The Flowers of Evil (manga)
The Flowers of Evil is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi. It was serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine between September 9, 2009, May 9, 2014, licensed by Vertical in North America; the story follows a middle school student named Takao Kasuga who's forced into a "contract" by fellow student Sawa Nakamura, after being caught stealing the gym clothes of his crush Nanako Saeki, the series of events afterwards that follow these three characters. The title of the manga comes from Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal; the manga received a nomination at the fifth Manga Taishō. An anime television series adaptation of the manga, produced by Zexcs, aired in Japan between April and June 2013, it was simulcast outside Japan by Crunchyroll. The anime was animated using rotoscoping techniques, causing some controversy among fans of the manga; the anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The story starts in a small town in Gunma Prefecture and follows Takao Kasuga, a middle school bookworm whose favorite book is Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal.
One day after school, he impulsively steals the gym clothes of Nanako Saeki, the classmate he idolizes. However, a girl named Sawa Nakamura sees him and blackmails Kasuga into a "contract". At the same time, Kasuga manages to become her boyfriend; as Kasuga spends more time with both girls, he finds the guilt of his theft weighing down on him. He attempts to confess by vandalizing his classroom with Nakamura, but Saeki refuses to break up with him; when his mother finds out he was responsible for the vandalism, he runs from home and attempts to bike with Nakamura past the mountain adjacent to the town. Saeki catches up to the pair as they tries to make Kasuga come back. Unable to choose between them, he estranges the police collect them. A month Kasuga breaks up with Saeki and resolves to help Nakamura, he writes a composition to convey his feelings to her. When she runs from him, Kasuga goes to her house and reads in her diary about her disappointment in not being able to reach "the other side".
He steals the panties of all the girls in his class except Saeki's and uses them to decorate a makeshift hideout, winning Nakamura's approval. At the start of summer vacation, they create a plan to nail the panties to a piece of plywood to display at the upcoming festival. Saeki discovers the plan and lures Kasuga to the hideout, trying to seduce him and make him stay in their town; when he chooses Nakamura over her, she rapes him but Kasuga resists, causing her to burn the hideout down. Saeki turns herself in to the police for setting the fire, prompting her best friend Ai Kinoshita to tell their school about Kasuga's crimes; the school doesn't involve the police and his parents decide to move over the vacation. The day before the festival, Nakamura breaks into Kasuga's house, attacking his father, the two escape. At the festival, they climb to the top of a float while wielding a knife, they curse their town and pour kerosene on themselves, but before they can use a lighter, Nakamura pushes Kasuga over the float and she gets tackled by her father.
A few years Kasuga is going to high school in Ōmiya-ku, Saitama and still can't forget Nakamura. Kasuga finds his classmate Aya Tokiwa looking at Les Fleurs du mal in a used bookstore and she starts lending him novels, rekindling his love of literature. Kasuga discovers that she is working on a novel and is brought to tears upon reading the manuscript because he can identify with the protagonist. Kasuga encounters Saeki and when they meet up for lunch, she accuses him of using Tokiwa as a stand-in for Nakamura. Kasuga visits Tokiwa at her workplace and asks her out, saying that he will save her, she accepts. Kasuga visits his hometown for his dying grandfather and ends up meeting Kinoshita, who regrets being left behind by Saeki and tells Kasuga where Nakamura moved. Tokiwa finishes her novel, but Kasuga tells her about his past and his desire to meet Nakamura again, they take the train to Tokawa Station in Chōshi and find her eatery, where her mother warns them that Nakamura is "peaceful now", but Tokiwa insists on speaking to her.
