Animanga Reviews
Aku no Hana (惡の華), also known as The Flowers of Evil, is a grossly disturbing and creepy manga drawn by Shuzo Oshimi. The story follows a middle schooler named Takao Kasuga and his misadventures with a psychopathic girl who he is irresistibly drawn to, Sawa Nakamura. Nakamura blackmails Takao over his love for a beautiful girl, Nonoko Saeki. The themes of perversion and corruption are often explored here, all centering somehow on Takao’s favorite book, Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire. Nakamura slowly draws Takao into the darkness of her messed up world, trying to reach “the other side” with him. While it is never clear what “the other side” is, Takao desperately wants to please Nakamura by taking her there. The ending of the first part is fantastic, both climactic and characteristically depressing. Unhealthy relationships are what drive this manga, and make it a truly worthwhile read. Takao and Nakamura’s desire to descend into insanity and “perversion” is also featured quite heavily. Obsession is also religiously explored here, especially with grief and Saeki and Takao’s so-called love. Unless one is repulsed by gruesome details and extremely foul language, this is a truly enthralling and dark manga that will make the reader think about what life is truly about. 
Score: 9/10 - Evil Effervescing

Aku no Hana (惡の華), also known as The Flowers of Evil, is a grossly disturbing and creepy manga drawn by Shuzo Oshimi. The story follows a middle schooler named Takao Kasuga and his misadventures with a psychopathic girl who he is irresistibly drawn to, Sawa Nakamura. Nakamura blackmails Takao over his love for a beautiful girl, Nonoko Saeki. The themes of perversion and corruption are often explored here, all centering somehow on Takao’s favorite book, Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire. Nakamura slowly draws Takao into the darkness of her messed up world, trying to reach “the other side” with him. While it is never clear what “the other side” is, Takao desperately wants to please Nakamura by taking her there. The ending of the first part is fantastic, both climactic and characteristically depressing. Unhealthy relationships are what drive this manga, and make it a truly worthwhile read. Takao and Nakamura’s desire to descend into insanity and “perversion” is also featured quite heavily. Obsession is also religiously explored here, especially with grief and Saeki and Takao’s so-called love. Unless one is repulsed by gruesome details and extremely foul language, this is a truly enthralling and dark manga that will make the reader think about what life is truly about.

Score: 9/10 - Evil Effervescing

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