Phew! After a length absence I am back! My schedule at the new school was a bit more overwhelming than I had expected, but with winter break underway, I’ve got time to catch up on my hefty backlog of books. So, apologies all around, and now… on to the review!
Makoto Okazaki has the typical life of a high school freshman. He’s short, shy, bullied and generally at the bottom rung of the social ladder. Things at home don’t seem to be much better as his parents constantly compare him to his more successful older brother. Things start to change for Okazaki when, after a night time attack, his body begins to undergo some distinctly unnatural changes. From Shuzo Oshimi, creator of the critically acclaimed Flowers of Evil, comes a new tale of the struggles of awkward adolescence, Happiness, Vol. 1!
Welcome to another midweek manga review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at Shuzo Oshimi’s The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 6, but first some news items that have caught my eye. Apparently, everything’s coming up Yen Press!
- This past week saw a number of Yen Press licensing announcements. Chief among them included the addition of two more Madoka Magica manga, and the surprising acquisition of the manga adaption of Big Hero 6, a upcoming CGI movie based upon a little known Marvel Comics property.
- If you prefer your Yen Press news to be less manga and more prose, then check out Publisher’s Weekly write up on Yen Press’ light novel line!
- In non-Yen Press news, Dark Horse has picked up the Fate/Zero manga adaption.
- Meanwhile, Vertical’s announced their Fall 2014 Licensing Survey! The survey started this past Friday and will be open for about two weeks. Be sure to read all their rules before filling it out!
And now onto this week’s review of The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 6!
Kasuga and Nakamura’s self destructive cycle reaches its crescendo in Shuzo Oshimi’s The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 6! Following the massive fire and the destruction of their base of operations, it would seem that the jig’s up for Kasuga and Nakamura. When the police show up with the notebook full of their plans things go from bad to worse as the duo decide to simply up their already disturbing plans, taking their destructive urges to an all new level.