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The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 1

(The Flowers of Evil #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,269 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Takao Kasuga is a bookworm. And his favorite book right now is Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil. While the young man may often be seen lost in thought as he rabidly consumes page after page, Takao is not much of a student. Actually when we are first introduced to the middle school teen, we find him sneaking some reading as he receives and F on a recent language exam.

Paperback, 203 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Vertical (first published September 9th 2009)
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Jan Philipzig
The Story of a Filthy Fucking Pervert

This review is for the entire series - spoilers ahead!

Like many young adolescents, Kasuga has lofty notions of altruistic and platonic love. He has constructed a fantasy world for himself in which he shares this noble kind of love with his popular classmate Saeki, the girl of his dreams. When, to his great surprise, an actual romantic relationship with Saeki starts to develop, Kasuga is not only thrilled but also terrified. His romantic ideals are finally put
Seth T.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics

"These kings of the sky, clumsy, ashamed."

The young teenage years are pretty much rough on everyone. Forget all the body weirdness—the growing boobs, getting hairy nuts, the changing voice, the blood, the acne. Forget all that awful, awkward business about having a body that's transitioning from its sensible kid form into what will eventually come to be the slightly more stable form of the adult person. And forget the fact that with your new limbs and protrusions, your b
Sam Quixote
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kasuga is a schoolboy obsessed with Saeki, his classmate. One day after school he spies her gym clothes at the back of the empty classroom and steals them - but bad girl Nakamura saw him and is gonna blackmail him with his dirty secret!

Shuzo Oshimi’s The Flowers of Evil explores teen sexuality from the perspective of early pubescent kids who’re just beginning to experience it. But it’s also a very Japanese book in that sex is so repressed over there (have you seen their pixelated porn?! I mean,
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
So, a few days ago I started watching the Flowers of Evil anime on a whim, and decided to check out the manga.

First things first, I don't particularly care for the massive outcry there has been online for the anime taking on a jerky rotoscoping style of animation. In fact, if you go on Amazon Japan, there's been a whole deluge of people giving the anime one star ratings and reviews. This may not be true of every Japanese review on Amazon, but the majority seem to really have taken umbrage with
Jillian -always aspiring-
I can't recommend this manga because I found what little I read of it distasteful...but so far I think the anime version is fantastic. The rotoscope animation, the deliciously creepy music, the moody atmosphere that's been created -- everything in the anime has helped to put a spotlight on the biggest strength of the manga: the psychological studies of these deeply flawed teenagers. To anyone who was disappointed in the manga (as I was), give the anime a try since, no matter what the manga puris ...more
James DeSantis
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a really weird book. However, it's from Japan, so I expect no less.

A nerdy dude who reads a lot of books and hangs out with other losers in school has a huge crush on a girl. One day after school he goes back to grab his book and finds her gym bag on the floor. He decides to steal it and take it home because, well it has her school uniform that she wore that day at gym, and he'd like to do some nasty things (Boy lingo for jerking off). However, the news comes out that her stuff is stol
Elizabeth A
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphix, kids-ya
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Adults who want to be young again must not remember how hard growing up can be.

This graphic novel series is a semi-autobiographical story about Takao Kasuga. He is in middle school, an avid reader, failing a class or two, and puberty comes knocking. Nakagawa, the class bully and all around strange girl, sees Takao do something that he is deeply ashamed of, and uses this power to make his life hell. Nanako Saeki is the beautiful and smart girl Takao ha
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
🤦🏻♀ dumb and disgusting ...more
David Schaafsma
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
See Seth Hahne's more complete and great review. But I liked this a lot. Made me smile. Middle school horrors book. Kashuga is a bookworm whose favorite book is Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil. One day on a whim he steals the gym clothes of a girl he likes; another girl who seems to like him observes this, blackmails him, ah, the anguish…. Baudelaire doesn't figure in too much in this one, except maybe in a mock-epic way, or maybe all the despair and anguish of the young poet are somehow equated wi ...more
Sean O'Hara
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
When you pick up a book that takes its title from Baudelaire's poetry, you know you're in for something screwed up, but Jesus Christ.

Here's the short version. This story involves:

1) The main character stealing a girl's gym clothes for masturbatory purposes,
2) A girl blackmailing a guy over (1) and forcing him to
3) Go on a date with the girl he stole clothes from while,
4) Wearing said clothes under his normal outfit, during which time,
5) The blackmailer derives perverse pleasure from watching the
Manga: The Flowers of Evil Vol. 1 (The Flowers of Evil 1#) by Shuzo Oshimi.
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, Slice of Life, Seinen, Young-Adult, Horror, Psychological.
Age: Young-Adult, Mature, defiantly not for your kiddies.
Pages: 208 pages.
Format: Kindle.
Publication: December 8th 2015 by Kodansha
Final Rating: 3.5/5

"This heavy burden to uplift,
O Sysiphus, thy pluck is required!
And even though the heart aspired,
Art is long and Time is swift.

