His ex-workers keep calling for help; his memory of his first love is traumatic to say the least, he hates his father so much that he'll never go back home, a stranger blames him for pushing her down the stairs... no wonder being pissed is a daily routine for Natsukawa Minori. Then enters one, no two women in his life that will make him too busy to be pissed.
Honeymoon Salad is a Seinen romantic drama about three broken people finding friendship and love in each other, and using those relationships to prop themselves up. It's pretty unique, avoiding both the prolonged melodrama of some seinen romances (e.g. Suzuka), but also not indulging in the comic relief or "light-hearted moments" that punctuate many others (e.g. Ai Yori Aoshi or Toshiue no Hito).
The result is serious, sometimes heavy-handed, and mostly realistic portrayal of these three characters (realistic except for the general lack of jealousy that one would usually expect, and also for the ending... for reasons that I won't go into here):
Minori, a young
adult male who has been perpetually depressed since his first girlfriend broke up with him--for reasons that she never explained.
Youko, the girl who broke his heart all those years ago, but now finds herself homeless and regretful.
Ichika, a beautiful woman that Minori just met, but who has had terrible taste in men and is coming off an abusive relationship.
Over the course of the story those three meet, they live together, they fight, they drift apart, they drift back together, they become friends, and they become lovers.
There are hardly any side characters of note in the manga, at least none with a lot of screen time, so your opinion of Honeymoon Salad will entirely depend on your view of those three characters.
If you generally like all three of them, and want to root for them despite their flaws, then you'll probably think that Honeymoon Salad is a refreshingly different take on love and romance.
If, like me, you wanted to like all three characters, but found them all annoying at times... then you'll probably end up appreciating what the manga does, but wishing that it were just a bit better.
If those three characters sound like depressing jerks that you want nothing to do with, then go find a different manga.
As for other issues: the pacing of the story is pretty good; the artwork is fine, though I didn't find any of the characters especially attractive looking; the ending is a bit surprising, and a bit abrupt, but works well enough. And as for enjoyment... it's not a series that will make you laugh, and it will make you feel a bit uncomfortable at times. At it's best, it's a series that will make you think and feel--though how much will depend on your ability to relate to the three main characters.
Is it harder to be the one getting dumped? Or is it harder to be the one whos dumping the other person.
These are the words our male protagonist Minori thinks about, but wishes to get out his head. After ending a relationship 10 years ago with the girl whom he sincerely loved he is working an average job, randomly one day he meets a girl accidentally and the girl rips his suit. She apologizes and soon enough they end up having sex, and he learns a bit about her past and how she got dumped as well, Minori soon comes to love this girl
, and then suddenly his girlfriend from 10 years ago appears. Surprisingly enough... they all get along.
The artwork is nothing special, its just "Good" 7/10
I found none of the characters except the girl from 10 years ago who dumped Minori to have really good development. She always had these lingering emotions but yet was able to control them so well. 7/10
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this, and I was satisfied on how it ended and how no one was heartbroken :) 7/10
I recommend this to anyone who just wants to cheer up a bit, and whos looking for some nice romance and comedy, this story isnt anything special but it wont be a waste of your time.