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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 (2994d ago)
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss (3181d ago)
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss (3181d 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 (947 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

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 #906 increased(+112)
Monthly Pos #1522 increased(+69)
3 Month Pos #1701 decreased(-79)
6 Month Pos #1692 decreased(-45)

List Stats
On 365 reading lists
On 657 wish lists
On 2691 completed lists
On 77 unfinished lists
On 287 custom lists

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Highly Recommended   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by geanime54
January 23rd, 2011, 3:15am
I've never been one for drama (more often that not I find the genre more tedious than meaningful) but Yazawa Ai's work is an exception every time. Wonderfully written with highly engaging art...The characters come alive through their story and you really feel like you're witnessing a section of each character's life. Also, I agree whole heartedly with every word of eylookturkey's review below. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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The ending made me furious at first because I wanted Yukari and George to work things out and stay together. The very next morning after I finished it, however, it suddenly hit me how beautiful the ending is...and I came to peace with the fact that things ended the way they did. Now I really admire Yazawa's bravery and genius in letting things end realistically and yet so...full of meaning.


This a series I haven't forgotten and will never forget.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2011, 3:20am
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just started   
Rating: N/A
by angeltheya_12
September 4th, 2010, 11:03pm
i'll be straight forward... this manga is weird! and i SO hate weird mangas... BUT i am so freaking hooked up with this!! i just started reading it and i really want to read more!! the first chapter of a manga is really important ... and sometimes i just drop it if it's boring, weird, and senseless.. but i am impressed with the first chapter of parakiss and i am looking forward for the other chapters (^v^)
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Breathtaking, Complex   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eylookturkeys
July 9th, 2010, 1:11am
This is the only manga that's ever had me in tears. It's hard to extract tears from this face, you see - only very happy moments manage that (like the ending of Shrek II, for example...). The characters are, as another reviewer stated, immensely flamboyant, but something about each of their personalities rings as genuine. The main character, in particular, showed so many parallels with my own actions that I felt embarrassed and ashamed as I was reading her realizations of those bad habits.

Simply:
Intensely emotional, unpredictable, realistic, "Paradise Kiss" is a bittersweet symphony of youth and the complexity of reality, played sensationally by a crew of needle-toting misfits and their muse.
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Real Emotions   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by In-tuition
June 26th, 2010, 1:19pm
Ai Yazawa's characters may be over-the-top flamboyant, but they certainly have very real emotions. This is the first manga I've read where the main character
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ends up with the side character male (who is usually the better choice for a long-term relationship)
. I'd say this is a realistic love story, not like the kind of fluff typical in a shoujo manga.
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Yukari/Caroline's relationship with George is doomed to failure, because they're both very stubborn, headstrong people, and George can never really love anyone from the way he has been brought up. He likes to bend and manipulate his women and can never be part of a lasting relationship.


TOKYOPOP actually did a decent job translating this. I could feel all the emotions and confusion that Yukari was going through.
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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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Thank gawd she finished in 5 volumes   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by voraciouszest
September 8th, 2009, 7:47pm
Paradise Kiss is a good series. The mangaka is talented, the story is interesting and full of human flaws. The best thing? The mangaka actually ended the story before it became ridiculous. Five volumes with a great story intact.

A thousand times better than Nana.
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A good mixture of reality and idealism   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by coldchipsspoils
August 26th, 2009, 4:51pm
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It's been two years since I read this manga and I still like it. I agree with a lot of people saying that the ending is pretty realistic in that the two weren't exactly meant for each other. Though I don't really agree that Hiroyuki was meant for Yukari either.. But meh, maybe it's the best for the manga since it would be difficult to just introduce a new character that's supposedly Yukari's soulmate.. :/ But I think that it's rather unhealthy for the relationship between Yukari and Hiroyuki if Yukari still have feelings for George. It would be best if Yukari would mention that she's crying at the Broadway because of gratitude towards George and Paradise Kiss for putting her in the right path.. The last panel just striked me that she might still love George very much.. Who knows, the last few lines could be interpreted in a lot of ways..

Also modelling is a wonderful dream, any dream is, but I know a few models who still have to go to school and still place education first.. And it's not even an art school. Not much into fashion either. It's a technical school.. O_O'' So it's all about auto and plumbing.. >.>''

Maybe it's only in Canada.. O_O'' Cause modeling in parkas don't rack in big money.. XD Joking..

Anyways, all I want to say it that it IS possible to be going to school and model at the same time.. Just need really good time management skills so anybody thinking of modeling, you DON'T have to quit school or let it slide.


... Last updated on August 26th, 2009, 4:51pm
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Give this comic a chance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cowslaves
July 25th, 2009, 1:14am
i didn't like it at first because it was too fast paced, but i'm glad i didn't give up on it. in my opinion, the plot is very unique compared to the other mangas out there. although i enjoyed the manga, i was disappointed that things didn't go the way i wanted, but the ending did seem to work out better the way it did.
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Relieved at the ending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dolce
July 18th, 2009, 11:57pm
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Wow, I'm glad I went back to finish this series... I gave up reading it after finding out- halfway through volume 2- that Yukari and George wouldn't end up with each other. (Sigh. I shouldn't have read spoilers.) But I picked this series up again after reading the good reviews about it, and after finishing the rest of the volumes, the ending just seemed right. I was actually relieved to see Yukari end up with Hiro, because he seemed like the person Yukari was seeking for. And he's more reliable. George seemed like the person to open up Yukari's insight on something besides cramping in a room studying, and with the rest of the team, teach Yukari to do what she liked and help her mature. I think Yukari matured the most through her relationship with George, and if they had ended up together, it would have been a futile effort and awkward. (Plus, it wouldn't fit Yazawa Ai's "style"!) Great story and the art was well drawn.
I am curious, though, what happened to George and Kaori in the end...
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Oh yes   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rebeccasuzanne
July 16th, 2009, 8:07pm
I love this, it's bitter sweet but a beautiful story and coming from an art school I can totally relate to Yazawa's misfit cast -- which is why I love her works so much. If you're a fan of Nana I would definitely read this.
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