They talk at a nearby beach and Kasuga questions her, but doesn't get satisfactory answers. The three roughhouse and Kasuga tells Nakamura. Kasuga is in college and still dating Tokiwa, working on another novel. After falling asleep, Kasuga dreams of the wilting flower of evil, its scar no longer present on his hand. In his dream he envisions the futures of the series' characters. At the end of the dream Nakamura looks up at her own wilting flower of evil; when he wakes up, Kasuga starts writing in his empty book just as he was in his dream about the manga's events. The final chapter depicts Nakamura's perspective of her first meeting with Kasuga. Through her eyes she sees everyone and everything around her as monochrome and deformed, symbolizing her distaste for normality; when she sees Kasuga steal the gym suit, his features become clear to her. On, Nakamura feels herself reverting to the normalcy she despises. Before she does, Kasuga appears on his bike defining her world in both detail and a deep crimson color.
Takao Kasuga Voiced by: Shin'ichirō Ueda Played by: Kentaro Ito An introverted middle school student with a strong interest in literature. He feels alienation as well as suffocation from the world around him, his view of other people is dim-he considers them to be ignorant as well as incapable of understanding the ab
Afro Tanaka is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Masaharu Noritsuke. It follows a 24-year-old Afro-haired young man named Hiroshi Tanaka who falls in love for the first time. Afro Tanaka spawned five manga series and it was adapted into a live action film in 2012. Four Afro Tanaka series were illustrated by Masaharu Noritsuke; the first one, called Kōkō Afro Tanaka, was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits from 2002 to 2004. Chūtai Afro Tanaka was published from 2004 to 2007. A film directed by Daigo Matsui, based on Jōkyō Afro Tanaka story was released in February 18, 2012 by Showgate; the theme song of the film is. Afro Tanaka was released in DVD and Blu-ray by Happinet in August 2, 2012; the film spawned a spin-off: a 10-episodes mini-drama entitled Hōkago Afro Tanaka. The Afro Tanaka manga has sold 3.6 million units in Japan as of May 2013. In 2008, the third manga series, Jōkyō Afro Tanaka, was nominated in the manga category at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.
The film debuted at number 10 in Japanese theaters. Afro Tanaka grossed over $1.8 million in Japan. Afro Tanaka film's official site Kōkō Afro Tanaka at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Afro Tanaka on IMDb
Weekly Young Magazine
Weekly Young Magazine is a Japanese weekly seinen manga anthology magazine published in Tokyo each Monday by Kodansha. The magazine is targeted at the adult male demographic, its core readership has been dismissively characterized in the past as delinquents. The chapters of the series that run in Weekly Young Magazine are collected and published in tankōbon volumes under the "YoungKC" imprint every four months; the magazine features color photos of pinup girl gravure idols on the cover and first few pages of each issue. Since December 9, 2009, Kodansha has published a monthly sister magazine, Monthly Young Magazine, a retitled makeover of their previous publication Bessatsu Young Magazine, which had published a total of 36 bimonthly issues during its existence. There are 22 manga titles serialized weekly on Weekly Young Magazine. One series is on hiatus. Domu: A Child's Dream Gambler Jiko Chuushinha Akira Be-Bop High School Bataashi Kingyo Shakotan Boogie 3×3 Eyes Ghost in the Shell Wangan Midnight Weather Report Girl Ping-Pong Club Bakugyaku Familia Initial D Dragon Head Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji Ago Nashi Gen to Ore Monogatari Taberemasen Nani wa tomo Are Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji Chobits Higanjima Kyō no Go no Ni Remote, xxxHolic Kissxsis Out Law Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji Saru Lock Sweet Poolside Gimmick!
Kenka Shōbai Cherry Nights Shinjuku Swan Winning Ticket Coppelion Kaitan Montage Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō Prison School Wild Cherry Nights 8♀1♂ Yuki ni Tsubasa Back Street Girls Shoujo Fujuubun Young Magazine - Official publisher page by Kodansha
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Daily Lives of High School Boys
Daily Lives of High School Boys is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasunobu Yamauchi. The manga was serialized in Gangan Online and was released in seven manga volumes between May 21, 2009 and September 27, 2012. A twelve-episode anime series produced by Sunrise aired between January 9 and March 26, 2012; the anime was licensed by NIS America for release in North America and Hanabee Entertainment in Australia. A live-action film directed by Daigo Matsui was released by Showgate in Japan on October 12, 2013; the story revolves around the daily lives of Tadakuni, Hidenori Tabata and Yoshitake Tanaka of Sanada North Boys High school and their various interactions with other students of and around their school and their coming of age endeavors. Tadakuni Voiced by: Miyu Irino Actor: Masaki Suda A student in Sanada North Boys High who acts as the straight man of the group, he is involved in Hidenori and Yoshitake's wild ideas despite his disapproval. He is good at telling "ghost" stories.
