English: Honey and Clover
Synonyms: HachiKuro, Honey & Clover
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 15, 2005 to Sep 27, 2005
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.261 (scored by 35992 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
comedy drama romance slice of life
SynopsisTakemoto Yuuta, Mayama Takumi, and Morita Shinobu are college students who share the small apartment. Even though they live in poverty, the three of them are able to obtain pleasure through small things in life. The story follows these characters' life stories as poor college students, as well as their love lives when a short but talented 18 year old girl called Hanamoto Hagumi appears.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hachimitsu to Clover
Side story: Hachimitsu to Clover Specials
Sequel: Hachimitsu to Clover II
Characters & Voice Actors
For many of us who watch anime, the medium can become something more than simply animated entertainment. Sometimes, we will find ourselves connecting on a deep emotional level with a character or characters in a show. Sometimes, the story will seem less like a fanciful escape and more like a reflection upon society or our individual lives. These are the kind of shows stick with us. They'll make us laugh, they'll make us cry, and sometimes they'll make us realize something new about ourselves. Honey and Clover is one of those kind of anime.
Based on the manga by Chika Umino, Honey and Clover follows the lives of five fledgling artists and their journey through the exciting and simultaneously terrifying world that we know as college. Through the eyes of these five students and observe them them growing, affected by the years of challenging experiences through which they have gained many cherished friendships and also come to know the agonies of unrequited love.
One of the most noticeable aspects of the series is the animation. The bold, hard lined style you see in most anime will not be found here. Instead, animation studio J.C. Staff takes a wholly different approach by using a faded watercolor palette and soft sketched character designs. The style may not appeal to everyone, but it best reflects the true nature of the characters and their setting. Aside from the color palette, the animation goes through various perspective changes so subtly that it can even make the simple shot of a single character interesting. In essence, it is like art in motion.
Naturally, the audio needs to work hand in hand with the visuals and Honey and Clover has quite a robust soundtrack. Many of the insert selections worked well to heighten and sharpen the on-screen emotions. However, not all of the songs fit each scene like a glove and at times it felt like maybe there might even be too many songs they had tried to fit in. Despite that complaint, the songs themselves were all very good, even the instrumental tracks, and “Waltz” may hands-down be one of the best ending themes of any anime ever.
One aspect that may be universally agreed upon about this series is that the characters definitely make the show. Honey and Clover, like many other slice-of-life series, falls back on the characters to help carry the series and all five of the main characters do so phenomenally. Throughout the series, the perspective changes so that we see, hear, think, and occasionally feel what any given character is going through at that time. Depending on a viewer’s past experiences in college or even just life in general, certain characters will become more appealing and easier to relate to than others. Someone who has never been torn between someone they love and a close friend who loves them will have a hard time relating to a character like Mayama. Also, while a character like Takemoto may be more accessible to the male audience, Ayumi may be a better focal point for women.
The most important thing to realize is that just about anyone who watches this show will find a character who they can directly relate to in some way or another. From Takemoto’s indecisiveness about his own life, Morita’s slacker appeal and almost unfair success, Hagumi’s torn desire between being a success she’s not proud of or a failure she can live with. These are not just character struggles, these are struggles we all go through and we begin to see these characters as our friends and companions as we make our way through our own ordeals.
As said already, Honey and Clover is a slice-of-life series, which means it could take place anywhere at anytime with anyone inside the world as already is. It is a balanced and yet lively blend of romance, drama, and comedy without going too overboard on any single element, much like life itself. The story moves forward very quickly, skipping weeks, even months at a time between episodes. This could be viewed as slightly unrealistic as viewers may believe the characters should change faster than they do. Regardless, the character development is there, and does proceed at a realistic pace relative to the length of the series. Though the ending is inconclusive, those who enjoyed it to the end can take solace in knowing a conclusive second season awaits them to tie up all the loose ends.
Much like how Azumanga Daioh is called “the anime you should watch if you’ve been through high school”, Honey and Clover is the anime to watch if you’ve been through college. Graduates who watch this will probably feel a good amount of nostalgia. At the same time, those of us who haven’t been through college or are still going through it will enjoy a realistic simulation of where we might be going and how we might deal with it. By empathizing with the characters and relating to them, you’ll come to see Honey and Clover as more than an anime; It's a life experience.
