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 knowing that the worst was yet to come.
What I Didn't: The first three OPs. The animation meant that expressions were sometimes too subtle for the situation. The use of static shots far too often. The way they depicted the ending seemed like a cop-out. For some, the slow and almost pedestrian pacing may be too much.
Final Verdict: Unapologetically dark and twisted, Aku no Hana speaks volumes about adolescent sexuality and life in small town Japan. Despite using an unconventional animation method, it pays off for this series and it wouldn't have had the same impact any other way.