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His romantic ideals are finally put to the test, and it immediately becomes clear that love is not as pure an emotion as he had made it out to be. Greed, lust, and plain old cowardice are integral parts of it - a fact that Kasuga's favorite author, Charles Baudelaire, had pointed out all along. The plot may feel a bit contrived in places, but the dramatization of Kasuga's inner struggles nevertheless makes for an absorbing read. In Kasuga's words, Nakamura "always gazes far, far away" to the "other side," to a place in which dark desires are embraced and the concept of "perversion" has consequently lost its meaning.

Nakamura has made it her mission to reveal to the world that, as she puts it, "Kasuga's a filthy fucking pervert. Does she try to unmask the phoniness of what most people consider "normal," heroically accepting the role of the social outcast that comes with the job? Does she share Baudelaire's view that we are all "filthy fucking perverts" at heart, and that the very label is merely a symptom of our hypocritical norms and values?

Does she want to leave all this hypocrisy behind and make it to the "other side" together with Kasuga? Is she, in her own unconventional ways, really looking for love? Or is she a much more troubled and troubling character who simply takes sadistic pleasure in torturing the confused and easily manipulated Kasuga? After the Nakamura storyline has come to a dramatic conclusion about halfway through the series, the protagonists spend the concluding five volumes Kasuga moves to another town, falls in love again, learns to develop more balanced and stable relationships, leaves behind the fatalistic and ultimately self-destructive attitudes of his youth.

Good for him, but not necessarily for the story. The shift from manic over-the-top drama to subtle character psychology does not play to Shuzo Oshimi's strengths as a storyteller, and the narrative thus gradually loses its punch and vigor until it finally ends with a whimper.

Jan 27, Beatriz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I started reading these books after I watched the anime. The anime was good, a little different from the original series, but it made me interested since it was incomplete. Aku no Hana is a story that goes around Kasuga Takao. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and he admires her from distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up.

In the cl I started reading these books after I watched the anime. On a mad impulse, he steals it. Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura Sawa, sees him taking the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life.

This is a very dark story, but still fascinating. I recommend it to everyone who likes thrillers, mystery and drama. Nov 20, Russell Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the final volume of the series, and I'm giving the thing 5 stars. It's pretty much a perfect manga. There's no giant robots or other tropes that you usually associate with manga. Instead you get a story based in the adolescent years of ones life that deals with the fear, melancholia and awkwardness perfectly. The initial volumes are a whirlwind of awkward fear and teen terror, the later volumes slow down, and all of them are perfect in the way they portray the story.

After reading so man This is the final volume of the series, and I'm giving the thing 5 stars. After reading so many mainstream North American comics, it's nice to see an artist stretch scenes out with silence for a few pages, confident in their art to convey feelings. Time flows, and flows, and everyone continue with their life, the key is to move on, the past will be a memory that we face with a smile the good and the hard ones.

Jun 11, luahmk rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 01, Safen rated it it was amazing. I can see why. Jul 08, Miriam added it. Jan 11, Paul Spence rated it really liked it. This may not be the ending that people had hoped for, but this is the ending that makes sense. First, there are two "endings". I use quotes, because the story does not give a definite finish, but instead shows us that things will continue on. They may change, they may not, but the characters will continue to grow, both together and apart.

This volume also gives the reader a brief glimpse into a major character's mind, and to how they viewed the world. There are no true answers given, but that is This may not be the ending that people had hoped for, but this is the ending that makes sense. There are no true answers given, but that is not the point. This volume is about the possibility for what can lie ahead. This volume is also the most abstract, using imagery instead of dialogue to tell its story. Very little is actually said at all in this book, at least through any of the character's speaking.

Their actions, be they violent and confusing, or simple and understated, say everything that needs to be said. The art has grown leaps and bounds since the first volume, and there is some striking imagery used here, specifically in a very bizarre, and yet fitting dream sequence. Character's expressions are vivid and emotional, and the progression as they age is done perfectly, changing the characters just enough, while still allowing them to be recognizable to the reader. Flowers of Evil is a series that could not end easily, and I don't doubt that many will be disappointed with the understated, simple conclusion that is given, but for me, personally, I couldn't have been happier.

While the first arc of the series dealt with the passion, struggle and pain that puberty, and the transition into adulthood can bring, the later half has been about the characters finding footing in their lives, and while they may never achieve understanding, they all find a kind of peace, or at least their place. It is not a happy ending, or a tragic ending. It is a realistic ending. While this series has dealt with young characters, it has always been told from the point of view off someone who has moved past the struggle of growing up, and who looked back on their journey into who they have become, and had accepted both the positive and the negative as pieces that have created the whole of their adult selves.

