Helter Skelter (manga)
Cover of the Helter Skelter tankōbon
|Written by||Kyoko Okazaki|
|Original run||July 1995 – April 1996|
|Directed by||Mika Ninagawa|
|Written by||Arisa Kaneko|
|Music by||Kōji Ueno|
|Released||July 14, 2012|
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. The manga was released in English by Vertical in 2013.
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.
- Erika Sawajiri as Liliko
- Nao Omori as Makoto Asada
- Shinobu Terajima as Michiko Hada
- Gō Ayano
- Kiko Mizuhara as Kozue Yoshikawa
- Hirofumi Arai
- Anne Suzuki
- Susumu Terajima
- Kaori Momoi as Hiroko Tada
- Show Aikawa
- Mieko Harada as Hisako Wachi
- Yosuke Kubozuka as Takao Nanbu
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.
As of August 19, 2012, the film had grossed US$24,231,554 at the Japanese box office.
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- Official film website (Japanese)
- Helter Skelter (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Helter Skelter (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Helter Skelter live-action film at the Internet Movie Database