The 2nd episode of hugely controversial brutal rotoscope anime Aku no Hana has given rise to a disturbing realisation amongst viewers – that it may actually be good in spite of the heretical character designs…































Aku no omake:



The anime is apparently so loathed people (or 2ch at any rate) are starting to like it:

“I got used to it. Those girls are cute, it’s just the caps which are creepy.”

“Is the reason I found this good because of the sheer power of the original?”

“Once you get used to it, it is really good. Even the people in the screenshot threads rate it.”

“This one was too good, really exciting!”

“So it dodged the bullet by becoming a joke anime so bad it is good…”

“After watching the first episode a number of times I am inured to it and can now watch normally.”

“Humans can get used to anything, even this. I don’t even notice the design now. In fact I am really looking forward to it.”

“Everyone bashed the hell out of the first episode, but once you are used to the production style it is seriously good. That poor protagonist!”

“Creepy art, but when you use creepy art to depict creepy things, it is rather effective.”

“My eyes… they became used to this.”

“The director was saying in an interview that it was all intended to create a special atmosphere.”

“I can’t believe it, this is good. You guys bashed it so much I actually started watching it, and now it is obviously the best anime of the season!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 13/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Why didn't they just take the last step towards live-action instead? At the very least that would spare us the creepy-feel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why didn't KyoAni just make K-On a live action show? It's not like the animation added anything to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Whoa, you're incredibly wrong about that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such as..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 16/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see. Well, I'm going to go talk to a wall. It'll be a more fulfilling experience then talking to you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you didn't have to look at ugly ass japanese people

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure he's being sarcastic to make a point, bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That one wasn't even rotoscope. Don't compare apples to oranges when trying to make a point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 16/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 10:47

    Are you an idiot? Rotoscoping serves as a "middle-ground" between animation and live-action. Obviously, there were too many opinions about how this show should have ended up. There's nothing wrong with RS per se, it just so happens that the way they apply it is atrocious.

    That's the difference.

    K-ON not being a live-action has nothing to do with anything. It has nothing to do with the topic at hand, ffs.

    This show here has HORRIBLE rotoscoping. That is NOT a matter of taste. It is objectively bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not? Because you say so? What difference does rotoscoping make, when both shows could have been done without any trouble in live action?

    Don't try to pretend a point is invalid because you don't like it.

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    Comment by Musashi75
    05:56 20/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually it is filmed as "live" and later "animated"
    they painted over the real actors

    but this is rotoscoped and the girl who is psycho looks like a guy

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 20/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the "live" part before the rotoscoping treatment is not really live-action acting. It's very overbearing and dramatized because it is meant to be treated further.

    The point is that the rotoscoping here is really, really ugly. It doesn't matter if it's on purpose or if this is the actual, sad incapability of the production studio. I can guarantee you that if it wouldn't look that bad, most people wouldn't even have a problem with it.

    Of course, there are also those who would argue that people are just being shallow and that art is untouchable but seriously, ugly rotoscoping is ugly. It's not its own form of art. It's just bad and should be called by its name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 14/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    That's where you went wrong..
    Live-action with that face would go wrong and have more bashing.
    Rotoscope anime on the other part... save budgets and you can 'make up' some reasons :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 14/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "Save budgets"??? Hardly. Do you even have any idea how ridiculously costly rotoscoping is? What we have here is a clear case of director and author sparing no expense to spit fans in the face. Live action would have been MUCH cheaper.

    And they only cast that girl because they thought they could get away with it once traced. There's no shortage of unknown and therefore relatively inexpensive pretty actresses they could (and would!) have chosen from if they went live-action as initially planned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 14/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @ 04:04
    I was merely paraphrasing the director. Yes, he really did say something to that extend. He wanted to do live-action, but the producers insisted on an anime because the fans would prefer that. So he decided to take revenge on all the evil 2D otaku. The mangaka was excited at that idea. Fits his twisted personality.

    I can't be bothered to look for the interview in question right now. Search for yourself and you'll discover it's true.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Spit in our faces? You must be mental if you think that's true. This isn't your baby, it's an adaptation of a manga.

    They very obviously went for a crude, ugly look on purpose. Why is that so difficult to understand?

    Does everything have to be beautiful to you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No. Live actors look far better than after those goddamn awful photoshop filters. Live-action would be in every aspect superior (still would be crap, but not so much).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they wouldn't. Don't kid yourself.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:12 14/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It might be good for people who didn't read the original. But for those who did there's no reason in "geting used" to it.

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    Comment by Felchenerow
    01:03 14/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ''I totally Agree with Riiku''
    You can not get use to it...it's like a slap in the face cause when i first heard this manga was having an anime i really wanted to watch, i wanted lavish it...ever second of it but now after it came out im like
    fuck man
    how the messed up on this -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 16/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, yeah, all that "but japs look like this"
    where are the wrinkles and the shades of the face, if this "anime" is so realistic huh?
    admit it man, it's a sloppy job and they've should stuck to a live action if they already made the effort of finding actors to portray it

    Comment by Anonymous

    Isn't this how japs actually look? Why are they so offended at the realistic portrayal of themselves?


