Hanshin

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Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

Ririko is Japan's top fashion model; her image is on every magazine cover and in everyone's mind. But in private, Ririko is very unhappy, confused and lost. Overworked and tired, she turns to dangerous experimental procedures to maintain her youth and beauty. However, soon it's not enough and Ririko begins to fall into a downward spiral filled with lies, surgery, and blackmail. Just how far is Ririko willing to go to stay on top? And who is the true woman behind all the make up and rumors?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Hanshin and Helter Skelter are psychologically dark stories exploring the nature of beauty, and the negative effects that pursuing or obsessing over it can have.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both manga deal with sacrfice for beauty. Both are psychological, dark, and deal with the lengths people will go to for perfection.

Baptism

Baptism

Izumi Shoichi is a beautiful and talented actress - or so she appears to be. Underneath her heavy makeup she hides a disfiguring skin condition and despises her appearance to the point of madness, wanting nothing more than to be beautiful again. She enlists the help of her family doctor and eventually has a child, Sakura, who she runs away with and is never seen on the screen again. Now, Sakura is a little girl who witnesses the manic and controlling behavior of her mother so that she may grow up to be lovely and perfect; but little does she know the real and horrifying reason her mother brought her into this world...

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sothis sothis says...

Baptism and Hanshin are two dark manga involving the ugly and the beautiful, and the depths to which people will go to change their situations.

Franken Fran

Franken Fran

Franken Fran, creation of the absent Professor Madaraki, has a true gift when it comes to the scalpel: she can give you the perfect body, bring the dead to life or stitch people together so that they will never again be apart. Join Fran and her boy-headed cat as they learn about the human soul while carving up the human flesh. But ethics aside, can something beautiful come out of such ugly work, or is it doomed to remain ugly until the end? On the other hand, does it matter?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

There's no guarantee that you will be happy with the one thing you've always wished for.

Call it a gut-feeling rec, but Hanshin feels like it could be a chapter from Franken Fran. Despite the lack of nudity, gore, and medical jargon, Hanshin sports the same twisted mentality/morality and life-altering surgery as Franken Fran.

Semi-Eternal Happy End

Semi-Eternal Happy End

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Two one-shots that muse over the importance of beauty. They feature characters whose physical attractiveness is altered very suddenly, and the ramifications this has.

Iguana no Musume

Iguana no Musume
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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

These two short stories by Moto Hagio have a remarkably similar feel. Both are about a young, intelligent, innocent girl who struggles under too-demanding parents, and a younger sister who is more beautiful and generally much better-liked than she. Although they share a lot of cursory similiarities, the actual stories are different enough so that it never feels like you're retreading old ground. Both are fantastic, and if you liked one, there is no doubt in my mind that you would like the other. (Also, both are FINALLY available in English in the compilation: A Drunken Dream and Other Stories )