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c.57 (end) by The Last Chapter over 7 years ago
c.56 by TripleSevenScans over 7 years ago
c.55v2 by TripleSevenScans over 7 years ago
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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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Average: 8 / 10.0 (971 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.95 / 10.0

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Azuki (digital)
Kodansha Comics (11 Volumes - Complete; Digital)
Vertical (11 Volumes - Complete; Print / 4 Omnibus - Complete)

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Has potential but did not resolve well  
by MbG
January 23rd, 2020, 12:10pm
Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
Plot: 7/10

For a high school drama, Aku no Hana opens with a crazy setting and pervert characters. It explores the theme of troubled youth and lost in society. The first part was briliantly written. It excited you and has you turned the pages. Then comes the second part and the downhill. I suppose the author wants the latter part as the redemption and maturation for the main characters. However, he executed poorly. We readers are led to believe the Tokiwa girl help our hero turn to the right path: become a responsible adult. It is not convincingly at all. I see the protagonist changed Tokiwa but not the way around. She wrote some stories but it was thanks to him that she dares to be herself. And then we met crazy girl Sawa again. But this time she is blank and unemotional. And then some weird shit happened and suddenly they all forget the dark past and move on😕 I guess the author tries to be ambiguous for reader's interpretation.

TLDR; This manga has an interesting theme and really tries to convey that theme. But the execution is not that good.

Art: 7.5/10

It's easy to dismiss the art, but Aku no Hana isn't your typical cute high school art. While it's far from complicated and detailed artstyle, the mangaka captures the sense of suspense and characters' dark mind really well through bleak background and focus shot on characters. Another high point is how the art is quite consistent throughout the series and how it shows characters change and mature.

Characters: 7/10

The cast is small and centered around Kasuga, Sawa and Saeki in part 1 and we have Tokiwa in part 2. But Tokiwa is pretty bland in comparison so I'll leave her out of discussion. Sawa started as the problematic and outcast girl. The way she acted bluntly and violently made you forget her vulnerability. I felt the most for her throughout and wish someone can really reach her. Kasuga tried but he only made her worse. In the end, she just magically got better? Saeki appeared to be annoying for the first few chapters due to her just like a typical star students. As we learned about her, we feel her pain and how she wish to change. In the end, it seems she accepts her society expectation. Her ending is probably the saddest. Now Kasuga is the only one who really changes for the better. He accepts himself as a 'perverted' person while tries to maintain his social expectation and become a responsible individual.

Enjoyment: 7.5/10

Love it or hate it, Aku no Hana is still an exciting read. I have conflcted feeling for it. But I appreciate how thought provoking it is among other 999 other high school dramas.

Overall: 7.2/10
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Excellent manga  
by chaechaeboi
April 12th, 2019, 6:05pm
Rating: N/A
Other than psychological, this is not my go to genre, so it is not appealing to me due to it's genre. This series was addicting, fun, anguishing, and heart wrenching at times. It has mentally unstable characters and is realistic to how children, people with disorders, and parents would act. It really got me emotionally involved. For that, I would recommend it to anyone who loves psychological drama.
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by AnimeWatcher06
June 15th, 2018, 12:10pm
Rating: N/A
I really enjoy this manga until chapter 33. It was a really interesting journey. Perversion is rarely brought up in any media, so it's really good to see Aku no Hana exists and takes perversion as one of theme explored. But after time skip, I lost interest in this manga.

New characters introduced and a new story begin.
No, it took all what I felt about the manga after I got immersed out and left me empty. This is why I dislike a long time skip.

... Last updated on June 15th, 2018, 12:14pm
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Suprisingly Good  
by theElement_C6
September 2nd, 2017, 11:33pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
So I read it for like 3 days and at the beginning I really hated the main dude 'cause he's a wimp and a pervert.Then I kinda like how he saw through that new girl but kinda hate how it all happen.
The ending(chap 56) on the other hand is amazing and I really like it,if your here for ROMANCE then there is actual romance that actually progress.The last chapter is more like a extra chapter for me.
I enjoyed it really it can stir up feelings but don't be discouraged cause it's good.
About the ending
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
That ch. 56 all of it happened so fast because it was a dream or his wish at least and somehow I can actually see that happening considering the things that had happened.The last chapter was the start of the story but on Nakamura Sawa's perpective it showed how she saw the world and how Kasuga was the only one she could recognized.
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Good read...  
by Kanshou
August 24th, 2017, 9:58am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
It was alright. Honestly, compared to other manga about coming of age, this one is a little twisted. As mentioned before in a previous comment, this manga indeed felt sick. The only saving grace I can think of is the ending, I guess... Whatever, back to reading fluffy stuff for me. biggrin
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Rather a comedy (hey, society is constantly progressing)  
by suibun
January 14th, 2016, 8:27am
Rating: N/A
So far - since I haven't even reached the middle of the story - what is certain is... that these kids (they are children, what is, it is) are ... hmmm... how should I politely express myself?... kids are tragically unwise. biggrin The story itself is kinda stuck in a cubicle, of course, since that's the kind of the story it is - you can simply follow it. I find it hilarious, although there is that "how sad" thought lurking in the background
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
whenever our (anti)hero Takao gets all freaked out by our (anti)heroine Nakamura's threats and simply obeys her because he himself seems reasonable and could be aware she's lacking on that part. But mangaka Oshimi shows him always complying in the spur of the moment, through the ambient in the panels. Thus we could deduce Takao is "a chicken", with weaknesses he himself is aware of, yet doesn't face them. And Nakamura is one lonely, acting on instinct, bullying teen girl... Just what...? How could I not laugh at such situations since they are so damn silly and tragic? I wonder how boys who read this relate to it...

