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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
As Flores do Mal
Bunga-Bunga dari Kejahatan
Bông Hoa Ác Ma
Die Blumen des Bösen
Kötülük Çiçekleri
Las Flores Del Mal
Les Fleurs du mal (Oshimi Shuzo)
The Flowers of Evil (Oshimi Shuzo)
Цветы зла (Осими Сюдзо)
زهور الشر
악의 꽃 (오시미 슈조)

Groups Scanlating
Craptastic Scans
Doomed Dane
Futari wa Pretty Anon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by The Last Chapter over 4 years ago
c.56 by TripleSevenScans over 4 years ago
c.55v2 by TripleSevenScans over 4 years 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

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (831 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 2nd 2018, 5:59am PST



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English Publisher
Vertical (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #376 increased(+2)
Monthly Pos #574 increased(+63)
3 Month Pos #626 increased(+20)
6 Month Pos #642 decreased(-42)
Year Pos #613 increased(+11)

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On 1746 reading lists
On 1125 wish lists
On 1648 completed lists
On 107 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
What is the name of illness Nakamura has? over 4 years ago
Aku no Hana Ends Next Month over 4 years ago
Anime adaption of Aku no Hana confirmed. over 5 years ago
Interesting (Possible Spoilers) over 6 years ago

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Rating: N/A
by AnimeWatcher06
June 15th, 2018, 12:10pm
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   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by theElement_C6
September 2nd, 2017, 11:33pm
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...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Kanshou
August 24th, 2017, 9:58am
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)   
Rating: N/A
by suibun
January 14th, 2016, 8:27am
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   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kiriee
April 3rd, 2015, 7:32am
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   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Xiximaro
December 20th, 2014, 3:39pm
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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nail80
September 21st, 2014, 1:03am
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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SNaG21
July 11th, 2014, 10:06am
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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Sawa, Kasuga, Saeki   
Rating: N/A
by irelia
June 5th, 2014, 7:52pm
This one unexpectedly good. A drama about a girl with deranged mind thinking every people and the town just a pile of shit, a normal guy who loves book, and a normal girl who always try her best to met other people expectation about how good she is, and a gym's clothes of destiny that changes all of them three life into chaos.
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Truly Amazing!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 801crazed
June 1st, 2014, 5:47pm
These past few years, this manga was among the top that I kept up-to-date with.

This is a unique story and many times I didn't know where it was going to be heading but it made a lot of sense in hindsight. All the MCs in the manga are lonely but each in their own separate way. Although some feelings may be exaggerated, I think there are elements of vulnerability to these MCs that everyone can relate to at some level.

The art is simple but clean and expressive. There are multiple dialogue-free sequences that are so great at setting the tone/atmosphere of the scene. Oshimi is a master at conveying the emotions of the characters purely through their body language and facial expressions.

All in all, this is not a manga for someone looking for fluff but people want to be more introspective, this will be a treat! (As a side note, when the MCs talk about being perverts, they are usually not referring to it in the sexual sense. Moreso that their way of thinking is twisted and "weird".)

I've read bits and pieces of Baudelaire's referenced work but now that I'm done this, I'm eager to read the entire source material.
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