Anime Review: Flowers of Evil – 3
Just because this show needed to get EVEN WEIRDER…
… I am finding it very hard to describe this show. Everything about Flowers of Evil seems to get more cryptic and more symbolic every time there is a new episode. For example, episode 3 included Nakamura stripping Kasuga and forcing him to wear Saeki’s gym clothes so he can “feel them rub against his skin”. It is just weird. It is just creepy. It is super f***ed up. It is AWESOME.
One of the best things that this anime does is that it blatantly compares and contrasts the banality of school life with the insane feeling and personalities that people usually keep locked up tight. Nakamura is a prime example of this, as she has no barriers to stop her from doing whatever she wants or saying whatever she wants. When Kasuga is compared to Nakamura, the difference is clear. Kasuga keeps all of his desires and emotions buried within himself and in his books. The struggle between Nakamura and Kasuga is clearly symbolic of the struggle between emotion and reason within Kasuga.
As for character… Wow, we really get to see how crazy Nakamura is in this episode. Nakamura is, by far, the most interesting character within the anime, as she can go from seemingly normal to a swearing sailor to an assaulter within the same scene. Kasuga, while not as interesting as Nakamura, definitely has shown some promise. He eventually gives into the situation that he finds himself in and by doing this, he actually starts to grow. While Nakamura still freaks him out (I don’t blame ya buddy), he actually sticks up for her at the end of this episode. While it was for his own selfish reasons or due to the goodness of his heart, it can be easily seen that he is no longer the quiet boy lost in his books.
I do feel like that the character of Saeki is criminally undeveloped though. After Kasuga’s face gets forced into her breasts last episode, I expected some sort of reaction from her here. A slap? A confrontation in front of everybody? A confession of love? Nope, none of that happened. She seems to be her usual self here, if not a tad bit quieter. I just hope that she is given her time to shine in the future.
All in all, another creepily enjoyable episode in this creepily enjoyable series. I am certainly captivated by the plot and I can not wait to see where this anime ends up. I feel like the ending is going to be a challenge, as there is almost no way this anime will catch up to the manga, but I am going to put my faith in the director. Fasten your seat belts kids, it’s going to a weird ride!
GO Rating: 4/5