Synopsis from Publisher: Yukari Hayasaka is a studious, straight-laced high school senior, racing towards college exams yet with no real sense of purpose in her life. One day she’s kidnapped by a troupe of fashion design students and whisked away to their lounge-like atelier. There they ask her to be their model for their school fashion show. At first she resists, scornful of the odd-looking design students, until George, the lead designer, uses his wiles to join them while forcing Yukari to take a good, hard look at her life.
Impressions: This first installment of Yukari’s introduction to the fashion design world doesn’t disappoint. Finding a passion for something beyond her high school studies, including deeper emotions beyond an idealized crush, Yukari’s journey of self-discovery shows to be a promising one. Discovering new friendships and maturing into new relationships makes this protagonist one teens can easily relate with. Ai Yazawa’s art style lends a realistic and sophisticated touch to the series. Gorgeous fashion designs as well as iconic characters make Paradise Kiss a pleasure to behold.
Heart of Manga Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Don’t miss this first installment of a treasured josei series brought back to us in beautiful new pages from Vertical.
Review copy provided by publisher.