The pacing within both series is slow and methodical, backed by an emphasis on emptiness and confusion. The unique art style contributes to the way in which the story is told. For example, Aku no Hana's visuals could be considered 'ugly' but, the characters within the story view the world as ugly. I feel this ties together and creates an interesting atmosphere.
You are a teenager, you are in love and you do not know how to express it and also a girl is harassing by knowing what you keep inside.Two series that show the darkest side that someone can reach for love and how feelings can hurt others and confuse themselves.
Aku no Hana and Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken both adopt the rotoscoping animation style, but the difference is that Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken actually had a budget and competent animators. If you're looking for more/better rotoscoping, Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken is *completely* animated with rotoscoping, which is a rarity in anime. Aku no Hana is also completely animated using rotoscoping but utilises it quite poorly. Still, these are about the only two anime in existence that are completely animated using rotoscoping, and it may be worth a watch for that alone.
- Very similar stylistically, heavy use of rotoscoping and allusions to the Superflat movement.
- Both have at least two characters suffering from severe cases of chuunibyou.
- Extremely melodramatic J-drama vibes.
Aku no Hana is the darker of the two, whereas Hana to Alice is sillier and more light-hearted.
Both titles can be defined like something different and fresh.
Rotoscopical animation system that makes kinda different and curious.
Both animation keep the drama and the mystery with a different way from other titles, making you feel uncomfortable with the situation, and watching the plot develops without understanding anything. But for some reason you can feel that the story you're watching it's alive, can it be, for the animation, for that good script, but you feel inside the animation, you can understand the feelings the characters ar having, and it magic!
Both have main characters that complain about being in a small town where nothing happens. Theyre both about guys in school that have their world turned upside down by meeting a new girl. both have unique art styles.
Main male characters have their problems increase when a strange, perverted girl enters their lives , both have a lot of experimental animation and have a difference in tone. there's a chance that if you like one you might be interested in the other.
Both are coming-of-age anime at heart. While FLCL is obviously the most "wtf Japan" crazy out of the two, Aku no Hana has its fair share of crazy with a darker overtone. An eccentric, perverted girl protagonist lends most of the insanity in both anime. The art and animation for both are quite exceptional from an abstract aspect. Both anime especially hold a similarity in how well they are able to convey metaphorical context throughout the plot and art.
Dark, serious and strange. Both have lots of intense character development that delve deeply into who these people are and what drives them to do what they do. Both have themes of depression and insecurity. Seems like a lot of people don't like Aku no Hana. I love it personally, and if you're a fan of that show too you'll probably also like Evangelion. You've probably already seen it too if you're into psychological anime enough to have found Aku no Hana, so I don't even know why I'm writing this.
Both series could be put into the dementia genre, and deal with themes relating to existentialism.
They are not for the faint of heart; often being labeled as "dark" and "deep".
Additionally, they each have directing, which is frequently used to create thought-provoking scenes. For example, there are a few scenes that are purposely drawn out with no dialogue and little movement to force the viewer into the characters' shoes and consider their situation. Because of this, they certainly are not for anyone who simply wishes to turn their brain off and watch nonintellectual material.
Both series ask more questions than they answer, so that those answers can be left to the interpretation of the viewer.
Aku no Hana is the perfect anime to follow watching NGE and the rest of the franchise. It provides similarly eerie tones and thought-provoking themes, and is a great choice for enthusiasts of good directing and cinematography.
If you've watched of AnH then you've probably already seen NGE, but if not then it is a must-watch. read more
These are both heavy coming of age stories that revolve around tumultuous relationships and broken people. Sexuality is a heavily emphasized theme in both shows and the main characters both pair up with people that bring out the worst in them. Both have a school setting. If you enjoy the characters and character interactions in one, you'll enjoy the other as well.
For differences, Kuzu no Honkai has unrequited love/lust as a main theme, while Aku no Hana focuses a lot on fetishism (mainly sadism/masochism).
Both have similar male protagonist - quiet, ordinary boy.. that makes some kind of contract with very unusual, mysterious girl.
Both also have kind of 'erotic' theme.
AnH is dark,serious and somewhat artistic while NnKX is light-hearted and meant to be funny.
+Both anime plot wierd and unclear
+Both have an unusual art style for anime these days
+Both about a silent guy and a realy weird girl
+Both are making "contract" between the guy and the girl
+Both are somewhat erotic
*Nazo no kanojo x is more of a comedy genre
Aku no hana is more dramatic and serious
School life, with an added unnerving edge rarely seen in fiction. Until the latter stages of The Flowers of Evil's manga, I had thought of it as a sort of fictional suicide note where the normality of life would eventually crush its lead. And the anime amplified that feeling tenfold with the realism added by its rotoscoping (both titles are low-budget yet artistic) and its ambient soundtrack. The execution just gives off a feeling of undefined dread.
