So just finished reading Flowers Of Evil by Shuzo Oshimi and I have mixed feelings. I hesitant to say I enjoyed it, because I feel like it's not something that's meant to be enjoyed. It's fucked up and disturbing, but still relatable, though more in a figurative sense and less literal. A lot of the literary references (like the one the manga derives it's title from) seemed a bit forced and unrealistic, especially coming from the 14 year old protagonist. I'd say it's like it tries to illicit the same emotions and touches on the same themes as Oyasumi PunPun, but the three main characters are much more depraved than any of those found in Oyasumi PunPun. It's the kind of story that leaves you feeling very empty inside and unfulfilled after reading it. The ending is about as happy as it could be all things considered, but I still wouldn't call it a happy ending. If anyone else has read it I'm interested in hearing other people's experiences & thoughts as I'm still trying to figure out exactly how it made me feel.