Takemoto lives in a run down student apartment, where his greatest worry is when he'll next be able to afford to eat meat and whether he'll get to class on time. Although he's away from home and living on his own, Takemoto is far from finished growing up. Along with his crazy cast of friends, Morita, Mayama, Yamada, and Hagumi, Takemoto sets out to discover life and his true self.
(Source: VIZ Media)
Volume 10: Sora no Kotori, Hoshi no Opera
Hachimitsu to Clover won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award in shoujo category in 2007.
The series started serialization in CUTiE Comic magazine (chapters 1-14), and after suspension of the magazine, moved to Young You (chapters 15-56), and the last 8 chapters were published in Chorus (chapters 57-64).
The series was published in English as Honey and Clover by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from March 4, 2008 to June 1, 2010.
If you’re reading these lines you’re wasting time you could have spent reading one of the best manga’s out there. But if you insist you can read my review first and then read Honey & Clover…
Honey & Clover popped up many times on my radar, but I never started it. I just thought it was another school Manga with a loli complex. Gosh was I wrong.
The story plays in an art university and being a student myself I could easily relate to the situation. If I had to cut it down, it’s really about a bunch of Students and their close surrounding. As boring as
school sounds it is a time you’ll never forget and Honey & Clover somehow manages to get exactly this into a story. Projects due to tomorrow, all-nighters, pressure, love, friendship and so on. And with just that you have a story you wish would never end.
The Art is very soft. Nothing is drawn as clean or perfect as possibl. The Art is there to emphasise the moment in the Manga. If the story focuses on the scenery in the background, you have a beautiful background. If the characters and what they think is important, you know it without reading the text. The way everything is drawn is to convey something and not to take your attention away. Although sometimes you will fall of your chair laughing because of some hilarious facial expressions.
I would have given Story and Art 10/10 but then there would have been no difference between them and the characters in this manga. Because these characters are so lifelike you can always relate to them and their situations. When they go through hardship and come out stronger on the other side you easily get some wisdom for your life too (At least that’s what I’m telling myself 02:00 in the morning before a big test…). You may call me forever alone, or sad or whatever, but not reading this manga every day is like not seeing some of your friends regularly and after finishing it you’ll miss them dearly.
I have never enjoyed any written word or drawn thing as much as this manga, so yeah I did enjoy it quite a lot. There were situations when I had to bury my face in the pillow or otherwise my laughter would have woken the neighbours. Just yesterday I was in the bus reading but couldn’t go on because it was such an emotional scene that the bus didn’t seem to be the right place for it. And many times, especially in the end I had shivers running down my spine. I could go on like, but I’ll spare you from that ^^
Overall a 10/10. Pick it up, read one or two chapters and try to leave it at that. Just don’t start during exam time or something like that, I warned you. You can’t hold me responsible for that :P
This is an oddly enjoyable manga. It's very simple and basic, the drawings just plain, clean lines, But something addicts you to reading it. It's a fun manga, barely any deep feelings, But then, when there are, It's described so thoroughly and whole-heartedly it makes you cry. (unless it's something happy being described)it's hilarious too. I can't stop laughing when i read this.
SPOILER (Sort of)
there's this part where one of the main characters builds a tower thing for his grad project, and the teachers stand there and are like "it's good but.." so the guys friend takes a piece of wood and makes up a
name for the tower and writes it in marker and props it up against the tower and then, suddenly the teachers are like" OMG this is amazing. It deserves an A, how the name looks so so thrown together, almost shabby makes it a masterpiece!!!!" :)
one of my favorite manga and my biggest inspiration!
story - it's not just typical slice of life, every chapter left something for us to learn and the story is realistic, especially when you are uni or college students. also don't forget the comedic situations and the expression! this manga will make you laugh like crazy, and the next chapter you bawl like a baby.
art - at first it's a bit rough, but gets even better. I don't know how to say it but I can feel the warmth of the drawing and it looks so soft.
character - every characters feel so real and can relate
to. Takemoto the ordinary guy who is still clueless about his future, Morita the carefree guy who loves doing crazy things and cares a lot for his friends, Mayama the mature guy who fell in love with an older woman, Hagu the genius artist but a shy one (and tiny cute), and Ayumi the girl who has unrequited love for her best friend. we can see them grow in every chapter, and by the end of the manga, you will feel like you just parted with your best friends.
enjoyment - I enjoy this a lot and I already watched the anime 3 times, and read the manga 2 times. whenever I feel like I miss the characters, I just read or watch it over again.
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