Posted by psgels on 21 May 2013 with categories: Aku no Hana

I just realized some of the details that they put into the rotoscoping here. The shadows and reflections that people make are also added to the animation (Saeki’s television, the floor of the school). Or take that one scene with the helicopter. How did they do that? Was it just a random helicopter that happened to pass by as they were shooting? It doesn’t make sense if they just hired a helicopter for just that one tiny scene.

And about the events of this episode: what on earth did I just watch? I mean, Kasuga actually succumbed to his inner guilt, which is something I did not expect. I really thought that he would try to hide it as much as possible, but here he actually begged Nakamura to help him confess his sins. And that does suit his character much more now that I think about it: he’s obsessed with purity, and Nakamura is the only one he can be totally honest in, even though Nakamura also has a bit of a one-sided view of him.

And that all culminated into that glorious ending. They like… completely trashed that classroom, and I can only imagine how awkward next week is going to be to watch. I really did not expect them to go that far here. I don’t even know how they wanted to do this scene justice with conventional animation anymore…
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

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  1. manlyflower says:

    Everything that Aku no Hana is starts from here. :D Like everyone else who had read the manga first, I was terrified and curious how they would animate this particular scene, which really defines the events for the rest of the story, and honestly, I was so effin satisfied. Like the ways Nakamura was sexualized and the ways the two smiled during this scene of utter perversion were so incredible that I just sat there in amazement.

    And this gives me hope that the future events, most even more incredible and disturbing than the classroom scene, will be incredibly adapted as well, which both excites and terrifies me to no end.

    • manlyflower says:

      I honestly think that an adaptation of this using conventional animation would resemble something along the lines of Higurashi and look incredibly forced, over-the-top, or just going in a really undesirable direction. Regardless of how “cheap” and “bad” people are saying the animation is, I think they did an amazing job. I don’t even care to enter the debate anymore, I’m satisfied just enjoying it like I am, after seeing this episode.

  2. YourDream says:

    That scene felt so relieving. The last 6 episodes were so difficult to sit through since everything made me feel so uncomfortable: the art, the story, the opening and ending songs. But that ending scene just felt so right.

    • RABUJOI says:

      It was definitely an enormous release. Ironically, they made it feel so right despite what they were doing was so wrong. Part of that is that we’re really starting to like Nakamura, but also the scene was so beautifully choreographed and accompanied by such haunting, gorgeous music.

  3. gedata says:

    Psgels! her names isn’t Kaori!

  4. RABUJOI says:

    That was an absolutely riveting, orgasmic ending. Those little smirks Kasuga makes before letting loose; Nakamura’s increasing excitement and arousal at the chaos; the two of them lying in the middle out of breath (almost post-coital) It was a masterpiece plain and simple. The little cartoon Oshimi Shuuzou said “it’s going to get even better” at the end of last week, and by God was he ever right. The next episode can’t come soon enough!

  5. RABUJOI says:

    More than anything, this episode showed that Kasuga might just be more at ease trashing a classroom with Nakamura than he is at pretending to be a good moral person while hiding his “sins” in Saeki’s presence.

    Also something we’ve noticed is just how easily Saeki falls into his lap (so to speak). They say part of romance is the chase, but there is none here; she likes him, she agrees to date, and its implied she wants to bed him, without much effort at all by Kasuga.

    Meanwhile, Nakamura is a much tougher girl to satisfy, as exhibited this week. Which begs the question: is Saeki really girlfriend material for Kasuga, or simply someone for Kasuga to place on a marble pedestal and admire from afar?

    We’ll hopefully learn more about Saeki, because right now, she’s almost too perfect, pure, and easy to please. There has to be darkness or dirt somewhere (though Nakamura’s rumor about her sowed that seed in our minds).

    • Oroboros says:

      Good points, all around. This was the first episode I started to doubt Saeki, and appreciate the Greatest Character Ever™ Nakamura even more than just some deviant agent of chaos.

  6. jonas says:

    “How did they do that? Was it just a random helicopter that happened to pass by as they were shooting? It doesn’t make sense if they just hired a helicopter for just that one tiny scene”.

    The simple way would be to shoot a scene several times to see if something interesting happens. The slightly more complex option would be to make a composite shot from different videos.

    • enola says:

      The helicopter is there in manga…
      They are filming it very close to manga, literally frame by frame.
      The classroom trahing scene though has more detail in anime.

  7. Arno says:

    “And about the events of this episode: what on earth did I just watch?”

    Yes indeed.

    And how on earth is a passing helicopter in a low budget movie worthy of any interrogation ?

    And how is trashing a classroom an event worthy of fiction ? Is there going to be crime at least ?

    I didn’t watch the episode, so sorry but by just seeing the images above it’s too plainly obvious that the anime is trash animation upon trash story. I hope in a coming episode they don’t trash themselves by pouring trash bags on their heads or something like that.

    Is there a proper ending to the manga, or the guy is just left running around and shivering all by himself ?

    • manlyflower says:

      I think it would be more advantageous for a worthwhile discussion of the show if you had actually watched the episode in question first.

