The Flowers of Evil

Alt titles: Aku no Hana

TV (13 eps)
2.854 out of 5 from 1,903 votes
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Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart. 

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CaptainSlow's avatar by CaptainSlow on Jul 24, 2013
Score: 8.5/10

What I Liked: The artistic direction, the soundtrack, the inclusion of some of Baudelaire's poems from Les Fleurs du Mal. The ED was the right amount of freakish and cool. Kasuga was even more infuriating in this than in the manga. The classroom vandalizing scene. The dream sequence. The mountain scene. The way they depicted the ending not only was a good prelude to Part 2, but also left the viewer... read more

epicrevenge's avatar by epicrevenge on Oct 15, 2013
Score: 8/10

After some thought I decided to do a short review of Aku no Hana because I really do not want people to dismiss this anime! It's a great and twisted psychological anime. The realism and the tension that is constantly in the atmosphere of this anime is brilliant. The painful awkwardness of the character Kasuga and the weird behaviour of Nakamura I really liked. Their very different behaviours were a good... read more

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