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Final Impressions: Flowers of Evil

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The contract is complete?

In the beginning, there was rotoscoping. And I'll be the first to admit I was more than a little skeptical. Flowers of Evil was introduced to me with a truly bizarre look, completely unlike the gorgeous manga art and character designs. Still, it managed to work its way onto my weekly radar, little by little. My tastes invariably lean toward the macabre, bleak, and grotesque end of the entertainment spectrum, so I shouldn't have been surprised that the series quickly grew on me.

Flowers of Evil was a deliberately paced tale of blackmail, humiliation, and psychological abuse. Its ugliness seems to be reflected in its unsettling art style and even its soundtrack. Across 13 explosive episodes the first few volumes of the manic manga series have unfolded, all the way up to a conclusion that felt more like a placeholder than an epic conclusion.

But despite a disappointing end to the season (though more seems to have been promised), I was still enthralled with the work as a whole. Flowers of Evil was a dazzling roller coaster ride of emotions, simultaneously challenging and disturbing viewers while encouraging an "out-of-the-box" narrative. As a faithful adaptation of the more traditional manga, it accomplished so much more than I thought it could. It just needed a much stronger conclusion.



The thirteen episodes could very well have attempted to cover more ground, especially the finale, which filled half the runtime with useless footage and recaps. A surprising turn of events occurs, however -- while the beginning of the series focused on Kasuga's intrusive and somewhat creepy love for Saeki, we see the close of the show centering on how much he's grown to care about kindred spirit Nakamura. By the end of the series, we haven't grown any closer to the erratic high school student, or unearthed anything about why she's such a callous, closed-off individual. Nearly everyone has shed their multiple layers, even Saeki -- but we're still left wondering about Nakamura. Her room is bare -- is that a metaphor for her soul, too?

We're shown things that are almost certain to transpire if Kasuga forms a new "contract" with Nakamura, and what is sure to go down if he continues to associate with her. Instead of the closure so many viewers who have never read the manga will undoubtedly be clamoring for, however, we're only given hints that there's another season in the works.



But it's a safe bet that there won't be. In fact, aside from the massive outcries against the rotoscoping and how "horrible" the series is from its detractors, Flowers of Evil seems to have gained little steam amongst audiences, leaving itself wide open for a potentially excellent second season that will never come. If it does, fantastic. I'm waiting to see how downright disgusting Kasuga can become. If that makes me a pervert, so be it.

[Crunchyroll can aid in your quest to become the world's ultimate pervert -- for Nakamura's sake.]


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