Aku no Hana: to make a right choice


If not so annoying main character, this probably would be not bad show in the terms of screenplay. And it even would be possible to enjoy it despite of, hmm, roto peculiar graphics. But it's a mystery, was the excessive doubtfulness of the main character director's choice, or it's an inherent part of actor's personality. May be all this was needed to add a sense of cold "hyperrealism" into the cozy upcountry atmosphere to make it look boring and annoying? It seems, that this "hyperrealism" shown up in the characters' characters and the ways how they estimate each other is the thing which makes this controversial show interesting.

Kasuga-kun is a Eugene Onegin of a remote Japanese provincial town. He is not completely resembles the original Onegin though: he is young, ordinary and shy. Stop, he is not completely ordinary actually, he likes boob books and especially Baudelaire. Books, you say? Sometimes these things make people to think and even are able to affect their personalities against their will. 
As a every Onegin, Kasuga admires his Tatiana - Saeki-chan, a sweet and savory girl everyone is dreaming about. Besides the books, Kasuga also likes to secretly wear female sport uniform, so he steals Saeki's one in a fit of passion. Nakamura-san notices this and the drama begins. But at first we need to discuss girls' personalities. The personal rooms of the characters are the key for the understanding of their hearts.

The door of Nakamura's room welcomes Kasuga with a defiant slogan, the room itself is frighteningly empty, and the mirror is the only notable object there. This pretty well corresponds to Nakamura - a rude, narcissistic and closed nonconformist. Probably the hard childhood in a single-parent family is the reason, but it's more important, that she uses nonconformism in its extreme form to distinguish herself from the rest of the class. Nonconformism for Nakamura is the way which she makes to feel herself extraordinary (by having an empty heart). Kasuga reads Baudelaire for this, and Saeki is able to be happy as she is, so she is the only really normal person there.

Now about the drama and how the characters estimate each other. It's interesting that people usually use some patterns to save time when estimating other people. This makes them to expect from the others primarily only what the pattern prescribes, and the effect is amplified when a person has some prejuditions against the person he or she trying to estimate.

Being a fan of the "Flowers of Evil" Kasuga thinks that he knows everything about human viciousness and admires Saeki as a pure innocent angel (these are his patterns for himself and Saeki). But actually he doesn't know is he a real pervert or just an ordinary person, who wants ordinary happiness. He is stuck between angelic Saeki and devilish Nakamura and should choose between them, this constitutes the drama.
In the pursue of happiness Kasuga tries to start platonic relations with Saeki, and she answers him back. Why she answers such a shy person as Kasuga? Probably she understands that deep personal relations are rare and non penis canis est, so she values Kasuga even after she discovers that this is him who had stolen her uniform. She does not use patterns and admits lust as a part of normal human nature.
Nakamura wants to see not a normal person but a pervert in Kasuga, because she is suffering from the self proclaimed loneliness. She needs a friend and admirer, so she tires to entice Kasuga on her side. She breaks Kasuga's pattern of Saeki by saying that she is actually not so pure and innocent, and even makes him to vandalize the classroom, probably because there are no other things which a narcissistic nonconformist may do in a boring provincial Japanese city. She is almost succeeded to fulfill her wish to get out of the city with Kasuga, but because Saeki wants to return Kasuga back, the dilemma is not solved. Will they have committed a triple suicide, we might know from the second season.

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