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Review: PRINCESS AI

 I know some might fuss over including this title here, considering its reputation and the fact that it was so closely tied to Tokyopop's co...

The Manga Test Drive

Review: PRINCESS AI

 I know some might fuss over including this title here, considering its reputation and the fact that it was so closely tied to Tokyopop's co...

The Manga Test Drive

Neighborhood Story Vol. 1 By Ai Yazawa

Neighborhood Story Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa Neighborhood Story is a manga I’ve been aware of for a long time, because the characters drop in on Ai Yazawa’s…

Manga Bookshelf

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Manga of the Month: Neighborhood Story

Neighborhood Story by Ai Yazawa This month’s manga is a seminal work by beloved manga-ka Ai Yazawa, creator of Paradise Kiss and Nana! Learn more! Read a free…

Reverse Thieves

Holiday Review #25: NEIGHBORHOOD STORY

 We started this year's reviews with a long-awaited license, so it's only fitting to end it with one as well.  As much as I might complain a...

The Manga Test Drive

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Reader’s Corner: Neighborhood Story (Vol. 1), Issak (Vol. 4), and Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke’s Mansion (Vol. 5)

This week, we’re knee-deep in ongoing series like Honey Lemon Soda (volume four) and Villains Are Destined to Die (volume five), but we also review the final release…

Beneath the Tangles

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Pick of the Week: Neighborhood Story… At Last

SEAN: I mean, it's Neighborhood Story, no question. A mere 21 years after Paradise Kiss came out in North America, we get its predecessor, and even more amazing…

Manga Bookshelf

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15 College Romance Anime About Love As A Young Adult

College romance anime often enjoys the best of both worlds. Characters are old enough to enjoy drinking and all the shenanigans that come with adulthood. Yet,

Recommend Me Anime

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3 Reasons To Watch: Paradise Kiss

Though sometimes frustrating, Paradise Kiss soon reveals itself to be a romantic coming-of-age tale well ahead of its time.

Reasons to Anime

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We need a petition for an official licensing – Last Quarter

I had the honor last year of being able to attend the art exhibit of Yazawa Ai. At the time, I had technically only read two of her…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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How the Nana anime changed the fashion industry forever

Nana by Ai Yazawa is an anime that changed the fashion industry forever. Youtubers I mentioned in this video: shorturl.at/isT37 shorturl.at/cEN47 shorturl.at/bWY26 ⛔️WICHTIG/IMPORTANT⛔️ 📌I have no rights on the anime images! 📌I…

Anime Blues

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15 Romance Anime Series That Add Sex Into The Equation (But Aren’t Hentai)

Even if you are not some sort of degenerate who craves the content, there is no denying that adding sex to a romance anime adds a different element…

Recommend Me Anime

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25 Wealthy and Elegant Oujo-sama Characters in Anime

She is beauty and she is grace, she is sometimes laughing right in your face. The ojou-sama, or proper young lady archetype, is one widely utilized in

Recommend Me Anime

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Paradise Kiss – An Assembled Mess of Believable Angst

I feel like a very lucky person. A while back, I wrote a post about how I want to watch Nana again (legally) and I can because it’s…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

Review: WALKIN' BUTTERFLY

There's a lot of great josei that got completely overlooked in the 2000s, and few were as overlooked as this title. WALKIN' BUTTERFLY ( U-ok...

The Manga Test Drive

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Overview of my Anime March Madness

Anime March Madness, the anime challenge to watch 31 anime in 31 days. I completed 2022’s challenge.

All About Anime and Manga

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Anime Series Like My Dress-Up Darling

Living with his grandfather who makes beautiful Hina Dolls, Wakana Gojo has loved them since he was a child. He aspires to one day make Hina Dolls as…

Recommend Me Anime

Ep. 14: Paradise Kiss 20th Anniversary Edition

Fashion. Glamour. Sex. Highschool? Manga-ka Ai Yazawa takes on turn-of-the-millennium fashion culture in PARADISE KISS, recently re-released in a spiffy all-in-one edition! The Mangasplaining crew digs into this…

| Mangasplaining

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ANN Guest article: Osamu Kobayashi

  I had the honor of writing about the career of Osamu Kobayashi's career for ANN recently, though tragically due to the fact that he passed...

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast

Chatty AF 129: Paradise Kiss Retrospective

Vrai, Dee, and Caitlin look back on one of the most beloved titles from the Queen of Josei, Yazawa Ai, from its rare depiction of a woman's coming-of-age…

Anime Feminist

Weekly Round-Up, 4-10 November 2020: Magical Girl Gift Guide, Boys Run the Riot, and Fandom Gatekeeping

AniFem Round-Up Love Me for Who I Am is inclusive, but falls short for some non-binary people Ghia Vitale does a deep dive on the first volume of…

Anime Feminist

ParaKiss Lost: The Reductive Adaptation of Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss is one of the great josei manga classics, but subsequent versions of the story erode the focus on its lead’s agency that make the original so…

Anime Feminist

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Catch Us on Shojo & Tell!

