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Aku no Hana  
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The story opens as middle school student Takao Kasuga receives an F on a math test. But he doesn't even seem to notice because he's too engrossed in surreptitiously reading Baudelaire's "The Flowers of Evil". And the day goes downhill from there. In a moment of weakness, he finds and takes home the gym clothes belonging to sweet, pretty Nanako Saeki on whom he has a major crush. Unfortunately for Takao, there's a witness to the theft: Nakamura, who has a huge chip on her shoulder and a sadistic streak.

As the saga unfolds, we see Takao struggling to decide whether to confess or cover up his misdeeds at the same time that he tries to win over the girl of his dreams, and avoid the blackmail attempts of Nakamura, his new ”BFF.”


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Associated Names
รักโรคจิต (Thai)
As Flores do Mal (OSHIMI Shuzo)
Les fleurs du mal (OSHIMI Shuzo)
The Flowers of Evil (OSHIMI Shuzo)

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Craptastic Scans
Doomed Dane
Futari wa Pretty Anon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by The Last Chapter (255d ago)
c.56 by TripleSevenScans (296d ago)
c.55v2 by TripleSevenScans (323d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 20

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (555 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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January 16th 2015, 5:51pm PST

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Vertical (8 Volumes - Ongoing)

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What is the name of illness Nakamura has? 39 days, 4 hours, 25 minutes ago
Aku no Hana Ends Next Month 299 days, 10 hours, 36 minutes ago
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It hurts to read it, but I respect it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
November 14th, 2011, 2:27pm
I don't think we can judge the weakness or strength of a c. 15 year old character by adult standards. In addition, the boy has been eating up the dark worldview of the book "Flowers of Evil" for a while. I never read that book of poems, but I've heard of it as a work that presented a very dark view of human nature and morality--in the form of really good poetry, which an incipient intellectual would probably find compelling. Add to that the fact that this character is probably a natural submissive, and I don't see how you could expect any resistance at all from such a boy.

There are so many kinds of people in the world now that I believe this could really happen. In fact, something just like it is happening somewhere now.

The great misfortune of this character is that a vicious dominant personality has entered his life at just the period in which he has become a pushover for such a person through the combination of all the factors above, plus the intense fascination with girls that boys of that age commonly have.

Another kid of about this type and this age meets a dominant girl much like Nakamura in the manga "Sundome". The story that follows is suspenseful without obviously being hopeless for the boy from near the beginning as this one is. I found that manga to be the kind you tend to read through so fast that you miss a lot of the cool art that's in it in order to find out how it's going to end as quickly as you possibly can.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2013, 7:45pm
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Captivating, unusual, rather seinen than shounen manga   
Rating: N/A
by sippisappi
March 31st, 2011, 6:17am
It's true, at first Nakamura (the girl behind) is the most interesting character. The protagonist is somewhat the typical 'weak male' character. But he's a bloody intellectual. Not some of those pseudo-intellectual, or the 'made-it-through-university-at-14'. He's asking, doubting, searching. He's no archetypical stupid pervert, no indecisive boy with universally good intentions, but actually human. Somehow it's possible to identify yourselves with him (to a certain degree) or at the very least comprehend his motivations his actions his feelings. And watch the way he developes at the end of the second volume.

The development in the recent chapters is something I didn't expect at all. And, honestly, how many mangas have developments you do not expect after the first three chapters? The characters do things you would not have thought of them at all, but still it makes sense. Only Nakamura is still somewhat veiled behind her Nihilism. The drawings are good. I can't think of something explicitly hindering up till now, rather I'm excited to see how it might go on. Therefore 10 points.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
October 2nd, 2011, 2:47pm
believe me this manga is Evil
once you start reading it you can't stop and it will make feel disgusted ... lost ... empty ... dead
it's amazing that a manga can achieve something only good novels can do

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2011, 2:48pm
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A twisted kind of realism   
Rating: N/A
by myopius
March 7th, 2011, 11:16pm
Here's the specific pattern I've observed for the author, based on this and Yuutai Nova.

The protagonist is paranoid and panicky, doubts himself morally all the time, and above all is pathetic. The main girl is confident, deviant, sees through him, weird and possibly disturbed. She takes an interest in him and ends up mostly in the driver's seat for their bizarre not-really-a-romance. The protagonist is always trying to deal with his anxiety toward others, not including the main girl who is never the actual object of his anxiety.

It's an exciting story. Dark, slightly perverse, surreal, and certainly gripping. I just hope above all else that it doesn't get discontinued on an extremely hollow note like Yuutai Nova. I want the author will stick with this one, give us some character growth, and give the main girl more depth and individuality instead of making it all one-sided.
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I love this manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by darx
May 13th, 2012, 12:24am
Its dark twisted i love the character development and how it manages to make every chapter interesting
im sticking with this until its finished, i've never read something like this before. awesome and refreshing.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Verix
May 25th, 2012, 7:44am
I swear to god this manga is batshit insane, but I seriously started sweating reading it because I found it to be REALLY exciting (in a weird kind of way). As others said the main lead is pretty pathetic but as long as you fastforward the self-deprecating bits this is a pretty unique story. I enjoyed reading it, can't wait for the conclusion.
I'm usually not one for the dark/twisted genre but found this one to be superb. Odd to see such a low rating, I found this to be miles more interesting then "Onani Master Kurosawa".
Recommended if you're in for a wicked ride, but do keep it mind it's pretty self-destructive if I had to call it a name.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2012, 8:04am
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Made me feel uncomfortable, in a good way.   
Rating: N/A
by Hydralysk
February 2nd, 2013, 12:52pm
A very dark and twisted manga that's nonetheless compelling. I read it in bursts and I really enjoyed it, though if you're not going to like it if you're looking for a standard manga romance plot. If you like stories about characters with deep psychological problems then this will be right up your alley.
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Great series, so far, but not for everyone   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ZanathKariashi
February 1st, 2013, 12:28pm
While it got off to a slow start, the series has definitely taken off in recent chapters and is hard to put down till there's no more left to read. The subject matter though becomes increasingly dark however, and might not be for everyone.
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This is...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Leris
June 30th, 2012, 1:26am
When I read into a few chapters of this manga, I though, this is sick.
But after I've read until chapter 26
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
well, it's still sick.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2012, 1:33am
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good stuff   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BossKado
March 27th, 2011, 1:26pm
Even with a weak whiny main character, although I liked the literature geek side of him and thank god his not entirely a pervert. The story events are unexpectedly interesting. And after read chapter 13, it got even better. for me this series is much better than his other work yuutai nova. I wish he sticks with this one.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2011, 5:28pm
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