The Wallflower vol 1

UK Distributor:  ADV Films

BBFC Certificate:  12

Suggested Retail Price (SRP):  £19.99

Episodes:  1-4 (of 25)

Audio Options:  English 2.0, Japanese 2.0

Subtitles:  English

Reviewer:  Matt Dark


From the first few moments of Wallflower, including the opening, you would be forgiven for mistaking this anime for a pure romance, or even a Shonen-Ai series.  But instead, be prepared for a somewhat crazy comedy.

Meet Kyohei, Takenaga, Yukinojo and Ranmaru, four very handsome and popular students, who happen to live in a grand mansion.  Their landlady has given them the task of turning her niece into a ‘proper lady’ with the promise of free rent.  Surely something like that couldn’t be so difficult.

Enter Sunako, an unsightly girl with frizzy hair, a bad complexion and poor fashion taste, who happens to have a worryingly large interest in horror gore and many other dark things.  When she was younger, Sunako was called ugly by a boy she had a crush on, and ever since then, she has shunned away all forms of beauty.

So, for the sake of free rent, and out of fear of their landlady, the boys go about trying to get Sunako out of her dishevelled lifestyle and change her into a real woman, but are they brave enough to try and deal with her, or will she kill them first?

Wallflower started off a little slow to me, but it wasn’t long into the first episode before I found myself laughing at the antics of the lead boys, or Sunako herself, as a running gag in the show is that she suffers from major nosebleeds when subjected to beauty.  This seems

especially potent with Kyohei, who seems to be the only one brave enough to really deal with her, building a distinct love/hate relationship between them (Kyohei seems to like Sunako because he seems to know what she is going through.  Sunako simply wants the pleasure of killing him for being so beautiful).

That said, the show seems to rely on the same gags throughout the episodes.  On the first visit to the school, we are introduced to a group of Ganguro girls who try to curse people who wrong them, which seems to happen quite often.

is a bit of a mixed bag, and seems to have the potential to continue with an interesting story.  Its main cast is certainly a joy to watch and you can never have too many comedies.  While it feels a little lacking right now, it should be worth keeping an eye on.


Wallflower features the standard ADV extras.  Some previews and a clean opening/closing.  Nothing really special.


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