The Flowers of Evil

Alt titles: Aku no Hana

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Shiranpuri

Shiranpuri

Don, a quiet, kind boy, is being bullied mercilessly by Yaragase and his gang, for no other reason than accidentally sneezing on him one day. Boku and his friends notice these acts, but refuse to take action as they don't want to be the group's next targets. But as the days pass, Boku can't stop thinking of poor Don, and wonders if he needs to finally speak up for the boy...

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snivets snivets says...

Both of these anime feature unusual art and animation styles, as well as an unusually sensitive, realistic, & complex focus on contemporary Japanese cultures of bullying & conformity experienced by school-age children.

musicelect musicelect says...

Flowers of Evil has a very different art style and feel than any other anime I've ever seen. The characters seem like real students and the story is a little dark. The music is excellent. There's no bubble gum to be found here.

sothis sothis says...

Shiranpuri and Flowers of Evil are both quite dark dramas about forms of bullying and how it affects those involved - albeit dealing with different ages and such. Both also have a pretty unique animation style than typical anime. 

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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Morwen Morwen says...

Although these shows are very different in tone (Flowers of Evil is slow-paced and creepy while FLCL is manic and ridiculous), they're pretty similar when it comes to themes. Both feature a young teenage boy that hates the place that he lives in, struggling with growing up. Both protagonists have their problems increase when a strange, perverted girl enters their lives. Also, both series have a lot of experimental animation.

I can't garuntee that fans of one will like the other since the difference in tone is pretty significant, but I think there's a chance that if you like one you might be interested in the other.

haxxo haxxo says...

The Flowers of Evil has a very distinctive theme of describing puberty, and adolescence, as a trapped existence, with yearing for escape and change, and while these themes in Flowers of Evil (arguably) run deeper and more intensely than in FLCL, they still exist, but with different tone. Together these would make a very good beginning of a existential coming-of-age anime list.

Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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Morwen Morwen says...

As soon as I started watching Flowers of Evil, it reminded me of Welcome to the NHK! Flowers Of Evil is slower paced, and doesn't have as much comedy as Welcome to the NHK!, but the main character in both series, with their dysfunctions and twisted relationships with the women in their lives, are pretty similar. In particular, there's parts of both Nakimura and Saiki (Flowers of Evil) in Misaki (Welcome to the NHK!), both in terms of her actual personality and in terms of how Satou reacts to her.

In general, both of these series are about characters on the fringe of society that feel trapped and lonely, and about damaged people that seek each other out (whether or not the relationship they have with each other is actually healthy). And they both feel a little removed from the typical anime series, with slower pacing and a story that actively defies escapism.

I absolutely think that fans of one have a high chance of liking the other. If you like one, I totally recommend the other.

hexxx hexxx says...

Both Aku no Hana and Welcome to the NHK! deal with a young male who fall outside the 'norm' of typical society - one a hikikomori, the other a closet pervert - and a young female partner who attempts to 'help' strengthen and discover himself.

Both the shows challenge what is viewed as 'acceptable' by collective society and provide an insight into the characters' 'unhealthy' world in juxtaposition to the 'real' world.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll change your life, and you won't feel so alone.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys... who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?

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chad28 chad28 says...

Watamote and Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil) are both adaptations of mangas.

The stories focus on teenagers that are different from their peers. It shows part of their journey to discover themselves.

Both are dark and oppressive, although Watamote does have great comedic moments.

If you ever felt isolated, different from others, I think both of these animes are worth a watch.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

A harsh look at people with introverted lives. The titles can feel like you are raked over the coals at times with uncomfortable situations. 

You might root a bit more for Tomoko than the trio of main stars in Aku no Hana, but you will still get the similar vibe.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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Number12 Number12 says...

When the characters goes into the Witch's layers to defeat them, that animation gives the same creepy feeling that is protrayed throught Aku no Hana. Both have that major psychological feeling to them