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Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

Alternative Titles

English: Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly
Japanese: ヘルタースケルター


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 9
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 8, 1995 to Mar 8, 1996
Authors: Okazaki, Kyoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Feel Young


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If you are aware of fashion in Japan, you must have seen Liliko's face. For the last few years, she has been at the top of the modeling world, with her face and body promoting the biggest brands. But as everyone who is in this world admits, staying on top is a constant and never ending battle. There are always new faces introduced to the public. Younger models and new looks are brought into the fold every season. And keeping that position means learning to adapt and learning to cope with change.

To maintain her position Liliko has decided to go under the knife. This is not her first go with this service. It is yet another round of plastic surgery, all done to keep herself looking young and vibrant. However, in this case just a little nip and tuck was not enough. Liliko is bent on undergoing a full body makeover. From head-to-toe, every inch of her will undergo cosmetic surgery, and thus begins her madness.

(Source: Vertical)


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.

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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 read more
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Jan 21, 2012
"A word before we start: laughter and screams sound very much alike." Okazaki Kyoko "Helter Skelter"

When I finished chapter 9 of this manga, I felt a intense need to listen Beatles song "Helter Skelter" to complete the feeling that "Helter Skelter", the manga, started in me. Do you know all the definitions of this title? Originally, Helter Skelter is a amusement park ride with a slide built in a spiral around a high tower. On Paul McCartney's explanation to the song we got: "Using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the read more
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Aug 27, 2015
Maintaining the top position in anything is a hard task, be it sports or intellect; this is no different for the modelling world. Where beauty is top priority, people will try to use all types of methods to maintain it, be it by the use of makeup, drugs or even plastic surgery. Meet Ririko, Japan's top model who abuses of these methods to the extreme.

Helter Skelter shows the life of Ririko, a japanese top model who thrives to maintain her position, as the concept of beauty changes and new models come in. As stated earlier, Ririko uses plastic surgery to adapt herself to the changes read more
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Jan 22, 2012
this was one of very few manga i've ever read i just could not stop reading - it was like watching a traffic accident: you have to look - an amazing exposure of the cancer and pain that is the rotten center of modern celebrity culture - it is the saga of ririko, a rather plain girl who achieves super-model status through the complete subjection of her former self beneath layers of make-up, plastic surgery, pain, and drugs and her ever advancing dissolution from stone-cold beauty to stone-cold crazy and falling apart - the art is beautifully water-color sketchy and perfectly captures the mind state read more
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