Item description for Paradise Kiss Vol 1 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: 7.2" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date May 14, 2002
ISBN 1931514607 ISBN13 9781931514606 UPC 645573044602
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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 Vol 1?
Great story 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.
Wonderful manga series! Dec 29, 2006
I actually watched the anime before the manga. I liked the Anime series quite a bit and ordered all 5 volumes of the manga. If you're homophobic and cannot handle TG characters, don't bother. This manga is heavy on cross-dressing and bi-sexual tendencies. But it's a wonderful, refreshing manga to read with a non-vanilla ending.
Books like this Oct 18, 2006
Don't come along everyday. It really seems to transcend the line between manga and a novel. It's beautifully illustrated, and the dialogue between the characters is so real and emotional. I love this series, and I also love the Nana series by Ai Yazawa. Her style is so... picturesque? Emotional?
I find that everytime I pick up one of her works I am spellbound until the last page.
Surprised Jan 29, 2006
I've never really been into reading Manga but after watching the anime and enjoying, I spotted the manga and bought it on a whim. I was really surprised, it has an interesting story line that differs enough from a large number of the manga's out there which makes good enough to stand out. While it does have the typical romance in it, that isn't the focus, it's about a girl feeling lost, bored and without a focus in her life. She's been doing what her parents want for her entire life and meeting a new group of people exposes her to a side of life that she has never thaught about and captivates her. I'm not going to say anymore so that I don't give anything away.
"I thought you were gay, George!" "I'm a bi." Oct 22, 2005
I found this manga to be (quote the Tokyopop advertisement) "refreshingly different". Yeah, it's got all the "do I or don't I" romance drama, but hey, Yazawa-sensei isn't making a cliched manga series, here. The story is thus: pretty and smart Yukari wants to add some color to her dull, dull life. She's walking to prep school one day when suddenly, A crazy looking guy (with a safety pin in his lip...) tells her she's "ace" and asks her to be a model for a fashion show. Terrified, Yukari runs away from him, only to be grabbed by Isabella, a giant Drag Queen (who works with the guy from before). She passes out, and when she wakes up, she's in a New York bar-esque place, with the two guys from before and a girl with pink hair looming over her. Again they ask her to be a fashion model, and she says no. As she leaves, she forgets her passbook, and George, the sexy leader of the band of weirdoes (as Yukari calls them)resolves to take it to her and make her be their model, whether she wants to or not! I found myself laughing a lot in this manga, from the hilairious expressions to the even funnier dialogue. The art is beautiful, from the characters realistic bodies and faces, to the even more beautiful clothes. God, where do I begin on the clothes. Gorgeous. If you like this manga, check out Gokinjo Monogatari(neigborhood stories, kind of a prequel to ParaKiss) and Yazawa-sensei's newest series, Nana.(by the way, my totally random title is just one of the conversations in this very funny book).