3.67 out of 5 from 79 votes
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?
Yucy and Yudy are two conjoined twins who have been together since birth. However, as the nutrients in their bodies distribute unevenly, Yucy is beautiful yet slow-minded while Yudy is intelligent and horrifically ugly. Yudy is torn between her love for her sister and her hate for having to care for Yucy; can the two continue to co-exist?
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.
Both manga deal with sacrfice for beauty. Both are psychological, dark, and deal with the lengths people will go to for perfection.
Another fabulous josei manga about body image issues in the modern woman. Helter Skelter is about the unrealistic and dangerous expectations of celebrities, and In the Clothes Named Fat is about a compulsive over-eater, her self-loathing, and harassment by society. If you're in the mood for a short but intense psychological josei story, I would definitely recommend either.
(Also, their art styles are fairly similar, and both have an ultra-bitch in a prominent role)
Both of these manga are dark and delve into the the psychology of women who want to be beautiful to the point of self harm. Body image, beauty and their costs are prominant in both manga. They're a good pair.
While the plots are nothing alike, most everything else is. Especially the art and obsessive/selfish characters. Both are like trashy novels that you can't put down because they're so engrossing depite (or because of?) the hateful characters, quickly-escalating plot, and gratuitous sex scenes.
Helter Skelter has some artistic merit, though, and I like it way better.
Akira Sakamoto is a typical teenager – and that’s the problem! He’s the only normal one in a family of incredibly attractive people: he has a father that looks great in drag, a mother that looks younger than himself, an older brother that was worshipped at school, and two very opposite sisters. Though his family does everything to make Akira feel special and a part of the group, he can't help but feel an outsider in his own home. Then one night, the truth comes out with very surprising results...
Family Complex and Helter Skelter both show that being beautiful doesn't mean being happy. The beautiful characters in each go through a hell of a lot of unnecessary trauma just because of their appearances. Family Complex is lighter, while Helter Skelter is quite a bit more explicit about the depths someone can sink to (and includes nudity and some gore).
Obsession. Helter Skelter and Fetish focus on obsessions, and the depths to which they cause people to sink. Helter Skelter is about physical beauty, while Fetish encompasses different types of obsessions (generally concerning other people).