.
Second and more importantly: the author is recycling old characters from old stories.This happened in this manga also. I thing it's boring. Arashi, Miwako and Hiroyuki were a love-triangle in a other manga. In volume 4, out of the blue and without a real connection to main story, the author begins something like "and now we continue the story of this 3 Lovers". I could almost follow what and why they say things to each other but some hints could only readers of the old manga understand. It is a very bad style for storyteller if you begin a side story which don't connect to the main story (OK, there is a connection in the way that the 3 were side characters in the main story but this lame), the outcome of this side story has no influence on the main story what ever. If you think as a marketing chef this is a very good move to get some readers interested in the old manga. For a Storyteller this is only very, very bad style.

Besides this penalty point(s), i can only recommend this manga. smile
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