Sentai Filmworks is getting ready to dip into a "corrupt pure-love story" with the acquisition of the Flowers of Evil anime. The 13-episode series is due out soon via select digital outlets, with a home video release set for later this year.
Based on the manga by Shuzo Oshimi, Flowers of Evil is directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Detroit Metal City). Aki Itami is on series composition, with character designs by Hidekazu Shimamura, and a whole lot of divisive rotoscoping.
The synopsis from Sentai's press release:
Darkness lurks everywhere, in every human heart, and sometimes it takes just a second of weakness for it to take root. For Takao Kasuga, that germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako meets the opportunity to “borrow” her used gym clothes. Unfortunately, his loathsome act of laundry theft is witnessed by Nakamura, the strange girl who sits behind him in class. Soon, Nakamura’s own dark obsessions begin to hook their twisted tendrils into Takao’s miserable existence. Blackmailed into a “contract” under the threat of having his guilt revealed to his entire class, the former bookworm who could spend hours reading Beaudelaire’s “The Flowers of Evil” now finds himself entwined in Nakamura’s growing fantasies as she leads him down the garden path to damnation. As their blossoming relationship becomes ever darker, even the seemingly innocent Nanako is pulled into the nightmare. Just what are Nakamura’s ultimate plans, and will the increasingly trapped Takao really be willing to carry them out? What you sow, you must ultimately reap, and there’s certain to be a harrowing harvest ahead in FLOWERS OF EVIL!