I can certainly understand people disliking Aku no Hana, especially those who are fans of the manga. I can understand somebody finding it ugly. I can understand somebody disagreeing with what the anime is aiming for.
What I don't quite understand, though, is people not admitting that the anime is, in fact, aiming for hyper-realism. Yes, the anime probably has a low budget, but there's no question it's favoring gritty realism over pretty fantasy. It's not hard to do low budget pretty fantasy if you want to.
At the bare minimum, Aku no Hana deserves credit for daring to be different in a medium where that likely means commercial suicide (even the likes of Shin Sekai Yori get victimized by this). I'm glad that Aku no Hana is taking the approach that it is, because it'll answer a lot of interesting questions.
I want to thank you for your agreement/support on some of my more controversial posts as of late. A couple of them I had doubts about even posting, so it's good to know that at least yourself and a couple other people see where I'm coming from and won't get the wrong idea.
I didn't think that I might be thinking of Yakomaru as a villain because I like him in that role but it is very true that I really love him as a villain. It's actually rare for me to like a villain so much because I either find them boring or annoying when compared to the good guys, but there is something a bit Shakespeare about Yakomaru (and well I think every good tragedy needs a villain).
That being said I am also fascinated by Makishima as an antagonist so I guess it is a good "villain" year for me.
Looking at my tendencies I also usually see "end justifies the means" characters as villains.
I am happy to hear I changed your perspective in any way, even if just a little.
Heh. That is pretty neat and funny. Thanks for sharing. Tell your friend that Anime Suki's Triple_R thinks she has good taste.
To be fair, you've changed my view a bit on Yakomaru. I admit that I kind of wanted to root against SSY's human society, and since the guy most effectively critiquing and opposing it was Yakomaru...
Psycho-Pass' Makishima was similar for me. As horrible as he is, I couldn't help but root for the guy through most of the arc that finished off recently in Psycho-Pass.
And to be fair to you, I know that some characters just click as "great antagonists" for me sometimes. It can actually be displeasing when that character turns protagonist or is given some sob background story, lol. I wanted the character to remain a fun and/or compelling villain. I get the impression that Yakomaru is a bit like that for you. Perhaps you want him to be a villain because he fills that role marvelously in your eyes. And I can see where you're coming from there. There's a certain antagonist type that Yakomaru fills really well, and it's obviously not one of the more common bishi antagonist types.