Afar from sepulchres renowned,
To a grav
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Flowers of Evil is a story about weirdness.

The author wants us to ponder on the definition of weirdness. Why are certain behaviors considered weird? And aren't we all some kind of weird, in a certain way, to a certain degree?

So, if you want to see some weird characters, this is the book to go for. The two main characters are most definitely weird. Why? For me, it qualifies as weird to force a guy to wear the (used) gym clothes of the girl he likes. It is weird for the guy to steal these clo
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I admit that I picked the volume up because the cover character resembled Rei Ayanami. What can I say? She's one of my all-time favorite characters, so I'm drawn to anything that resembles her. It didn't hurt that the premise sounded amazing and the cover boasted that it'd won an award.

While this manga does have a lot to boast for itself, such as great artwork and a decent plot line, there's just something about this volume that just felt a little boring. Don't get me wrong- Oshimi does a great
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I started reading these books after I watched the anime. The anime was good, a little different from the original series, but it made me interested since it was incomplete.

Aku no Hana is a story that goes around Kasuga Takao. He’s a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and he admires her from 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 cl
Vasil Kolev
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I've read the manga until the middle of volume 8 (still not fully published), and I'll keep on, but here's the review of the rest:
It's somewhat insane. And weird. And at some moments very dramatic, but it somehow manages to fit and not look stupid. A great read, but would be hard for most people.
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clever and cunning little sleeper of a story about a kid who gets way in over his head with a predatory classmate.
Shayna Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♬
For those of u who wants to read curse words or likes mangas! Best if u like both!
This is a review of the entire series.

As a middle schooler, Takao is caught stealing a fellow student's gym clothes, setting up a problematic three-way dynamic between thief, victim, and witness that will define his young life. This doesn't go as dark or as strange as it seems like it might, and I regret somewhat that we don't get that narrative; but what it is, a relatively realistic (still moderately tropey; still dark) look at antisocial behavior and strained interpersonal relationships, and
Miss Ryoko
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book, manga
This series has been on my to-read list for a while now, and I've heard it's pretty messed up, so I've been really looking forward to reading it. This first volume, however, I found extremely annoying. Kasuga is the most obnoxious character ever. His constant state of anxiety and panic got so old so quick. I understand how some of it could have caused anxiety, but basically if anyone even looked at him, he flew into a state of hysterics. I found myself willing Nakamura to kill him, or at least i ...more
Alydiah K♡
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it but inappropriate in some reasons.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Une série qui promet d'être bien malsaine. C'est terrifiant quand on pense que c'est vraiment inspiré de la vie de l'auteur… Mais cela me semble vraiment original du point de vue de l'intrigue, je pense que je vais être surprise plus d'une fois
✶Emma ✶
Luis Manuel Reyes
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Oshimi's Aku no Hana (the series as a whole) will really take you places, if you're invested enough to follow it all the way through the end. It feels excessive at 11 volumes, but Kasuga getting blackmailed into a contract by Nakumura after she sees him stealing Saeki's gym clothes in a moment of weakness, is only scratching the surface. These events are only a catalyst, although somehow represent how they will save and ruin each other, and eventually yearn for closure or redemption. The twists ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poignant, manga
This is the weirdest/most unique/most messed up book I have ever read. See, most books make me feel normal. When I was reading this book I felt like I had to read another book to feel normal.
I liked it. It was so messed up. I really liked how the character went through so much internal (emotional) trauma. His expressions greatly added to that effect.
What do I think of the characters?
Well, I like and hate them-for some weird reason, it's both...And here's a question: what grade are these people
Meghan Fidler
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
In the Japanese version (which has Nakamura-san saying "piece of shit クソムシが" on the cover, unlike the English version "flowers of evil") the author dedicates this manga to all who are undergoing the tortures of puberty, and all who have gone through the tortures of puberty. Who's puberty involves these kinds of scenarios?! I was taken by Kasuga-kun's moral dilemma until the forceful stripping of his pride near the end of chapter three. Unbelievable stripping, not possible in life.
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
This is a very bizarre manga! This has a lot of abuse and dominant/submissive situations all centered around middle schoolers! Actually its compelling, creepy and totally odd all at the same time. You feel for Kasuga even as you are bowled over by the simply crazy situations he gets himself into.

I simply don't know what to say about Nanako and the things she does to Kasuga, the things she calls him too! Yet he does the things she asks.

BOTTOM LINE: Not for everyone, maybe not me either...
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
I just picked this up at the library, but honestly I didn't enjoy it at all. the characters were really annoying me, the plot was kinda iffi, and overall I wasn't into the storyline. maybe I'll check out the second book and see if it gets better though :)
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, manga, series
Vertical always does the most interesting titles.

The Flowers
Shuzo Oshimi

Taking its title from
Baudelaire's poetry this
manga is strange
and yet perversely
exciting! It will
leave you hungering
at the finish for
the next volume.
cEe beE
Interesting plot but feels shallow. Won't continue the series. Anime looks more intriguing.
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Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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