Posted by psgels on 25 June 2013 with categories: Aku no Hana

You could see that this was a calm before the storm episode, right before the conclusion of the series, but even then it was very well done. It didn’t focus on the atmosphere or disturbing psychology as much as usual, but still: the creators made it a really personal episode, centered around Nakamura.

I loved the way she just completely ignored Kazuga, but also how we finally get to have a look at her family, and how they react on her behavior. Seriously, the way her father dealt with it was really interesting: you could see he was an adult, but he had no clue how to get a grasp on his daughter, and they just grew apart like that.

The best was the ending of the episode though. It promised one heck of a final episode! Throughout the entire series, Kasuga mainly managed to show his deviant-self because Nakamura pushed him, save for the moment where he stole the underwear. Here, he finally does something out of his own again. He didn’t do it for Nakamura, he did it out of his own curiosity.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. Mormegil says:

    What do you think her room looks like?

  2. manlyflower says:

    Aww, this episode signals serious departure from the manga. (And don’t give me that animation style is different shit, I mean like departure from content.) There is so much shit in fan action that there is absolutely no time to animate, and that kinda makes me sad. I’m sure that the ending they provide will also be pretty amazing, but I doubt anything beyond the next episode will be animated, so I’d imagine we’d miss the all-hell-breaks-loose moments that wrap up this arc in the manga. :(((((

  3. Beta says:

    I kinda had an idea that maybe its full of pictures/drawing or something of Kasuga.

  4. RABUJOI says:

    Fingers crossed for a second season. This series has much more to say.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:56 AM)
    @Realist: Ai-ren mixes in a romance plot with one about a newer race and terrorism, almost pre-apocaylptic. Good use of functional nudity/fanservice, bleak at that, a bit shakey on explanation a details in some parts though.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:55 AM)
    @Emma My beef with Bitter Virgin is that I don’t like the message. It really is a devastating manga though. I enjoyed it a lot.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:51 AM)
    @realist: Onani’s art and text walls kind of put me off but the leads development really makes it. Bitter virgin left me emotionally destroyed but I read it when I was a fair bit younger so I don’t know if it would have the same effect.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:49 AM)
    *American vampire
    **delete second lead
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam: Been getting back into America vampire lately, good to read something that takes them seriously too, few issues are written by Stephen king, I’m enjoying the lore of it and how it spans so many historical eras, likeable anti hero also and artstyle, really appreciating that its an American comic with a female as the main lead lead.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:45 AM)
    And thanks.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:45 AM)
    @Emma Bitter Virgin and Onani Master Kurosawa I thought both were solid and good reads although neither was incredible. Bitter Virgin had a great premise but wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. Onani Master Kurosawa sort of had the opposite problem for me.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:39 AM)
    @realist: Will do so. Of the manga I listed/linked which ones have you read?
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:38 AM)
    @Realist: Its alot for my re-reading list. Ai-ren and honeymoon are the best of the ones I mentioned.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 08:38 AM)
    @Emma So like, if you know of even more good dark romance mangas, by all means recommend them if you feel like it.

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