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Paradise Kiss  
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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-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.


Related Series
Gokinjo Monogatari (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Ателье Paradise Kiss

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.2 by Parakiss over 12 years ago
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss over 13 years ago
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss over 13 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban, 2014 - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1041 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 22nd 2018, 6:50am PST



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Original Publisher
Shodensha (1999)
Shueisha (2014)

Serialized In (magazine)
Zipper (Shodensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (5 Vols - Complete)
Vertical (3 Vols - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #552 increased(+26)
Monthly Pos #897 increased(+231)
3 Month Pos #1549 decreased(-35)
6 Month Pos #1682 decreased(-44)
Year Pos #1699 increased(+67)

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On 440 reading lists
On 767 wish lists
On 3026 completed lists
On 92 unfinished lists
On 380 custom lists

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One of the greatest.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
April 5th, 2017, 6:54am
I first read this manga in 2009 and reread it again in 2017. This manga got to me every single time. Now that I'm older, I'm able to appreciate the relationship between George and Caroline. It was far from perfect. They brought out the best of each other, but they also brought out the worste too. What George said was right, "We keep pushing our desires onto one another." At first I wished this manga had a fairytale ending. Now I know reality does not work out that way. Caroline was a true and realistic female role model for girls. She showed us how easy it was to get tangled in our desire and how hard and painful it was to grow up. But ultimately, you have to do yourself justice.

... Last updated on April 5th, 2017, 6:56am
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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wishing_star
December 29th, 2016, 1:05pm
It was intriguing from the beginning, where our main character is pulled into this new and quirky world of fashion. Themes like looking for one self, figuring out what you want to do resonated with me throughout the manga.
The romance was interesting between Caroline and George. And I believe that the ending
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was what the best for both of them. It portrayed the romance realistically, of loving and letting go. I didn't think that I would like an ending where the two protagonists don't end up together, as I think we all to some extent wish for happy endings. But what is the meaning of a happy ending anyway? At the end, Caroline and George did not end up together, but they have each found their own path, followed their dreams and aspirations. From the way the story was built, I think it was the best and most fitting ending considering their personalities.
In the end, Paradise kiss' beautiful storytelling managed to stir up conflicting emotions in me and made this read very enjoyable.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mashimaro12345
April 26th, 2016, 2:56am
A seemingly cliche shoujo manga from the otuset, but packs a punch of the very essence of bittersweet reality of life in every breathtaking pages.

It speaks volumes of many things, Yukari's conflicting relationship with her mother (heavy expectations against reality which is found in many asian cultures), coupled with her family condition (a father who is absent in the important aspects of her life) which pushed her into a poor mental state coupled with her insecurites, hence pushing her into a relationship with George which she held onto like her lifeline as she felt alone.

For me this manga is inspiring in many ways, how the author has managed to convey her ideas and feelings into these few volumes is amazing, how it teaches readers the essence of life that reality is always bittersweet, that even so, that should not bring a person down that's why aspirations should be chased with passion. I also like the unconventional idea that "love" may not be what we envisioned it to be (Yukari and George's relationship), but what's undeniable is that they were in love with each other. Even so, I am very happy with the fact that the author has kept strictly to her ideas and believes, that Yukari at the end chose for herself instead of having both Yukari and George mashed up together which in turn would send the wrong message to the readers. Seeing how Yukari has grown and matured as a heroine especially towards the end was deeply satisfying and I could not be happier otherwise with the ending.
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I cried @ the end, guys... Y^Y   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noxplum
January 18th, 2016, 8:11pm
Ok, I RARELY cry at the end of mangas, but for some reason this one got me. I know everyone's like "Oh god, the ending was AWFUL.." or "DONT READ IT THE ENDING SUCKS!!!" but for me.. the ending fit perfectly. ;D P.S. George is a babe <3
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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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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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