Yazawa Ai manga
From Dragon Voice: A rather humorous and light-hearted look at high school life as we follow the protagonist, Saejima Midori. Interesting manga with likable characters. Highly recommended!
Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-styled fashionistas calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself flung into the roller-coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends22 own exclusive clothing model. In this manga we meet characters from Gokinjo Monogatari like Mikako (and her little sister, Miwako - she's in "ParaKiss" staff) and Arashi father (only poster, but still) and new like Isabella.
Nana "Hachi" Komatsu hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her make a clean start and leave her capricious love life behind her. Nana Osaki, who arrives in the city at the same time, has plans to score big in the world of rock'n'roll. Although these two young women come from different backgrounds, they quickly become best friends in a whirlwind world of sex, music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties!
A summer love... Forced to choose between love and friendship... The boy of her dreams leaves for the U.S.... Tachibana works in a beachside cafe and roams the beach sands with her dog, Dolphin. Then her friend Ippei loses a surfing challenge to a newcomer. With a shock Tachibana recognizes Arikawa, her first love--her first heartbreak. After four years he's back from the U.S. and he thinks Tachibana doesn't like him. But before they get a chance to talk Ippei challenges Arikawa to another surfing match--in the face of an on-coming hurricane!
Takes place before and includes characters from another Yazawa manga - Paradise Kiss. From Anime News Network: Mikako dreams of being a fashion designer, so she sets her eyes on attending Yazawa Arts with her childhood friend Tsutomu. But, he looks like a famous rock star and attracts more attention than she'd like, especially from a popular upperclassman. Incapable of dealing with her own feelings towards Tsutomu, Mikako devotes all of her time to a new 'flea market' club she's created with her friends on campus. But, it seems to bring her more into contact with Tsutomu than ever before. Cameos include Yazawa herself and characters from her previous works. [From ShoujoMagic]: Ever since he was small, all the girls in the neighborhood have fawned over Tsutomu Yamaguchi, whose name came from a song and whose adorable face closely resembles the monkey character Monchichi's. Even back then, it was enough to make his friend and neighbor Mikako sick. Now that he's a little more grown, Tsutomu looks like the lead vocalist of Manbou, Ken Nakagawa (Midori friend/boyfriend from Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai; we meet main characters from Tenshi on market/fest), and that makes him even more popular with the ladies. But Mikako--now a trendy teen with modern sensibilities--couldn't care less. Or could she...? Gokinjo Monogatari is a sharp-witted and stylish slice-of-life story!
Nomura Hiromi is an aspiration-less girl who is feeling left behind. One day, she catches a glimpse of her classmate Miyamoto Hiroshi's singing form and is moved by his song. Hiromi had always thought that Miyamoto felt as lost as she did, but it turns out he is aiming to become a professional singer. Hiromi decides that she too will aim to become a singer.
- Chap 1 Vol 01 (4 years ago)