Aku no Hana
The Flowers of Evil
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Aku no Hana

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Synonyms: Blossom of Evil
Japanese: 惡の華
English: The Flowers of Evil
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 58
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 9, 2009 to May 9, 2014
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Oshimi, Shuuzou (Story & Art)


Score: 8.211 (scored by 7605476,054 users)
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Ranked: #4282
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Popularity: #65
Members: 158,989
Favorites: 12,143


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The Flowers of Evil
Volume 1


Takao Kasuga is an unsociable middle school student who bears a love for books—in particular, Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. He also has a crush on his class' idol, the sweet Nanako Saeki. In stark contrast to her, Sawa Nakamura is an insolent and unpleasant girl who lacks any concern for school.

One day, Takao forgets to bring his book home with him. He returns to school to retrieve it, but is stopped in his tracks when he finds Nanako's freshly worn gym clothes lying on the floor. A strange desire consumes Takao, and like a wicked pervert, he steals them.

With the guilt of his crime weighing on him, Takao tries his best to live a normal life. Sawa, however, who witnessed Takao's thievery, has other plans in store for him...

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Aku no Hana was published in English as The Flowers of Evil by Vertical Inc. from May 8, 2012 to October 14, 2014. The publisher has been rereleasing the series in omnibuses since October 31, 2017. It was published in Italian as I Fiori del Male - Aku no Hana by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from November 9, 2013 to February 7, 2015, and in Spanish as Las Flores del Mal by Norma Editorial from September 26, 2014 to July 22, 2016. It has been published in French as Les Fleurs Du Mal by ki-oon since January 12, 2017.

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Jan 14, 2017
I will mainly write about why I love the scenario and characters and why I preferred the second part, the one which has never been adapted into anime. For this purpose, I am going to spoil the whole story, so don't read this unless you have finished the manga.

I moderately liked the beginning of the manga because I did not really understand what the characters wanted (the MC in particular) and it seemed to me that they were acting irrationally. The escalation of catastrophic risk taking was fine but not enough to make me love the manga and I think I was right because the ...
Mar 7, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Aku no Hana was 60% of the time the worst thing I've had ever read in my life.

The central theme that Aku No Hana proposes to analyze during its first arc is the mindset of a criminal. It is, till the very end, a character study, focused on creating a situation in which our protagonist faces the consequences of a certain action that he makes at the beginning of the manga and eventually reaches the realms of insanity.

This may sound like something really interesting to you if you ever stopped and spent some time trying to understand the mindset of a random criminal you saw ...
Feb 18, 2024
Well this manga takes the cake - the epitome of making a mountain out of a molehill. The supposed coming-of-age story with depth somehow ended up being an obnoxious case of bipolar teens suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

Every character in Aku no Hana is unlikable and unrelatable. Aside from the fact that it’s difficult to wrap my head around why stealing gym clothes can turn into such a fiasco, but how does a middle school kid get bullied into succumbing to his fellow classmate and eventually developing an attachment to the said abuser is the main problem. There’s no clear/convincing explanation to Nakamura’s behavior either, ...

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