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The Otakusphere: Controversy, more controversy and FIVE ALIVE!

Good morning, afternoon or evening to everyone out there on the internet. It’s Sunday in my corner of the hinterlands, which means it’s time for another trip around…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Weekly Chapter Update: July 29, 2021

The struggles of growing up take center stage on Azuki this week with a little bit of drama and a whole lot of love! Drama and Romance Take…

Azuki

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Shino Can't Say Her Name GN

From the creator of Flowers of Evil, Shino Can't Say Her Name isn't an easy or a uniformly happy story, but it is ultimately hopeful.

Anime News Network - Views

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15 Anime Series With Distinct Art Styles

There is a general conformity to the art of anime that actually kind of defines it as a genre. However, as an art form, there is always a…

Recommend Me Anime

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The Otakusphere: Pride, Feelings and APPLE PICKING BEAM!

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are in the world. By my count, today is Sunday, so it’s time to take another trip around The Otakusphere. It’s…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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Inside Mari – Manga First Impression

Inside Mari is the latest manga by Shuzo Oshimi author of Flowers of Evil and Happiness. An intriguing body swap story with a strong start.

I drink and watch anime

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My interpretation of Aku no Hana

In this post, I discuss my thoughts on Aku no Hana, a manga by Shuzo Oshimi.

Gusty's Corner

Manga the Week of 3/31/21

SEAN: March ain’t going out like a lamb when it comes to manga. ASH: True, that! SEAN: Airship has two print books; Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 14.5…

Manga Bookshelf

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11 Anime Series Where Everyone Is Just a Terrible Person

In general, when anime tells a story, it clearly defines a hero and a villain. The hero is all gallantry and kindness while the villain is malevolence and…

Recommend Me Anime

336 – The Flowers of Evil part 4

On this episode we keep discuss the success of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train and celebrate that Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting! is streaming…

Manga Machinations

335 – The Flowers of Evil part 3

This week Seamus catches up on Vinland Saga,dakazu struggles to read Meisou Senshi Nagata Kabi Gurume de GO!, and we examine the new license announcements! Then we return…

Manga Machinations

334 – Morgana’s Manga Makeup 3 – Mob Psycho 100, Phoenix, Give My Regards to Black Jack

On this episode Morgana takes a break from terrible teens of The Flowers of Evil with the Real Friends series, while Darfox and dakazu check out the live-action…

Manga Machinations

333 – The Flowers of Evil part 2

This week Darfox and dakazu return to indie manga with Glaeolia 2! Also dakazu regrets returning to Saikin Kono Sekai wa Watashi dake no Mono ni Narimashita......! And…

Manga Machinations

332 – The Flowers of Evil part 1

On this episode dakazu revisits Toru Seino’s Sono ‘Okodawari’, Ore ni mo Kure yo to regale us with tales of wasteful book reading practices and Seino trolling an…

Manga Machinations

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Rotoscope and You: The Flowers of Evil

The Flowers of Evil is one of those anime that creates powerful responses in people, and not all of them are good. For one thing, in tone and…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

How to Build a Story: The Flowers of Evil (Part II)

Okay, last week we left the Flowers of Evil kids in the pits, as Acts I and II of the five that comprise the story resolve the first…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

Anime X-Change: Flowers of Evil is a Harsh Reminder to Real Life

They say anime has to be beautiful to get one’s attention. We are so caught up at the time where anything considered ugly will get hated. This isn’t…

ThatRandomEditor's Anime Blog

How to Build a Story: The Flowers of Evil (Part I)

Sawa Nakamura her own self I waited until the complete The Flowers of Evil manga set went on sale before picking it up. I won’t say that was…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

Character Analysis: Sawa Nakamura

Flower of Evil is one of those things that when I read a summary of the manga I said, “I got to get me some of that.” Now,…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

Final Thoughts Aku no Hana Volume 10

Today, as Kasuga returns home from his grandfather’s funeral, he receives information that may change his life once again.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume Nine

In this volume, Kasuga confronts his fears and admits his feelings to Tokiwa.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume Eight

Discussing “Aku no Hana” volume 8, where Tokiwa’s relationship gets shaky, and Kasuga confronts Saeki after three years.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume Seven

Kasuga’s life in a new city begins, but he still struggles to start again, until…

Animated Observations

The Power of Three: Flowers of Evil

While I was waiting for the Flowers of Evil manga to go on sale I picked up the anime to tide me over, and BOY, was I glad…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume Six

Kasuga is tired of the boring, everyday routine he has, and finally decides to commit himself to Nakamura.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume Five

Discussing volume five of “Aku no Hana,” in which Saeki decides to finally confront Kasuga, and things get messy…

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku no Hana Volume 4

A discussion of “Aku no Hana” volume four, in which it seems as though Kasuga has finally made a decision.

