oOooOO! This one is a goodie! Not really up there with Skip Beat but definitely a keeper.
This manga kept me afloat during my visits to Borders (while I was in between classes and waiting for the next class to start 3 hours later!). You would find me huddled in a corner on the sofa sobbing my eyes out as I flicked through some of the more emotional scenes in the manga.
I love it! I love the randomness of some scenes; the storyline is sweet and dramatic, heaps of drama to keep a romantic addict like me entertained. But it also has it dark moments but it doesn’t really dampen the whole storyline.
To cut a long story short the manga is about a girl who is pressured to succeed academically but she finds herself struggling. She has a crush on a really cute school mate but finds it impossible to confess to him (Japanese are really into their ‘confessing scenes’ like they have to tell the person that they have a crush on that they like them and some mangas can spend a couple of pages just showing how the main character agonizes over this dilemma. Depending on how it is done it can be really entertaining or just plain irritating).Oops! I digress! Anyhoo, the heroine will soon find herself thrown from her staid boring existence into the arty farty world of 4 art students. I love the details on the characters outfit and can imagine myself wearing some of the crazy outfits. I like how Ai Yazawa (through all the crazy scenes and what not) she still manages to capture a lot of human emotion that I am able to relate to the scenes she sets (no matter how absurd they are).
I didn’t really like the ending…I….will not spoil it for you. Full of personality and self deprecating humor this is another highly recommended manga to start on.
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Link: Paradise Kiss