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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 11 years ago
v.1 c.10+Omake by Parakiss over 12 years ago
v.2 c.1 by Parakiss over 12 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 (1031 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 1st 2017, 2:43am PST



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Original Publisher
Shodensha (1999)
Shueisha (2014)

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

Licensed (in English)

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #506 increased(+153)
Monthly Pos #933 increased(+268)
3 Month Pos #1403 increased(+172)
6 Month Pos #1636 increased(+37)
Year Pos #1668 increased(+22)

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On 747 wish lists
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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: 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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