Helter Skelter (manga)

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Helter Skelter
Cover of the Helter Skelter tankōbon
(Herutā Sukerutā)
Genre Psychological horror
Written by Kyoko Okazaki
Published by Shodensha
English publisher
Demographic Josei
Magazine Feel Young
Original run July 1995April 1996
Volumes 1
Live-action film
Directed by Mika Ninagawa
Written by Arisa Kaneko
Music by Kōji Ueno
Released July 14, 2012 (2012-07-14)
Runtime 127 minutes
Anime and Manga portal

Helter Skelter (Japanese: ヘルタースケルター Hepburn: Herutā Sukerutā?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kyoko Okazaki. It was serialized in Feel Young magazine from 1995 to 1996 and collected into a single tankōbon volume by Shodensha on April 8, 2003. The story was adapted into a 2012 live-action film directed by Mika Ninagawa and starring Erika Sawajiri.[1] The manga was released in English by Vertical in 2013.[2]


Supermodel Liliko (りりこ Ririko?) has undergone full body plastic surgery to attain the perfect body and face in order to stay on top of the modelling world. However, her body begins to break down as an effect of the treatments and she grows desperate and unhinged, lashing out at first to her manager and agency and later to the public as she realizes that her current lifestyle cannot last long. Meanwhile, an inspector investigating a series of mysterious suicides and organ theft believes that Liliko and her unnatural beauty may be the key to unearthing an underground industry of unsafe medical practice and save lives.

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Helter Skelter won an award of excellence at the Japan Media Arts Festival sponsored by the Japanese government in 2004.[3]

The manga also won the Grand Prize at the 2004 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[4]

In 2008, it was nominated as an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.[5]

Reviewing Helter Skelter, Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the manga an overall A- grade. She believes Okazaki implies that the readers are "implicit in the creation of Lilikos with our craving for unattainable beauty in the media." She noted that some people will find the story difficult to stomach and the artwork "harsh," although the latter helps the story.[6]

As of August 19, 2012, the film had grossed US$24,231,554 at the Japanese box office.[7]


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