Honey and Clover

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(ended 2006)

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Honey and Clover

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Honey and Clover is a television adaptation of the 2003 Kodasha Manga Award winning manga by Chika Umino. The series centers around the college lives and romances of five students: Yuuta Takemoto, Takumi Mayama, Shinobu Morita, Hagumi Hanamoto and Ayumi Yamada. Takemoto, Mayama and Morita are students who live together in an apartment building that they share among other students. And despite living in poverty, the three students manage to enjoy the small things in life including love interest.
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  • The story revolves around Takemoto and his friends as they journey down the road of life. Follow their daily lives as they struggle with college life, balance work and school, and stand at the crossroads of love.moreless

    9.0
    Anime can make you laugh or cry. This anime makes me cry every time I see it. It has the nostalgic feeling of seeing things all over again being your "bittersweet memory", as the writer narrates.



    The characters brought out real life people who struggle with their every day life and deal with their shortcomings. They make people realize that no matter what happens, life must go on whatever your circumstances are. I think that's what slice of life genres make you feel.



    Although it may seem goofy and without a focus at first, the story progresses and characters mature as they make realizations in their lives and move on.



    The songs for the drama amplifies each character's emotions giving the impact of the situation.



    Great anime. Must see.moreless
  • I love this show and i'm not even a fan of this Genre.

    9.5
    Honey and Clover is a Bitter-sweet Romantic comedy about the lives of 5 college students and their Love triangles. The series follows them Graduating, Having difficulty living, Finding jobs and Discovering about themselves and also having problems in their love.



    The Characters in Honey and Clover are Wonderful, They really Bring this Show to Life Beautifully. They face rejection, depression, failure, Problems in love. They are all Interesting and fun in their own imperfect ways. The Characters Develop Very well as the series progresses. None of the characters seem Unreal or Cartoony, They feel like Real Characters whom we could actually relate to. They all have their own Positives and Negatives. Which makes them all Different from each other and not card boad cut outs. The characterization is One of the best i've ever seen. I Really loved the love Stories as They Really do happen in real life And are nothing out of the ordinary. The Humor in Honey and Clover Succeeds very well, They're very well placed. I had some great laughs watching it.This is one of the funniest Shows i've ever watched. The Humor Feels very gentle and subtle and never rude or tries to force anything on you. There is really no 'cheap' humor in Honey and Clover that you find in so many other shows. There is Genuine, Original and tasteful Humor in Honey and CLover. I never felt guilty for laughing at any point. This is a classy work of art.



    The Intros and Ending themes fit This show perfectly, The Animation is very pleasing and Feels very gentle and Warm. The Voice acting is very well made and the music fits it very well. This show is for teenagers, we all go through these situations in real life and we Find Something we can relate to. I'm a Fan of action fighting anime but Still this Is one of my favorite anime. Honey and Clover is Touching and Heart-warming. It succeeds in every way imaginable and is Full of life. This is something i've enjoyed watching. This is a beautiful show And there seems to be very few who watch it. They have no idea on what they're missing out.moreless
  • every one who see's this loves it. not enough seeing it though

    10
    at first i watched it and i hated it, but i knew it was going to get interesting so i forced myself. then a year later i was bored and i decided to give it another try. i was now in high school, and re watched it from the very beginning. i fell in love with it. anime can be so predictable. this is not.



    [semi] SPOILER WARNING



    every single anime, some one loves some one, in the end, they will kiss. and get together and then boom-it is over. a boy loves a fairly different yet normal girl. he tells her. in the end-there is no kiss, she like some one else, but she doesn't kiss him. in anime a kiss is as big as s**. for some reason it is so dramatic. shows like inuyasha make it so if that happens there's no other place to go. when in the real world there would be random things as to why Kagome and Inuyasha may have kissed. in this how, if they kiss-it's not over. there is so much unacquainted love in this, allot of it unreturned, and if it is-its not BOOM were in love now!! it's take it slow, like one may in the real world.



    NO SPOILER

    a part from that, this has great drama, hilarious comedy, lovely art, beautiful music, and amazing story.



    honey and clover does not focus on one genre, love is a main focus, i wouldn't call it romantic, but then at parts i would. it is so realistic how they treat, almost use, love, and want each other.



    the comedy is surprisingly...funny!



    the acting is of course, very good, and even a short lil girl that's 19 doesn't have a squeaky lil I'm a super pink power girl *insert giggle and wink and outfit changing sequence here*



    they get drunk, they cry, and best of all. they are not pretty sparkly nice tears. their ugly.

    i ask you, when you cry-do you look pretty and fragile and sad?

    cause i don't.

    i have puffy red eyes, a sad expression and icky salt water slowly streaming and sticking to my face. tears do not roll of out chins into perfect shape and then hit the floor and splash. enough said.



    the character development, where to begin-every one loves some one. and then this and that and woh! didn't see that coming. i cried, i laughed, and i cried allot more when it was over.