He has a younger sister whom he is stronger than him and his friends. He works part-time at a pizza restaurant. Despite being introduced like a main protagonist, he gets the fewest roles of the trio. In the anime, it is explained that he was there for most of the trio's adventures, but though the show is about the daily lives of high school students, the editors only want the'interesting' lives of high school students, he is cut to save time, thus appears throughout the second half of the series. His last name is never revealed. Yoshitake Tanaka Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura Actor: Shūhei Nomura The dyed hair character of the main trio, he goes along with Hidenori's scheme much to Tadakuni's disapproval, he was Rubber Shooter in the past and had fought against Habara along with Yanagin and Karasawa in that identity. Rubber Shooter first appears in episode 5. Back in elementary school, he had many embarrassing moments that his friends had mistaken to be for Mitsuo, he has a violent sister, a year older than him.
Hidenori Tabata Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita Actor: Ryo Yoshizawa The glasses-wearing character of the main trio and a student of Sanada North Boys High, he is the one that gets the group involved in his crazy schemes. He used to be bullied in the past, his older brother, Yūsuke used to be the ringleader of the group until he went off to college. He is always the main target of literature girl. Toshiyuki Karasawa Voiced by: Yūki Ono Actor: Taiga Often referred to by his family name, he is a member of Sanada North High student council, he is stiff and kind but can act lecherously at times, he is Habara's neighbour and is a target of Yanagin and Ikushima's harassments during the Funky High School Girls meetings, but he always has ways to deal with them. He has a facial scar between his eyes that he got from the Archdemon when he was in elementary school, which he covers with a cap. Since he has been fearful of Habara. Motoharu Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa A member of Sanada North High student council.
He has an intimidating look, mistaken as a delinquent, although he is gentle and shy. He was bullied by his older sister since he was young, however he gives in and maintains a good relationship with her. Although his older sister cooks dinner for them, he can cook better than her, much to her envy. President Voiced by: Akira Ishida Student Council President of Sanada North High. Despite his good looks and charisma, he is quite laid back and lets the Vice-President handle most of the everyday student council tasks, he initiates the link with the student council of Sanada East High, leading to his mutual rivalry and admiration with Ringo. The Vice President sees him as a father figure of sorts. Vice-President Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto Actor: Akihiro Kakuta Student Council Vice-President of Sanada North High, his dyed hair, tanned skin and old appearance are mistaken for an old-time delinquent, but in reality he is kind and gentle. He did however used to be wild as his appearance suggests, but this changed after he was invited into the student council by the current President.
He is a year younger than the other council members and he becomes President after they all graduate. Mitsuo Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto Actor: Koshiro Higashimukai Classmate of the main cast and is prone to mishaps yet friendly most of the time, he once ends up playing rugby as a regular. His classmates always talk about his embarrassing moments in school though they are not always his. An alternative female version of the High School Boys, featured near the end of the episode; some of them appear in the regular show but without eyes like Tadakuni and Yoshitake's sister. Yanagin Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi Actor: Mizuki Yamamoto The bespectacled and tomboyish girl of the group, she is proficient in karate. Full of crazy ideas and prone to violent outbursts, she was once part of the elementary school's strongest warriors to fight against Archdemon. After the battle, she ended up being friends with her until now, she attends Sanada Central High. Ikushima Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō Actor: Toko Miura The twin tails of the group and a student of Sanada East Girls High.