P.S. I could be saying what we all thought at some point... Well, I hope you know what I mean. smile

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
As the story progresses, the more you might realise how simple it is yet yearning for some profoundness. It could actually be just a story of a troublesome growing up, really troublesome and messed up one, yet so close to an average one. And could also be what we all face in life, an allegory for that quest of profoundness and emotions we encounter on it... Sadly, what we should consider is that some never make it, get stuck somewhere, most of us, just... some get knocked out sooner. Luckily, this character barely made it. Bwahaha. With the twist. Okay, really, he had it in himself from the start but got carried away because of the one that couldn't and as that character himself said, everything is clear, why and how. Anyway... well, Japanese life has always been tragic to me, even if it was meant to be happy, but there's always something lurking around, right? ;) Luckily, we accept it and live with it if we're up to challenge.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2016, 1:29pm
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Read it in one go  
by kiriee
April 3rd, 2015, 7:32am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Found this by accident, it really hard to explain but this manga is really unique and addicting, Probably because of the story always move to the path I never expected, and don't forget that last extra chapter.

Beware of other comment they blatantly putting spoiler without using spoiler tag, so make sure you close this tab and read the manga without reading other comment.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2015, 7:34am
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Addictive Reading - If it's Good or Bad is Up to You  
by Xiximaro
December 20th, 2014, 3:39pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
First of all take note that this is a coming of age genre, so it's about the protagonist growth. Personally what happens here is all because a boy starts to read a too much advanced book(Aku no Hana) for his age, it's a somewhat realistically portrait, so if you are young and easily impressionable you should stay away from this manga just like the protagonist should from his book...
It's a good addictive read that is for sure, you won't ever guess where this all going until you reach the last volumes and you won't even notice how fast you will read this. Still I already read a similar manga way better than this, like "Onani Master Kurosawa".
The art is so-so, I think it could be better drawn, people really like the art but that is not even what is important here, I think the anime screwed with their heads regarding that...
Keep in mind that almost the entire story is subjective, so you will reach your own conclusions.
You won't have your typical shounen protagonist, but instead a real wimp one that is really "lost". Just like many people that don't know what their places in society are, this MC doesn't know either and the book he reads mixed with the fateful encounter with his female counter-part catalysts a meltdown in all the characters relationships leading to catastrophic events.
This manga explores the "demons within" the black flower is the metaphor for that, just like in real life everybody has them, some fight against them, some live with them and others are controlled by them.
If this review somehow sparked your curiosity, then that means you'll probably like this manga a lot so you should take a shot.
Just stay away from the anime, it's eye cancer and it doesn't adapted all of the story, waste of time watching bad anime that leads to a cliffhanger that is certain.

... Last updated on December 20th, 2014, 3:43pm
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by nail80
September 21st, 2014, 1:03am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I wrote about Aku no Hana before so I'll keep this short. I think it's a very refreshing story and I enjoyed it quote a lot while it lasted. The characters command plenty of attention and the art is superb. Probably one of the best things I've read in quite a long time.
I think the only fault I can give it is that it could have portrayed even more chaos.
I highly recommend this one!
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by SNaG21
July 11th, 2014, 10:06am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I read tons of manga, and I rarely assign a 10 to something, but Aku no Hana is a manga that deserves, even demands, such a rating. (Don't watch the anime, by the way - it looks awful).

Aku no Hana is, at its heart, a coming of age story. But unlike other coming of age stories that are great, such as Stand by Me and Mud, which are realistic, Aku no Hana is surreal. There is nothing supernatural about this manga, and, conceivably, anything that could happen in the manga could occur in real life. But the personalities of the main characters are all twisted or broken in some way or another, preventing this series from reaching true normalcy.

And that's perfectly fine.

Mangaka Oshimi Shuzo could have easily kept it just as a coming of age story, and while it still would have been good, it easily could come off as whiny. But he prevents that by utilizing art that borders on avant-garde; his characters are designed as a halfway point between realistic seinen characters and regular shounen characters, giving them a realism that is traditionally not seen in shounen art but without looking creepy (like Aku no Hana's anime).

The real star of his art is his backgrounds and environments. Ranging from plain cities to wide, disconcerting landscapes, and sketch-like styles in dramatic moments, the amazing art makes the manga burst at the seams with symbolism. The last two chapters, in particular, are perhaps his most surreal and daring - they are nothing short of magnificent.

The story can alienate you and turn you away. When I first began reading this a couple years ago, this manga turned me off after a few chapters. But I read it again, and couldn't stop till I caught up. It is an acquired taste, but once you understand that flavor, you can't stop eating.
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