Flowers of Evil

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (1,357)

Flowers of Evil is an anime series that is both chilling and thought-provoking. It follows the protagonist Takao Kasuga, an introverted and bookish high school student living in a small, dreary town. One day, after forgetting his copy of Charles Baudelaire's infamous book of poems, "The Flowers of Evil," in his classroom, he impulsively returns to retrieve it. However, he is caught by his classmate Sawa Nakamura, a girl who is often bullied by other students and is known for her rebellious behavior. She blackmails him into a strange and unsettling friendship by holding his secret over him - he has a crush on his classmate, Nanako Saeki.

From this point on, Flowers of Evil takes a dark turn as Kasuga is dragged along in Nakamura's plan to "break free" from their mundane existence. As he becomes more involved in her schemes, he is forced to confront his own twisted desires and the hypocrisy of the society he's living in. The show does an excellent job of exploring the complex psychology of teenage angst, loneliness, and alienation. It exposes how teenagers can be overwhelmed by the societal pressure of being "normal" and it portrays the gradual psychological deterioration of its lead characters.

One of the most striking aspects of Flowers of Evil is its unconventional animation style. It uses rotoscope animation, which is a technique where live-action footage is traced over and turned into animation. This creates an eerie and uneasy feeling as the characters move unnaturally in a realistic environment, starkly contrasting with the more traditionally animated aspects of the show which are more polished and detailed. The creators of the show used rotoscoping to create a realistic and bleak atmosphere that matches the bleak and stark emotions that its characters feel.

The show stands out for its willingness to portray its characters and its world in all their ugliness. It doesn't try to glamorize or romanticize the teenage experience and instead, goes out of its way to show uncomfortable and taboo subjects like mental illness, depression, and sexual awakening. For example, Kasuga's fixation on Saeki is obsessively portrayed. His attraction to her is not just a sweet crush, but a dark and twisted desire, which the show explores in uncomfortable depth.

Despite the show's eerie and psychotic tone, the character's emotional journeys always feel authentic and grounded in reality. The dialogue, voice acting, and sound design are all top-notch and work together to deliver incredibly visceral scenes that will leave a lasting impression on its viewers.

The plot of Flowers of Evil is incredibly engaging, with a constant sense of tension and uncertainty that never lets up. Each episode builds on the previous one, creating a storyline that is both captivating and unsettling. It's a show that stays with you long after you've finished watching.

In conclusion, Flowers of Evil is a dark and intense anime that will challenge its viewers. It's not recommended for those who are looking for a light-hearted anime with a typical plot. However, if you're interested in a psychological and artistic thriller that will make you question your own morality and societal roles, then this show is definitely worth a watch. It's a refreshing blend of rotoscope animation, haunting soundtrack, and taboo themes that develop into unforgettable characters and painfully engrossing storylines.

Flowers of Evil is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (15 episodes). The series first aired on May 9, 2013.

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E 13
13. E 13
July 1, 2013
Kasuga enters Nakamura's private world, getting more than he bargained for in the process. Together, they prepare for what lies ahead.
E 12
12. E 12
June 24, 2013
Kasuga is determined to right his wrongs so he sets out to prove himself to Nakamura, and accompany her down the twisted path she walks.
E 11
11. E 11
June 17, 2013
Kasuga is sad because the two women in his life have abandoned him, and the road ahead seems bleak and uninviting.
E 10
10. E 10
June 10, 2013
Kasuga and Nakamura escape into a rain filled night, determined to get to the other side. Saeki goes out in search of them, only for Kasuga to reveal his true self to both girls.
E 9
9. E 9
June 3, 2013
Kasuga's world is falling apart around him. Saeki shows up at his window, wondering why he did what he did and demanding answers.
E 8
8. E 8
May 27, 2013
Kasuga and Nakamura walk home.
E 7
7. E 7
May 20, 2013
Kasuga is ants to end the charade and confess his sins to Saeki. Nakamura invites him out after dark, where they make their way to the school to confront their demons.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
June 20, 2013
Kasuga is intent on ending the charade and confessing his sins to Saeki. Nakamura invites him out after dark, where they make their way to the school to confront their demons.
E 6
6. E 6
May 13, 2013
After the disastrous end of Kasuga's date with Saeki, she is inexplicably absent from class. Kasuga decides to come clean, but Nakamura isn't done playing yet.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
June 13, 2013
After the disastrous end of Kasuga's date with Saeki, she is inexplicably absent from class. Kasuga decides to come clean, but Nakamura isn't done playing yet.
E 5
5. E 5
May 6, 2013
Kasuga's gets a date with his dream girl Saeki. There's just one thing: Nakamura has forced him to wear Saeki's stolen gym clothes underneath his own.
E 4
4. E 4
April 29, 2013
Kasuga gets Saeki, the girl of his dreams, to agree to go on a date. Still in his joyful haze, Nakamura demands to meet with him about his date.
E 3
3. E 3
April 22, 2013
The discovery of Saeiki's gym clothes theft causes Kasuga to panic. As he and Nakamura begin spending more time together, he fears that she will out him as the culprit.
E 2
2. E 2
April 15, 2013
With Nakamura privvy to Takao's theft of Saki's gym clothes, he is left with little recourse but to accept to abide by Nakamura's "contract".
E 1
1. E 1
May 9, 2013
Takao is a shy introverted teen living out his life deep within books. However that all changes when he encounters an enigmatic Nakamura that puts him in a unique predicament, one that there is little escape from.
Where to Watch Flowers of Evil
Flowers of Evil is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Flowers of Evil on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    May 9, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (1,357)