Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa, also know for her josei series Nana, was first published by TokyoPop here in North America. But it’s been out of print for a while, and now we’re getting a really beautiful version of the series from publisher Vertical. Here are my impression of the series after viewing the first volume.
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.
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.