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Feature 7.6
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Audio 8.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 300 minutes
Classification: M15+
Reviewer:
Simon Black

7.5


Paradise Kiss Collection

This excellent 2005 anime series, based on the well-received Ai Yazawa manga of the same name, revolves around Yukari, and conventional high school student who wants nothing more in life than to get good grades and please her parents. 

One day whilst walking down the street she is accosted by an eccentric group of fashion design students, who believe Yukari would make the perfect model for their fledgling ĎParadise Kissí clothing label.  Though initially reluctant Yukari soon becomes enticed by the groupís diverse personalities and vastly different way of life, and in the resulting transformation from shy bookworm to savvy glamourpuss she is forced to question whether to abide by her parents vision of what her life should entail, or summon up the courage to follow her own dreams. 

Paradise Kiss is an enjoyable and, for the most part, artfully executed series.  Its target demographic would appear somewhat specific - thereís probably a few too many sexual references for younger viewers, and adult anime fans might find it a little juvenile - but by the same token itís solid and relatable fare for any teenage viewers interested in fashion or music  (Which is to say most of them).  Yukariís blossoming romance with George, the dashing fashionista, is also intelligently and compelling explored over the course of the series, and both the character designs and direction are inventive. 

Featuring all 12 episodes over two discs, the DVD release of Paradise Kiss also boasts a number of excellent extras, including character artwork, round table creative discussions, promo videos, fashion designs inspired by the series and more.  At times light-hearted but never insipid, this enjoyable series contains sufficient undercurrents of complexity to keep most anime fans satisfied. 

 






 
 



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