The universally loathed character designs inflicted upon Aku no Hana in its anime adaptation are proving incendiary amongst fans of the original, a well regarded adolescent romance manga formerly known for its elegant art.
The show is described by ZEXCS as “the first ever fully rotoscoped Japanese TV anime,” the producers perhaps having missed the reason no other TV anime had been produced in this format before:
The original was known for both cute and sexy character designs:
The fate of this poor manga has inspired a wave of horrified comparisons:
Why an otherwise promising title has been consigned to guaranteed commercial oblivion with what has charitably been described as an “experimental” style has been the subject of massive speculation – some even speculating that the whole thing is a ploy to generate notoriety for the show.
Other anime of the season have been held up as counter-examples: