Paradise Kiss

20th Anniversary Edition

Graphic novel, 858 pages

English language

Published Dec. 3, 2019 by Vertical Comics.

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3 stars (5 reviews)

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. (from Baka-Updates manga)

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2 stars

I originally had a good impression of Paradise Kiss. There are so many good reviews, and I adored Nana, so I thought I would have a good time reading it. The plot, I feel, is typical for a Shojo. The difference is that the characters did not have any padding- showing real-world topics, yes, but it is definitely not charming.
Yukari is not likable. She is overly judgemental, defensive, and rude- I can only hope they made her this way to show growth. She has a "holier than thou" attitude that I despise. Her overall attitude toward the queer community around her was appalling, too, and the book tried to pass it as acceptable. The other characters are not off my radar, either. The overall story is questionable or annoying at best.

TW for sexual assault and rape mentions.
I have one major problem with the first volume: the …

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  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Josei
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • School Life
  • Slice of Life