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Aku no Hana
Alternative Title: The Flowers of Evil
Status: Not Yet Airing
Producers: Starchild Records, Zexcs
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Psychological
Kasuga Takao is a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. 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?
That animation. I read at MAL that it is made from real-life motion? That's why it looks so... realistic? Strange at the same time too, though. I'll need to get used to this kind of style.
Plot wise, I think it is a great opening to the strange and probably-bad things which are going to happen. The setting is scary, the music helps, the calm environment helps, so it's a great combination. Looking forward for more.
I'm wondering what kind of book Kasuga is reading. With same title as the anime, it looks rather creepy.
And talking about creepy, the ED is probably the creepiest ending I've heard.
I thought that this was done to prevent the characters from looking too.... young? If they would have stayed true to the original, it might look a lot more daring. Hard to describe so I hope you get what I mean.
Personally I'm among the people who really hate this change. I've checked the first episode and while the rest felt pretty true to the manga, the drastic change in appearance was just too much for me. I really dislike it, probably because I find this new style to be rather ugly too. I'm going to drop this for now because I doubt I can stand this for longer. I stopped reading after the first few chapters because I saw that there was an anime in the works but it looks like I have to stick with the manga and continue from where I stopped =/
I think they look that way because they were played by live actors. Rotoscoping is a process where animators trace over live actors and scenery, frame by frame. Live action film was projected onto photographic matte, and then redrawn by the animators. I don't think there would have been a way for the characters to look exactly like their manga counterparts. Aku no Hana used the same process Richard Linklater used in his (brilliant) moves "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly".
Oh I do get the whole Rotoscooping process, I meant the reason why they used that. Of course the whole too daring part is just my guess and they might have done it for artistic use only but either way, I don't like it. Doesn't feel like the original somehow so I'm not going to continue this until a lot of people say it's really amazing afterwards. I would consider giving it another chance then but for now I just can't get used to that style =/
Episode 3 was so creepy.
I knew this series would be like that, but I feel like it's too scary for my heart, lol. *sigh* Not sure if I can keep up with it.
Okay, I love the art style: it's different, daring, and I don't think it was meant to be aesthetically pleasing in the first place. My first impression about the animation was that it seemed like something used in a short animated film. I admit I haven't read the manga to see how much it differs, but I think it's best to separate the two mediums if it will make the anime easier to watch.
I loved how natural the dialogue and interactions seemed (save for the scenes whenever Nakamura is involved). It's just like how your average middle schoolers would talk in Japan.
Nakamura is shaping herself to be a great psychopath. I want to know her background to find out how she ended up this way. I think she has a twisted crush on Kasuga, but we'll see what she really wants out of him.
For anyone who's interested, here's a lot of footage regarding the rotoscoping process (it shows the real life actors and other stuff): http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-new...re-rotoscoping
Sadly I just can't bring myself to enjoy this style so I won't watch beyond the first episode. Everyone who's watching this (and actually enjoys it) should definitely read the manga too, excellent work.
@phio lol that's only the beginning, it's going to get so so much more crazy and creepy
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Why can't they just give us the original look like here (that's very close to the manga-nakamura)
As someone who's only "touched" both the manga and the anime, which style do you think is better? And what do you think of the story in general, btw?
Since they're using real actors to begin with, they could have made this into a live action drama instead.
They're both so different that I see them as two completely different series. Perhaps it's because the anime is more realistic that little things such as facial expressions seem creepier. Of course, if I find the manga just as creepy if not even creepier, then the manga's art style is the better one in conveying the story.Quote:
I quite enjoy the story even though it's left me with a lot of questions. It's freaky considering how the characters are only in middle school -13/14 years old to be precise- and yet someone like Nakamura is able to psychologically manipulate a fellow classmate so easily. (It's also amazing how Kasuga can read a book that complicated for his age.) Right now I'm hoping to see more of Nakamura's background: she has only shown her true colours to Kasuga so far, and I wonder how she was brought up. It was a coincidence that she caught Kasuga stealing the gym clothes, but if she didn't witness the event, would she ever interact with someone as much as she does with him now?