    we don't have some perfect body pretty lil anime girl that has a crush, but isn't considered pretty. we have a pretty girl that many guys gawk over.



    in many anime you can take the hair off and eye color, and change it to a different characters hair etc. and they look exactly like the characters (my point: similar looks)



    in this they have different head shapes, noses, hair styles, oh ye hair...

    did i mention that there are no pink or purple or green or blue haired girls with big eyes that take up their whole face in this? they have, actual hair colors-and if its red, not really really red, realistic red, that has tints of brown and what not.



    the characters are all so real, and different, and we can all relate with them.



    but what I'm going to close with now-is their Passion: ART



    I'm an artist, and this helped so much with as lame as it sounds just learning to accept the fact.



    they all do different mediums, different talents. it has been a year since i watched it. iv thought of watching it again, and i did for some parts.



    the opening, is so wonderful. every single face (for the first time) has this look of 'what the **** when they see it. i found honey and clover by mistake, what a great mistake! the thing that got me in, was the weird opening. it is not the character deep in thought, and then getting up, and thinking of their love and losses and and being so sickeningly dramatic. it is art, in an awesome medium:FOOD!

    and if you want to get deep into it, it resemble the show very much, but there's a whole layer that makes it look random. which is a great piece of work.

    these students are not super artists, they work, and fail, and try, and fail, and think they do good, but teachers don't think it's enough, so they fail and get depressed. this show really was real.



    real soul searching

    real love...or long time serious 'crush's

    real depression

    real story

    real characters

    real plot

    real school (as in the girls don't have ultra micro mini tiny school skirts for uniforms-and the girls don't WEAR that either)



    i like this better than Miyazaki's work even.

    every one that has seen it has been swept away, loved it, and most people have not seen it.

    I'm not a big fan of anime, i like animation-but i do not like sailor moon shows at all. i don't need the big mecha robots. i don't need super samurai's, i don't want fighting powers, i want this. good art, and music, and plot and everything.



    the only other anime that i rate this high is beck.

    it has real world references which is VERY nice, and helps connect to the real world, and the world I'm living in.

    but I'm not sure i like beck better.

    honey and clover (and beck) is the 1 anime that i didn't feel like a waste of time.

    iv been searching for good anime ever since the closest thing i got to was NANA. and that isn't close enough.



    i want this anime to be known. it really deserves it.

    it is really sad how many people don't know of this great...

    this great piece of work, really.moreless
  • Beautiful and dramatic life portrayal-

    10
    This is the most beautifully animate and worth watching series out there. Although it might not stick at some part in the manga, this series deserves more attention.



    I love the way this series was animated to give that artistic feel to it, the soft tones and music are wonderfully done. The way each character has it's own story and view in every episode is just great. We can get a good understanding of how everyone is different when they are dealing with relationships, old and new. Loss, rejection,self-denial and self-confidence are dealt with throughout the 2 seasons as the characters try to comprehend what to do with their feelings.



    This one is one of the most loved Shojos out there and has won many awards and has earned the right to get a Live Action version of it.



    The story is a just a great tale of art students struggling through their daily lives,each has their own specialty, Pottery, wood carving,Abstract Painting, Architecture...



    The story starts with humor,like how the cast first met and everything is lighthearted, but as they matured, they realize the feelings they have for one another, very complicated feelings mixed with both choices for their future and their career. It such a fantastic tale,although it ends on a bittersweet note for the 2 main characters,all I could say is; this is one of the only anime that I have watched in 10 years that made me cry.



    The other thing I could applaud is the Openings of this series, they are absolutely fabulous and the series' studios were so creative. The songs they used in the entire series fit so well with any situations they used.



    In the end,this series has,creativity, quality animation, a great soundtrack and of course, a beautiful tale, a must watch for any mature anime fan-moreless
  • Honey & Clover is a rare gem in anime that excels in comedy, art, story, and love.

    9.6
    Honey & Clover is not know by too many anime fans but it should be. Although it has not been released here in the US yet people should really get into this one. Honey & Clover is a love/comedy/drama anime that centers mainly around 5 characters. 3 of the characters are young men and 2 are women. All the characters are attending an art collage in Japan. The main character is Takemoto who is in his sophomore year. Another big character in the show is Hagu, a short 18 year old girl that looks like a little kid. The story revolves around the 5 characters as they fall in and out of love. The show is at its best when it centers around Takemoto and how he doesn't know what he wants to really do with his life. The show has a lot of laughs but it can turn and get serious too. The comedy is another strong aspect, as the jokes actually go along with the plot and they are well planned out. The show is targeted to an older audience but if you are under 16 and smart the plot will make sense to you. The last strong point of Honey & Clover is its animation. The animation is very well done and though it may turn some viewers away, it can really draw you into the story more than your normal anime animation can. The only thing that will really turn people away from the show is the lack of action but besides that Honey & Clover hits a high mark for what it does and it does it very well. Excellent show. Highly recommended.moreless
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