Flowers of Evil, as a complete series, is one of the best manga I have ever read. It is thoughtful, intelligent and startling. It can shock, be vulgar, painful, horrifying, terrifying. It can tug at your heart strings, or make you reflect on your own youth. While I doubt many have had as dramatic childhoods as these characters, there are still pieces there that readers can connect with. This volume is the perfect final chapter to a nearly perfect series. Feb 11, Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok Shelves: Thank god this trainwreck of a series is over.

I will never understand how this series has such high ratings and rave reviews. It was boring and uneventful. And the promise of teens doing messed up stuff was also false. Hardly anything they did is something I'd consider "messed up" - they were just a bunch of bored teens living in a shitty small town trying to do something to liven up their lives. Nakamura is the angsty rebel teen who tries to prove how bad ass she is by not giving a shit about Thank god this trainwreck of a series is over.

Nakamura is the angsty rebel teen who tries to prove how bad ass she is by not giving a shit about what adults say to her and by doing "edgy" weird shit to show how original she is. Kasuga is the loser teen with no sense of self or purpose so her gloms on to the first person to show him an ounce of interest. Nanako is the "I just want everyone to like me" teen that is so desperate for attention she'll do anything.


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And then the "messed up" stuff ends and then we have nothing but boringness while we follow Kasuga not being able to function without someone giving him his identity until we meet Tokiwa. And truth be told, she is the ONLY character I liked because she was the only one who seemed to just do her own thing and that was that.

She was the only one with definitive character and original personality.

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I wish I would have abandoned this series after the 5th volume, but I was hoping it'd get better or more interesting. It got worse and so boring.

And this last volume This was the most mediocre, uneventful ending ever. The only good thing this series had going for it was every volume was a quick, easy read. So despite the fact this series bored me to tears, at least I got through it quickly Sep 16, Hector rated it really liked it. Es una obra para pensar, para darle muchas vueltas y Oshimi nos da todas las piezas necesarias para hacerlo.

Aug 08, David Turko rated it liked it. I'm going to review the series here. The plot was all over the place, some of the characterizations felt forced and the shift from over the top drama to a coming of age story didn't really work. The only good thing throughout the whole series was the art which was crisp from beginning to end. But the art can only carry this series for so long. I tried to understand why everyone was getting hype on these books and I just couldn't get it. Throughout the series, the narrative gradually declines to I'm going to review the series here.

Throughout the series, the narrative gradually declines to the point where I just lost interest. I forced myself to finish the last two books which I'll be honest were pretty good but it wasn't enough to save the series for me. I felt very frustrated because there was great material in this series but the constant shift in the story only irritated me. Though I am glad I read this series I don't know if I'll return to it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Jul 02, Madeline Noelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a whirlwind story that was. Definitely cool to see the artist's work improving throughout the series, both in writing and art wise. I'm very excited to read more of Oshimi's work. Sep 15, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 01, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: The future lives of the boy and the three girls he meet in school.

Jan 24, Miss rated it liked it.

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Nov 03, Sean O'Hara rated it really liked it Shelves: If I ever had to choose one series to prove to people that manga isn't just magical girls and mechas, this would be the top of my list. A deeply introspective work based, at least in part, on the author's childhood, he doesn't flinch in portraying the main character as a pretentious git and worse. There's a brooding darkness that permeates every page.

Rusting factories, barren intersections, and skeletal electrical towers fill the background of even the happiest scenes, overpowering any human emotions with a sense of a rusting apocalypse that will overtake us all.

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Even at the end, when our protagonist seems to have escaped, we're left with a sense that the darkness will remain with him forever, no matter what happiness he finds. Oct 19, Scott rated it liked it. I love this series so much, but this last book, this finale, feels very empty. I will read it again, but there isn't much resolution, no action, no drama, that this series is normally about.

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I didn't realize this was the last book in the series until the afterword after the story so maybe I'm just in shock that it ended so flatly. I suppose it had to end, like real life, in a quiet shuffle rather than a bang. Dec 11, morbidflight rated it really liked it Shelves: Review for the whole series. In many ways, this series reminded me of the person I used to be. The biggest way was simply that I used to be someone and now I am someone plus what I was.

The last half of the series took all of the compelling aching depression from the first half and transformed it into a less shouty, adult state of being.

Ougon no Kaze 2 Steins;Gate 0 3 Gintama.: A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and his Venus, and he admires her from a distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up. In the classroom, he finds not only his book, but Saeki's gym uniform. On a mad impulse, he steals it. Now everyone knows "some pervert" stole Saeki's uniform, and Kasuga is dying with shame and guilt.

Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura, saw him take the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life. Will it be possible for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki, despite Nakamura's meddling and his dark secret? What exactly does Nakamura intend to do with him?

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