Title: The Flowers of Evil Vol 1
Author: Shuzo Oshimi
May Contain Spoilers
ZOMG! I feel a bit guilty for enjoying this tale of blackmail as much as I did. In a moment of complete stupidity, shy, timid Takao steals the gym clothes of the girl he is crushing on. Little does he know that this one lapse in judgment will bring about his downfall. Witnessed by Nakamura, the weirdest girl in his class, she threatens to rat him out to their classmates if he doesn’t do everything she demands. As he spirals deeper in to misery, Takao is at his wit’s end. How does he get Nakamura to leave him alone, without being outted as a perv in the process?
I haven’t laughed this much in a long time. I couldn’t help myself. Poor Takao is such a wimp. And an idiot to boot. I hope those clandestine sniffs of Saeki’s t-shirt and shorts were worth the pain and embarrassment that this hapless middle-schooler is destined to suffer. Nakamura is one tough cookie, too! She is relentless, and she won’t let Takao get away with anything now that he’s under her power. I felt so bad for him! He’s like a little puppy that keeps getting whacked with a newspaper. And darn me, but I kept laughing at all of his discomfort.
Even as his relationship with Saeki, she of the enticing gym clothes, blooms, his dealings with Nakamura keep bringing him nothing but trouble. His friends are rapidly ditching him because he’s too busy dancing to Nakamura’s tune to hang out with them, and his mother is fit to be tied because of his strange behavior. I fear that Takao will need serious therapy sessions if this continues much longer. I am eager to read more of this series, because I’m curious to see where it goes.
Grade: B+, leaning towards an A-
Review copy provided by publisher