Flowers and King of Pigs are different and the same. The emptiness and bleak school life is an obvious linking factor but Flowers relied far more on atmosphere and puberty / sex. Pigs doesn't have a sexual edge (all-boy school; younger characters) and, instead, focused heavily on preteen violence. Flowers does have what you could describe as physical bullying by Nakamura, but it's nearly all psychological, where as in Pigs it was more balanced.
When you strip away the violence and sexual aspects of the two, what you're left with is a desperate desire to escape the shackles society imposes on children as they grow up and/or enter adolescence. The leads in both series are pushed to breaking point by peer pressure and the need for social conformity. read more
Similar art style as well as tone. Both Dwaejiui Wang and Aku no Hana tackle heavy topics. Worth checking out if you are into one or the other. They are also both probably considered 'hit-or-miss,' but I really enjoyed them.
Aku no Hana and King of Pigs share a similar theme of descent into darkness and it brings out the raw inner brutality of someone who is truly evil, while others are faced with a dilemma of watching themselves turn into monsters from a depersonalized perspective.
King of Pigs is dark, and it is nihilistic, but if you follow that philosophy you might see the beauty of it. It is in no way meant to actually illustrate that evil triumphs good, it is just to show that evil is there, and some people handle its presence differently.
Different is better. As soon as something comes along that isn't a harem and/or doesn't have generic moeblob character design, BEST ANIME OF THE SEASON! For better or worse, this is ALWAYS how it goes. In the case of Tatami it's highly regarded across the board since there wasn't any manga artwork to disregard for the purposes of ART. Aku Hana is FAR more of a love/hate series; people familiar with the source material generally disliking it and people unfamiliar often labeling it as the best anime of the season.
The approach of both series is, simply put, style over substance... and cheap over expensive. Aku Hana had real people/locations rotoscoped. Tatami often used real stuff as backgrounds and/or flashed through images of real things, with artsy/unfinished drawings of the characters themselves. Aku Hana's stylistic selling point, rotoscoping aside, was turning one panel transitions into repetitive eight minute walks. Tatami's was repeating the same episode over and over, with the same characters playing the same roles and there being no character growth in any of those episodes.
Any and all failings relating to substance should be overlooked with these two. Half an episode dedicating purely to walking is more important than pacing. Likewise, the same events playing out with minor differences matters not when it moves the soul with an idea. If you don't approach these two with that mindset, disappointment awaits.
There is one key difference between the two: for Tatami you'll want the pause button handy if you have any hope of being able to read all of the subtitles. For Aku Hana, it's the opposite: you'll want the fast-forward button at the ready whenever anyone starts walking. An ironic difference, for sure. read more
Rotoscoped real people in a psychological contest. Both are like live-actions shows, but while Kuuchuu Buranko have various instances, Aku no Hana is more focused on puberty. Kuuchuu Buranko have comedy and funny moments, while Aku no Hana is scholastic.
Aku no Hana gives some kind of dark vibe, grain of interest out similar to Death Note. Also, it seems like both of the stories are involved with a weird book/notebook that plays a role in the story. So if you liked Death Note and are up for calm, yet creepy stories, you should give Aku no Hana a try.
They both feature a socially awkward main character with very few friends. The amount of cringe moments is respectively high in both anime, and while not necessarily bad, if you don't mind it in one you shouldn't mind it in the other. You'll find yourself wishing you could make decisions in place of the main characters as you watch them fail miserably at the simplest tasks; however, Watamote uses a more comedic approach where Aku no Hana was dark and almost nihilistic with its atmosphere.
Knowing their feelings and mentality, a girl will take advantage of the perverted side of a boy who is in love to wrap him in his game, making him go through uncomfortable experiences, making him think about his actions and trying to understand what he really thinks about him, from her and their relationships.
Aku no Hana and Nozoki Ana are about about a scheming girl catching and blackmailing the main character doing something dirty. There they both get pulled in a downwards spiral and she makes him do whatever she wants.
Both concepts are a bit twisted. (I would recommend reading Aku no Hana because the anime isn't done yet.) I love them both and thought that they fell into similar categories because of the darkness of them both.
Both products often have scenes in the main character's family house. I don't know exactly how explain it, both products gave me a strong sense of the human social life and they showed me his beauty. I can understand that the similarities are a bit tiny, but I was unable to ignore the strong vibes of Aku no Hana that Parasyte continuously gives me.
"Harmonie" and "Flowers of Evil" / "Aku no Hana" both revolve around a introverted male protagonist who has a crush on the attractive and popular girl in his high school homeroom class. Due to respectively unique reasons for both anime, surprising relations soon arise as they begin to interact with each other.
Although they are quite different in plot, Aku no Hana and Colorful are similar in mood and atmosphere. While watching both of them you can feel a kind of tension. Both of them are psychological dramas with slice of life elements, where protagonists are in a normal everyday situatution first, and as the story goes on, they learn more and more about the dark side of the people around them, and also about themselves.
One of the main differences is that Colorful has also supernatural elements and is in general more optimistic than Aku no Hana.
