Item description for Paradise Kiss, Book 2 by Ai Yazawa...
Overview When Yukari is asked to be the runway model for the clothing label Paradise Kiss, her life is turned upside down as she juggles college and career.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.24" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 13, 2002
ISBN 1931514615 ISBN13 9781931514613 UPC 645573044619
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More About Ai Yazawa
Ai Yazawa is the creator of many popular manga titles, including "Tenshi Nanka Janai" ("I'm No Angel") and "Gokinjo Monogatari" ("Neighborhood Story"). Another series, "Kagen no Tsuki" ("Last Quarter"), was made into a live-action movie and released in late 2004. American readers were introduced to Yazawa's stylish and sexy storytelling in 2002 when her title "Paradise Kiss" was translated into English.
"Nana" has become the all-time best selling shojo title from Japanese publishing giant, Shueisha. Cumulative sales from the first 12 graphic novels have sold more than 22 million copies and the series even garnered a Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category in 2003. A live-action "Nana" movie is scheduled to hit Japanese theaters in the fall of 2005.
Reviews - What do customers think about Paradise Kiss, Book 2?
I heart parakiss Apr 5, 2008
The story of Paradise Kiss is very interesting. Its a great love story. It will appeal to an age group starting at around age 15+. This is the story of a young girl torn between two paths in life. The life she wants and the life she is made to feel she should live. Very enjoyable.
Pretty Good Nov 8, 2007
Pretty good manga. I'm in my twenties and this is one of the mangas I've really enjoyed.
Its not like MARS :( But still good!
Just What You're Looking for...If You're the Right Reader Apr 9, 2007
Judged on merit alone, Vol. 2 of ParaKiss gets 5 STARS. I gave it a 4 because its not a story that many people (i.e. males and girls under 16) will appreciate.
Yukari's experiences are definitely filtered through a feminine perspective. Males are likely to have trouble relating to her thoughts and reactions. Girls under 16 are likely to be enthralled by Vol. 2's racy (but not raunchy) heat........but in Vol. 2, George starts to show that cool guys like him can be downright *c-o-l-d*. Girls under 16 tend to like "fantasy romance"--ideal love stories where the arguments never escalate beyond cute InuYasha/Kagome banter. They want to see their daydreams on paper....whereas ParaKiss Vol. 2 will appeal more to older girls, who know heartache and will be able to reflect on their own experiences.
That said, other parts of ParaKiss Vol. 2 actually cracked me up laughing. When Arashi gets mad at George for deciding to do a difficult design, look at what's in Arashi's hand! And after Geroge tells Yukari to return some books on the library, look at what the rabbit is doing on the couch behind him. ParaKiss Vol. 2 is sternly dramatic at times, but it is not too heavy-handed.
Disappointed Sep 8, 2004
Compare to the first 4 volumes, vol. 5 is a letdown. Not so much b'cos of the ending, it seems the author was out of time, squeezing the story should have a couple more volumes into one volume. At times, it seems abrupt and a bit far-fetched, probably just haven't been given enough time to adjust to it.
The author sometimes have a bizzare way to put things together, there are parts in the last volume, I find it a bit strange for my taste, it could well possibly due to the translation (since I don't read Japanese). In short, it's a bit anti-climatic.
Surprise twist ending! May 27, 2004
I want to write a review without spoiling anything for someone who hasn't read it yet. Let's just say that this book has a happy ending, but not the ending you expected. Not the kind Disney would feed you. Let's just say Arashi has issues with Hiroyuki, George & Yukari are still questioning their relationship over their couriers,Everyone makes fun of George's committment issues like dating more than one person at a time, & Isabella runs away with someone he loves. Lots of gay jokes like in book one & many appearences by sexy Seiji. Ths book does a beautiful job of softly bouncing back & forth between humor & drama. It seems like I've told you a lot, but I haven't really told you anything.