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Paradise Kiss

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Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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Paradise Kiss 1999 TBD
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Nobuteru YUKI Character Design
Osamu KOBAYASHI Director
Ai YAZAWA Original Manga Creator

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Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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Both series are from Ai Yazawa-sama. They have the same taste, though Nana is a little bitter while ParaKiss is a little soft. They are both great!!!


Both Nana and ParaKiss have the same feeling to them. So if you've watched either one and are looking for one just like it here it is. The stories vary but have the same attitude in them.


Ai Yazawa’s work is so distinctive that no one could mistake Nana and Paradise Kiss as being written by anyone else. While the series aren't perfect, they can be considered one of the frontrunners of modern shoujo romance.

I emphasize modern because of how backward and traditional other romance anime seems when compared to Yazawa’s work. While other shoujo series are still mucking about with idealistic conceptions of the One True Love, the feelings of Yazawa’s characters are much more complex, layered, and believable. Nana and Paradise Kiss are amazing not only for convincing us that its characters love each other, but for convincing us that we know why they love each other.


Both series are about growing up, facing difficult circumstances, making difficult choices, finding love and maintaining friends. Both series are post-high school which makes them even better. If you liked one then you will surely like the other.


Nana and Paradise Kiss have angsty romance, counterculture types, and edgy fashion. The love in both of these anime is bitter-sweet and none of the characters can quite figure out what it is they want. The elements that make one of these series strong also exists in equal measure in the other.


This is certainly a guaranteed recommendation. Paradise Kiss and Nana are the main works of Yazawa Ai. She's an expert in portraying human relationships, and in both cases, as usual, she delivers without fail. You'll probably see some of the coolest and best portrayed characters ever in romance anime. The mentioned characters push the stories forward and while you watch them grow, fighting the hardships of life and love, you often completely forget they aren't of flesh and bone. Yazawa Ai also manages to do this with style, since the aesthetic part is particularly rich showing the author's personality. Also in both cases the sound department is excellent - in Nana you can almost call it perfect. They have the best seiyuus out there, an awesome op/ed compilation, and equally impressive OSTs!


These two anime simply come as a pair. If you liked the well drawn characters and modern romance of one and were left wanting for more of Yazawa's work, then the other is a must.


Nana and Paradise Kiss are like two peas in a pod. Both are products of Ai Yazawa, and both contain some of the most realistic yet larger than life characters you will ever see! Both anime have an amazing fashion sense, the clothes the characters wear have a distinct feel and reflect largely on their personalities. Although sometimes the characters seem to be duplicates, lilke Nobu (Nana) & Arashi (ParaKiss) and Misato (Nana) & Miwako (ParaKiss), it is in a more "Wow! Similarities!" way rather than becoming dull or boring. Both Nana and Paradise Kiss have brilliant soundtracks with kick ass music, humour that will bring a smile to your face, situations that will pull you in and characters you will root for (and boo) the whole way through the series!


While the story lines are different, Paradise Kiss and Nana both gave off the same feeling to me while I was watching them. If you enjoyed watching one then I think you would enjoy the other.


Created by the hopelessly romantic Yazawa Ai (Ai = love in Japanese), both series depict realistic situations and tend to focus more on character development than the action itself. If you appreciate shoujo series with a flavor of realism and do not serve your anime all covered in sugar, especially if you're familiar with Yazawa's art, you'll certainly love these.


Both Paradise kiss and Nana are centered on main characters that put all their efforts into making their dream come true, sometimes against their family and friend's advice. The decisions they will have to make both regarding their professional and love life will be hard on them, and the series give a real insight in their respective reasons and thoughts, leading to the choices they make. The characters of these anime are really complex and symptathetic, which makes it even more interesting to follow their life story.


Well, what should I say.... I am what?! ... the 1852nd person to make this recommendation! Well, things are simple, if you trust Ai-sama, creator of Paradise Kiss and Nana, and you have watched one of those 2 anime, watching the other is simply a MUST! There is no way you will not like it!


Both of the original manga series are written by Ai Yazawa. They also both deal with the forming of romantic relationships that are very realistic and true to real life.


These animes both deal with a womans 'coming of age' in a mature yet entertaining manner, and have alot of character similarities.


Like Nana, Paradise Kiss was created by Ai Yazawa, so they both have the same unique feel and animation to them. They also have very similar themes and characters (both have the theme of love [in many aspects], and, in my opinion, each character brings something special to the series'). Though they have different plots (Nana being about two girls who are very similar yet very different, and how their differences unite them; Paradise Kiss is about a normal girl being introduced and falling in love with a very different way of life than her norm), both are very enjoyable animes with breathtaking animation, wonderful characters, great plot, and much more! The only downside? Paradise Kiss is only 13 episodes long, so if you were hoping for another long series like Nana, you won't find it with ParaKiss. It's very short, but finishes off quite nicely - if it were any longer it might become too drawn out and not as enjoyable. If you liked Nana for its quirky charm, you'll definitely enjoy Paradise Kiss - it contains that same quirky charm, and vice versa.


