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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
Flowers of Evil (OSHIMI Shuzo)

Groups Scanlating
Craptastic Scans
Doomed Dane
Futari wa Pretty Anon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by The Last Chapter over 3 years ago
c.56 by TripleSevenScans over 3 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

4 topics, 12 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (773 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 9th 2018, 1:12am PST



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Vertical (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #426 increased(+136)
Monthly Pos #714 decreased(-88)
3 Month Pos #749 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #750 decreased(-41)
Year Pos #693 decreased(-40)

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On 1740 reading lists
On 1095 wish lists
On 1530 completed lists
On 104 unfinished lists
On 410 custom lists

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Forum Posts
What is the name of illness Nakamura has? over 3 years ago
Aku no Hana Ends Next Month over 3 years ago
Anime adaption of Aku no Hana confirmed. over 4 years ago
Interesting (Possible Spoilers) over 5 years ago

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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