Hipster Recommendations Week 2; Paradise Kiss.

ImageFirst of, I’ve decided to at the very least try to be more active on this blog, so I will. And what’s a better way of kicking off the rebirth of this with another Hipster Recommendation?

From the author of the as-close-to-perfect-your’re-gonna-get NANA (In my own, humble opinion, mind you.) It’s predecessor does what it is expected to do in a time limit of 12 episodes.

This is not going to be me comparing NANA and ParaKiss, and much less talking down one to put the other in a better light. Nah, these two ambitious titles that lack tag or genre deserve much. much better than that.

Yukari is a typical high-school student who listens to her parents and attends school everyday. As she starts to question her way of life, she encounters a group of fashion design students who have a clothing label known as “Paradise Kiss”. The group needs to find a model to showcase their designs in an up-coming fashion show and decides to pick Yukari. Initially, Yukari is reluctant to be associated with this seemingly eccentric group, but eventually she realises they are really nice people. Furthermore, their passion and enthusiasm to follow their ideals and dreams make Yukari realise that she has not been enjoying her life and thus motivates her to pursue her own dreams. The story follows Yukari as she gets involved in the group and eventually falls in love with the leader, George.

Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/322/Paradise_Kiss#lARPgShzmgt1wmdI.99

Yukari

Yukari is a forced-to-be goody-goody not who is not exactly satisfied with her life, however she doens’t know of any other way of living to change this, either. After comically running into an, ehm, interesting group of self-proclaimed fashion designers known as “Paradise Kiss”, they try to pursue her into modelling for their final project. Yukari refuses to be associated with such an eccentric group, and leaves before she realizes her wallet is gone, and after getting to know the group, also realizes how unahappy she was with her life before them, and especially, before George.

Who should watch Paradise Kiss?

Ambition literally drips of this series. It’s a story about dreamers, without a doubt. Romance and drama are present, so anyone who’s into that should, no, needs to watch this. Unusual and cool is what defines this best. For one, this is one of the few animes where LGBT isn’t portrayed as comedy. Secondly, he isn’t close to the usual romance protagonist, and neither are the other couples in the series.

Fans of the likes of Kaichou wa maid sama! and Kamisama Hajimemashita will be up for a surprise, for sure.

Why should you watch Paradise Kiss?

When I said that unusual and cool is what defines this anime, I might or might have not forgotton to add “Authentic, stylish and ambitious” the show itself should tell you why. It really does break away from the usual tropes, and even with a small budget and mediocre animation, Paradise Kiss is an absolute beauty of an anime that has been ignored by many. It has it’s pacing and especially it’s characters going for it. Expecting anything less from the Ai Yazawa would be futile.

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