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Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 3


Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 3

Job interviews are always intimidating. For Choko, it’s even worse. The man interviewing her for an office job asks if she’s a virgin. Of course, whether she is or isn’t has no bearing on the job she wants, and it’s not his business to know anyway, so who is this man and why does he care?

It turns out this man is Choko’s former servant. And he cares because he wants to date her and is trying to figure out where he stands.
Choko’s family used to be rich. One of her servants had a son named Masayuki who was especially good at treating Choko as tenderly as a person would treat a flower or a butterfly. But then her family lost its money and the servants scattered. She hadn’t seen Masayuki in years.
Choko is hired for the office job and now Masayuki is her boss, though he still insists on calling her “Milady” just as he did in the old days. After some confusion and mixed messages, the two of them do begin dating. Some of the things they go through—such as trying to find time for themselves and getting interrupted—are common complaints of couples. Other things—like blasting through walls to get to each other—are why Butterflies, Flowers is such an outrageous series. It isn’t just outrageous for its twisted, ribald humor. It also gets increasingly more absurd as the series goes on. That’s not a criticism, just a statement. It does get more and more out there.
Butterflies, Flowers receives a Mature rating. The rating, coupled with the touchy-feely covers, might lead some readers to believe this is erotica. Just to be clear, it’s not. It goes beyond some of the stuff shown in teenage relationship stories, but it’s not what the shrink-wrap might make you think it is.

So what is Butterflies, Flowers then? It’s a funny, ludicrous, sometimes politically incorrect take on relationships. And that’s what makes it so entertaining to read.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on July 5, 2012

Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 3
by Yuki Yoshihara

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2010
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421532050
  • ISBN-13: 9781421532059