Taihai no Hanauri

Alt title: Flower Girl in Dystopia

Vol: 1; Ch: 125
2017 - 2019
3.455 out of 5 from 18 votes
Rank #14,199
Taihai no Hanauri

A girl and her mechanical guardian are living in a world where both humankind and nature has been abandoned. Even if the world around them is dark, there will be light if the both of them are together. This is the tale of a heart filled cyber punk manga.

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A few days ago, I came up with the phrase "dotey-dotey manga" to describe this type of story where orbiting characters melt over the adorability of the main character, and I think I might continue using it since it seems like an evocative descriptor. This manga falls into that category, but it's not as shallow and pointless as the majority of dotey-dotey manga seem to be. Right off the bat, the artwork drew me in. I've grown to expect 4-koma to have simplistic drawings, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this gritty artwork with detailed backgrounds and interesting character designs. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are often hated for having been the root cause of the Earth's destruction. Throughout the series, there are mysteries left largely unanswered as to who the enemy forces are, at what point all these non-human species gained sentience, how the guardians come to be, and so on. These questions create a sense of depth to the world which makes the manga much more enjoyable. But probably the biggest thing that sets this manga apart from lesser dotey-dotey manga is that there's actual drama and struggle. Our main character, sometimes called "the kitty" by feir guardian's friend, doesn't want to hide feir human identity and wants to be able to integrate with the town as a human, even if that means experiencing vitriol and prejudice. There are a few non-prejudiced people--feir guardian, the aforementioned friend, and the rabbit florist--and fe does slowly gain the acceptance of, like, a mouse and hazmat guy. But for each person who's okay with fem, there are half a dozen who hate fem just for existing. And there is genuine tragedy and death in this war-torn land. So the drama doesn't feel fake and the plot doesn't feel repetitive (which was, again, a bit surprising for a 4-koma). The main character wants to be a florist. Something that never made sense to me is why the confidante friend tells the guardian "Like I'd know." It frequently feels out of place, since the guardian seems to just be relaying what happened more than asking for advice. Though honestly, the conversations between those two feel as though the friend is just telepathically reading the guardian's thoughts or something.

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