Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly
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Helter Skelter

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ヘルタースケルター
English: Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 9
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 8, 1995 to Mar 8, 1996
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Horror Horror
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Feel Young
Authors: Okazaki, Kyoko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.431 (scored by 76157,615 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34662
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #968
Members: 19,338
Favorites: 519


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Japanese supermodel and fashion icon Liliko leads a posh life, wearing and promoting the biggest brands in the country. She stands at the top of the modeling industry with the beauty she has attained through full-body plastic surgery.

However, Liliko's body soon begins to break down due to the extensive surgery she has been through and the medication she has taken. Worse still, her fear of growing old and being rendered useless begins to drive her insane. Helter Skelter is the story of Liliko's struggles to remain in the limelight in a world where people are so easily replaced.

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Helter Skelter won the Grand Prize at the 8th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and an Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2004.

The series was published in English as Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly by Vertical Inc. on August 20, 2013. It was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by NewPOP in 2016.



Mar 7, 2016
It’s not a surprise that Inio Asano (the acclaimed creator of works like "Oyasumi Punpun") cited Okazaki Kyoko as a heavy influence. For those unfamiliar with either Okazaki or Asano, both are revolutionaries within the medium. Their hard-hitting realism driven by “a need for truth” regardless of how bitter, and laced with explorative psychological power has shook and captivated the world with every frame. Both are truly masters of portraying various facets of the human condition and the world that shapes it. From that familiar cut comes Okazaki’s short but powerfully evocative piece titled ”Helter Skelter”.

The manga follows a high-fashion model named Liliko who is ...
Jan 29, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Very enjoyable manga. The art is beautiful and simple, mimicking the "controlled blocks of black and expressive linework" that fashion artist like Rene Gauru are known for. The story isn't as preachy as other stories that try to tackle the artificiality of the celebrity lifestyle and address the matter tastefully, which I appreciated; was like a breathe of fresh air. My only criticism of the story is that the characters fell flat. Characters, including our protagonist, who should have had some significant character development by the end of the story, remained static.

Other than that, lovely. Appropriately labeled "Avante-garde", appealed to the fashion student that ...
Dec 17, 2020
The most salient aspect of this manga is its strong moral. Superficial materiality and obsession over physical appearance is self-destructive; the perfect beauty is an illusion.

I think anyone would enjoy this manga, but I feel like its moral is especially important for young women to hear and for that reason I think its demographic would be women aged 13 - 25.

I feel like this was a manga full of good ideas, but was a little half-baked. Essentially, it feels like a solid first draft for a would-be great manga. The plot points are all there, it's just its execution that leaves something to ...

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