Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 8
written by Yuki Yoshihara
The final volume of Butterflies, Flowers gives us the promise of a wedding, but don’t expect things to move smoothly for our main characters.
For some time, Choko and Masayuki have been dating, and their relationship is unique for a few reasons, like the fact Masayuki is both the boss and servant of Choko. You see, when they were children, Masayuki’s family worked as servants for Choko’s wealthy family. However, Choko’s family has since declared bankruptcy, and when the adult Choko gets a job, she ends up with one where none other than Masayuki is her boss. The two become lovers, which makes the relationship more tangled…and often more funny.
At the start of this volume, Choko’s family is actually trying to get her to marry another man from a better family than Masayuki’s. Masayuki pretends to go along with this, only to purposefully and quite crudely do something that causes the would-be fiancé to call off the possible engagement and run from Choko.
Marriage between Choko and Masayuki is brought up, but Masayuki is getting cold feet for a very strange reason. He thinks if he marries her, he can no longer be her servant, a title he likes more than one might expect. (Masayuki clearly gets some kicks out of fawning over her and acting servile at times.) Choko is determined to show him that he’s being absurd and that they’d both be happier if they got married.
The final volume of Butterflies, Flowers isn’t the strongest volume, but it continues with its outrageous humor and quirky characters. The interactions between Masayuki and Choko are over-the-top silly, using comedic effects in the art to show their emotions. We all know it’s going to work out in the end, but we still have to see exactly how it will work out.
Butterflies, Flowers did have a downward shift in volume seven (which I discussed in my review of it) but volume eight has cast off that negativity. As a whole, this has been a fun series with kooky characters and many laugh-out-loud moments. It’s also worth noting that this is a josei manga, or one for adult women, and we don’t see too many of those getting licensed in America. Maybe if Butterflies, Flowers is successful enough, we’ll see more josei titles making it overseas.