This review is the final result of a review team composed of members from the "Critics and Connoisseurs" club. The team members were:
Katsup - Contributed to and edited the review
Splitter - Wrote the review
Here are their individual scorings for the show:
Category - Katsup, Splitter
Story - 9, 9
Art - 10, 9
Sound - 9, 8
Character - 10, 10
Enjoyment - 10, 9
Overall - 10, 9
In the club wide poll held for Honey and Clover it received an average overall rating of 9.00 read more
Ever get that nice feeling after you finished watching a really good series? That’s how I felt when I finished watching Honey and Clover.
What a wonderful story. It’s a good mix of bittersweet growing pains, salty teardrops, and huge doses of soul searching, all brought about by Love. Ah yes, Love. That is what defines the plot of Honey and Clover. Through this anime, we see how love can go both ways – it can send you flying in the sky, or it can leave you with a knife in the back.
I can relate to mostly everyone in the story, and this is also why it was so easy to understand for me. Yamada’s frustration over unrequited love, Takemoto’s fear of the future and time quickly passing by (believe me, time in this anime is fast-paced), Hagu’s feelings of pressure from everyone around her, and of course, the loneliness that everyone felt from time to time. The ability to relate to each and every one of the characters made Honey and Clover such a good watch for me, and I’m sure it will be the same for everyone who will watch this series.
Despite the serious tones, there are still moments that are quite funny. Most of the comedic relief comes from Morita, who is actually one of my favorite characters. His idiosyncrasies are what made him great to watch. I love that scene where he accepted the Mochademy Award (A nod to the Academy awards) for best CG. There was also this great episode where Morita and Takemoto played some sort of twister game until their limbs were intertwined. Of course, you can’t forget chapters L and F which were both funny as well.
I liked most of the characters because they were all so relatable and they were all managed effectively. At the end of the series, you know everything that goes/went on behind their facades. They all had well thought of histories and wonderful unique personalities that go so well together. It’s almost like an anime version of FRIENDS. I already mentioned that I like Morita, but my other favorite is Mayama. I kinda developed a crush on him too; I actually see what Yamada sees in him. I was kind of annoyed that he picked that old hag Rika over Yamada. I really hate that woman; she’s only out to hurt Mayama. I’m definitely on team Ayumi “Tetsujin” Yamada (Even though she tends to ramble on a lot)!
Drawing style was something new. It reminded me of old school anime with a new twist. It had the same look and feel of 80s anime with except it was updated and fresh. It was probably because of the coloring technique - the colors were just lovely, they weren’t vibrant, like how I usually would like colors to be, but they were done well and the colors didn’t clash, so I actually liked it. It reminded me of water color paintings, a trend I noticed from watching JC Staff series. Usually the illustrations are done well, they barely change or if there are any changes it goes unnoticed. Although I did notice a huge shift in Hagu’s appearance – She was a lot prettier in the first episode compared to the rest of the series. Her look was done well though – she had beautiful eyes and hair (same thing with Yamada).
There were different animation techniques that were used. I like the use of stop motion, I’m guessing the first opening theme sequence was made using stop motion and clay figures. There was also the use of live action, which was for the second opening theme sequence (The poodle was just adorable). Some scenes had a more weathered look, and there was even an instance were vector art was used. Of course, there was the use of CG. CG is always good if it’s used to give depth to animation.
Voice acting was actually pretty good. My favorite seiyu for this series is Tomokazu Sugita, Mayama’s seiyu, who was also the seiyu for Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, another favorite of mine. I also like Morita’s seiyu, Yuji Ueda. I think it’s funny when his voice turns soft. The other seiyus, such as Keiji Fujiwara and Mikako Takahashi were already familiar to me, since I’ve watched/currently series they worked for before, and what they did for Honey and Clover were splendid as well, but as for Hagu’s seiyu, I’m a bit indifferent. Based on the information I saw about her, she seems to be a newbie (I think she’s only 18) and Hagu Hanamoto is probably her most notable role. Anyway, everyone did a good job because they brought out their character’s personalities really well, and the dialogues were easy to follow.
I’m surprised that most of Yuzo Hayashi’s work was for Sailormoon. I actually thought the music for this anime was done well – everything was modern and contemporary. I like the wide variety of insert songs that were used as BGM, and of course, the opening and ending themes weren’t bad either. At the end of the series I found myself humming and bopping my head to the catchy music of the series.
