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Paradise Kiss vol. 1 (2005)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Drama Anime, Shojo
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Yukari doesn't have much in her life besides schoolwork. The pressure from her mom and dad to get into a good college keeps her from doing much besides homework and complaining, but that all changes when she's spotted on the street by a young punk who thinks she should be a model. As it turns out, he goes to a high-school for young designers and he and his friends need someone to model their new clothing line, Paradise Kiss. Suddenly, Yukari has found something she is good at, and has a real direction for the first time. The interest in fashion rubs off on her, and with her new friends by her side, Yukari decides to pursue a career that revolves around her new talent. But is it really fashion that's driving her, or is it the crush she's developing on the team's lead designer, George? ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Sexy Josei for Older Anime Fans by Battie June 30, 2007 - 9:41 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
First off, Paradise Kiss is for an older audience. It deals with the more realistic aspect of romantic entanglements (including sex). That said, it's part of why I loved Paradise Kiss. It's not a sugary sweet shoujo, and George isn't the man most of us (those of us who are female at any rate) would necessarily fantasize about as teenagers. He's egotistical, a little vain and more than willing to push Caroline away. He doesn't give into tantrums and, truth be told, reminds me of a much older, self-confident Lothario (in a good way) than the young man he's supposed to be.

That all makes George sound rather unappealing, doesn't it? Fear not! George is one of those few anime characters that sends shivers down my spine. (Toya of Ceres is another, but George has him beat.) Even though this is animated, George has an on-screen seductiveness that shouldn't be missed.

However, while it's George and Caroline's romantic struggle that had me hooked, the rest of the plot (and subplots) was quite good. It has to do with fashion, which really just served to give the viewer some gorgeous eye candy. The artwork is beautiful and the art-over-photograph bits are striking. I loved the OP (and, on principal, I find most anime music to be nauseating), which was very 80's retro. The Japanese voice actors were superb, though I can't comment on the EV actors.

Even with all the drama flying between characters, I never felt like yanking out my hair or just quit watching Paradise Kiss. Simply put, it's beautiful, occasionally heart-wrenching, always sexy and more than worth six hours of your time.

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(Average 7.38)
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