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The flowers of evil. Volume 11
Oshimi, Shūzō, author, artist.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Vertical, 2014.
Physical Description:
197 pages : chiefly illustrated ; 18 cm
General Note:
Manga format; reads from back to front, right to left.

"First published in Japan in 2014 by Kodansha"--Colophon.
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Lonely bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.

Story Locale- Saitama, Japan

Author Notes

At only 30 years of age, Shuzo Oshimi is already considered a seasoned veteran of the Japanese comics community. Winner of the most important comics awards for newcomers, the Tetsuya Chiba Award in 2001, Oshimi has been penning quirky slice-of-life dramas now for a decade for major manga publishers such as Kodansha and Futabasha. Raised in the slow laid back hills of Gunma, in mid-eastern Japan, Oshimi wished to someday escape his community for bigger pastures. Living solely off of comics and books, he is a man of words and that shows in his very humanist stories. While he has drawn nine series in the past decade, Oshimi's star began to climb just recently in 2008 with the release of his first hit Drifting Net Cafe . This horror-themed homage to the legendary Kazuo Umezzu work, Drifting Classroom , was adapted into a live action series and propelled Oshimi onto an international stage. He would soon reach new heights in 2009 with his most recent series Flowers of Evil. In 2010 and 2011, the property quietly landed on numerous must read lists and has helped revitalize the shonen genre.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Titled after Baudelaire's 1857 book of poems on the nature of ennui, this comic follows Takao Kasuga, an average middle-school student with a desperate crush on a popular girl in his class, Nanako Saeki. In a moment of weakness, he steals Saeki's gym clothes. Soon, his anxiety and guilt are clearly reflected in images of shadowy walls of eyes, a sinking hole beneath his desk, and his trembling and nervous sweat. Unfortunately, a classmate who sits behind him, Nakamura, tells him she knows what he's done and must form a contract with her and do whatever she says. Tension varies but some level is always sustained as we watch Takao try to regain control of his life while at the same time appease the mercurial and sadistic moods of Nakamura. Oshimi explains in between chapters that he wants the reader to question the meaning of perversion, but in this first volume he's more successful in exploring issues of adolescence, developing sexuality, and the seemingly irrational impulses youth experience during puberty. Verdict Older teens and adults who enjoy psychological cat-and-mouse games may appreciate Takao's frantic maneuvering between Nakamura's demands and his pursuit of his crush.-Marlan Brinkley, Atlanta-Fulton P.L., Sandy Springs, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.