Yukari is a spirited high school senior in the process of studying for her college entrance exams. Sadly the prospect of subjecting herself to a meaningless dull life leaves her feeling depressed about the future. In a bout of frustration and losing motivation, Yukari begins to ignore her courses as she begins to hang out with a group of fashion design students. Due to her attitude and her body type, her new friends feel she would be an ideal model for their designs, and eventually convince her to join their group.
In this final volume of Paradise Kiss, Yukari has only days before she has to take to the catwalk as the teen-aged members of ParaKiss head towards graduation. George is now making a name for himself by winning awards in the real world of high fashion. So there is a real threat of London or Paris calling to poach him from Tokyo, essentially taking him away from Yukari.
So what will be the future of this circle of friends? Yukari has hopes of continuing her education while still dabbling in modelling. She would hope to have George by her side, but with him spending more time designing on his own than with the group it appears as if he will be choosing work over love…for once.
“Pure soap opera, with riveting characters, this was most people’s introduction to Yazawa in North America back in the Tokyopop days, and paved the way for Nana to be an even bigger hit. Glad to see Vertical putting [Paradise Kiss] back in print so it can get the attention it deserves.” – Manga Bookshelf
“Paradise Kiss is one of those series that stands the test of time in its own way as even though it’s dated with some references and some gender politics, it’s a work that signals a small but significant change that followed. It’s a work that broke its own particular ground and reminded to a larger audience that there are a lot more interesting stories to tell beyond just the chase… Paradise Kiss is a fantastic work that comes together beautifully across these three collections. There’s a real love in the work that you can see from what Ai Yazawa has done and it’s been translated and brought across wonderfully here. This is a series that belongs on most every manga fans bookshelf.” – The Fandom Post