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''Paradise Kiss'' is a 5 volume {{Josei}} manga series by Creator/AiYazawa (of Manga/{{Nana}} fame) that ran in Zipper magazine from 2000 to 2004. It's a sequel [[SpinOff of sorts]] to her previous work ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'', with several characters from it making appearances and being relatives of the cast, but it can be read as stand-alone and has in fact been published in countries where Gokinjo [[NoExportForYou has not been released]].

It tells the story of Yukari Hayasaka, a high school senior whose life revolves solely around her studies and her upcoming university entrance exams. That is, until she meets punk rocker Arashi and stylish [[{{Transgender}} lady]] Isabella, who accost her and ask her to model the [[PimpedOutDress dress]] they're working on for the upcoming fashion show of their arts high school. They proceed to [[strike: kidnap]] take her to ''the Atelier'', where she meets [[{{Kawaiiko}} sweet]] and [[TheCutie lovely]] Miwako and [[TheDandy charismatic]] and [[{{Bishonen}} handsome]] [[strike: Johji]] George, [[InsufferableGenius fashion designer extraordinaire]] in the making. Together, they form the Paradise Kiss ensemble. This chance encounter shakes her dull and monotonous life, and thrusts her into a self-discovery journey and a passionate and [[TheMasochismTango rocky romance]] with George.

Overall, it's an unconventional {{Josei}} manga with a cast of unusual characters, with the world of [[AuthorAppeal alternative fashion]] as a backdrop.

The series was adapted into a 12 episode anime series in 2005, which proved an excellent excuse for Yazawa to design [[UnlimitedWardrobe a heap of all new outfits]] for the characters (Note that it lacks the manga's habit of [[NoFourthWall having the characters share their knowing insights with the reader]]). A [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action film]] was released in June 2011.

