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Paradise Kiss

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: ParaKiss
Japanese: パラダイス・キス
English: Paradise Kiss
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 48
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 23, 1999 to Mar 22, 2003
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: School School, Visual Arts Visual Arts
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Zipper
Authors: Yazawa, Ai (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.291 (scored by 2170221,702 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3112
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #310
Members: 53,580
Favorites: 2,666

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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /48

Synopsis

After two eccentrically dressed individuals ambush her, high school student Yukari Hayasaka promptly passes out due to shock. She soon awakens to find herself surrounded by even more strangely dressed people in the basement studio of Paradise Kiss—a fashion design club composed of four students from Yazawa School for the Arts. Although it seems like Yukari has been kidnapped, the older students explain that they only approached her to see if she would model their collection for an upcoming fashion show.

Being a senior with a busy schedule, Yukari furiously rejects the group's offer. But when she drops her student passbook in her haste to leave, the ringleader of the group, George Koizumi, picks it up and uses it as a means to coerce Yukari into considering their request. After hearing about the other members' unbridled ambition, Yukari is inspired to reevaluate her own circumstances and eventually agrees to help them out.

Now as Paradise Kiss' model, Yukari must learn to balance her new responsibilities with her hectic personal life. However, the more time she spends with George and the rest of the team, the harder it becomes for her to avoid getting swept up in the glitz and glamor of the fashion world.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Paradise Kiss was published in English by Tokyopop from May 21, 2002 to March 9, 2004. Due to Tokyopop dissolving in 2011, Vertical Inc. acquired the publishing rights and republished the entire series in three volumes from September 25, 2012 to March 5, 2013.

The manga received a live-action film adaptation produced by Fox International, which was released in Japan on June 4, 2011. A mobile game based on the series was published by Hot Pod on June 6, 2011.

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Reviews

Jun 22, 2008
Whenever I read "Nana" from manga-ka Ai Yazawa, I feel suckered into a world that, not only is fantastic, but is completely relatable... She has a knack for producing characters that are flawed, human. And make them likable... One doesn't realize the skill of an author so much when just given one example of their work, and, since I had only read the "Nana" manga (and absolutely love it, despite its flaws) I wasn't able to see just how good Ai Yazawa's pacing and storytelling can be... :)

"Paradise Kiss", an amalgamation of a love for fashion and love in general, is, as a whole, a ...
Dec 28, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Okay so I personally feel like this manga was not as good as it could've been. The characters each were pretty deep but I feel like they weren't explored into enough, especially the main character male. Honestly this is pretty refreshing compared to all the typical romance mangas but I felt very unsatisfied upon finishing the manga. Overall the art was beautiful but I feel that there should have been more development with the story and the characters as well.

(SPOILERS AHEAD!!) Ok so honestly the way that the manga started was very unsettling for me. She meets random people who want her to model ...
Nov 20, 2021
Well-writtenWell-written
As someone who has engaged with Ai Yazawa’s works like NANA, Tenshi Nanka ja Nai (I’m Not an Angel), and Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), I am very familiar with what she is capable of. Ai Yazawa has the power to write characters who are flawed but you still feel for them and want them to be well, even if you don’t agree with all their decisions. Characters who you look forward to seeing how their journey ahead will be like. Characters who aren’t pretentious and are truly doing their best at what they strive towards. So after about eight weeks of waiting to borrow ...

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