YMMV: Aku no Hana

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The anime's unique rotoscoped look has turned off fans of the original manga.
  • Critical Dissonance: The anime has become this after its first episode aired. The consensus among many viewers is that it isn't good due to the controversial art direction, while reviewers generally have been quite positive about the series, including the art direction.
  • Fan Nickname: Aku no Potato, based on the... controversial character designs and animation methods employed by the anime. Another favorite is Rotoscope no Hana
  • Freud Was Right: Certainly comes true in later chapters, though Nakamura gives clear indication she believes this.
  • Internet Backdraft: The anime adaptation was originally subject to this by the truckload due to its rotoscope animation.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Whatever you may think of him, there's no denying that Kasuga's life has become an utter hellhole and he deserves at least some pity.
    • Nakamura. It is very clear that she suffers from the isolation in town the most, having no friends and a father who, while he does care for her, doesn't understand her, and desperately wishes to leave to the other side of the mountain, even if it means using blackmail. The epilogue from her POV spells it out to us.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some readers simply stopped caring about the series after Nakamura was Put on a Bus.
  • Love It or Hate It
  • Magnificent Bitch: Nakamura again. Though not as much as Kasuga or even the readers think.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Saeki when she rapes Kasuga. She even tries to use it to make Nakamura think Kasuga cheated on her. The effect is really chilling because she had seemed like the nicest character in the series until then.
    • Many readers found Nakamura breaking Kasuga's father's kneecap with the bat to be this, stating that it felt needlessly cruel even after her other terrible acts.
  • Narm: The anime adaptation provoked a fair amount of this reaction in some viewers due to its controversial rotoscoped style and its associated quirks, including very strange or occasionally non-existent facial expressions, actors who really didn't look like teenagers, certain directorial choices that created moments of weird pacing and other factors that made it difficult for them to treat the subject matter too seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Let's be real, Nakamura gives Yuno Gasai a run for her money on this trope. You will shudder whenever she interacts with Kasuga.
  • No Yay: Some fans feel this way about the Ship Tease between Nakamura and Kasuga, and for damn good reason.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Kasuga's reception has gotten quite a bit better after the Time Skip, especially after he Took a Level in Badass out of the blue. Even people who hated him in the past and/or still hate him admitted that pouring his heart out to Tokiwa in front of her boyfriend was a pretty ballsy move. Other people have said that him finally having something go his way made him a more relatable character.
  • The Scrappy: It's easy to get really tired of Kasuga playing keep-up with the Idiot Ball...
    • He gets better in the manga after the Time Skip, though not quite enough for some people to call him a great protagonist. At least until he crushes the evil flower and takes a level in badass.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Very much the most vocal complaint of the anime. Some fans claimed the use of rotoscoping was ugly and ruined their enjoyment. In addition, claims of changing the mood of the show to a quieter tone and redesigning the characters were also detrimental. The manga's creator has since vocally supported the changes and states he oversaw many of them. He takes a jab at critics at the very end of episode 10, when he asks "Why don't I try rotoscoping you?" He also calls viewers "shit-faces" at the end of episode 12, but immediately apologizes for it in episode 13.
    • The Time Skip has drawn some complaints due to Nakamura being put on a bus as well as Kasuga starting to have an actual romance that has yet to be destroyed by either her influence or his stupidity.
  • Tear Jerker: The last few chapters of volume 3 have been this for all characters — yes, even Nakamura.
    • Kasuga and Nakamura's suicide attempt, especially when Nakamura pushes him off the stage at the last minute, preventing him from going with her.
    • Saeki's "The Reason You Suck" Speech toward Kasuga is heartbreaking and oddly nauseating when you take into account that she raped him yet has the audacity to invite him to lunch... and then tell him he's a terrible person.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Uncanny Valley: The animation of the anime uses rotoscope instead of traditional anime-style which places the series pretty close to the bottom.
  • What an Idiot: Kasuga consistently falls into this, perhaps out of a desire for self-destruction. He always seems to do the worst possible thing at any one moment, and it always come back to bite him. To say he can't let go of the Idiot Ball is an understatement.
  • Wangst: 4chan likes to fight over whether this series is great drama or simply "Linkin Park: The Manga".
  • The Woobie:
    • Saeki, after Kasuga breaks up with her. That is, until she rapes him.
    • Kasuga's parents. They watched their son grow more and more distant only to discover the horrible acts he had committed. His mother eventually broke down and proclaimed herself to be a total failure as a parent.
    • Kinoshita. She was probably the character that hated Kasuga (and Nakamura) most, but she would soon have legitimate reasons why not to like him, especially considering what happens to Saeki later in the manga. Post Time Skip reveals that she feels immense guilt over what happened to Saeki despite the fact that there was really nothing more she could do. She breaks down crying when Kasuga tells her that Saeki's off living a normal life because she feels that Saeki abandoned her. Judging from how she worded it, Saeki's not the only person to do so.
      • It's also apparent that post-Time Skip she's started to feel the affects of being alone in an isolated town as well, with no way to escape.