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"Oshimi uses surreal imagery - a wall of eyes, a fun-house mirror, a giant sink hole - to suggest that Kasuga's normal teenage discomfort with sexual feelings has become something more powerful and destructive: shame...That said, The Flowers of Evil is a shockingly readable story that vividly - one might even say queasily - evokes the fear and confusion of discovering one's own sexuality. Recommended." -The Manga Critic
"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