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Butterflies, Flowers (Japanese: 蝶よ花よ, Hepburn: Chō yo Hana yo) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Yoshihara, serialized in Petit Comic and published by Shogakukan in bound volumes between 2006 and 2009.[2][3] It is about a young woman, Choko, whose family lost their money, and her entry into the office lady workforce, working for her former servant and childhood crush, Domoto. It was licensed in English by Viz Media, in Taiwanese by Tong Li Publishing,[4] and in French by Soleil Productions.[5]

Butterflies, Flowers
Butterflies, Flowers.jpg
English edition of the first volume of Butterflies, Flowers as published by Viz Media
蝶よ花よ
(Chō yo Hana yo)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Manga
Written byYuki Yoshihara
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicJosei
MagazinePetit Comic
Original runFebruary 24, 2006March 10, 2009
Volumes8
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Contents

ReleaseEdit

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 24, 2006[2]ISBN 4091303420December 1, 2009[6]ISBN 9781421532035
2 July 26, 2006[7]ISBN 4091305482April 6, 2010[8]ISBN 9781421532042
3 December 12, 2006[9]ISBN 4091307558June 1, 2010[10]ISBN 9781421532059
4 May 25, 2007[11]ISBN 9784091310569September 7, 2010[12]ISBN 9781421532066
5 October 26, 2007[13]ISBN 9784091313683December 7, 2010[14]ISBN 9781421532073
6 July 10, 2008[15]ISBN 9784091316745March 1, 2011[16]ISBN 9781421532080
7 November 10, 2008[17]ISBN 9784091320490June 7, 2011[18]ISBN 9781421532738
8 March 10, 2009[3]ISBN 9784091322456September 6, 2011[19]ISBN 9781421535814

ReceptionEdit

Deb Aoki describes the manga as "spicing up" shōjo manga humour and plot conventions, but found the portrayal of sexual harassment off-putting, and felt that readers looking for sex scenes would be better served with yaoi.[20] Nick Smith felt that although it was well written, there were many offensive scenes in the first volume, and noted the erratic behaviour of Domoto.[21] Leroy Douresseaux describes it as " a high school romance masquerading as an adult, workplace romantic comedy and drama".[22] Alexander Hoffman praised the humour in the relationship, and enjoyed the secondary cast.[23] Casey Brienza compared the funny, yet not idealistic depiction of Choko's working life to the depiction of Sumire's in Tramps Like Us, and feels that the sexual harassment shown in the series is not condoned by it.[24] Katherine Dacey praised the manga's "elegant artwork", "colorful supporting cast and melodramatic plot twists", but was disappointed at the use of the "stalker-as-great-romantic-prospect trope".[25] Johanna Draper Carlson felt that it was necessary to understand some aspects of Japanese culture in order to fully appreciate the work.[26] Melinda Beasi felt that the characters became more sympathetic, and their situation more humorous, as the first volume progressed.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Butterflies, Flowers". Viz Media. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b 蝶よ花よ 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan.co.jp. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  3. ^ a b 蝶よ花よ 8 (in Japanese). Shogakukan.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  4. ^ "書籍查詢─書目資料清單". Tongli.com.tw. 2010-09-02. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  5. ^ "Ma petite maîtresse Tome 4". Soleil Manga. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  6. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  7. ^ 蝶よ花よ 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  8. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 2". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  9. ^ 蝶よ花よ 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 3". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  11. ^ 蝶よ花よ 4 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 4". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  13. ^ 蝶よ花よ 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 5". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  15. ^ 蝶よ花よ 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 6". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  17. ^ 蝶よ花よ 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 7". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 8". Viz Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  20. ^ Aoki, Deb (June 24, 2010). "Butterflies, Flowers Volumes 1, 2 and 3 Manga Review - Shojo Beat / VIZ Media - Butterflies, Flowers Vol. 1-3 by Yuki Yoshihara". About.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Smith, Nick (December 7, 2009). "Review of 'Butterflies, Flowers' Vol. 1 (Manga)". ICv2. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  22. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (April 1, 2010). "Butterflies, Flowers: Volume 2". Comic Book Bin. Calgary: Toon Doctor. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  23. ^ Hoffman, Alexander (March 26, 2010). "Butterflies, Flowers Volume". Comics Village. Archived from the original on September 20, 2010.
  24. ^ Brienza, Casey (July 13, 2012). "Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 1". Graphic Novel Reporter. The Book Report. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  25. ^ Dacey, Katherine (December 10, 2009). "Short Takes: Butterflies, Flowers and Natsume's Book of Friends". Manga Critic. Archived from the original on December 30, 2010.
  26. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (December 2, 2009). "Butterflies, Flowers Book 1". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  27. ^ Beasi, Melinda (December 5, 2009). "Butterflies, Flowers, Volume 1". Manga Bookshelf. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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