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: 8.251 (scored by 37597 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
One can literally spend an entire afternoon watching Honey and Clover without getting dozy or tired.
Having said that, I would like to hash out over what makes this anime an absolute ‘masterpiece’ (I know this word gets thrown around a lot and I kind of hate to use it but I had no choice).
Ha, this is the strongest aspect of anime. Hardly have we got such a well-written story out there which deals with ‘falling in love’ and ‘being in love’ so eloquently and that’s what makes it so easy to relate to. The story is focused on five college students and you’ll be amazed that how perfectly Honey And Clover pulls the question ‘What do I want to do?’ along with many confusions that linger with us throughout the college years. But before being swept up in the momentum of its plot I’d rather adjure you to emerge into it for which you need to watch at least first four or five episodes but hey it’s not like you have to while away because it’s far better than that. Consider it an entryway to a very engaging, funny and bittersweet experience.
No matter how much crappy the plot might be (which is so not the case here) as long as we are blessed with some well- developed characters we wouldn’t mind investing our time to a series. The characters are really there in Honey And Clover, you don’t get that one-dimensional vibe coming out of the very tone of their voices, which reminds me of the how much good work these talented voice actors have done, mentioned above in the detail page so kudos to them. Morita-Senpai? Oh let me devote some lines to this wonderful character, he’s got this adorably hilarious yet dark he-gets-your-feelings personality. At first episode, he might seem an over focused character but soon you will see how perfectly every character gets the share of their screen time in the amount of 24 episodes.
We don’t usually focus on the animation when it comes to anime like Honey And Clover(considering the genre); but it’s not like there isn’t much to offer, I mean you don’t have to need a robot getting out of your head or the sword swinging brutally beheading the heads of the opponents for the sake of stylistic and quality animation because our eyeballs still gets perked up by whatever we see on the screen and Honey And Clover surely succeeds to do so, From famous scenes of cherry blossoms blowing in the wind to the bizarre transformation of characters in those hilarious scenes and everything in between, Honey And Clover does a really fine job for all it has to possibly offer.
You can get idea of its art from the poster given on MAL or you may Google it for the details (don’t worry there are not going to be any spoilers). For all I can say it is very unique and pleasing to watch. I mean I know there are lots of people out there who prefers sharp colourful graphics these days bright enough to snap the tears out of your eyes if stared hard for some time (well that’s often the case for me). But as perfectly as colored Honey And Clover is, it so not collide with whatever-considered-quality-graphics nowadays. The character design is wonderful and it wouldn’t hurt to read the manga even after watching the anime for it has such an amazing art to savour.
I have this secret to share; My 8 years old sister wouldn't leave my side whenever I watched Honey And Clover for I didn't happen to use headphones once and then whenever I shove her away she would say she really love the songs that play in the background. To be able to attract a non-anime fan it to its soundtrack this much; it really is, if not surprising, a worth acknowledging job. Many consider the opening kind of cheesy but I found it sweet and there’s huge difference between those two. Ending song in the first half of series is also really nice and it starts with this feel good music urging you to watch another episode. The instrumentals being played throughout the show are relaxing. And blends well with atmosphere.
Crazy right? I know I may seem like a retard for making a separate section for comedy but all I can care about right now, is to talk about some kick-ass comedy this anime has to offer, Really if you ever want to judge someone’s sense of humor watch Honey And Clover with them, it’s not like there aren't other shows that doesn't have those smart laugh- out-loud but Honey And Clover definitely is one of those rare series in its genre with such satisfying comedy funny enough to make you laugh more than once. I literally laugh in my bed whenever I happen to remember a random funny scene from it.
I am not much of a critic to point out the flaws which often gets looked over by the audience but as much as I’m acquainted with my emotions and my ability to judge or admire something, I don’t find a single flaw in this series and I boldly recommend it to everyone because boy it will never once fail to entertain you with its strong complicated characters, wonderful dialogues and simple ‘slice of life’ plot. 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.
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. ^_^
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.
Both shows features talented people and the "normal" ones around them.
While HnC is more into slice of life, Sakuraso is more of a RomCom.
Both are about a guy who doesn't really know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, but then meets a girl who is a genius in the arts. Both are within the school setting as well. Though one is throughout college and the other high school. The other main characters seem similar to each other as well.
Both main characters(Takemoto and Sorata) deal with self discovery in the art field and on a personal level, the main females(Hagu and Mashiro) for both series are genius artist that the male leads try to measure up to.
Both series have a warm atmosphere centered around friendship, love, and everyday life. If you like Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo then Honey and Clover is the series for you.
Same plot line, and cast make up:
"normal" guy with "above normal" friends
practical reasoning evades the main female casts
fear and indecisive for the main male character
laid back atmosphere
I recommend it, because both shows are about a group a students living in a house. They work and study hard to accomplish their dreams. They go through many real life situations. Also in both of them, a Blond girl appears and she has a bond with the teacher who takes care of the home. Both are really good and demostrate the value of friendship and trust one to another.
I found these two series similar in a few ways.
Both Honey and Clover and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo are lighthearted romance series that has a slice of life feeling to them involving the main characters. The main female protagonist in both series are strange but with an unique presence.
On the other hand, the main male protagonist in both series who has no clue what to do yet with his life but discovers more meaning as he meets the main protagonist who both shares a talent in art.
Friend and discovery are themes present in both series as they adapt to the new atmosphere of their lives. There is also comedy, drama, and romance in both series.
Main male character from both series doesn't really know what to do with their life (Yuuta vs Sorata) and the Main Female character from both series doesn't really understand how daily life is but they are both amazing with art related stuff......they are really amazing at it. (Hagumi vs Mashiro)
Ove all both series are very similar and if you enjoy one then you'll probably like the other.
Both have the storyline of love complication because of TALENT and DREAMS! There's a well balanced of comedy, drama, and romance!
Similar with the protagonist trying to figure out what to do with his life while being surrounded by people with tremendous artistic ability. Both have that hint of romance and will leave you with a smile on your face.
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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