What does it mean to be a pervert? more often than not, we associate the word with something dirty or comedic, something abnormally sexual, something immoral – by dictionary definition, perversion is synonym to corruption, you could pervert the course of justice, or you might just seem a little odd and people will be calling you just that. In anime and manga specifically the word has been beaten to death to the point it doesn´t need a grave anymore, mostly because someone runs into another person topless or gets a nosebleed. Aku no Hana and Onani Master Kurosawa are two series that challenge the true meaning of what it means to be a pervert, why you´d become like that, wheter or not we´re all a bit perverted and if it really matters.
Onani Master Kurosawa is without a doubt a cult hit – if you´ve been into the manga scene a few years ago you simply couldn´t escape the hype and praise over it. I´ve written a whole article about it (Neatly titled Where Stories Age And Readers Grow Up, which you can read here if you feel so inclined)
I won´t repeat myself, but the biggest reason Onani Master Kurosawa, english title Masturbation Master Kurosawa, got as much attention as it did was because of the shameless perversion going on, how uncensored everything was and albeit it was definitely a bit vanilla at times, Onani Master Kurosawa was just another story of just another lonely boy who didn´t know what to do with himself. He´s a pervert who jacks off to his classmates and his blackmailer is an even bigger pervert for making him ejaculate over her bullies flute and school uniform. These characters are definitely corrupted, definitely perverted, definitely showing the more carnal side of human nature. It has a good message, it wasn´t trying to be anything more than it was and, in the end, it gave us another definition for the word pervert.
What Onani Master Kurosawa doesn´t tell us is the before, the during, the after. The consequences of being a pervert in a world so uptight and faux –rigtheous, the struggle of not understanding why we are the way we are. Aku no Hana does this, and boy, it does it masterfully.
Aku no Hana is without a doubt in my top 10 manga of all time, up there with Oyasumi Punpun and Nana, Aku no Hana doesn´t tell us a fraction of a story like Onani Master Kurosawa, it gives us the whole harsh trip.
You probably know Aku no Hana for the trainwreck it started when the anime aired and the animation turned out to be one hundred percent rotoscoped, personally, I loved every second of it and again, it´s probably in my top 10 anime of all time aswell. I love shows that do something different, and Aku no Hana really raised the bar as an anime.
Unlike Onani Master Kurosawa, Aku no Hana is a lot more pessimistic, nihilstic, masochist and sadist. There´s not one moment of heartwarming fluff, vanilla or a sense of safety that everything´s gonna be alright because the world isn´t so bad after all. Aku no Hana is completely and utterly depressive, bleak and extremely perverted.
Onani Master Kurosawa´s perversion is purely sexual with a bit of a superiority complex, Aku no Hana is perverted down to its core, in its views on society and why the fuck do we hold an image if we´re all going to die anyway? Aku no Hana challenges society and slams you straight into the life of someone who´s struggling with the healthy balance of pervert and functioning member of society – personally, I don´t think it´s edgy at all, it´s pretty amazing, actually, and definitely gets better as it progresses. Aku no Hana is a long car trip at night, Onani Master Kurosawa is the ice cream you eat on a hot summer afternoon. Both deserve their merits, both give different definitions of the word pervert, in the end, it´s our choice to decide which one fits better.
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