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Flowers of Evil 7 – Confessing All Night Long

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THIS IS A SEX METAPHOR LIKE SERIOUSLY THEY MAY AS WELL BE BOTH SMOKING CIGARETTES RIGHT NOW

Sorry, I couldn’t think of anything suitably flowery or thoughtful to write about this. I am shamed. It’s an incredible scene, though; Kasuga finally has the opportunity to vent all the insanity and emotions running through him into PURE DESTRUCTION. Who hasn’t wanted to mutilate a classroom at some point? It’s also well clear by now that Kasuga feels some sort of connection with Nakamura, though how deep that is is not for me to say at the moment.

It’s framed like the classic “angel vs. devil” conflict: Saeki on one shoulder pushing Kasuga to be oh so good and pure, to embrace normalcy and mold himself into someone worthy and bland enough for her affection and attention. On the other shoulder is Nakamura, who of course wants Kasuga to destroy anything and everything — the more things that get fucked up, the better. Indulge the darkness! She’s also framing her side as being what people truly want, which may be partially true in Kasuga’s case; however, I don’t think he’s being fake when he says he wants to be a good person. He’s not deliberately censoring a part of himself so that Saeki thinks he is cool. Kasuga did something bad and is afraid to tell her about it, which strikes me as something different.

But, whatever, good and evil . . . or, I suppose, it’s more accurately framed as order vs. chaos. With the way this series has progressed, however, I doubt it’s as simple as that, especially with Saeki viewing Kasuga’s fun times with Nakamura with some suspicion. Is the order she represents truly that orderly? Saeki says that she is a weak person — perhaps she’s telling the truth and is not simply showing humility. Who knows? If this were a normal series, there would be nothing suspicious about what she tells Kasuga. She’s the perfect girl, and she’s fallen in love with the weird nerd! Nothing strange about that! Here, though, ALARMS EVERYWHERE ALART ALART.

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Back to this scene, though. Aside from the pure emotion and energy, I love how the scene unfolds visually. I sneaked a peek at the manga (I really should just start reading it alongside the series already!), and while it’s definitely good there, I probably prefer this version. Admittedly, a good chunk of that is due to my visual bias — I love seeing things in motion. Actually seeing the movements of Nakamura and Kasuga as they rip the classroom to shreds makes the scene visceral on an entirely different level for me. (I don’t know how other people read manga, but my imagination tends not to fill in the blanks and insert the motion that is “missing” in drawings (the best manga does a solid job of implying enough motion, anyway). I mostly like admiring panels as drawings in and of themselves and admiring how they all fit together to tell the story.) The dancing in particular really strikes me. What is there to do when the world burns but dance among the destruction? I’m sure that’s how Nakamura would like to leave the world.

I do wonder a little bit if Kasuga is embracing his indulgences to a certain extent, or if he is still sticking on the path of emotional self-flagellation. I could see either, really; not totally sure which Nakamura would enjoy more. She definitely loves Kasuga’s fits of self-torture, but seeing Kasuga flip the switch and become a full-fledged Destroyer of Society would bring no small delight to her world. Neither path really seems particularly great for Kasuga, though, haha.

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30 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    At first I thought this episode was ridiculously cheap looking, and then THAT happenef. Lol.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      It didn’t seem particularly cheap looking to me; at least, not compared to the other episodes, anyway.

  2. Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    When the first episode aired I was skeptical for whether the rotoscoping would really do the comic justice, but now I’m seriously starting to like this adaption a lot more than the source material. The classroom scene was done /perfectly/.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      It will be interesting to see what I think of the manga when I go back and read it.

    • Ramiel
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Agreed

  3. Coolwihp
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    The anime won’t go far in retrospect to the manga so anyone that really enjoyed the series needs to read the manga afterwards. I read the manga after I started the anime and I couldn’t stop. Now I’m just looking forward to certain scenes getting rotoscoped

    Studio gets real creative with the ending and that’s why the classroom scene was better than I imagined.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I think the anime will cover the entire “first arc” though. I read the manga and honestly, after that, it goes downhill quickly for me. In this sense I think the anime might come across as a more complete work of art if it’s contained in itself – rather than continuing a story which really should have ended after you-know-what.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I haven’t looked into specifics, but people seem kind of mixed on the series after it reaches a certain point.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted May 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t say it suddenly gets bad… just less interesting. It goes from batshit crazy teen psychological drama to ordinary embarrassing moments. I honestly can say I did personally go through some of the things that happen to Kasuga in the latest chapters, and probably most of us have. And Kasuga does not act or react much differently from what I have done in those same situations (and he maybe gets it even a bit better). So this kind of kills the interest factor for me. Why reading about something that I have lived, and not especially enjoyed either?

  4. Shadow
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    The truth is that this series is 13 episodes long. So in the end, for people to get answers of what will happen now…what is going on, they will have to read the manga at the end of the series.