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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 14/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Realist =/= Ugly

    Actually, a lot of anime looks awesome and use a realistic art style rather than a "moe" one.
    However, this anime is ugly as hell, this is why nobody use rotoscoping.

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    Comment by Erranty
    05:11 14/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The original wasn't even Moe. The plot was more attractive than any of it's characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    rotoscope was cool

    moe-fan fiction is hot

    but...this..THIS!! i...


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    Comment by Myballz
    02:22 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its nothing new I am guessing the Director wanted to make a different type of Animation that would be challenging and would creep out the Japanese emotional crowd in a way would make them question there own psyche

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you think should this be directed at so called "moetards"?

    Not everyone watches every anime, there are different animes for different audiences.

    A hardcore moefan or "moetard" wouldn't watch this anime, just like a Batman/A-Team/whatever fan wouldn't watch Moe-tan for example...

    People who watch EVERY anime and then complain about certain animes, are either dumb trolls or they just lack anime-experience.

    Btw there are tons of anime which look creepy, are they supposed to be a "fuck you" for moe fans too? lawl

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:40 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Treat it like any of the other times an anime changed up from the original and treat it as a different story if you must. It's unfortunate, but at the same time, you already know the original story. You can potentially try and experience this as another experience of a story and let it be what it is.

    The more human approach of having the characters be...human, slightly off, does have a sincere effect. Making people imperfect and letting their personality be their true beauty is far more mature a story than most anime watchers are ready to experience, so I guess we'll just see.

    There is a truth that it was an original art style, and that discrepancy is disheartening, but treated differently, this can be interesting in its own way.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 14/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    1) Denial.

    2) Anger.

    3) Bargaining.

    4) Depression.

    5) Acceptance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 16/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the words of Jeremy Clarkson:

    "It like a bucket of manure - it doesn't smell that bad actually"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 17/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO! DONT! You should live!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 01/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank youuu... finally some grounded objectivity.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    02:15 19/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Must be why I love it then :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then I guess K-on's manga must have been a MASSIVE turn off because it wasn't as lovely as KyoAni's adaptation?

    Or are you just so used to the traditional style of animation that you're willing to give it's many faults, and not give anything else the time of day?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could get used to Nanako, but not to Nakamura... Nakamura looks like a man with a wig. They should have made a live action drama... But I will continue to watch it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nakamura looks like Hirano Aya. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I so second this.
    The manga was such a masterpiece, I really got addicted reading it. It's just awesome.
    I WILL watch the anime, just because the manga was good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Masterpiece? You mean "really good" or "the best thing that the author will ever make?"

    Because every time a good anime/manga comes out people are always going on about it being a masterpiece. That word has lost all meaning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    didnt read the original
    not watching it either
    sad cuz original drawing look way better than the anime retro style which almost makes me want to puke for real not joking

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah I have to agree the teeth on the one girl looks like something from some horror movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always bust out laughing everytime i see that damn face http://images.sankakucomplex.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/aku-no-hana-2-22.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous

    I know the sensation, all those moesit also makes me want to puke for real, FUCK YOU MOETARD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 15/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i love you to anon.....


    Comment by Anonymous

    Then go puke in the corner and cry to yourself. Nobody cares.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    butthurt much?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, I'm the butthurt one. I'm the one voting people down because they're sick and tired of hearing you whine about a different art style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read the original and I like both, anime and manga.
    To be honest the art in the first 4 volumes was terrible and since the volume 6 the artist learned how to do faces, perspective and anatomy.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nope sorry, I'm up to date with the original, and I still think this is good.

    You just have a serious case of confirmation bias.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't worry, anime otaku are just being tsundere again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i see...


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    mhh mhhhh what an interesting lead....
    *starts searching for traces of sonycal steps in the sands of time*

    Comment by Anonymous

    I read the original and, honestly, found it quite uninteresting until the latter half of it. I forced myself through 20+ chapters and, even then, I don't think it deserves the hype it gets. One of the appeals to me is the animation for this, it fits the style of the story alot more and makes it more creepy.

    Comment by Anonymous

    plus the fact that they have really good BGM to make it seem creepier

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nothing to see here, just a bunch of hypocrites judging a show from it's first episode.

    In the end, those who stick with it will enjoy it and those who don't don't care anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Judging from its first episode? Are you implying that you expect them to change animation styles at some point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 14/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    nothing to see is sometimes more than enough.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I suspect they're saying that one episode is enough to judge the merits of the entire anime when it's NOT gloriously animated, but you'd probably sit through two to four seasons of boring shit just as long as it fondles your eyeballs.

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