A high school boy becomes a deviant.
On one level, Aku no Hana is a great show. It develops this excellent atmosphere showcasing the horrors of puberty. It makes you feel like everything is messed up, and is excellent at what it aims to do.
But what it aims to do is make you feel completely miserable. And so I absolutely dreaded watching Aku no Hana each week. At one point I think I was three episodes behind.
So the question I’m confronted with in writing this review is: what is the purpose of a review? To give some objective measure of a show’s quality? Or to assist others in choosing what to watch? I approach it from the latter perspective. So although I would attest to the fact that Aku no Hana is skillfully made, I’m giving it a low rating because I wouldn’t suggest watching it to my worst enemies. It’s depressing and painful (and also boring, but that’s more the fault of my own impatience multiplied by the fact that watching it is painful). And given all the pain I suffered in watching it, I feel like I got very little out of it, aside from being reminded of the fact that teenagers are idiots, a fact I was already very well aware of.
As an aside, I loved the Aku no Hana manga. I think the difference is, with the manga, you can quickly flip to the next page. You don’t have to sit around through all the suffering.
- Storytelling – A – Knows how to make you feel horrified.
- Voice – A – Very distinctive with the rotoscoping. Unlike anything I’ve seen before. Great OP and ED.
- Characters – B – Excellent characterizations. Some very unique people.
- Attention Grab – F – I was bored. Lots of walking around and lots of waiting.
- Production – F – The rotoscoping looks terrible. Tons of rough edges.
- Overall – D
Recommendations – Ghost Hound, Paranoia Agent, Kemonozume