This is most certainly not a new manga for me, in fact, I read this like 4 or 5 years ago and it inspired me like no other book or manga have done. Si...moreThis is most certainly not a new manga for me, in fact, I read this like 4 or 5 years ago and it inspired me like no other book or manga have done. Since it's compose for five tomes I'm just going to do a review about the hole series in general, but without spoilers,so don't worry.
It all starts with the view of a young lady in the middle of a few persons waiting to cross the street, but somehow she seems really unhappy and well, bother with the whole world. Her name is Yukari (aka Caroline) and she is what we can call a top class student whith great grades and a confident personality. But it's all a fake. She studies a lot at night to keep her grades good and she lacks of confidence. Her house is a sad place, her dad, tired of the way her mom is, left home using his work as a excuse and her mom only wants Yukari to be the number one in everything she does. On top of that, her little brother is a truly genious and doesn't need to study at all to keep up his grades... and her mom is always comparing her with him... But that day, when she was annoyed with the whole world something wonderful happened: a guy spot her and went to talk to her because she, among all the people, was the person his group needed. A fashion group... and they wanted her to be their model.
This is the story of how yukari turns into Caroline, a completely new person that seeks, above all, her happiness and destiny.
Ai Yazawa's desing is marvelous, she takes care of every detail not only of the characters but also the clothes of everybody. Each character has their own personality:
Yukari: scared of the future tries to do what is "right" (acording to her mom and teachers) but deep inside wants something else... she just doesn't know what. Jouji (aka George): the King of ParaKiss (the name of their fashion group). He is talented, excentric, handsome, charismatic and a marvelous designer; his personality is a little twisted and one moment he can be completely sweet and then turn into a cold manipulating person. But he has his own story and you get to know why is he like that. He also falls in love with Yukari. Miwako: the most sweet and cute person in this whole world. She is the one that starts calling Yukari Caroline and doesn't hesitates in helping her. Sometimes acts like a child and dress herself in a "lolita" style. During the story you get to know her a little and in the end you just want to hug her and even eat her xD Arashi: his style is punk and, let me tell you, before I saw him I was always afraid of this kind of people but not anymore, hahaha. Besides being in ParaKiss he also plays in a band. He is Miwako's boyfriend. He seems like a cynical and abrasive person but in fact her cares deeply about those around him. Isabella: well, she is like the "mother" figure to the member's of ParaKiss but the only thing is... well, she is actually a "he". Nevertheless, is one of the most charismatic characters and I totally support her. In fact, she is the one who inspires George's first dress.
There's more characters who complete the story in a incredible way. Give it a try if you want to feel inspired and believe in dreams that are worthy of fighting.(less)
This is the one. I've been in love with this book for years. Right now, if I could I would read it one more time. Unfortunately, it's in my house back...moreThis is the one. I've been in love with this book for years. Right now, if I could I would read it one more time. Unfortunately, it's in my house back in Spain so I'll have to wait until September... sigh...
Nevermind that, let me tell you about this book. I'll do my best to let any spoilers out, ok? So, in the last book Tarod is forced to stop time in order to evade his death in hands of the people he thought were his family, friends and love. Feeling their betrayal break his heart he hides himself in this "space with no time" where he is unable to feel anything without his gem. And he is willing to stay there for all eternity, he just doesn't care about the world anymore. But the gods of Chaos have different plans. Two strangers arrive to the Castle where he is: Cyllan, who he met before, and Drachea, the son of a High Margrave and a very annoying and spoiled boy. (Yes, I don't like him at all, but I'm sure that was the idea, hahaha).
The loyalty of Cyllan and her uninterested love breaks the walls that Tarod had created and now he wants to recover his soul to love her in a complete way. But getting his soul back means he has to break the spell and return to the moment he was going to die...
The develop of the story in just wonderful, Louise Cooper wrote an amazing story for this trilogy and I'd be first in line if someone decided to make a movie *crossing fingers and looking to the sides*. The book has a moral to teach -a really good one-, the love between Tarod and Cyllan is rather inspiring and the way Tarod struggles between what he thinks is the right thing to do and what his heart is trying to tell him is marvelous. The anxiety I felt reading this book was great -in a good way-, I smiled, I laughed, I cried and I even wanted to write to the author and tell her I was in love with her book (at that time my English was horrible so I didn't do it^^U). I can't really compare this book to help you get an idea of how good it is but if you like Dragonlance, Lord of the Rings this is the book for you. And even if you haven't read these books, give it a try, you won't be dissapointed, I promise.(less)