She goes along with Yanagin and her wild ideas. Habara Voiced by: Yukana Actor: Kasumi Yamaya The most normal hig
Manga are comics or graphic novels created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art; the term manga in Japan is a word used to refer to cartooning. "Manga" as a term used outside Japan refers to comics published in Japan. In Japan, people of all ages read manga; the medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action, adventure and commerce, detective, historical, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, erotica and games, suspense, among others. Many manga are translated into other languages. Since the 1950s, manga has become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry. By 1995, the manga market in Japan was valued at ¥586.4 billion, with annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books and manga magazines in Japan. Manga have gained a significant worldwide audience. In 2008, in the U. S. and Canada, the manga market was valued at $175 million. Manga represent 38% of the French comics market, equivalent to ten times that of the United States.
In France, the manga market was valued at about €460 million in 2005. In Europe and the Middle East, the market was valued at $250 million in 2012. Manga stories are printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist. In Japan, manga are serialized in large manga magazines containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. Collected chapters are republished in tankōbon volumes but not paperback books. A manga artist works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated during its run. Sometimes manga are drawn centering on existing live-action or animated films. Manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world in Algeria, Hong Kong and South Korea; the word "manga" comes from the Japanese word 漫画, composed of the two kanji 漫 meaning "whimsical or impromptu" and 画 meaning "pictures".
The same term is the root of the Korean word for the Chinese word. The word first came into common usage in the late 18th century with the publication of such works as Santō Kyōden's picturebook Shiji no yukikai, in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's Manga hyakujo and the celebrated Hokusai Manga books containing assorted drawings from the sketchbooks of the famous ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. Rakuten Kitazawa first used the word "manga" in the modern sense. In Japanese, "manga" refers to all kinds of cartooning and animation. Among English speakers, "manga" has the stricter meaning of "Japanese comics", in parallel to the usage of "anime" in and outside Japan; the term "ani-manga" is used to describe comics produced from animation cels. The history of manga is said to originate from scrolls dating back to the 12th century, it is believed they represent the basis for the right-to-left reading style. During the Edo period, Toba Ehon embedded the concept of manga; the word itself first came into common usage in 1798, with the publication of works such as Santō Kyōden's picturebook Shiji no yukikai, in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's Manga hyakujo and the Hokusai Manga books.
Adam L. Kern has suggested that kibyoshi, picture books from the late 18th century, may have been the world's first comic books; these graphical narratives share with modern manga humorous and romantic themes. Some works were mass-produced as serials using woodblock printing. Writers on manga history have described two complementary processes shaping modern manga. One view represented by other writers such as Frederik L. Schodt, Kinko Ito, Adam L. Kern, stress continuity of Japanese cultural and aesthetic traditions, including pre-war and pre-Meiji culture and art; the other view, emphasizes events occurring during and after the Allied occupation of Japan, stresses U. S. cultural influences, including U. S. comics and images and themes from U. S. television and cartoons. Regardless of its source, an explosion of artistic creativity occurred in the post-war period, involving manga artists such as Osamu Tezuka and Machiko Hasegawa. Astro Boy became immensely popular in Japan and elsewhere, the anime adaptation of Sazae-san drawing more viewers than any other anime on Japanese television in 2011.
Tezuka and Hasegawa both made stylistic innovations. In Tezuka's "cinematographic" technique, the panels are like a motion picture that reveals details of action bordering on slow motion as well as rapid zooms from distance to close-up shots; this kind of visual dynamism was adopted by manga artists. Hasegawa's focus on daily life and on women's experience came to characterize shōjo manga. Between 1950 and 1969, an large readership for manga emerged in Japan with the solidification of its two main marketing genres, shōnen manga aimed at boys and shōjo manga aimed at girls. In 1969 a group of female manga artists made their shōjo manga debut ("year 24" comes from the Japanese name for the year 1949, the
Happiness is a Japanese supernatural manga series written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi. The series is published by Kodansha USA in the United States. Shūzō Oshimi began serializing Happiness in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on 9 February 2015. Nine volumes have been released as of December 2018. Kodansha USA announced their license to the series at their panel at Anime Central on 21 May 2016. Official website at Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine Happiness at Anime News Network's encyclopedia