Paradise Kiss (パラダイス・キス, Paradaisu Kisu?), abbreviated to "ParaKiss", is a manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It appeared as a serial in the Japanese manga magazine Zipper. Shodensha collected the chapters into five volumes. The series has also been adapted into a 12 episode anime series, produced by Aniplex and Studio Madhouse, and which was aired in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block and on the anime television network, Animax, who have broadcast the series across its respective networks worldwide, including Japan, Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Paradise Kiss is the semi-sequel to her previous work, Gokinjo Monogatari, as several characters from that series are given cameos. This comic is widely read not only in Japan, but in many countries around the world. The Paradise Kiss manga has been translated from Japanese to at least ten different languages, Vietnamese, Chinese (Taiwan and Hong Kong), Korean, French, Italian, Polish, Thai, German, Spanish, Portuguese and English. The English
Although most Final Fantasy installments are supposedly independent stories with various different settings and main characters, they feature identical elements that define the franchise. Recurring elements include plot themes, character names, and game mechanics. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters' internal struggles and relationships. Character names are often derived from the history, languages, and mythologies of cultures worldwide.
Only a few more first impressions to go through! When I first read that Hakuouki was based on a romance adventure game for female players, I was skeptical as to whether I would like the series.
Three episodes later, I'm left impressed by the sheer amount of bloodshed and killing that went on. Although I should have known better since this is the Shinsengumi that we're talking about here.
The first two episodes felt fairly slow with the plot inching slowly forward and not much action to be had. A girl dresses up as a boy to go look for her missing father and sees something that she wasn't supposed to see. As a result, she is “imprisoned” with the Shinsengumi whose leadership and officers seem to solely be :Dcomprised of bishounens, which is to be expected considering the nature of the game. Now it's just a question of who she's going to end up with, or if the anime will take the inconclusive ending route.
The female protagonist seems to like charging headfirst into dangerous situations and never actually uses her weapon. Instead, a Shinsengumi member would come to her rescue. I would like to see her actually use the dagger that she wears apparently only as a decoration.
On a different note, Saito, as depicted in the image above, looks quite different from the Saito of Rurouni Kenshin. I don't think having his hair cover one eye would help him in battle.
abingdon boys school (a.b.s.) is a project consisting of four individuals: Takanori Nishikawa (Vocal), SUNAO (Guitar), Hiroshi Shibasaki (Guitar), and Toshiyuki Kishi (Keyboard & Programming). Takanori Nishikawa of T.M.Revolution is the band's front man.
Surrounding him, there are three well-experienced members: Toshiyuki Kishi who has toured with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tomoyasu Hotei; Hiroshi Shibasaki who started his career as the original member of WANDS, and has been involved with a lot of songwriting and music arrangement; and, SUNAO who has participated in many concerts, recordings, and live sessions.
a.b.s. started its activity in 2005, and debuted with the single "INNOCENT SORROW" in December, 2006. Compared to the previous incarnation that was expressed by Takanori Nishikawa's T.M.R project, they present a different and unique vision. Musically speaking, a.b.s. is more experimental and rambunctious, with a style often described as alternative rock. As for their live performance, a.b.s. has been known to bring the house down with their unfettered enthusiasm and energy.
In the summer of 2009, the annual live event "MATCH UP vol.3" was held in Japan, in which a.b.s. performed on stage along with many other artists. On August 26, 2009, the new single "KIMINOUTA"(or 'your song') will be released. In November, a.b.s. will tour in Europe visiting 5 countries, which is their 1st tour overseas.