This summer, we were privileged to be able to guest on one of our favorite podcasts, Shojo and Tell! Join us and Ashley as we discuss Paradise Kiss.

CLAMPcast in Wonderland

Paradise Kiss (with Lucy and Robin from CLAMPcast in Wonderland)

Covers all of Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa.Welcome to the world of high fashion (or at least, high drama). Paradise Kiss is one of those rare josei titles…

Shojo & Tell: A Manga Podcast

Haruka Pt. 2 (with Asher Sofman)

Covers volumes 10–17 of Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time by Tohko Mizuno.We’re back to discuss the second half of Haruka, a manga series based on one of…

Shojo & Tell: A Manga Podcast

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Year 1 Issue 20

Arcadia Dragnet, Year 1, Issue 20 May 13 - 19, 2020 Hello and welcome back to Arcadia Dragnet. So I…

Arcadia Dragnet

Anime Taste Testing: Runway de Waratte

There are very few anime titles that center entirely around the professional modelling and fashion/design industries (in fact, I can only think of one, that being 2005’s fascinating…

OTAKU LOUNGE

Paradise Kiss and Princess Jellyfish

It’s coming to the end of the anime season, and I’ve already finished Recovery of an MMO...

Taiiku Podcast

Paradise Kiss and Princess Jellyfish

It’s coming to the end of the anime season, and I’ve already finished Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Juni Taisen, with more coming in the following weeks.…

Taiiku Podcast

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Rambling About Paradise Kiss

I just watched Paradise Kiss. The epic tale of a high school girl who is influenced and dragged around by some people who make clothes in a basement.…

The Manimal Live!

OSMinterview! Vedetta Marie & ScatterDOTFashion @ MTAC In Love

Vedetta Marie ScatterDOTFashion Sometimes, you gotta spin the wheel, play the cards, hit the Greed button in an MMO and hope you come out of the dungeon with a pretty…

OSMcast! Anime, Games, Interviews, & More!

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Impressions and thoughts on Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss (12 Episodes – Fall 2005) Finally after all this time an anime where I can show my true colors with my knowledge of both being a…

TheJelloEmperor's Anime Blog Thing!

OSMcast! The 2013 OSMawards Part II: Anime and Manga (But not in that order) 1-20-2014

The 2013 OSMawards for most Awesome Anime, Manga, and geez wow more anime again good lord are we ever going to shut up? OK FOLKS! Strap in because we…

OSMcast! Anime, Games, Interviews, & More!

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Happily ever after for everyone! – beta couples in shojo manga

One of the most common elements of shojo romantic-comedies is the presence of beta couples. Beta couples are secondary romantic relationships, which often serve as a contrast to…

Shojo Corner

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Overseas filming trend continues with Eriko Kitagawa's "Atarashii Kutsu wo Kawanakucha”

by Chris MaGee We've discussed the trend of Japanese films shooting overseas before here on the J-Film Pow-Wow. It seems that recent films...

Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow

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My reaction to the news, from Ojisan, that I...

Gokinjo Monogatari My reaction to the news, from Ojisan, that I...

Gokinjo Monogatari My reaction to the news, from Ojisan, that I am being pitted against some other proper anime blog in the AniBlog Tourney has left me with the…

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OtakuGeneration (Show #215) OTAKON (review)

  NOTE: This was also cross posted in the otakugeneration LJ community. Shownotes :: (show 215) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With OTAKON (review),…

otakugeneration's Podcast

Supplimental Episode H: Top 50 Anime Openings, Closing, and Background Music of All Time Pt 5(10-1)

The Final part of of our five part supplimental series, "The Top 50 Anime Openings, Closings, and Background Music of all Time According to Various People" We Finally…

Spiraken Review Podcast

OSMcast: Kimagure Orange Road 9-29-2008

In our first true post-AWA podcast Basil and Lee weigh in on the 1980’s anime classic, Kimagure Orange Road (KOR)! OSMnotes: Fun Fact #1: Basil’s first ever anime soundtrack on…

OSMcast! Anime, Games, Interviews, & More!

OtakuGeneration (Show #172) FMA

  NOTE: This was also cross posted in the otakugeneration LJ community. Shownotes :: (show 172) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With FMA, recorded…

otakugeneration's Podcast

Spiraken Manga Review Ep 08: Hoi Hoi-San, Paradise Kiss & Her Majesty’s Dog

Our 4th of July episode!! Only a week late ^_^ Sorry about that. Due to additional computer and program difficulties we were late, but (thanks to Xan slaving…

Spiraken Review Podcast