Yukari Hayasaka is a serious student who is held to high expectations by her overbearing mother. Excelling at her studies used to be her life's focus until one day she meets a group of fashion students who decide Yukari would be the perfect model for their latest design. While Yukari resists at first, she slowly comes to love this group of people who are living a life so different from her own. She also develops feelings for the lead designer, George Koizumi, and becomes close friends with Miwako Sakurada, her boyfriend Arashi Nagase, and Daisuke "Isabella" Yamamoto. Having these new friends in her life inspires Yukari to stop living her life the way her mother wants; so she strikes out on her own instead, determined to find what will make her happy.
Nana K. is a hopeless romantic who is co-dependent on everyone around her and falls in love at first sight with any and all men, even married ones; Nana O. is a wannabe rock star who has had to break up with the love of her life so that she can find her own path as a singer. As Nana K. boards a train to Tokyo, she longs to finally be with her beloved boyfriend Shouji; as Nana O. boards the same train to Tokyo, she plans to live her dream with only the guitar on her back. The two meet by chance both on the train and in the city - ultimately choosing to live together - and though they are opposites in every way the girls quickly become close friends. Together, Nana and Nana will learn the bittersweet truth about love, loss, and the growth that comes because of it.
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 manga. 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.
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.
Ai Yazawa has the way of creating very realistic stories. Not everyone is happy, not every decision is good for the main chracter, but each choice one of the Nanas or Yukari makes stays true to their character and their point in chracter growth. No one is perfect in Yazawa's worlds;it is one of the reasons why she remains so popular and why both of these mangas are alike. Also, her drawing style is top notch, especially when it comes to the fashion choices of each character.
Keito Aoyama was a famous child actress until a traumatic event occurred, causing her to retire early. Afterwards, she refused to attend school and successfully shut out all of the people around her. Now, Keito has chosen to spend her days alone, until one day she meets a man who takes her to El Liston, a free school for people like Keito who don't fit in anywhere else. As Keito attempts to overcome her past, she learns to confide in others and befriends Rei, Kouichi, and Momiji. Will her friends be able to help her in this new stage of her life at El Liston, or is it already too late for Keito to start over?
Both are mangas featuring a female lead, who (at first) doesn't know what to do with her life. For one reason or another she starts hanging out with people from very unique high school (or in Cat street case even attend said school ). Thx to that she finally finds her goal in life (or in Cat street case get back to the goal she abandoned long ago) and starts working towards her dream.
Both mangas maintain a nice balance betweenn bittersweet romances and accomplishing-your-dream, inspirational story. Paradise kiss is a bit more dramatic, but overall - if you like one, you should also like the other.
The main heroines in both Cat Street and Paradise Kiss do not really seem to fit in with the world around them. As the story progresses through each of the mangas friends are able to help the two characters try and find the path that they needed to take in life. Through the hard ties of reliving their pasts to the hopefulness of what the future might bring. Startling contrasts are seen with the real world, hiting on everyday issues.
Both deal with one girl becoming a model (though Lele's story is a bit grander). Both have adult themes such as sex, heartbreak, and growing up. While in Paradis Kiss, the story encompasses the other characters a bit more, both have complex characters that draw you in. The heroines are a bit different in that Lele is emotionally tougher than Yukari, but they both end up more mature than they started. Also, the art in both are AMAZING and kind of similar.
The main leads of both mangas have what it takes to become a model but are hesitant to take up the chance for personal reasons. After encouragement from friends and family, both Yukari of Paradise Kiss and Lele of The One agree to try it out. They are both immediately sucked into the dazzling and beautiful world of modeling and fashion while finding love interests to keep them on their toes. Both Paradise Kiss and The One boast intricate, complex outfits and costumes, three-dimensional characters, and a story that is realistic and satisfying to read.
There is a similar theme of expressing one's self through fashion and modeling which the protagonists in both Film Girl and Paradise Kiss struggle to do. Both protagonists have a budding romance with the guy who introduced them to modeling. In both Film Girl and Paradise Kiss, the girl has to deal with a disapproving parent who wants her to study rather than model. The ending is similar too.
*SPOILER* The girl and the guy have to part ways because the guy is leaving for Paris to continue his training in modeling/fashion while the girl stays behind in Japan to further build her career. However, in one of the manga, they separate with the promise of reuniting once they've both achieved success in their careers and in the other manga, they've broken up because of the separation. However, the break up is a positive change for the girl. *END SPOILER*
Paradise Kiss has much more drama and deals with the issues such as parental disapproval and choosing between career and love in a more serious way than Film Girl. Film Girl is more lighthearted and doesn't make the romance as prominent a focus as Paradise Kiss. In Paradise Kiss, the romance is a source of drama too and the characters clash with each other. I loved both for their stories, characters and the beautiful high fashion clothing the models in these stories wear.