Bookworm Takao falls in love with Nanako, but cant express his feelings through words. Instead, he secretively acts out in a heat of passion which creates a huge scandal in the school. Yet there is one person who kws his true nature - and this girl will do anything to nurture what this Charles Baudelaire hides. Flowers of Evil follows the story of a lonely teen struggling to find his identity. He cant find the right words to say, except through the poetry of Baudelaire. A powerful series about the nature of true love and real friendship.
At only 30 years of age, Shuzo Oshimi is already considered a seasoned veteran of the Japanese comics community. Winner of the most important comics awards for newcomers, the Tetsuya Chiba Award in 2001, Oshimi has been penning quirky slice-of-life dramas now for a decade for major manga publishers such as Kodansha and Futabasha. Raised in the slow laid back hills of Gunma, in mid-eastern Japan, Oshimi wished to someday escape his community for bigger pastures. Living solely off of comics and books, he is a man of words and that shows in his very humanist stories. While he has drawn nine series in the past decade, Oshimi's star began to climb just recently in 2008 with the release of his first hit Drifting Net Cafe. This horror-themed homage to the legendary Kazuo Umezzu work, Drifting Classroom, was adapted into a live action series and propelled Oshimi onto an international stage. He would soon reach new heights in 2009 with his most recent series Flowers of Evil. In 2010 and 2011, the property quietly landed on numerous must read lists and has helped revitalize the shonen genre.