So the first episode of the anime adaption of our The Flowers Of Evil has aired, which you can watch on crunchyroll, and if you aren’t aware of this fact, EVERYONE HAS BEEN UP IN ARMS ABOUT IT! Both fans of the comic and those who are unfamiliar with it have been making a big fuss. This is mostly due to how the creative liberties this adaption has chosen to take resulting with everyone in the show looking nothing like their manga counterparts, or like anime characters much at all. All of the character animation was done with rotoscoping, which is an animation technique where live footage of real people is shot and then traced over to produce the final line-work. The result are not character designs who have soaked up the moe trends that have been present for the last decade but anime characters who look strikingly realistic, kind of eerie, and definitely not cute. While many have found these designs abrasive, some have embraced this different take.
As someone who absolutely ADORES The Flowers Of Evil, who past company responsibilities genuinely thinks it is the best comic being published today, upon watching the show I have welcomed these rotoscoped characters. You should try to as well.
For established fans of the manga, the first episode of The Flowers Of Evil, presents quite the departure. Not in terms of the story, so far the events have occurred essentially the same. As I’ve already explained, the character designs are completely different, but the departure doesn’t stop there. This show goes out of its way to present itself as strange. Not weird, not quirky, and not random, but strange. The pacing has been slowed down a considerable amount, and the anime uses a considerable amount of time to build its atmosphere which is one of unease. Plenty of establishing shots of rather gorgeous background artwork paired with strange but fitting ambient music that help set the mood and tone of the show. Of course, how the rotoscoped animation fits into the entire piece is important too. These characters don’t only have a realistic quality to their design, but their movements are, due to the nature of the animations, lifelike as well. All of these factors come together in a neat package to make The Flowers Of Evil an interesting show on its own merit. The creators didn’t just want to create a straight adaption, nor did they want to create something that the market was already flooded with.
I would argue that for these reasons alone The Flower Of Evil anime is worth checking out, of course the fact that it adapts a fantastic manga only helps. Be sure to check out both.