Both cover the trials of youth and just how misaligned our desperate struggles and percieved notions of supremacy really are when trudging through the challenging of discovering just who we truly are as an indiviudal. Whilst aku no hana excels at suspense and dread, yahari masters social distance and interpersonal anxiety. Either they both are so incessantly focused on self identity it's outrageously addictive.
It may surprise you at first, but you don't need much time to realize about similarities that they share in almost everything. From the same director, the two series share a slow pace, the use of long frames, great depth in the characters, their evolution (or their no evolution), and the depth of the message whose existence becomes obvious, but underlying deeply in the work. The setting of both is quite different, but is from the few things which haven't in common. Two pieces of art.
You will say that they are not similar to each other, well, Aku no Hana is too dark, and Kokoro Connect is more light... But this two titles analyze people's, especially high-schooler's psychology. So if you liked Kokoro Connect because of psychology you will definitely like Aku no Hana too.
While the basic setting/environment of these two anime are different, they both have male main characters who suffer from anxiety and and considered on the fringe of society. The main female leads both have "contracts" and are centered around bringing the male leads out of their shells. Aku no Hana has a darker tone than NHK.
Negishi is Kasuga in an alternate universe where his corrupter extraordinaire (Nakamura) is his band manager.
Here, his love for verbose literature is an affinity for Swedish pop. His blossoming perversion is a shameless alter-ego. His crush on an actually-totally-attainable-if-it-weren't-for-plot idealized girl is a crush on an actually-totally-attainable-if-it-weren't-for-plot idealized girl. Some common themes: moral deterioration and distress it causes.... yes, even when played for laughs. To quote Aku no Hana's MC himself (paraphrasing) "comedy and horror are similar in that they both stem from the element of surprise."
The cherry on top? Same director.
Almost the same feeling, great psychological atmosphere. The two main characters made a mistake that changed their life. While Kaiji risks his life in games and gambles that lead to stressful situations, Kasuga risks his place in the japanese society.
Since Aku no Hana is quite hated, I'll add : don't judge a book by its cover, make your own opinion, the situation of Kasuga is a big deal, and the tension is real. Everyone has made a mistake in his life, and everyone tried to hide it by fear of the consequences : that's the situation in which Aku no hana's main character is, and it's very well done and very stressful. read more
Another and Aku no Hana give off the same eerie feeling, they're both very real and psychological, and have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what may or may not happen. Another is more shifted in the horror category where as Aku no Hana lies deeply in the Psychological.
Aku no Hana starts out very imaginative like Deus Ex Machima where the flower grows from the person's mind. I love Aku no Hana's look much more though as it redeems itself for looking like true Japanese and the landscape of it is also realistic too. Mirai Nikki also has that eerie setting and plot along with Aku no Hana.
Sometimes slow-paced, sometimes dark, and sometimes a bit pretentious, Aku no Hana and Kaiba both give out a very unique feel with their unique art style and artistic feel. Aku no Hana is way better in my opinion, but for anyone looking for an unique experience, look no further than these two anime.
When I started to watch Ping Pong the art style from Aku no Hana popped in my mind.
I didn't really like Aku no Hana that much, but if you like this "realistic" type of art give it a try. Note: Aku no Hana is a lot darker than Ping Pong and isn't recommended for children.
Also completely different besides the art.
Both psychological anime with good character development. Both are really similar in the aspect that it shows how people in life can be mentally unstable, these are both great anime. Oh, and they both have realistic looking characters that don't look anime-ish and more human drawn. Although Paranoia Agent still has more anime-style drawn characters, they still look a lot more Japanese than most anime.
In brief, give it a try if you're into:
atypical tales of romance,
reddish haired girls responsible for churning out plot,
strong usage of allusions to classical literature (see Psycho-Pass as well),
gloomy gloomy moods,
beautiful ambient soundtracks,
ominous eyeball plants.
If you're bored and wanna read something:
Both Zetsuen no Tempest and Aku no Hana have very strong literary references (quoting, and relying on their respective pieces), implausible plots, and awkward love triangles. Zetsuen has Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Tempest, while Aku no Hana has Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire (which personally makes me think of the gloomy baudelaire children from the series of unfortunate events, but that's something else entirely). These literary references are important if not crucial in both Zetsuen and Aku no Hana.
While there are complaints about the animation style of Aku no Hana (I personally like it. The expressions and nuances, the fidgety fading and jerking, really make it all the more disturbing), I have to say that both have pretty great dramatic soundtracks. (please listen for the ED of Aku no Hana). If Aku's animation wasn't your thing, then Zetsuen has excellent animation by traditional terms.
Zetsuen is 26 episodes of magical action-y revenge, loopy plot/time line, and messing-with-your-sense-of-logic, while Aku no Hana is 13 episodes of suspenseful-psychological, really twisted Bildungsroman, making-you-uncomfortable. Both plots are centered around the love of a girl, but only one involves the fate of the world, guess which one. Awesomely confusing paradoxes vs completely unsettling, insanely capable vs incredibly gutless protagonists; take your pick.
Oh there are also evil blooming eyeball things in both, if that's what you're into, referred to as fruits and flowers respectively. read more