One of my most favourite genres is historical. And I get really excited especially when it's Chinese as I love the beauty and elegance of the Han period. Sadly, entertainment of such a genre is hard to come by. Even harder to find is a good one. After incredible shows like Saiunkoku Monogatari, I've always been on the search for similar works. I thought I had finally found it in Flower Ring.
I thought wrong.
Where shall I begin to describe my disappointment?
Everything from the characters to the plot is shallow. The antagonist literally pops up of nowhere, and the ending came so suddenly that it
felt like the mangaka was forced to end it. There was some attempt to add dimension to Yun Qie's character, but it was done in such a cliche manner that it failed terribly.
As for plot, it seemed like the mangaka just thought of a couple of major events and just went straight from Event 1 to Event 2 and then event 3. The transitions are either horrid or nonexistent.
It's saving grace was the art, but even then it wasn't enough to actually "save" the series. At times the art is beautiful, at others it's just crummy. The technicality of the visuals is bad as well. 2 characters could be facing each other, but were placed in a panel as if they were standing side by side.
From the first few pages, I knew the manga would be bad. Yet I thought I would continue for the sake of the moments of beauty in the art. It wasn't enough. I was utterly bored.
And thus the search goes on for something to come to par with Saiunkoku Monogatari.