Ai Yazawa is a great mangaka artist.I strongly recommend Nana and after that Paradise Kiss.

The feeling that these 2 anime series left in my heart is quite the same,although the stories aren't 100% the same. The plot of these two anime series is amazing,the graphics are perfect,although the graphic from Paradise Kiss might look a bit strange,with time i began to love it.

The endings are quite bitter,in my opinion.

These two anime series are also the main,and best,works of Ai Yazawa,and are a must see.The only bad thing about Paradise Kiss is that its very short.If youre looking for something long you wont find it in ParaKiss but i strongly recommend this anime series because it could easily be a real story,nothing supernatural,science fiction,its like a slice of life,very realistic.


The similarities between these two shows are many, which isn't suprising considering they're written by the same person. Both share stories of bittersweet love, growing up, building friendships and entering a "new world" (fashion and music) among other things. The animation is basicly the same as well.


Nana and Paradise Kiss while being created by the same person are very complex and have very layered feelings of the characters.  There is something more typical of the real world than in a more fantasy based one true love type of anime.  There is an edgy animated fashion in both series and a very trendy and interesting artistic style.  Both series are about young women trying to make it in the world, facing difficult choices and harsh circumstances, and who strive to make the best of their lives.


Although Paradise Kiss deals with the world of fashion and Nana deals with the world of music, both series are similar. The main characters in both series try to find out what they really want and do not hesitate to sacrifice their love in order to fulfill their dream.If you liked one, you would surely like the other. Both series are close to real life and you may already know that you cannot have everything and that the excellent career usually doesn't go together with happy love.


Paradise Kiss and NANA are written by Ai Yazawa, so they have very similar painting style. Both anime have a girl, looking for love and happiness, as a main characters. They also have very similar themes - in Nana it's the world of music and in Paradise Kiss - the world of fashion.


Josei at its best. Both Paradise Kiss and Nana are character-driven stories about a part of society regular people don't get to see (the world of Punkrock in Nana, Fashion in Paradise Kiss). Character development is THE forte of both shows, along with a fair dose of drama and romance. The character development goes a little deeper in Nana (naturally, seeing its length) and there is more emphasis on extravaganza in ParaKiss, but nevertheless, these shows are two of the same.


Two great Josei stories of life, love, and friendship. Nana and ParaKiss both feature the same themes, great music, and "real" situations- they're even by the same mangaka. If you enjoyed one of these shows make sure to check out the other!


I have no doubt that if you love Nana, you'll love Paradise Kiss, and vice versa. Both are made by the same author/artist, Ai Yazawa, and consequently have her unique spin on design and storyline. Nana is more rock-n-roll and the life of newly-minted adults making their way in the world, while Paradise Kiss is about falling in love and the world of fashion. There will be tears and realistic relationships, sex, and general love all-around. Can't miss either one if you're a slice-of-life fan.


Nana and Paradise Kiss were written by the same author - Yazawa Ai. The style of drawing and characters are simmilar, and the general storyline is basically the same.


These 2 anime are the same but instead of music being the main theme in Nana replace it with fashion for Paradise Kiss. Lots of drama to be had and people actually have sex in both shows. Check out one if you enjoyed the other


I think everyone above me has pretty much covered the reasons! They're very similar. Any other similarities would be spoilers.. Trust me, if you love one, you'd love the other! 


Both animes hold a specific sophistication and gravity to their story while keeping moments of humor and intrigue. 

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Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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Both these shows share the same college student themes, and their stories are based relationships. They both give off the same mature vibe about overcomiing different adversities, but honey and clover is a lot of more hilarious. If you like these themes and love to laugh, then I recommend H & C.

Both series have an artsy and cool feel: in Paradise Kiss that's due the fashion background and avant-guard attitude; in Honey & Clover it's the arts college, the design offices environment. Leaving the parents home to live alone, trying to discover your own talent and what you want from life, learning what personal independence means and how do deal with your own feelings, how to deal with love. It's no wonder both shows are from Fuji Television's late-night anime time slot "Noitamina", with Paradise Kiss airing right after Honey & Clover's ending, trying to please the same public.


Many people (including myself) cringe at the term "coming-of-age," but that's really what Honey and Clover and Parakiss are all about. In the beginning, our protagonists drift without purpose, lost in a world that they care little about. The payoff, then, is watching them gradually strengthen and grow as they search for inner meaning. Parakiss plays like a cooler, smoother Honey and Clover; although ParaKiss's story isn't nearly as fulfilling or heart-wrenching as H+C. Fans of one should almost certainly like the other.


Being young and art-savvy; these young art students have it all. Both Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover are centered around an art school and the students' lives; they are evolving as we are watching. Both series have good animations and deep, realistic characters. If you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.


In terms of situations and characters, along with the choices they must make, Honey and Clover and Paradise Kiss are similar. The characters find themselves facing adulthood, so it might be said they are about "coming of age", and all the while they are surrounded by a world of art. In any case, if you liked the story of one, you will surely like the other.


