The Flowers of Evil Vol. 9 Review

Written & Art By Shuzo Oshimi
Vertical Inc.
ISBN: 978-1939130280

Aphoto 3fter a devastating event in his hometown with his crush, Kasuga and his family moved to put the past behind them. Kasuga has tried to reinvent himself, forgetting about his love for reading. Despite all his efforts, when Kasuga learns that the most popular girl in his class Tokiwa loves books and wants to write her own they strike up a friendship. Kasuga falls in love with her, but Tokiwa already has a boyfriend. Kasuga confesses his feelings to her, but it’s more than love that Kasuga is after. He wants to move forward and prove the past won’t hold him back.

Shuzo Oshimi has really taken The Flowers of Evil on a roller coaster ride. The first part of the series kept rising on emotional extremities, but after going over the hill the characters have been quiet. Kasuga spent several chapters trying to figure out what to do with himself and now he faces the fear of the unknown.   He is unsure if he can get a girl like Tokiwa, he’s still hesitant about embracing books again, and then towards the end of the volume he has to go back to his hometown. Kasuga’s positive personality is slowly asserting itself, but he’s calmer and more experienced. He’s looking before he leaps to use a tired expression, then again Kasuga is tired of not living his life. He might do something extreme again.

Oshimi’s art is pretty consistent at this point in the series. His style still retains the simplistic character designs and detailed backgrounds. It still is a nice art change from other manga.

Much like seven and eight, volume nine is pacing itself. The question is for what?

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