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Default Aku no Hana

Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to ?
Producers: Starchild Records, Zexcs
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Psychological

Originally Posted by MyAnimeList
Kasuga Takao is a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and his Venus, and he admires her from a distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up. In the classroom, he finds not only his book, but Saeki's gym uniform. On a mad impulse, he steals it.

Now everyone knows "some pervert" stole Saeki's uniform, and Kasuga is dying with shame and guilt. Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura, saw him take the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life. Will it be possible for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki, despite Nakamura's meddling and his dark secret? What exactly does Nakamura intend to do with him?

Okay so first things first, the animation style for this show is different than anything a lot of you might have seen. You're not going to see a lot of what I mean in the trailer that I've posted above... But anyway. Specifically, they've used a process called rotoscoping. First, they filmed a live action adaptation, and then they drew over it (both digitally and traditionally, given the necessity). So in a lot of frames, the characters look sort of odd, and definitely not at all similar to the appearances in the manga, but don't let that bother you. If you've watched films like A Scanner Darkly, or seen a few specific music videos from the 90s, then this really shouldn't be something new to you.

Now, in my opinion, the way they went about the animation adds to the overall ambience of the show, and actually fits it really well. I'm honestly not sure how they would have handled a lot of specific scenes if they had done it in the typical format. I've seen a lot of complaints from the typical anime-viewing crowd, and that's to be expected. But open-minded adults or people with art-related backgrounds should definitely be able to understand and appreciate the style they went with and why they went with it.

Also, this show is full of delicious scenery. They literally hired on a whole studio just do the backgrounds, apparently. And they did it very well.

The music is appropriately strange. Like, I can't say I like or dislike it, but it absolutely suits the story.

I can't wait to see what they do with the rest of this series. Discuss?