Helter Skelter

Mary Stu and Marty Sue

This is the latest in our ongoing roundtable on Mary Sues. So far Tom has written a kick-ass essay about Michael Corleone as a Mary Sue. And Miriam has an essay which I talk about below._______________________ In her effort to define Mary Sues Miriam argues that the point is not author insertion: Mary Sues happen […]

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Better the Misogynist You Know

The entire HU crowd has been debating Kyoko Okazaki’s fashion and feminism classic manga Helter Skelter in the comments to this post. If you have any interest, you should scroll down through the whole comments section; Miriam, Bill, and Tom all make really interesting points. Anyway, where we ended up was with this comment from […]

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MR3 Part Too Late: the devil wears lancome

Firstly, as a non-manga-reader undergoing continuing education in these blog series, I want to agree with Tom that the Okazaki’s artwork shocked and thrilled me at first glance. Her art looks more gestural than any other manga I’ve seen, and the thickish lines and largish facial features were much more relatable, for me, than the […]

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MR3, part 2-c: Helter Skelter by Okazaki (cont.)

meta-UPDATE:  I analyze Helter Skelter‘s art, with a helpful image bank of the work’s visual characteristics, right … about … here. UPDATE:  Bill and Noah are agreed that the “To be continued” notice is a joke only. Ah well. The story still winds up in a very odd and unexpected place, the Asada-Ririko connection is […]

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MR3, part 2-b: Helter Skelter by Okazaki (cont.)

It looks clear that I liked Helter Skelter more than Noah or Bill did. (Me here, Noah here, Bill’s first here and second here.) Apparently, the big difference is the art. Noah and I agree the fake beauty/diva-bitch material is pretty tired; Bill is more indulgent toward it, but a good deal less enthusiastic about the book than I am. At any […]

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Oh, But It Is, David Alex!

In comments to my Helter Skelter post, David Alex said this: i found ririko more attractive (both aesthetically and as a fake-personality) at the end than at the beginning of the manga… the eyepatch. That’s not exactly a request, but I’m practicing how to crop and upload images. So check it out!

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Kyoko Okazaki’s Blistered Fingers: Part 3

This is the third in our roundtable on Kyoko Okazaki’s classic 90s mana Helter Skelter. Bill’s appreciative opening discussion is here; Tom’s enthusiastic post is here. Which leaves me being the sole irritating voice of cantankerousness (unless Miriam, up tomorrow, also has a more skeptical take.) I should first say that as we were working […]

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