Aku no Hana

Flowers of Evil

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Synonyms: Aku no Hana
Japanese: 惡の華
English: Flowers of Evil
German: Flowers of Evil
Spanish: Aku no Hana: Flowers of Evil
French: Flowers of Evil
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2013
Broadcast: Fridays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Zexcs
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.141 (scored by 8033980,339 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35442
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1080
Members: 226,489
Favorites: 3,167

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Takao Kasuga, a high school student fascinated by poetry, reveres Charles Baudelaire and even decorates his room with the poet's portrait. On a normal day, Takao forgets his copy of The Flowers of Evil in the classroom. When returning to retrieve it, he steals the sports garments of Nanako Saeki—a model student who Takao calls his muse and a femme fatale.

Deeply ashamed of his act which he sees as a sin and what others see as a crime, Takao realizes with horror that Sawa Nakamura, his classmate and social outcast, knows about his theft. Blackmailed by her, Takao is now forced to partake in Sawa's disturbing fantasies, lest she reveals his deeds to everyone. Caught in a negative spiral of increasingly traumatic experiences, will Takao be able to break free from Sawa's thorns and atone for his sins?

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Aku no Hana is considered to be the first anime to extensively use rotoscoping. The anime adapts the first 20 chapters of the manga.

The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan from August 21, 2013 to December 25, 2013, and in North America by Sentai Filmworks on July 8, 2014.

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Opening Theme

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1: "Aku no Hana -Takao Kasuga- (惡の華 -春日高男-)" by Uchujin (with guest vocalist Noko)  (eps 1-3)
2: "Aku no Hana -Sawa Nakamura- (惡の華 -仲村佐和-)" by Uchujin (with guest vocalist Mariko Goto) (eps 4-6)
3: "Aku no Hana -Nanako Saeki- (惡の華 -佐伯奈々子-)" by Uchujin (with guest vocalist Shiho Nanba) (eps 7-9)
4: "Aku no Hana -Gunma-ken, Kiryuushi- (惡の華 -群馬県桐生市-)" by Uchujin (eps 11-13)

Ending Theme

1: "Hana -a last flower- (花 -a last flower-)" by ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY (eps 1-4, 6, 9, 11-12)
2: "Hana -a last flower- ver.Z (花 -a last flower- ver.Z)" by ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY (eps 5, 10)
3: "Hana (花)" by ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY (eps 7)
4: "Hana -a last flower- ver.X (花 -a last flower- ver.X)" by ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY (eps 8)


Jun 30, 2013
DISCLAIMER: FOR THE SAKE OF THIS REVIEW I WILL BE OPERATING UNDER THE ASSUMTION THAT THERE IS AN UPCOMING SECOND SEASON. The anime said there would be a part two and I’ll trust that for now. If there is no season two then I'd have problems with the conclusion and the score would have to be lowered. But the anime created interest in the manga, they haven't exhausted the budget, they previewed pt. 2 scenes that they've supposedly finished, some of the most powerful scenes have yet to come, etc. At this point, it seems very safe to assume there will be a second season ...
Jul 3, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Zexcs has probably done the most bold thing of the season by animating Shuuzou Oshimis manga, Aku no Hana.

Apparently the manga was quite popular in advance and many people were looking forward to the adaptation. Yet after the first episode an uproar of many angry fans has shaken the industry. People were pissed and the show suddenly went to the lowest rated TV series on MAL.

I on the other hand finished the episode and it left quite a good impression on me. After I went to the forums I saw the gigantic flame war and was confused. Why are people so mad?

The answer lies in ...
Jul 6, 2013
Whenever people watch a film or show, regardless of whether it’s anime or not, they want to be enticed into a deep and complex world full of mystery and wonder that they can solve for the benefit of their humanity. It seems as though Aku no Hana was meant to be something that was going to be the “change” some people were looking for in the wake of entertainment controlling the masses. But boy, did it fail at doing that on almost all accounts.

Let's reveal the elephant in the room, the animation. It is flawed, but not to the extent where it should be castrated ...

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