Flowers of Evil: Vol. 7Paperback Flowers of Evil
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- Publisher: Vertical Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 200 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 178mm x 16mm | 180g
- Publication date: 17 October 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 193913000X
- ISBN 13: 9781939130006
- Edition statement: Translation
- Illustrations note: B/W ILLUSTRATIONS
- Sales rank: 50,105
In the seventh volume of the Flowers of Evil readers are sent to a completely new time and locale. Takao and Sawa have been forcibly separated. Takao is now living in suburbs of the big city. His parents have new lives in a small apartment and their past for the most part has been forgotten. Now and then little cracks appear in that facade but for the most part they are playing their roles to become a normal happy family. Takao is in a new school; your average model student. And while he is just as awkward, Takao has made some friends and is even occasionally being asked to be social as a new high school student. Even more intriguing is the fact that Takao might have already found himself someone to open up to. Like Sawa this person can see that there is more to Takao than meets the eye. But in this case it is her who reintroduces him to literature.
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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.
"Unlike [other manga], "The Flowers of Evil" understands that 'strength' comes from great insecurities and weakness. However, this 'strength' is not about climbing mountains and emerging victorious. This involves strength in crossing the dark side of the mountain and how to bask in it--nourishing our personal demons...By loving this manga I recognize what a sick and twisted individual I have become. While I can still say that I am not truly deviant, "Flowers of Evil" is a great reminder of my own thirst for power and my own personal corruption." --"Otaku Champloo"