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Flowers of Evil 8 – Six Minutes of Silence

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I’m sure nobody had complaints about this scene!

Personally, I think it’s interesting. After that euphoric night of letting out every bit of compulsion and chaos stifled within themselves during the boring drudgery of everyday life, Kasuga and Nakamura feel a stronger connection with each other. But that euphoria can’t last forever. Eventually, they must make their way back to reality. That’s what this walk feels like to me: They’re slowly exiting a dream and re-entering the doldrums of the real world. It’s like exiting Heaven, walking through Limbo and getting dumped back into Hell. By the time Kasuga gets back home, all the joy and release is gone, replaced with anxiety that his normalcy will be shattered. The kid’s still not strong enough to assume the burden of being different.

That scene probably would not have worked well at all if the atmosphere weren’t nailed so well. The muted music and absolute silence elsewhere sold the walk for me perfectly. I had no issue with how long the scene went on; in fact, I was actually surprised to see that it stopped nine minutes into the episode (so the scene went on a bit longer than six minutes). It certainly did not feel that long to me, and I have a fairly awful attention span. The scene sucked me in that much. It’s really the simple beauty that drew me in along with the context of the walk, you know? I could appreciate what an interesting, compelling choice it is.

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There’s a lot of walking in general in this episode, actually. This one is more of the “dead man walking” variety; Kasuga is trudging along to his horrible, embarrassing fate having committed what he assumes is social suicide. It’s nothing but hanging out with the goths (or whomever the new order of outcasts are) at the back of the school now. But no, a stroke of luck arrives when the paint Kasuga and Nakamura flung around the classroom covered up the most relevant portion of Kasuga’s confession. Or, this would be a stroke of luck if Kasuga didn’t have a change of heart. Maybe he’s going in for more emotional self-flagellation and martyrdom, or maybe he’s just had enough of the whole charade. He still doesn’t have the courage to confess to Saeki (and I doubt he would have if she didn’t call him out on it at the end), but maybe he feels for her enough that he doesn’t want to keep lying to her. Or maybe he just wants to run away because it’s a confusing, terrible situation.

Whatever the case, there’s no more running. I doubt it will be a simple “Saeki rails on Kasuga and he tries to win back her trust” sort of situation, because those simple situations really haven’t been this show’s MO. There have been enough hints to suggest that Saeki won’t react in a straightforward way; also, there is of course Nakamura to consider, as well. She could just stay back and enjoy the drama (even with her newfound connection to Kasuga, I doubt she could resist seeing more of him squirming), or she could probably ignite the whole thing whenever she desires. Her comment about another of Kasuga’s walls coming down indicates that she’s still helping him in her own way, so if she sees another opportunity to tear down another of Kasuga’s walls, she will surely take it.

Anyway, I’m betting that the next episode will be chock full of cringing and that it will take me like an hour to watch it.

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16 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Nakamura is more effective at tearing down walls then most Titans (asides from the armored one)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Now I’m just imagining a giant Nakamura running around wrecking shit.

  2. foon
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    This show keeps getting better. I lost track of time during the walking sequence too; the atmosphere was done so well.

    I’m really glad Kasuga chose to break up with Saeki. Nakamura is the only one for him now.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Somehow I don’t think it will be quite so simple as that, haha.

  3. sandberm
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I thought for sure you were going to title your post “Flowers of Evil 8 – The Walk of Shame”.

    The silent walk didn’t bother me either. I thought it did a great job of building suspense and tension for the viewer.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Didn’t really seem like a shameful walk to me! All the shame flooded Kasuga after he got home and it suddenly hit him that there would probably be ramifications to what he did.

  4. Killer Queen
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I feel like they only like each other for their deviance, and any other aspects of their personality will be revealed when they want to. They just choose to not. The 6 minute-walk scene was mostly about missed opportunity to get to know each other yet failed to do so because they are too scared that the other will lose interest when they start talking about interests or ambitions or even background stories. Sorta like casual sex partners who are in it for the thrill and ONLY for the thrill.

    They are not looking for commitment nor some kind of strings. They are in it for the climax.

    Overall, I get the idea of the walk. Yet we are just waiting for the thrill to return.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      That describes Kasuga, but not so much Nakamura, I think, mostly because she doesn’t particularly care about any of that. She’s mostly living in the moment. I guess it might “scare” her in that she would find that nothing about Kasuga actually interests her at all.

      • Killer Queen
        Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:36 am | Permalink

        Then again, we never get to know about Nakamura at all except that she hates all of you to the core, talks about the other side like it’s a thing, and “bullies and tortues” Kasuga to unleash his hentai potential (in other words, become her little droogy).

        I do have a feeling that she might react if she finds out that Kasuga is boring… or you know… “bully and torture” him to state that his deviance is his ONLY personality.

        She has a personality, yes. But we do not know her background and her perspective all that much. It’s like her only role in the entire debacle is to push Kasuga into “deviance.”

        … She may as well be a Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl.

  5. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t bothered by all the walking either. Reminded me of a similar choice made in the old adaptation of HunterXHunter – when Gon got poisoned and paralysed during the Hunter exam, there was half of an entire episode dedicated just to him silently trying to move, drink and survive through the three days needed for the effect to wear off. It was surprisingly effective and bold for me and the only thing I was sad that the 2011 edition didn’t do.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, that was a really good, tense episode.

  6. Ramiel
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I love this show, but that walking scene was too much for me, I ended up kinda skipping through it after about 5 minutes. I think they could have cut each shot’s length in half (the whole bridge….REALLY?) and still conveyed the same message. Seemed to me like it was more of a time fill than an artistic move.

    It kind of irked me more when they could have easily used that time to complete the rest of the showdown at the end of the episode rather than leaving it as a cliffhanger at the end. It makes me wonder how much of the manga they really intend to cover. I think this episode alone only covered like 10 pages.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      It could be both time fill and artistic move, I suppose. Not like that would be foreign to anime. (My favorite show, Revolutionary Girl Utena, is rife with this sort of thing.)

      • Ramiel
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

        All those stairs, everyfuckingtime

  7. Erif
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I believe “the calm before the storm” would be an appropriate description for the somber opening of this episode. One thing that mentioned was atmosphere, and my god, if this show has done anything right it’s atmosphere. Everything is still and quiet as if just waking from a dream, which makes your dream analogy extremely fitting.

    And I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes like an hour to watch this show. Cheers.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      There’s a lot of pausing for cringing when I watch Flowers of Evil.

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