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 has 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 instead. Initially, Yukari was reluctant to be associated with this seemingly eccentric group, but eventually, she realises that 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 motivate 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.
Runtime: 22 minutes
Paradise Kiss - Josei manga - Netflix
Josei manga (女性漫画, lit. comics for women, pronounced [dʑoseː]) are Japanese comics aimed at women in their late teens on into adulthood that are able to read kanji without the help of furigana. Josei manga are distinguished from “shōjo manga” (少女漫画) for younger girls on the one hand, and “ladies comics” (レディースコミックス, redīsu komikkusu) or “LadyComi” (レディコミ, redikomi), which tend to have erotic content on the other. Readers can range in age from 18 to 45. In Japanese, the word josei means simply “woman”, “female”, “feminine”, “womanhood”, and has no manga-related connotations at all. Josei comics can portray realistic romance, as opposed to the mostly idealized romance of shōjo manga, but it does not always have to be. Josei tends to be both more sexually explicit and contain more mature storytelling, although that is not always true either. It is also not unusual for themes such as infidelity and rape to occur in josei manga targeted specifically more towards mature audiences. Some other famously popular josei series include Yun Kouga's Loveless, Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss, and the award-winning works of Erica Sakurazawa. Josei, being targeted to older audience, often differs in style and tone from shōjo manga, which is aimed at younger girls. For example, some of the most popular josei series have featured male protagonists and a main cast of nearly all men and the male characters of a josei series are often quite compassionate toward other men. Although some josei manga can feature plots and characters influenced by shōjo, others feature action-packed stories, and lack the romantic and slice of life elements typical of shōjo. The josei series that become anime are often noted for their tendency to feature homoerotic themes, often because of a large misinterpretation of the demographic origin. It has come to a point where it is sometimes mistaken for shōnen when adapted to an anime. Series such as 07-Ghost or Karneval are josei series that seem to attract a large amount of discussion from audience members that are unaware of the meaning of a josei status. The western approach to josei has all but ignored some of its more recent trends. Such as an increase in series combining shōnen manga elements. Although there are housewife/family/young mother stories in manga format in Japan, non-yaoi josei is relatively underpublicized in the West. The very celebrated josei comic magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum features the most popular series that are readily attributed to the status of a josei work. These include Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist, 07-Ghost, Loveless, Karneval, Are You Alice?, and +C: Sword and Cornett, four of which have been turned into anime, all of which are leading examples of josei's unique characteristics.
Paradise Kiss - History - Netflix
Josei manga (then called Ladies Comics, or Redikomi) began to appear in the 1980s, during a boom period in manga, when the girls who had read shōjo manga in the 1950s and 60s wanted manga for adult women. The first ladies comic magazine, Be-Love, was printed in 1980. At the end of 1980 there were two ladies comics magazines, at the end of 1989 there were over fifty. Early ladies comics were sexually free, and the comics became more and more sexually extreme until the early 1990s. Manga branded as “Ladies' Comics” has acquired a reputation for being low-brow, and “dirty”, and the term josei was created to move away from that image.
Paradise Kiss - References - Netflix