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Aku no Hana

April 5, 2013

Disbelief, shock, … I was appalled upon watching the first scenes of “Aku no Hana”, the new anime based on the “惡の華” manga by Oshimi Shuuzou. Spotted some screen captures along with the negative buzz online earlier, but was clinging to the hope those were simply a few botched frames, which can happen to any show.

One could suggest the animation style used by studio Zexcs might be a deliberate artistic choice to emphasize the characters or story, but only in a few scenes does the background offer decent art that emphasizes the dark, foreboding gloom of the story itself. In all other scenes the background, character animation, especially animation of facial features is horrible.

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If the goal was to offer realistic looking visuals then opting for live action would have been better, if they wanted to go for more stylized, alternative looking animation then a studio like Shaft would be a better choice to tackle this project.

Admittedly, my poor impression of “Aku no Hana” could be due to the fact I personally had high expectations of this show. Still, having read through parts of the manga’s middle school arc, am saddened to see a good, solid manga with a potent story and fascinating characters receive such poor treatment as an anime adaptation.

Don’t think I’ll be able to endure watching any more of the “Aku no Hana” anime, instead my advice to anyone interested in this story is to read the original manga instead.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Soniow permalink
    April 12, 2013 9:36 am

    I bet your some typical anime guy we likes normal same shit anime like everyone else

  2. April 12, 2013 1:05 pm

    @Soniow
    *you’re

  3. April 21, 2013 7:18 am

    I must be one of the only people not particularly offended by the art style of Aku no Hana. Granted, I don’t really read manga as such so I’m not familiar with the source material, but experimental art work is one of the main ways in which anime develops new ways of storytelling. If there’s anything I want to complain about with Aku no Hana it’s the pacing, which is definitely dragging despite currently now being 3 episodes in.

  4. April 21, 2013 12:01 pm

    @Artemis
    Good to see that some are able to enjoy this anime as the core story is quite powerful. Usually don’t mind experimenting or creators taking a more artistic route, but for “Aku no Hana” this rotoscoping just doesn’t work for me. >_<

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