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 8058780,587 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35262
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1082
Members: 227,215
Favorites: 3,163

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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)


Mar 28, 2024
MAN such an amazing show that will never shine bright cause of the season 2 that will never come out. Just know that the end of this is for the climax of the next ark. I loved season 1 the artstyle is actually genius because it highlight human characteristics and overall uneasyness but off putting at first. It was a great watch but ends without a boom. a silent killer
this main character is something else. its really something i struggle putting into words he seems dumb and stupid (because season 2 and i reapeat will never come out) but that made the show for me. ...
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 ...
Jan 9, 2024
We usually watch anime under the assumption that a story can't exist for no reason, right? Well come Aku no Hana, and as intriguing as the visuals of the flower of evil, the trailer and the first episode were, it just goes nowhere, it doesn't pick up up, the ratio of psychological tension to the events happening is unbalanced, so you have a bombshell moment that leads nowhere, it defeats the point of watching a show when there is no pay off.

So enduring 12 episodes of a wimpy male lead, the same bit over and over, a ditzy love interest, a sadistic purposeless bully was ...

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