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Aku no Hana

Alternative Titles

English: Flowers of Evil
Synonyms: Aku no Hana
Japanese: 惡の華


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Zexcs
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.171 (scored by 44,899 users)
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Ranked: #29992
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #799
Members: 124,267
Favorites: 1,903


Super-slow paced shows with an ominous atmosphere. They both have rather unique animation style and have that same feeling to them. Artsy anime, basically.  
report Recommended by Fujaku
Very calm slice of life but turns dark in a unexpected way.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
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. 
report Recommended by Fall
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. 
report Recommended by little_robot
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. 
report Recommended by simonephone
You wanted twisted depressed teenagers, desiring things they can't have, with a morbid idea of love, everything served in a peculiar artstyle? There you have.  
report Recommended by Homu_chan
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. 
report Recommended by helensan
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both shows are psychological shows with some zany "realistic" character designs. Kuuchuu is about an array of psychological problems while Aku no Hana is about growing up. 
report Recommended by umami_bomb
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. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
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.  
report Recommended by Protaku
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. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both protagonists are influenced by girl. Both of them are in love with other girl, and in order not to lose her trust, are required to comply the orders of the first girl. 
report Recommended by weeaboosha
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.  
report Recommended by Moonbeam009
Both are horror animes made with rotoscoping (the animators are tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame to recreate it as animation). 
report Recommended by YukkiLovesCheese
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. 
report Recommended by bearwithmeasec
"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. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
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.  
report Recommended by oregu-kun
Both deal with horrific situations and delve in the mind of the protagonist. 
report Recommended by roarin
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.  
report Recommended by vasili101
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. 
report Recommended by zu-mo
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.  
report Recommended by suoyung
Once again, different is better. The female lead hate the normal things, and tries to drags the male character into her "world". 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Both are about relationship of strange girl, who feel herself an alien in this world, and "normal" guy. 
report Recommended by Joyless
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. 
report Recommended by little_robot
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. 
report Recommended by broujo
Similar themes, drama, horror, romance. Not to mention both have unique, interesting realistic art styles. 
report Recommended by umami_bomb
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  read more 
report Recommended by lighthalzen-kun
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. 
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
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. 
report Recommended by Mortale
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.  
report Recommended by Fujaku
Symbolic anime using a unique style to enhance atmosphere, mood, music, and sound. Both series are well known for their symbolism. 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
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.  
report Recommended by phenstyle
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. 
report Recommended by AidanTheGreat
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).  read more 
report Recommended by toutseul