Check-in Station: Flowers of Evil ep1
I have heard A LOT about this show. Even before the episode released the Internet was swimming with debate and impressions of the series. I’m just glad it’s finally started so we can see if this series is capable of being a legend or a dud. And honestly, this show is off to a slow, but interesting start.
The first thing that stands out to me is the art. I get a very realistic impression from the characters, and a very impressionist feel from the coloring, and layout and just the perspectives the show takes. It really looks like someone brought to life an artist’s painting. And I think it’s beautiful. Really beautiful.
I was a little taken aback by the opening theme. The actual animation was rather stagnant, but the music itself moved along nicely, briskly. I don’t know if I’m not paying particular attention to the lyrics(which I can almost guarantee), of if this is really an upbeat song given to what is promised to be a very dark and twisted show. The ending theme was appropriately creepy though.
The actual narrative, the most important part, moved very slowly for me. It gave me a very normal impression of pretty much all the characters involved. The episode did its best to point us to the main character’s darker side, but until I see the actual actions, I’m not buying it as of yet. The only character that stuck out was some chick with glasses that mouthed off, and then stared down the teacher.
Overall, a not very exciting or engaging first episode, but a beautiful one. I don’t think this episode would have kept a lot of people coming back if it weren’t for the manga’s reputation. Regardless, I plan on watching this short series for its duration, but I’ll officially extend it an invitation for a 5 episode test. It engages my eyes, now lets hope it engages my brain.