Paradise Kiss Episode 1
Paradise Kiss is about a girl named Yukari who is a bit of the stuck-up studious type who gets in the mix with a bunch of free-spirited fashion design students and begins a life-changing journey of self discovery... yada yada yada. I've read the short 5 volume series twice, so I'm pretty familiar with the story so I was able to watch this raw without too much difficulty.
To put it short and simple, the fashion students, George (the leader and bisexual playboy), Isabella (the crossdressing "mom" of the group), Miwako (loli-ish cutie pie), and Arashi (Miwako's boyfriend and punk-type guy), need a model for their upcoming fashion show at school. Arashi spots Yukari and thinks she's perfect for the part and she ends up at their hang-out, she refuses to be their model flat out, but she forgets her student book there.
George brings it to her the next day and he agrees that she is perfect to be their model... He takes her to his school to get a makeover and then back to the hangout to show her off to the others. After she tries on some of their self-made clothes she starts to see their side of things a little bit...
I am actually quite happy with how this show turned out. It may not really be a replacement for Hachikuro, but I think it will definetly be enjoyable.
The first thing that hit me was that I really like the opening theme... a lot. It's very fitting for the show and the animation that goes with it is a good start to each episode. The music throughout is also quite good and unobtrusive. I also think using "Do You Want To?" by Franz Ferdinand was a perfect choice for the closing song, but I'm not a huge fan of the animation that goes with it.
The animation is quite good throughout the episode and I don't really have any issues with the character design (even tho Arashi is quite ugly in the show). I wasn't a fan of the SD however as it did not really seem necessary or look quite right mixed in the the usual design. I will probably get over this minor detail though.
The story was pretty much to a T exactly like the manga, so that makes me happy. I am a big fan of the manga and if the story stays pretty much true to it, I will have no problem at all.
Overall, I plan to continue watching and blogging... Someone sub this soon!