Animated Observations

18 Dark Romance Anime Series That Shatter The Fairy Tale

There is nothing wrong with a good gushy romance, but few relationships ever go like that. Sometimes you just want something that hits a little harder. Perhaps you…

Recommend Me Anime

Final Thoughts: Aku No Hana Volume Three

Discussing the third volume of “Aku no Hana,” where things reach a big climax, forcing Kasuga to make a choice.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: AKU no Hana Volume Two

A discussion of the second volume of Aku no Hana, where the story continues and Kasuga deals with more of Nakamura’s antics.

Animated Observations

Final Thoughts: Aku No Hana Volume One

A look at volume one of the hit series Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil)

Animated Observations

Pick of the Week: Quality Assortment

KATE: I think the best way to describe this week’s new arrivals is A Whole Lot of Stuff I’m Unlikely to Read. I will cop to being interested…

Manga Bookshelf

The Best Anime of the 2010s

Here it is, the third and final installment in our Best of the 2010s series! We’ve gotten manga and video games out of the way, so it’s time…

Ani-Gamers

The Best Manga of the 2010s

Welcome to Ani-Gamers’ Best of the 2010s lists! For the past few months the staff here at Ani-Gamers has been putting together one big list for each of…

Ani-Gamers

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Manga of 2019

Welcome to the first post in our annual “Staff Picks” series, in which the Ani-Gamers team selects some of our favorite anime, manga, and video games of the…

Ani-Gamers

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Anime of the decade!

An elegiac rundown of my favourite anime of the last ten years. Dedicated to everyone that loves anime.

Bateszi Anime Blog

Hiroshi Nagahama on Mushi-shi, Flowers of Evil, US Comics, and Stop-Motion at Otakon 2019

Otakon 2019 presented us a rare chance for an intimate interview with Director Hiroshi Nagahama. Through both it and a spirited, career-spanning retrospective panel, it became evident that there's…

Ani-Gamers

Scenes from Nagahama, Part 3

Director Hiroshi Nagahama wasn't always a director. Like anyone else in the industry, he had to work his way up. Read on as Ani-Gamers presents transcribed segments from one of his…

Ani-Gamers

Scenes from Nagahama, Part 2

Director Hiroshi Nagahama wasn't always a director. Like anyone else in the industry, he had to work his way up. Read on as Ani-Gamers presents transcribed segments from one of his…

Ani-Gamers

Scenes from Nagahama, Part 1

Director Hiroshi Nagahama wasn't always a director. Like anyone else in the industry, he had to work his way up. Read on as Ani-Gamers presents transcribed segments from one of his…

Ani-Gamers

OtakuGeneration (Show #474) Hare+Guu

  Shownotes :: (show 474) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Hare+Guu, recorded live July 6th, 2014. This week went back in…

otakugeneration's Podcast

OtakuGeneration (Show #473) Ouran Host Club

  Shownotes :: (show 473) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Ouran Host Club, recorded live June 29th, 2014. This week we…

otakugeneration's Podcast

Top 20 Anime of 2013

After a barrage of really good series last year, 2013 stepped things back a little to take a breather, slowly working its way up from an empty winter…

SatchiiKoma

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Relating to an Anime Character Pt 1 – A Post Inspired by Frog-Kun

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Frog-Kun recently made a more personal post about the anime characters with which he has felt a “quasi-spiritual kinship”. Inspired,…

Under the Bridge

OSMcast! The 2013 OSMawards Part II: Anime and Manga (But not in that order) 1-20-2014

The 2013 OSMawards for most Awesome Anime, Manga, and geez wow more anime again good lord are we ever going to shut up? OK FOLKS! Strap in because we…

OSMcast! Anime, Games, Interviews, & More!