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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
Ателье Paradise Kiss
パラダイス・キス

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.2 by Parakiss (3696d ago)
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss (3884d ago)
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss (3884d 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 (1010 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2016, 12:30am PST


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Year
1999

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Serialized In (magazine)
Feel Young (Shodensha)
Zipper (Shodensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Tokyopop (5 Volumes - Complete)
Vertical (3 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #814 increased(+87)
Monthly Pos #1203 increased(+333)
3 Month Pos #1603 increased(+147)
6 Month Pos #1698 decreased(-110)

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On 401 reading lists
On 723 wish lists
On 2890 completed lists
On 87 unfinished lists
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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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One of the best mangas I have ever read.   
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by SayuriEve
July 11th, 2009, 7:34pm
This manga was extremely good. There was none of the usual shoujo, and the ending was realistic..
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And though I would've liked Yukari and George to end up together, i found that I wasn't completely against the ending. Yukari and George had too much of a destructive relationship to make it a realistic choice for the long run (even if I loved them together ><;).
Overall, great manga, as expected of Ai Yazawa.
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Very realistic   
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by Barisaxyphone
July 6th, 2009, 2:14pm
I remember buying this comic when I was a junior in high school. I bought volume one and then within two days I bought all 5 volumes. The artwork was a little different at the time and took some getting used to at first. As far as the story goes it's about a high school girl who is over her head in school work and meets a group of people that show her the world of high fashion and the modeling business. These people teach her alot about herself and what she really wants out of life. Keep in mind that this is a josei and has some mature scenes. And if you like anime that is very honest to the manga this is one of them.

... Last updated on July 6th, 2009, 2:15pm
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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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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kahoko
March 16th, 2009, 5:14pm
I read this manga a long time ago but decided to make a review just now (since I just re-read it).
This is indeed the manga that introduced me to Ai Yazawa's mangas, and I'm really thankful for that.
Even though her art style is "different", I really like it. As for the plot, I think it was excellent. I hated the sad ending and every time I read it I can't help but cry, but I still have to admit I love the story as a whole (yes, even the ending..I agree with gigglemepiink, the ending made it what it is).
I also think that the characters were well developed and they are not our typical characters, they're all really complex and they give this "realistic" feeling.
I totally recommend this manga to everyone.
10/10
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This was actually pretty good.   
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by yumemiru
February 19th, 2009, 9:11pm
I think this was the series that got me to like Ai Yazawa's works.

The storyline wasn't too crazy or anything(I mean, no otakus or gundam robots were running around), but it was definitely enjoyable. The characters were refreshingly cute(in a realistic way), and the romance was nice and dramatic, which is my guilty pleasure, so that was a plus.

And even though the ending wasn't a classic happy ending, it was still satisfying, because it left everyone happy, even though they weren't all together.

And isn't happiness what everyone wants?
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josei   
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by juls91
December 3rd, 2008, 6:36pm
it cant be helped ... its josei and end like this one, its not a surprise here
-not calling it predictible-

Realistic, lovely, i really loved it ... it was like magic.. how a person can change ur live....
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this is one of the ends where they didnt end up together and i still loved it << there arent 2 many.
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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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Sigh   
Rating: N/A
by CassiusOS
September 14th, 2008, 4:36pm
First, what I thought of the manga. Good manga. Was fun to read. I was disappointed at the end. Sucks that two people who go so good together won't be together in the end. That's why sadly, it'll be going in the dustbin after this review.

Now, for people commenting. Notice what I DIDN'T say about the ending.

That's right, I didn't say it's "realistic". What is it with people? Why is it when a manga ends up happily, it's "unrealistic, typical, shoujo", but when it ends badly or sad it's "realistic!". Seriously. The way people talk, love never works out, people always die, or break up, or end up "best friends" (ie, the stupidest thing for a guy and a girl older than 19 to say).

I mean, you guys do know that love works out *gasp* sometimes right? Really, it does. I've seen and experienced it. It happens EVERY DAY. Jeebus. I don't know, maybe you guys seem to think that it makes you seem more mature saying it. Or maybe you just want to avoid saying "Yeah fscking awesome manga that made me feel, not really bad, but well blah, at the end, which honestly ruined the manga for me." Ah well. I think I might just go spam series/oneshots/1volumes with really happy endings saying "Man, the ending was SO REALISTIC".

Sigh.
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