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
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.141 (scored by 7919179,191 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34842
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1068
Members: 223,337
Favorites: 3,117

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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)


Nov 25, 2023
This is a visceral, anxiety inducing show. Takao gets blackmailed and bullied and you can just feel the dread, the panic and the paranoia. He fears things going well just as much as he does things going to hell. The first half of this show is fucking brutal in it’s realism. I’ve never been bullied or witnessed bullying but this definitely feels authentic. More and more Nakamaru pushes Takao, trying to make him like her, trying to convince him to live without common sense. The sheer fucking twisted dread of this all is incredibly gripping and it never let go of my attention, before climaxing ...
Feb 20, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Aku no Hana made me feel a disgust that only increased as the episodes went by, eliciting intense feelings of hatred and discomfort. Its protagonist is the perfect portrayal of a terrible person and, with a unique visual approach, heightened that feeling even more. The use of rotoscoping for the expressions made everything more eerie and repulsive. The dark and realistic atmosphere can be welcoming at times, such as in the scenes where Katao slowly walks through the city.

The story, revolving around extremely sensitive themes like sexual relationships and psychological/sexual harassment, is treated in a raw and distorted manner from reality, yet it further intensifies ...
Feb 7, 2024
"The ugliness of the show only makes it more intellectually focused and psychological. Never have i felt this moved since I finished Le baudelaire original masterpiece 'Les Fleurs Du Mal' barbe de chèvre pe'éro pe'éro blah blah bleattt~ "
~unknown Mal intellectual

Aku no Hana fails both as an adaptation and as a standalone, and the direction of the show is an absolute disaster in all respects. The most tragic fact surrounding it however is the fact that it is liked by so many oshimi shuzo fans, way more than you'd expect. Now im no fan of the guy, but the main selling point of ...

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