Thank goodness for the second season, plus the extra two episodes. If it weren’t for that, I Probably would be close to tears by now. This is undeniably one of the best series (Thank God to no fan service!) I’ve ever watched, and will watch again. read more
Both are really well done slice of life series that focus on students attending college focusing on artistic subjects (fine arts for Honey and Clover and classical music for Nodame Cantabile). The artistic style in both series is similar as well with well rounded humor to balance things out. I also can't help but see similarities between Morita and Nodame. I keep thinking that Nodame is the female version of Morita. :D
Peacefull atmosphere, same kind of graphic and almost the same humorous taste.
Produced by the same company, both anime have similar storylines and great music.
2 great dramas by the same studio. And they're both very funny! ^^
Both are produced by the same studio. Both are hilarious, dramatic, and share a unique cast of characters with a particular appeal that captivates the audience.
The other explanations are spot on, similar feel, similar brand of humour, if you enjoyed one, you'll more than likely enjoy the other.
Nodame Cantabile is a great anime, especially if your fond of music. many people actually judge this anime directly because of its art, but it really has a great story. On the other hand Honey and Clover is the kind of anime wherein you could really appreciate the story as a whole especially the season II, despite the similarities of the art it really has a great story. I really recommend you watching it because I know you will really appreciate it. ^_^
Same theme. Comedy mixed with daily drama. Both anime are great in slice of life genre.
definitly the same atmosphere.
Both produced by J.C Staff, with similar art styles and featuring amazing music. Although the plots are entirely different, both animes will definitely appeal to you if you're looking for good slice of life anime that is both thought provoking and infinitely stirring while maintaining a light-hearted mood.
Two slice of life/comedy shows that focu on college students, rather than highschool. They have a similar feel since one takes place in an art college and another in a music school.
The animation and the whole general mood of trying to succeed in an artistic field are both extremely similar to each other.
Both are about college life and arts (music and art). Love, life and friendship. Wonderful feel good animes. Not to mention both have comedic moments too.
both anime has hilarious comedy going around college/academy students. honey and clover may be a bit more romantic, but nodame has it too...oh and they have good soundtracks.
Both produced by J.C. Staff, Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile are romantic comedies with elements of fine arts (more so with Nodame Cantabile, in my opinion) and a similar comic style. Although they may have comedy elements, the romance in both of these is extremely powerful. A must watch for almost anyone.
Nodame Cantabile:music and Honey and Clover:arts.
Both story focus on the life of college students. They both have an amazing story and character development. They both have an amazing romance comedy story.
and most of all, they are both great anime..^_^
If you like Nodame Cantabile, I suggest you watch Honey and Clover. Both deals on being a college student and developing one's skills.
Both are slice of life/comedy animes that have to do with college students in a school of fine arts (one is an art college and the other a music college). The characters try to overcome hardships while working to reach there dreams.
Quite similar, like they are both studying at some sort of college and it also sort of revolves around the things the do in everyday life. One is based on music while the other is on art. I recommend this.
similar animation and emotional storyline
The animation is similar especially the insert songs.
Mokura ga Ita has the same feel as Honey and Clover. It might be because of the insert songs or the animation.
Both shows are extremely good shoujo romace/slice of life, and they both deal with similar themes. Honey and Clover has more emphasis on career and work, however, as the characters are older.
The art style is really similar and both has drama with romantica.
similar animation, the characters have goals in life they want to achieve
Both romances which are highly revered. Be warned: Honey and Clover is better in almost every single way.
The similar style and animation of the series are hard to deny in both anime(s)
Additionally, there's romance and a slow-paced relationship that are tested throughout the series. There are also smooth soundtrack throughout the series that gives the viewers a gentle feel. Furthermore, drama is imminent that rises from the various obstacles the characters faces as the episodes progresses.
Looking for romance? Looking for a smooth paced series? Looking for bittersweet moments? Look further no more.
They are both shoujo, romance, and slice of life animes focusing deeply on life, and how people change others. While there are lighthearted, funny moments there are also horribly sad moments that will make your heart twist. They also both have similar animation and soundtracks.
Opening Theme"Dramatic" by Yuki
Ending Theme#1: "Waltz" by Suneohair (eps 1-12, 24)
#2: "Mistake" by THE BAND HAS NO NAME (eps 13-23)
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