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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 (2931d ago)
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss (3119d ago)
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss (3119d 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 (936 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 28th 2013, 9:20am PST


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Year
1999

Original Publisher

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 #735 increased(+193)
Monthly Pos #1338 increased(+61)
3 Month Pos #1505 increased(+123)
6 Month Pos #1632 increased(+15)

List Stats
On 363 reading lists
On 654 wish lists
On 2664 completed lists
On 76 unfinished lists
On 281 custom lists

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good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lynn101
September 20th, 2008, 3:37pm
it was pretty good and the art was good too...the characters are soo unique but sometimes too unique to me that it made it too unrealistic.
but the plotline was good and kept you wanting more.
the ending was perfect! it showed that life won't always turn out to be what it looks like. very good.
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^^   
Rating: N/A
by pandora
December 2nd, 2009, 2:39am
I read this manga at least 20 times, and watched the anime even more. Basically each time when I get into mini depressions I watch the anime and it makes me feel a lot better, this manga is certainly one of the best.
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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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lovely   
Rating: N/A
by suitopi
March 24th, 2011, 5:02pm
When my friend recommended this to me, I laughed and rejected it because I was a total fashion geek (yes, I drew and made my own clothes) and thought that this manga was inferior to my apparently amazing skills (yes, I am making fun of myself).

Recently, I picked it up because I was bored, and it really blew me away. Whatever reality is, I do not know. I will not generalize and call it romantic or realistic, but Yukari's situation itself held both adjectives and won more empathy than I really expected to give.

and this might sound stuck up but..

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the whole time he was being depressed I kept yelling "GO COUTURE, GO COUTURE! NOT EVERYTHING IS RTW YOU IDIOT. JUST WORK HARDER ASDFGHJKL;"

and then she finally broke it to him that he could actually work hard and get a chance.

That was probably was irritated me the most, haha.


If you're looking for a fluffy, romantic get-away, this is something you should probably avoid.

Oh and,

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As much as I wanted a happy ending with Yukari and George, I'm really happy they didn't end up together. I just feel that it wouldn't have been healthy for either of them... Maybe this is not why Yazawa split them, but I think it carries a good message about mentally abusive relationships. Okay, public service announcement done.
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@ CassiusOS   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yukari_chan
June 15th, 2009, 7:16pm
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It is entirely possible that the person you fall in love with the first time is "the one," but what are the chances of that? In most cases, people aren't so lucky. The series is not realistic just because Yukari didn't end up with her dream guy - it was realistic because they decided to break it off when things weren't working out. I admit that when I first read this series as a middle schooler, I was also disappointed with the ending. Why didn't Yukari leave with George? Upon second reading, I now realize how wrong that would be...for the both of them. Their ideals simply didn't match - they were not right for each other. Their relationship was exciting, but it wasn't meant to last.

In most manga, couples don't stay together for the majority of the series only to break it off in the last volume. Otherwise, there would be no point. However, something important did come as a result of Yukari and George's relationship together. In the beginning of "ParaKiss," Yukari was a close-minded girl who lived her life according to social expectations. She did not know what she wanted to do with her life and merely focused on pleasing her mother. All of this changed after meeting George~ she was able to realize her dreams.
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great!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonie
February 2nd, 2007, 5:44pm
i wish she would have kept going with it, but i understand she would want to focus on nana more.. i'm in love with NANA! but of course, i would have loved more plot development TT__TT the fashion aspect of the manga was awesome!!
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Mediocre   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by unnes
August 28th, 2006, 7:44am
I honestly don't see why this is such a popular series. The characters are flighty and materialistic, and I didn't care at all for the protagonist or the love interest. The art and fashion was pretty cool, but the story was mediocre at best.
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AWESOME   
Rating: N/A
by Siara
October 3rd, 2005, 3:03am
Great manga. Nice artwork, great story. And only 5 volumes!!! A must see for all.
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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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amazing   
Rating: N/A
by strawberriez880
July 7th, 2011, 6:11am
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paradise kiss couldn't have ended any better. ever since volume 3, i knew that george and yukari wouldn't stay together. their personalities just clash too much. if they did stay together, then the whole story of Paradise would be pointless, really. and there'd be no end to yukari and george's fights. on the other hand, i'm so glad arashi and miwako didn't break up. i almost expected miwako to ditch arashi for hiro, but anyway.

im too lazy to say anything else, so ill leave it at this. oh and, if you're the type of person who hates non-stereotypical manga, stay away from Parakiss. it'd be too much for your fantasy fillled brain.
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