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Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 5


Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 5

Choko and Masayuki have a one-of-a-kind relationship. Masayuki is Choko’s boss, servant, and lover all at the same time. Believe it or not, this actually makes sense.
Choko came from a well-to-do family and Masayuki was the son of one of the servants. He used to take care of Choko when she was a little girl, back before her family filed for bankruptcy and the servants had to be let go. Years passed, and Choko became an adult and got herself a job…where Masayuki was her boss. Past feelings and mutual attraction have now led them to become lovers. Masayuki may have the upper hand at work, but he still calls Choko “Milady” and considers himself her servant.
The two move in together, and this leads to a new arena of problems (and humor). Masayuki wants to buy them a twin bed so they can sleep together extra close; Choko is less than enthused by this idea. Troubles in the bedroom arise, and while they’re not shown, they’re alluded to with jokes and wit. Jokes like these—and brief nudity and sensuality—give Butterflies, Flowers a Mature rating.
Butterflies, Flowers manages to be both realistic and way out there, depending on the page. It also has outrageous moments for comic effect (like when Masayuki gets upset and pulls out a gun, even though there really isn’t a gun there; it’s just to show how he’s feeling). Some of what the two go through are typical things in any serious relationship. But other things, like Masayuki being a devoted servant, aren’t seen in your average duo. Masayuki is also the more over-the-top of the two characters, because while at times he’s a total straight man, he can also be prone to flights of hysterics, especially when his abilities as a man are questioned.
Yuki Yoshihara really knows what she’s doing and brings together a hilarious, sensual, offbeat comedy in this series. It’s aimed for adult women, and it’d be nice if more manga like it were translated into English. The art isn’t overly detailed, though it remains very pretty. Yoshihara does a good job of having humor be apparent not only in words and situations, but also in her drawings. Altogether, Butterflies, Flowers continues to be a very fun read.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on July 5, 2012

Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 5
by Yuki Yoshihara

  • Publication Date: December 7, 2010
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421532077
  • ISBN-13: 9781421532073