3.552 out of 5 from 37 votes
Tropical Citron and GoGo Monster are about a place where multiple realities collide. Both are a bit hard to get into at first and use a similar messy-looking (yet highly detailed) art style. Tropical Citron is much more explicit.
In a world that is now dominated by religion, few exist who still believe in the old ways of magic and even rarer are those who still practice the ancient arts. Though branded by the majority as heretics, witches still exist across the world and come in many guises. From vengeful sorceresses and a shaman calling upon the spirits to protect her homeland from invading soldiers, to provincial witches in tune with the very world around them, these magic users remain relentlessly shunned by the institutions around them. But while religious heads and pompous rulers see their very existence as a stain on humanity, these witches have more to teach the world than we could possibly know...
Witches and Tropical Citron aren't anything like typical magic/witch stories. Both are much more adult than the whimsical Harry Potter-esque connotations that 'witch' currently has. In Tropical Citron this 'Adult'-ness does mean that it's rather explicit (there's a lot of sex, drugs, and violence), but more importantly, they are both nuanced and thought-provoking series for an adult that enjoys things a bit off-kilter.
Witches is philosophical whereas Tropical Citron is more interested in psychology and the counter-culture.
World War III has left Earth's surface uninhabitable, forcing humanity to relocate to underground cities. However, these subterranean metropolises cannot produce enough food for their inhabitants, so the highly addictive “Pure Trance” life sustaining pills have become the bulk of the citizens' diets. But eating Pure Trance tends to cause eating disorders such as hyperorexia - extreme overeating - and it's up to the spunky, scantily-clad nurses of Overeaters Treatment Center 102 to help their patients beat the disease. However, in addition to dealing with demanding patients, the girls must also cater to the whims of Keiko, the sadistic, drug-addicted hospital director. How will the nurses fare, stuck between an unbearable job and equally miserable prospects outside of the hospital?
Pure Trance and Tropical Citron are counterculture manga that don't skimp on drugs, nudity, violence, or squalor. Whether set in a magic-infused Vietnam War era or a post-apocalyptic subterranean city, both manga are about a culture structured around a highly-available (and probably government-funded) drug/nutrient substitute.
Ever since the Pharmaceutics Law passed, everyone in the country has unlimited access to a dizzying array of mind and mood-altering drugs. A shot of Slumberine helps you sleep, and any emotion you can imagine is just a pump away. Even vacations can be replaced with shots: take one dose, and your mind is bathed in a relaxing hot springs experience. Amidst all this drug-addled merriment is Kabu, a world-weary twenty-something man, with nothing to do but chase his next big high. But one day, after running out of P, his drug of choice, he experiments with a new super-drug, Ultra Heaven, which completely re-writes his sense of reality and changes his life forever...
The main character in both of these manga spends a significant portion of the story in a drug-induced stupor. If you enjoyed the trippy art, and not quite knowing what's actually happening and what's just an effect of the hallucinogens, definitely check the other out.