    Unless the anime staff decides to create an original anime ending, which wouldn’t be that bad given how the story is.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      This makes me wonder … when was the last time we got a definite, anime original ending from something? Not talking about “life goes on …” or some bullshit that leaves things open for another season. Maybe it happened in something I didn’t watch, I dunno lol

  5. Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    I’ll have what she’s having.

  6. Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Drop by drop, Hana improves each week, and this was the best by far.

    This episode pushes Aku no Hana to the top of Spring anime, given Gargantia’s stumble with two SoL episodes and Titan’s one-note rendition of shounen tropes.

    Some visceral scenes can be represented quite well in static medium if the art is adequate. The manga aspires to a certain realism in its aesthetic, which kind of detracts from its form, and limits the story as well. Hence the superiority of the anime medium in this respect.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      “and Titan’s one-note rendition of shounen tropes.”
      Really? I think that, if anything, AoT’s been playing around and potentially subverting quite a few shounen tropes. Despite any recent revelations, things don’t get any easier for the cast, and people still stand little to no chance of survival against the Titans.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, I don’t mean to dismiss manga at all. There’s lots of stuff you can do with static images to represent a scene like the end of this episode quite well.

  7. Maxlous
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I was captivated by the first episode and even considered it masterful (identifying where the creators were coming from) and am thrilled it has payed off. The show glides at its own pace and the actors go to great lengths to convince me of their commitment to the ideas of this show. If this had played out as a normal j-drama it could have come across contrived and if it had played safe with traditional animation would have lost a sense of cultural subversion.

    The director’s vision has come to fruition with this episode. Long may he reign.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      I am kind of curious to see how it would play out as a regular j-drama. Obviously I wouldn’t be able to approach it without some sort of bias, since my view of it would be colored by seeing it in rotoscoped form first. It would be interesting to see, however.

    • Ramiel
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I thought about it being a j-drama as well. Plus, I think the rotoscope allows the director to use both anime and live action directing techniques, which pays off for the show.

  8. gedata
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    It’s nice to see Kasuga and Nakamura have fun together with
    there own deviancy. I imagine Kasuga’s reaction will be that of some guy who wakes up hung-over with a complete stranger in his bed.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Haha, someone should definitely cut this into a parody of a super lame one-night stand comedy.

  9. Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Best scene from an anime in 2013? Perhaps. One of the best, at least. Did they use rotoscoping for this moment, I wonder?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      The Caesar battle in JoJo is still tops for me.

  10. foon
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    That was a great scene, but what annoyed me, and feel free to set me straight on this if I’ve forgotten something important, is that Kasuga could have just walked home instead of writing that he stole Saeki’s gym clothes on the blackboard. That information is all that Nakamura has on him, so the worst thing that could have happened if he didn’t listen to her this time is…exactly what will happen now because he did.

    • Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Kasuga is actually starting to care what Nakamura thinks of him. He complied because he didn’t want to disappoint her, and because he was so sick of the repression that he just wanted catharsis, however he could get it.

      To elaborate a little, Kasuga is someone who hates to be “normal”, whatever he may say. He reads Beaudelaire and the like to distinguish himself from the crowd. Nakamura has singled him out as someone special, whatever facet of him she may have singled out, this is important to him as someone finally recognising him as someone unique.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, basically. Kasuga feels a connection with Nakamura, and he probably can’t properly understand it yet. All he knows is that she saw something in him. I think he wants to be a good, “normal” person, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to discard his individuality to do it.

      • foon
        Posted May 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s more or less what I concluded from watching the scene. Admittedly it was made pretty clear when Kasuga, for whatever reason, couldn’t handle breaking off the contract with Nakamura, that he finds meaning in their relationship.

        Still, the scene didn’t work as well for me as it should have. I guess it’s because I didn’t pick up on the hints that Kasuga needs Nakamura in his life. They were definitely there in their first couple of episodes together, but more recently, it seemed to me that the show was telling us that Kasuga really isn’t a deviant like Nakamura wants him to be. It got to the point where I was getting annoyed at Nakamura for continually calling him a deviant when he clearly wasn’t acting like one.

        I guess I’d enjoy the show more if I just get on Nakamura’s side and tell myself that Kasuga is a deviant. Of course, after this episode it shouldn’t be too hard to do so.

  11. Killer Queen
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    if you just replace the very last scene’s overtly pretentious emo poetry music with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Second Movement… ala A Clockwork Orange, I can pretty much say “MOST INTENSE ANIME MOMENT OF 2013!”

    In fact, let’s skip the entire thing and conclude: Nakamura Sawa is a moeblob version of Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Think about it: Young impressionable teenager who commits crimes of socio-sexual perversion because they get off to the intense thrill. But the thing is that Nakamura is not really as criminally violent or artistically refined to the perversion as Alex, but she still gets off on the thrill of the crime as a whole and sees raw energy from it.

    My two cents.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      A good name and a good comment. I like you!

    • Killer Queen
      Posted May 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the compliment. It just popped into my head after mixing the soundtrack and that scene together. Some weird epiphany thing, really.

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