Paradise Kiss (2005– )
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Having an excellent artwork and animation (I particularly liked the stylish and surreal sequences from the beginning of every episode before the opening credits) "Paradise Kiss" does a great work depicting an atypical love-story, which doesn't follow the predictable pattern of other romantic works.
The way in which the relationship between the main characters feels realistic and believable, opposed to the more idealized manner in which love and romance is treated in most works of fiction, having for that reason more honest feeling, being closer to the spirit of modern times. The Franz Ferdinand song in the closing credits was a nice touch, too.
The art is beautiful, the costumes inspiring, and the story completely draws the viewer in. I watched it as it was released and could barely stand to wait the week between episodes.
One thing I really enjoyed about this series, and many anime in general, is the fact that it doesn't have a fairy-tale ending. It reflects reality in that sense. The characters touch each other's lives, and when they part ways they are all better people, more content with who they are. In one light it's tragic, in another it's beautiful.
As far as I can see, the anime follows closely to the manga, so do expect too many deviations.
If your interested in something similar, I'd strongly suggest NANA, both the live action movie, and the anime.
Loved this anime, love its characters, loved its soundtrack including "Lonely in gorgeus" and a popular song I never expected in anime "Do you want to?". Literally its one of the best coming of age anime Ive ever come across!