!!This manga provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Poor Hiro. Yukari had a crush on him for a long time, until she met George and fell for him on the spot. [[spoiler: That was after Miwako chose Arashi over him]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Yukari still likes and respects him, and in the end she actually ends up marrying ''him'' and not George.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler:Isabella, towards George.]] She seems to have accepted that it's not going to happen.
* AuthorAppeal: Ai Yazawa wanted to be a fashion designer before she became a mangaka, and it ''shows''.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Downplayed since the only makeover Yukari gets is [[ImportantHaircut trimming her bangs]], and [[BeYourself even before that she was a real beauty]], she was just too busy studying to notice.
* BigFancyHouse: Isabella lives in a big fancy mansion and George lives in a big fancy appartment.
* BishieSparkle: it earns stylist Seiji Kisaragi the nickname "Sparkling Alien".
%%* {{Bishonen}}:
* BiTheWay: George may be a [[JerkAssWoobie jerk]] and rather [[ChivalrousPervert kinky]], but he's by no means [[DepravedBisexual depraved]] and his bisexuality is handled pretty matter-of-factly.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The anime tries to present the [[spoiler:breakup between Yukari and George]] as something really sad and unfortunate, while from the manga it's obvious that it was [[spoiler: one of the best decisions she's ever made, as she would've ended up like his mother if they stayed together]]. It also ''seriously'' downplays [[DemotedToExtra Hiro]]'s role in the story, to the point where they don't even show that [[spoiler: Yukari married him in the end]] which is pretty important to the story; even a scene with him [[WhatTheHellHero straightening Arashi out about Miwako's feelings for him]] was changed to Arashi singing some song about how sorry he is for his treatment of her.
* BrainlessBeauty: George's mother. He despises her for it.
* CoolCar: George's E-Type Jag
* CooldownHug: hilariously played with in Yukari's first meeting of Isabella and Arashi.
* CostumePorn: Loads and fancy and creative outfits are bound to happen in a story about fashion designers.
* TheCutie: Mikako manages to look ridiculously cute (and about a third her real age) and pull it off. Miwako [[InTheBlood follows in her footsteps]].
* DancingTheme: The ED, to a song by ''Music/FranzFerdinand'' of all people.
%%* TheDandy:
* DistantFinale: From the manga we learn that [[spoiler: George designs costumes for Broadway, Yukari is a successful model and actress, engaged to Hiro, who is a doctor. Arashi and Miwako have a baby, Erika, and they're still good friends with Yukari and Hiro. Isabella is not mentioned, but presumably she's still working with George.]] It's only alluded to in the anime.
* EducationMama: Yukari's mother Yasuko is indeed serious about her studies.
%%* ElegantGothicLolita
* EmbarrassingFirstName: George doesn't like to be called Jouji, his real name. Isabella is ''mortified'' if her birth name, [[spoiler: Daisuke]], is brought up.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Such is the power of Miwako's ultra-concentrated {{Moe}}!
%%* EvenTheGuysWantHim:
* {{Expy}}: Miwako is a clone of her sister, Mikako, main character of the original series. Interestingly, [[PlayingWithATrope she is aware of it]], and she [[{{Angst}} doesn't find it amusing]]. George is [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed based on Brian Slade]], [[LampShaded alluded to]] in the series as Brian is George's idol.
* FashionDesigner: Most of the main cast is designing a dress together.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Isabella loves making apple bunnies.
* GenerationXerox : in this manga, eccentric alternative subculture fashion styles seem to be hereditary.
* GiantPoofySleeves: the big [[PimpedOutDress school festival dress of doom]] has a serious case of bigger sleeves.
%%* HeroicBastard [[spoiler: George]]
* HomoeroticSubtext: George and Seiji - in the manga it's heavily implied that they're actually in a relationship.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeFashionable: George dresses up Yukari in the clothes he's designed (and has done the same for Isabella, a beloved platonic friend).
* InsufferableGenius: George is fashion designer extraordinaire!...in the making.
* ImagineSpot: In one instance, Yukari pictures a LoveTriangle as a DuelToTheDeath between two boys ([[spoiler: Tokumori and Arashi, respectively]]) as a [[{{Samurai}} Goemon]] and ''Franchise/LupinIII'' pastiche, for the love of [[spoiler: Miwako]] as a schoolgirl in SailorFuku. She notes it's only natural [[spoiler: that Arashi]] won, after all, he had a gun.
%%* ImportantHaircut
%%* JerkAss: George
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: George
* JustifiedTitle: ''Paradise Kiss'' is the brand name George uses on his clothing designs.
%%* {{Kawaiiko}}: Miwako.
%%* LadykillerInLove: George, with the twist that [[spoiler: it's not towards Yukari, but Kaori]].
%%* LonelyRichKid: Isabella's backstory. George is also a bit of one.
%%* LovableSexManiac:
%%* LoveMartyr
* TheMasochismTango: George and Yukari's romance is passionate and rocky.
* MediumAwareness: The characters are contantly aware that they are "characters" in the manga, but this is left out in the anime.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: [[spoiler: Arashi [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes forces himself]] on his girlfriend Miwako]], but later exhibits ''huge'' guilt about it.
* NextSundayAD: judging from a passing mention of Yukari being born in the Heisei era (which means sometime during 1989 or after) the events are set in 2007 or later.
%%* NoFourthWall: Absent from the anime adaptation, used to great effect in the manga.
%%* NoodlePeople:
* {{Nosebleed}}: in a rare female example, Seiji makes Yukari nosebleed with the sheer force of his [[{{Bishonen}} bishieness]].
%%* OedipusComplex:
* OnlySaneMan:
** The contrast between Yukari's boringly ordinary self and the sheer eccentricity of the vast majority of the cast is played both for laughs and completely seriously as she starts questioning her outlook on life.
** A more subtle example is Arashi, who finds himself playing this role quite often when his team mates engage in their crazy absurd antics, making certain [[TheReveal revelation]] [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes about]] [[BackStory his past]] particularly shocking.
%%** Hiro often plays this role in the Arashi/Miwako/Hiro triangle, and to Yukari.
* PimpedOutDress: That dress Paradise Kiss is working is certainly elaborate and it's a ''big'' plot point.
* ProductPlacement: There's a few Music/FranzFerdinand posters scattered around the place.
* TheQuietOne: Isabella is far from chatty, but her standard reaction to mostly everything (a warm, unruffled smile) makes her come across as [[YamatoNadeshiko mature and dignified]] instead of cold or aloof.
* RapeAsDrama:[[spoiler: Arashi and Miwako's first time. In the manga, it is deconstructed as Arashi ''does'' come to aknowledge how horrible it is and feels like crap about it.]]
%%* RealSongThemeTune: "Do You Want To" by Music/FranzFerdinand.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Hiro may be seen as this in the beginning, but [[spoiler:it gets subverted in the end where he is engaged to Yukari]].
* SeriousBusiness: George's talent as a fashion designer is regarded as an exceptional artistic gift, so much it sometimes gets a little blown out of proportion. Then again, it's justified since it concerns his future life and career. Then he goes and decides [[spoiler: ''not'' to make a living of it, since that would imply catering to some kind of audience and he doesn't want to compromise his purely artistic, non-commercial view of fashion design.]] He still decides to [[spoiler: try haute couture in the end, and ends up designing costumes for Broadway shows]].
%%* SkinshipGrope:
%%**Miwako, on Yukari.
%%** Also, Arashi on (who he thought) was Miwako. Turns out it was her ''older sister'', Mikako.
%%* SomethingAboutARose
%%* StrongFamilyResemblance: Several cases, but especially Mikako and Miwako.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky: George
%%* TeamMom: Isabella.
* TeenPregnancy: George's mom is still in her thirties. She had George when she was still very young.
* {{Transgender}}: Isabella, though [[{{Bishonen}} you might not have known at first]].
%%* TrueCompanions
* UnlimitedWardrobe: You can just ''feel'' how much Ai Yazawa [[AuthorAppeal enjoyed herself]] while designing the loads and loads of outfits.
%%* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Hiro]] for Miwako, [[spoiler: Isabella]] for George.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: "She wore a man's suit to the interview. It was swanky!" The manga implies that having to wear a suit and dress as a man to get a job she wants in Japan is one of the reasons why Isabella [[spoiler:decides to follow George.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: ''Everyone'' in the Paradise Kiss group has [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience a different outrageous haircolor]] (George=blue, Miwako=pink, Isabella=purple, Arashi=yellow/blonde) but they're all supposed to be dyed, ''nobody'' thinks it's normal, and it's played as just another part of their rather eccentric appearances. This has the added effect of making Yukari (who has normal, black hair) look more out of place within their group than she already is. This is not the case in the live-action film.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Isabella, due to both her clothing and some physical traits (she has long-fingered, extremely knobbly hands that look like an old lady's... or a skinny man's). George is a milder case, but he probably looks more like a twenty-something than eighteen. This is lampshaded in the manga, where one scene of George and Isabella being exceptionally melodramatic has captions reminding the readers that they're still in high school.