    • someloser says:

      “I didn’t watch the episode”

      – believing that animation ruins the message
      – tossing aside the opinions of many who have watched the show with your own worthless opinion made from not watching the show
      – not understanding the symbolic nature of trashing of the classroom

      so sorry, but by just reading your comment it’s too PLAINLY OBVIOUS that you’re a retard.

    • mark95427 says:

      @Amo.someloser

      you’re crazy dude

  8. Arno says:

    It is true that it is excessive to criticize an episode without having watched it. I apologize about that.

    However I had a look at the manga and the aesthetics are way better than this. They added trash animation to what was already a mental trash story.

    Those characters belong to mental institution, it is not believable they are in a high-school.

    The high-school anime genre was always meant to be over the top, with the alien girl, the kami boyfriend or whatever. Taking high-school life so seriously is just pathetic, it’s a gross misunderstanding. Hentai Ouji – which is really silly but voluntarily so – is far more witty, professional and mature than this.

    • Well... says:

      TBH by your criteria most Japanese high school students belong in a mental institution.

      Saeki represent your average [Japanese] girl, “people say I’m so level-headed, but I’m actually a weak person” [direct translation].

      Stealing gym clothes symbolizes how the smallest mistakes cost you your pride in Japan. (I re-read that sentence myself, and I’m like wtf).

      Anyone would call Nakamura a freak. But IMO she’s the embodiment of all the gossip and bullshit Japanese kids [think] they go through.

      From an American standpoint, I understand.
      However, comparing this anime to Hentai Ouji says a lot about what you know of the Japanese society.

  9. headachebaby says:

    LOVED IT!!! I couldn’t wait for this review and this episode was just amazing.

    This time, the intro song is sang by a different person. I cannot help but feel that this is sung by Saeki, maybe not the voice actor, but the character of Saeki. You get this sense that she is softer/nicer about the lyrics. The last few episodes, I felt like they were sung by Nakamura who was over the top and doesn’t give a care who you are. And in the beginning episodes, it sounds like it was Kasuga. It’s an interesting take on an intro song being characterized by different singers.

    The ending song…it’s been disturbing and the music during the wreck the classroom scene was H-A-U-N-T-I-N-G and oh so GOOD. I’m sad it keeps reminding us at the beginning that this is episode # out of 13. Yeah…I wish it’ll be longer.

    The seriousness of high school, well, there should be more animes like this rather than the typical anime that comes every year.

    Next episode…aagh, I cannot wait.

  10. leftofcenter says:

    I love this version of the ending song also…that is all.

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  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:47 PM)
    I never understood how a franchise like Berserk with huge sales and avid fan base struggles so much to get anything made. The PS2 videogame was never released outside of Japan, and it took 20 years for the anime to get a follow-up. And after all of that we get a slim-budgeted series from an unknown studio, all the while D.Grey Man gets a full-blown slick looking second series that nobody asked for. Quite baffling.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:42 PM)
    @Badesh: well the creator of the Souls series Hidetaka Miyazaki is an outspoken Berserk fan. The games are replete with Berserk references.
    Cheers to you too m8.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:38 PM)
    @Aidan: for some reason I thought you were talking about the iOS game Berserk: Raging Wave of Mercenaries. Looks like the Musou game is getting a North American release, which is good news. But the weird part is that it’s a Sony exclusive, for whatever reason.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:37 PM)
    Dear God, a DarkSouls/Berserk mashup would be too god to be true. It stikes me just now, how similar these franchises are in tone. Somehow the never ending suffering doesn’t affect me that much. Could be because of my slow paced, depressive livestyle for most of my past life – no pun intended.
    Nice to hear some well thought thoughts on that topic, cheers ;)
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:29 PM)
    @Bam, you know I mentioned that game in the berserk episode 2 review.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:45 AM)
    WHAT?! This is tremendous news. Many thanks @Badesh for sharing.
    But Koei Tecmo out of all people? I guess we’re getting the Dynasty/Hyrule Warriors treatment. Where is the FromSoftware developed Hidetaka Miyazaki directed Berserk that was rumored? I guess better than nothing- which has been the mantra of us Berserk fans for a while now. Being a Berserk fan, is being Guts -> which is suffering.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:34 AM)
    https://youtu.be/9TPBx5Dq-Jk
    new one. the first teaser didn’t contain any gameplay just the first bit with cascar being snuggled by tentacles. it was how they introduced the new game to me. maybe i should feel raped as well…
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:04 AM)
    @Badesh: which one? Cuz I played thru both the Dreamcast and the PS2 version. The Dreamcast one was a stand-alone story, but it was both a good one written by Miura, and it was set between Vol22 and Vol23, so it didn’t interfere with the manga’s story. The PS2 one was almost a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of the Holy Demon War section, and it featured the de-facto Berserk theme ‘Sign’ by Hirasawa himself:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpqV7RPnTE
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:50 AM)
    They did the same thing to promote the video game! Srsly?
    Besides, i really enjoy the new series as a long time fan.. can’t exactly point out why. I like the action and for every shitty shot, we get an awesome one.

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