Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Paradise Kiss Box Set|
Actors: Julie Ann Taylor, Patrick Seitz
Director: Stephanie Smith
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
The complete series in one box! — Yukari lives the typical high school life, continually stressed by her mother's desperate desire for her to succeed as a student. One day, she meets a group of fashion design students who g... more »
Right out of the manga!
Dharma | Westchester, NY USA | 02/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is really a wonderful story, about a girl finding herself, and growing up. Very relateable, and for a change, very realistic.
If you are a fan of the manga, you will love it, its basically frame for frame the same thing, except with vocals, colors, and music! its fantastic. The box and packaging is stylish and beautiful as well. The English Dub isn't that great, if you ask me, but I'm rarely ever a fan of dubs to begin with, so perhaps I'm not quiet the best judge of that.
Its not an anime for children, there are alot of adult themes, and they are very graphic with their language, not necessarily vulgarity but sexual talk. Its a great coming of age story, with adult themes, and personal growth, like any good coming of age story should have. The ending isn't typical, and isn't what you'd expect from a "girls anime".
Definitely worth checking out, definitely worth the money, a great series, loads of fun, great sound track, beautiful animation, great voice acting (in the Japanese at least) very good all around :)"
Bittersweet - I wish it had been longer
inxlr | 11/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I missed this series when it was first released and was very glad to see the re-release as a box set. The story is stronger on character than plot. I liked all the characters; I even warmed a little to George, the manipulative and frankly misogynistic fashion designer that high school girl Yukari is infatuated with. Yukari has been groomed by her mother to focus on scholastic achievement, and when George's fashion design team, Paradise Kiss, approaches her to be a model for their showcase dress, she sees a new world of creativity and possibility open for her. At first she thinks that George is the reason for this, but she comes to realize that it's what she herself wants and has to offer that matters. If she hadn't figured this out, I wouldn't have had much patience for the show. However, Yukari's passion for George and her pain over his hot and cold treatment of her is really well portrayed. It's a good depiction of this time when you're trying to figure out what you want to do in life and hoping to find love with someone else, but learning to value yourself at the same time. It was important that George learned to see Yukari as more than a mannequin for him to hang a dress on. I wish this series had been longer. The bittersweet ending was believable, but I wish more had been told about what happened to everybody.
The anime looks gorgeous. If you're into the fashion aspect of the story, you won't be disappointed (I want that butterfly ring!) I also really like the music, not just the opening and closing themes, but also the incidental music. (Opening theme: "Lonely in gorgeous" by Tommy february6/Closing theme: "Do you want to" by Franz Ferdinand)
This is one romance anime that isn't silly, although it has genuinely funny moments. It also has mature adult content and is not for younger kids or immature people who cannot handle adult relationships."