Flowers of Evil ep8: it comes from the heart
Artistic. Artistic is the word I will use to describe this episode, and I will say it’s the factor that has dictated this series aesthetic direction from its inception. Flowers of Evil is most interested in not so much telling the story, but letting the viewer “feel it. Which may lead to some questionable choices. I will say though, no matter how this is paced, I was happy to feel this episode.
After the near orgasmic episode of vandalism from episode seven, we are shown Kasuga and Nakamura leaving the school hand in hand. And the episode takes its time showing us what may very nearly be their entire trek back to their homes, with nary a crack of sunlight peeking over the mountains to illuminate their way. I was sure enough from the last episode that they shared a moment. And strangely enough this has turned out to be the most romantic moment of the series. Two delinquents walking home, leisurely, hand in hand, as they wait their fate after a night of once in a lifetime fun.
Kasuga is able to clean up, but not sleep. Quite understandable when you’ve vandalized your classroom to a level that’s only eclipsed by setting it on fire! Not to mention that you confessed on its blackboard, and likely horribly embarrassed your girlfriend, who is probably the best thing that has ever happened to you socially. His walk to school must feel like a walk down the “green mile” for him. Which is why he almost chickens out just outside the school grounds. He can’t stop imagining the disapproving faces and voices of his classmates, which I find interesting because I’d personally be more worried about the punishment laid down by the school and my parents’ reaction. And I don’t doubt that he would have panicked and sprinted all the way to a train station if not for running into Saeki right then. She once again beats his conscience to a pulp with kindness and understanding.
Once inside though, the classroom is full of frenzied, panicked, excited and somber students. Saeki’s gym clothes are prominently displayed in the middle of the carnage, and it doesn’t take poor Saeki long to see them and slink to the ground. To Kasuga’s amazement, his name was accidentally covered up by the ink, so no one is able to pin it on him. Though when he sees Nakamura she playfully sticks her tongue out at him and smiles. I swear, it really does feel like these two just had sex the night before.
The class is sent to the gym where the principal updates everyone in the school on what has happened, and then sends their class home, for safety’s sake. Outside, we see Kasuga about to heave from the anxiety. He looks like he’s on the edge of having a panic attack. Nakamura finds him there and happily tells him how happy it made her, and how he can now stand proud now that he’s made some progress and broken down one of those wall that she keeps talking about. Their celebration is interrupted though when Saeki shows up. Kasuga sees in her eyes that something is up. He tries to break up with her and run away, but that’s not going to save him. She’s noticed the Flower of Evil drawings in the room, and because of Kasuga and their date, she knows where it came from. She knows what Kasuga’s done.
I loved this episode all the way through. I enjoyed how Kasuga and Nakamura’s walk was elongated, and almost completely silent. I loved how Kasuga’s walk to school was almost the exact same thing. It reflects how the event is sinking in, it shows how the characters are basking in it, or slowly dreading what is to come.
That said, there really isn’t that much to say about this episode because of all the silence, the lack of dialogue, and all the reaction shots. I’m looking forward to see the fireworks come next episode, when Kasuga has to deal with embarrassing and deceiving a girl who has been nothing but kind, trusting and understanding to him. I wonder if Nakamura will say anything? Hell, I wonder if there will be a catfight, or just a lot of shaming going down? Perhaps this may even reveal an upcoming twist.