Jeremy and Valentine!
Fun fact: Greg and I share the same birthday.
So I got Moto Hagio’s Perfect Selection 4 and 5 which are from the series Mesh! It’s from the 80s and it’s considered the start of a new “phase” for Moto Hagio. By new phase, I mean it resembles the more darker series such as Marginal and Zankoku. As I explain this, you’ll probably see a lot of the same themes that are in Marginal and Zankoku.
The story is about a boy named Marie-Francoise (or Mesh), who was raised as a girl because his mother refused to accept that she didn’t give birth to a girl. His father believed he wasn’t his son, and that his wife had an affair. So a lot happens and he goes to Paris (where I think he has to work with his father’s friend who sells drugs?)
An artist named Miron takes Mesh in after finding him in the streets. This is really much like the themes in Zankoku and Marginal where a younger boys who have had turbulent lives seek an adult, “parent” figure:
It’s a series of flashbacks after Miron takes him in and Mesh considers killing his father. It really does remind me of Zankoku because she expresses things (such as sexual abuse, mentality, and change) in abstract, metaphoric ways. I mean, really:
However unlike Zankoku, it can be little more light-hearted and comedic.
Of course the art is really fantastic, I’ll try to scan more, it’s just that there’s too much going on in this post. I think that Zankoku is a more developed version of this manga, but it really looks fantastic.