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Flowers of Evil  
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Se-Joon and Se-Wa are siblings with a dark, complex relationship. Se-Wa, a girl considered psychotic by others, is attached to her brother... a little too attached. In her eyes, there is only Se-Joon, and no one else. And what of Se-Joon's feelings?

This manhwa contains incest themes.

Title comes from French poet Beaudelaire's compilation of poems, Les Fleurs du mal.


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Associated Names
Цветы зла
악의 꽃
Ak-eui Kkot
Blumen des Bösen
Flower of Evil
Kwiaty Grzechu
Les Fleurs du mal
The Evil Flowers
The Flowers of Evil

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.26 (end) by NOIR (3118d ago)
v.7 c.25 by NOIR (3124d ago)
v.7 c.24 by NOIR (3125d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (742 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.23 / 10.0
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August 18th 2016, 1:35pm PST



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by hotarusasaki
January 26th, 2014, 3:37pm
I agree with awavingflag that the art was beautiful but inexpressive. What I found dislikable even more was how dark the drawings were, Im not too sure but I think you call it the tone (sorry if Im wrong!)
I guess it was because the manhwa's plot was also dark and that was so the art could match but sometimes it was too much on my eyes. It actually stopped me reacting strongly to the manhwa as the black/darkgrey seemes to repress the manhwa and its feelings. Like everything is detached which makes it harder to connect with the characters. Overall great story of course, just that personally I wish for a slightly lighter tone in some happier areas (were there any...?)
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
January 20th, 2014, 4:33pm
I'm guessing this manga isn't supposed to leave a good impression....

Personally, I found the main pair's relationship to be disturbing, and I really wished for the girl to get along with the other guy instead.

But, my personal opinions aside, this manga features beautiful artwork and an original plot.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by okigen
September 15th, 2013, 8:58am
The art is beautiful but the story is just... unbelievable. And confusing as well. I don't object to the incest theme but it seems like the plot just bends wherever the author wants it to, regardless of how illogical it is. The art and tragic theme are both typical of Korean romance manhwa, reminding me a bit of Let Dai (Dont get me wrong, I like Let Dai a lot more than this, but I mean they share the same psychologically tragic theme). However, I really like the final chapter, especially the final scene. A nice sum-up for the whole torture.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2013, 6:04am
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by PenguinEqualsAwesome
April 13th, 2013, 7:59pm
Yeah, the title pretty much sums it up. I don't know why people are getting so excited about it, it's short and nothing exciting really happens. I used it to kill time when I couldn't get to sleep and only continued after the first few chapters because I couldn't be bothered to look up something better. I mean, sure there's a suicide at the end, and some violence, and
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the girl dies, and he kills himself
but so what? that's nothing special in manga, and I felt that it was trying to be horrific at times but just didn't cut it. But, then again, I'm really not the right guy for this sort of manga-I don't really think of incest as a big deal, so that kind of ruins the "forbidden love" aspect of it, and my standards of horror and violence are far beyond this, as I said earlier, so that ruins that; but most of all, I never really believed in that "true love" crap, so I really feel no compassion, and don't get emotional over the lovey-dovey stuff. To be honest I don't know why I even bothered reading a romance manga... Anyway, I'm tired now, so yeah...
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Cynical Twisted Story   
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by Sphear
November 15th, 2012, 2:36am
So bitter sweet that you wish for more. Words can't express my love for characters and setting the author set up. I really can't judge what a great manhwa it is; but I can for sure say it was really enjoyable and not a single dull moment.

The whole series is filled with high angst and drama but I think that's what allowed me to enjoy is more. Really love this story...
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
August 16th, 2012, 10:18pm
A few interesting situations, but too many flat or emotionless characters while at the same time trying to be a little melodramatic. And yes everyone looks the same except with different haircuts, sigh. The psycho sister is so over the top at times, but everybody just keeps treating her like an injured little kitten and instead pamper her, which is unrealistic especially after...
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she purposely gives the other girl the wrong medications. And oh, isn't it convenient that she is working at that time and handling the prescriptions (roll eyes).
I know there are many people who like this, but I just couldn't get past the first few volumes.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2012, 10:25pm
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stunning and distressing viewpoint on sibling relationships   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by korinacaffeine
August 3rd, 2012, 9:14am
Probably one of the more beautiful manga/manwhas I've encountered, definitely the only one to make me tear up. This was my first time reading a story of its kind (incest) and I think it did a good job of displaying the obsessive love the siblings have for one another while still making that love ambiguous. Is it really love, or is it just familial closeness being mistranslated? There are a lot of plot twists that I would NEVER have seen coming, and I was very thankful for the surprises. Shoujo is usually extremely predictable.

The characters were well-defined with personalities that varied vastly from one to the other. The mangaka did a good job of showing how character relationships impacted not only parties involved, but also friends and family and others close by. Every pang of guilt, fear, or physical pain felt by the characters was real and visceral. The technical delivery was stunning (in particular, a scene where the twins' father hangs his head and clutches his glasses stands out) and the art, while often falling flat and becoming nonexpressive, was pretty good as well. Motives were clear, and nothing was confusing about the plot at all. After every reveal I understood exactly what was going on. The only thing that we aren't sure about is
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Seh-wa's real feelings. It's never explained whether she is in love with her brother or if it's just platonic love being misinterpreted.

