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Flowers of Evil 4 – Happy Happy Fun Fun Date

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It’s probably not a good thing when Nakamura approves of your date.

It’s sad to say this, but I think posting this on Monday and delaying Hunter x Hunter to Tuesday will be common until work stops hammering me on Fridays and Saturdays. Writing is difficult when you lack the energy to do it! I do have next Sunday off, though, so perhaps I will shift things a day earlier. We’ll see! (I would have done so this week, but I spent yesterday watching all the Evangelion rebuild flicks. Worth it!)

Oh, Kasuga. I had to chuckle a bit when he assumed that the reason Nakamura wanted to dress him in Saeki’s gym clothes was that she was jealous of his suddenly kickin’ love life. Silly boy, that’s the normal person reaction! (Well, being jealous is the normal reaction, anyway. I’m not sure how normal forcing someone to wear another person’s gym clothes is.) Nakamura is more interested in the squirming and terror, and in transforming Kasuga into someone who, like her, does not give a fuck anymore. Wearing a girl’s gym clothes is one path to being less uptight, I suppose.

In a weird way, too, Nakamura is providing a path for Kasuga to be calmer around Saeki. He might have been OK before, but let’s face it, Kasuga’s put Saeki on a pedestal and worshiped her, so out of fear of getting closer, their date probably would have been bland as bland can be. Every little thing would be something to worry about, because, after all, one little misstep would mean that he looks like a total loser in front of Saeki! So he’s frozen; doing nothing means he can’t look like a loser. But he can’t look cool, either. With Saeki’s gym clothes on, though, he has one thing to focus all his worries on — making sure Saeki doesn’t know he’s wearing her gym clothes. (Which, honestly, is probably not that difficult considering how easy they are to hide. Someone who is panicking isn’t going to think that clearly, though, so I can’t really ding Kasuga here.)

This date may go miserably, but afterward, Kasuga can look back and know that compared to your date finding out that you are wearing her gym clothes that you stole from her, spending some time with a girl is small beans. Perhaps. That’s probably not how things will go, and maybe not what Nakamura intends at all, but sussing out the positives in a shit situation is a nice exercise every so often. Nakamura does say, at least, that she wants to tear down all the walls that Kasuga has built around himself. Maybe her ways are sinister, but her ends not so much? Who knows?

It’s pretty clear, though, that Kasuga does need a push to become a calmer person. He sealed Saeki’s gym clothes in a box with a poem he wrote thanking her for absolving him of his sins. Kids are silly.

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Whatever help Nakamura may or may not provide, there’s no denying that she gets some kicks from bossing Kasuga around and making his life miserable. At least she’s honest about where he stands with her. Kasuga’s peers, on the other hand . . . well, it wasn’t a surprise to see them so gossipy and aloof following his outburst. What I like about that scene is that it shows how dumb child-forged power castes are. Everyone is unified against Kasuga because he speaks in support of the class weirdo, but then the popular girl greets him, and all of a sudden it’s like, “Wait, are we supposed to be cool with this guy or hate him? I’m confused.” Kids are dumb, don’t let anyone ever tell you any different. (But adults are also dumb.)

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13 Comments

  1. shytende
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Kids are dumb. High school kids are the dumbest people alive.

    • Shadow
      Posted April 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      the characters of Aku no Hana are middle school kids, actually 2nd year middle school kids…but rotoscope makes them look a lot older…like if they were high school seniors at best.

    • Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      I think middle schoolers are a bit dumber than high schoolers, but it’s definitely close.

  2. tf5f89
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    “Kasuga can look back and know that compared to your date finding out that you are wearing her gym clothes that you stole from her, spending some time with a girl is small beans.”

    I have read the manga, and all I’ll say is you’re right; that’s not what happens. Although if that was what happened, I might like the series a little better. Not that I dislike it, I just think it could be better.

    • Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, I think very little of what I predict in any series will actually occur.

  3. Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Takao. Just throw the gym clothes in Nakamura’s face in front of the whole class and say that she stole them. Then your problems would’ve been all over.

    • Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      That just begs the question of how he got the clothes in the first place. Then he would have the new problem of everyone knowing for sure that he’s involved with Nakamura.

      Being middle school is suffering.

    • Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      That would be the worst thing he could do! Nakamura would go fucking APESHIT on him.

  4. gedata
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Maybe my memory is faulty, but did Kasuga actually call someone an Alaskan Seal? BURN!!

    • Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Haha, that confused me a bit. Are Alaskan seals known for being really awful or something??

  5. Gedata
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Kasuga’s dad is so cool. I wonder if he’ll be that way once his boy is far past puberty.

    • Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Fast forward a decade, Kasuga is still sniffing girl’s gym clothes and writing crappy poetry. “Son, it’s getting a bit old now …”

  6. sandberm
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I like the way they’re setting us up to compare Saeki and Nakamura. I wonder if Saeki is as sweet as she seems. She seems a little too good to be true. As for Kasuga…the emasculation continues.

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