Both Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover focus on the teenagers and young adults questionnings about their future, the choices they should make and what they can do with the independence they get when aging. A part of romance adds another perspective to those thoughts and creates an intricate and complex situation that the main characters have to handle, making the viewer curious what decisions will be taken and if their choices will lead to a a happy life.


Both series revolve around the relationships between student in collage/art school. The imagery is perticularly beautiful in these two anime's. I think both give a good insight into Japanese customs and the traditional values in modern Japan.


H&C and ParaKiss are two coming-of-age stories told in a mature and realistic way. They feature romance, comedy, and themes of moving on and growing up. I think if you liked one of these shows it would be unlikely you would be uninterested in the other.


Though different artwise, both H&C and ParaKiss are very similar in terms of characters and story. While one focuses on the fashion world, the other focuses on arts such as painting or sculpting. The main protagonists in both shows are at the beginning confused about the path they want to follow and strieve hard to find a goal and then follow it so that they can fit in the society. Dramatic at times but also filled with humor, both shows are a feast for any josei fan. I recommend them!

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Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...


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Both Paradise Kiss and Beck follow an unlikely group on a long journey of love and accomplishment. Although the subject matter is very different it is easy to find similarities in the main characters; they are both new to the fields that lead them down their new paths and both needed that supplement to their lives, although neither realized it before they found it.


Both of these shows take a more mature look at the teen drama. In each the main character meets some new friends and discovers a new passion. In Beck it's music, while in ParaKiss, it's fashion. The plots aren't similar at all, it's the tone and the style that make these two shows seem alike.


Both series are about outsiders, feeling bitter about their grey and boring life, who suddenly find the passion, which becomes point of their life. They manage to get out from the sterotype layout of life (school->university->work), make friends with some crazy and great people (even find love among them...) and fight the world, that isn't interrested in their job, parents, whose plans about their children's future where different and their own fears and flaws.


It's all about art, leaving daily preocupations aside and creating not  something satisfactory, but something great. Characters in both anime give their all to make a difference and stand out from the rest in the music industry in Beck and in the fashion industry in Paradise Kiss.

If you impressed by passion while watching one series and want more, the other is a perfect fit.


If a "growing-up" kind of story, where the ordinary main character gets thrown into an extravagant world is what you're looking for, then both Beck and ParaKiss will please you plenty. With great music in both, and a wide range of over-the-top, and YET believable characters, both shows give you a realistic look into the world of extravaganta from the eyes of a very regular teenager.

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Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!

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Both have a main character that is starting to find themselves in a new light and are mentored by a male figure in that respect.  There is a good balance of comedy and seriousness in both series.  There is also a supporting cast in both which enlivens the main story.  Thought provoking and extremely relatable.


They both feature main characters who are coming out of her shell and they are both very relatable. Their self discoveries are both pushed on by eccentric and fashionable people (or a person in Kuragehime). They both also have a fun supporting cast of characters. Paradise Kiss is more mature and serious. While Kuragehime has a more comedic and energetic mood.


Kuragehime and Paradise Kiss embody a cultural obsession with the fashion industry. Both anime's explore the how a change in wardrobe can spark a true coming out of one's shell and a true coming of age. While Paradise Kiss plays more to it's dramatic and romantic story, both animes employ over-the-top characters to create light-hearted comedy.


Both series mainly deal with self discovery through fashion. While the animation is similar and there is a crossdressing character in both animes, Paradise Kiss involves more romance and Kuragehime is more comedic.


If you have seen and enjoyed either Kuragehime or Paradise Kiss, you may strike gold by checking out the other. Both anime feature Fashion and Style in a prominent role. Both anime have a female on a journey of self discovery, mentored by a member of the opposite sex. Both romantic comedies have an interesting and varied supporting cast that help enliven the main plotline and drive the story. While Paradise Kiss has more focus on the romances involved and Kuragehime instead focuses more on the comedic aspects, both evoke a similar atmosphere and feeling. If you liked either one of these, do yourself a favor and check out the other one.

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Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living with these “radiant creatures” who give her constant nosebleeds isn’t hard enough, she soon discovers that the boys have made a bet with her aunt: in exchange for free rent, they will try to mold Sunako into a magnificent lady. As someone who has cast aside all her femininity and sworn to live in darkness, Sunako is ready to do whatever it takes to nullify these efforts; but is there a way for the creatures of darkness and light to coexist?

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Both Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge and Paradise Kiss deal with coming of age issues as an ordinary girl is swept away into a life of glamour. In addition, both series revolve around the beauty of an ordinary girl, and that which she must obtain through the guidance of extraordinary men.


Both Paradise Kiss and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge involve the need to turn an ordinary girl into something more glamorous such as a lady and a model. There is some drama in each of them, but there is more humor in Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. Still I think that if you liked one you will enjoy the other.


Paradise Kiss and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge involve trying to turn girls into something else and shaping their lives in different ways.  Paradise Kiss revolves more about fashion and trying to turn the main girl into a model.  The series both involve high school students trying to find their way in the world living with real life issues.

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