I feel like the ending could have been handled better--specifically,
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Seh-wa's death felt jarring and the emotions of the parents, Seh-jun, and Jung were not touched on nearly enough
--but I'm ultimately satisfied with it.

This is really a stunning manga overall, but it is far from a light read and it will push the boundaries of what you're comfortable with, particularly if you have opposite sex siblings. It's not explicit but it can be rather uncomfortable in its lewdest moments. There are a lot of interesting motifs as well, such as Seh-jun's religiousness and
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Seh-wa's heart pains
being misinterpreted as "twin telepathy." It also contains a good amount of symbols--Seh-jun's rosary/cross necklace, the twins' framed picture, and near the end, Seh-waand Jung's cell phones. I also found it interesting that Seh-jun being religious and Jung being atheist were deliberately stated early on, and I feel like this was a purposeful move on the mangaka's part to draw attention to the dichotomy and irony of the situation.
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Seh-jun, the religious party, eventually has sex with his sister, tries to kill Jung, and then commits suicide, whereas Jung is tempted to "sin" but holds himself back many times.
However, I could just be looking a bit too far into it.

I highly recommend this manwha if not because you want a realistic (albeit dramatic) story about a romantic relationship between twins then because you should explore these types of situations that can make people uncomfortable. Unsettling, haunting, and beautifully ironic are just some of the words that can be used to describe Flowers of Evil.
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by Pari
July 20th, 2012, 5:14pm
I picked this up because I was looking for an incest-story that wasn't trying to beg for forgiveness. One about real siblings, who had to deal with the guilt and shame et cetera. And while I think that there certainly were stronger, well-executed parts to be found in this story, parts I'm too lazy to talk about (and really, the other reviews here point out the good things well enough imo) the art and story-telling both were lacking:

The characters had little to no expressions, and were generally rather shallow and confusing. The twin-brother stumbled around the same issue again and again, and things that later have been revealed make it harder to see him as a real person. - While struggling with one and the same issue forever is a very realistic trait, it slowed down the plot in a very annoying way, and made it almost impossible for me to find the 'tragic' ending actually tragic. None of the characters made me sympathize. I could understand their motivation, or I could accept where they were coming from, but they never managed to make me 'feel' for them, or to make me care about them.

It wasn't very romantic, nor was it overly disgusting or sick. I wouldn't call it shoujo, either. Sure, the characters were high school students, but they lacked personality apart from their obsessive, possessive and also absurdidly childish love and inability to communicate with eachother like real people sometimes do.

In short: My main problem was that I couldn't trust any of the characters. They lied, they didn't think about the lies (so the reader doesn't really know if they told the truth or not) and their non-existent facial expressions didn't give me a clue, either. That's a little unreliable, and their hot-and-cold attitude didn't make it any better.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
July 15th, 2012, 11:10am
Indeed, this is a very interesting version of the siblings love story. There's nothing light-hearted shoujo or reality-ignoring ecchi about it. This isn't like all those semi-incest cases at all; it's love between real siblings, and it's shown as wrong, ugly, nerve-wrecking and nauseating by the characters.

Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found the plot easy to understand. It's a very simple manhwa to read; you only have to remember 5 names and you can read a volume in about 10 minutes.

The characters are undoubtedly flat. The art is gorgeous, but rather featureless; everyone looks the same, just with different haircuts. But even if there are many things that drag Flowers of Evil down, I've still ended up reading it twice. It kind of gets you hooked from start to finish.

... Last updated on July 15th, 2012, 11:17am
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Gets bogged down by the visuals   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by awavingflag
June 19th, 2012, 11:34pm
This is a case where the art style (while beautiful and fitting with people with elongated limbs and modelesque looks which fit the melancholic tone) actually DETRACTED from my reading experience. Mainly because I felt there was no life to the characters. They seemed like mannequins, pretty things like marionettes with no emotion. There was little variation in facial expressions so there weren't a lot of CUES as to how the characters were feeling -- too many blank stares. The main characters look so doll-like that I could never real connect with them; at dramatic moments I found it difficult to feel any emotional connection. The characters look so blase that I FELT blase myself. Want to jump out a window? Oh, okay. (Like I've noticed that even if a character is shouting, or close to 'tears', their EYES ARE ALWAYS THE SAME SIZE. If someone is crying, or smiling, etc, usually their face scrunches up due to the muscles engaged; cheeks go up, eyes 'look' smaller, etc... The characters in this manhwa don't look sincere in their expressions.) Seriously, yeah, the artwork is so beautiful it's doll-like and boring. If it doesn't convey EMOTION, how can I be expected to feel anything for the characters' trials and tribulations? The main thing that kept me reading was the mystery and it was around chapter 23 that I started feeling an iota of tension, drama, loss, despair. (I think the artwork got more expressive, too.)

Perhaps it's because of a poor translation, but the writing was sometimes confusing and the mystery seemed... like it wasn't really cleared up. I'm not even sure.

Despite all its shortcomings, it's still worth reading... if you can make it to the end, that is.
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