Yuuta, Takumi, and Shinobu share a six-tatami room apartment with no bath. The rent is low and it’s perfect for poor college students such as themselves. Shinobu is a mysterious, quirky person, who does things on a whim. Takumi is passionate both in work and love, and Yuuta is a simple person with simple dreams and desires. That is, until he meets Hagumi, a petite girl with enormous amount of talent. Hagumi is fondly called Hagu by Shuuji, who serves as Hagu’s guardian. Hagu meets Ayumi, nicknamed Ayu, and they become close friends almost instantly. Meanwhile, Ayu falls for one of the boys…
The joys of falling in love, the pain of letting go, discovering one’s self, and finding the courage to move on—these are some of the things that the characters in Hachimitsu to Clover experience as they take part in the play staged by fate. – My Anime List
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Unfortunately, the ending doesn’t really give a good closure to the love triangles, which is rather frustrating but understandable since the manga is still running and is up to volume 8 as of this time of writing. Otherwise, though, it was a decent ending, and overall, I highly recommend this series (and the manga that it was based on) and I hope it will get licensed in the future.
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So what else can I say, other than it’s good, you won’t regret it.
After watching the first couple of episodes, I thought the characters would never get along. They were all way too different from one another that they did not seem compatible with each other. As the show went on though, you discover that each one of them has their own personal motives and “secret” personalities that they hide from each other. Even though they never really show their true selves, their inner personalities finally click with one another. This is one anime that I loved to watch over and over again. There are only a couple of filler episodes, with more of a story arc system where circumstances in relationships and situations change to keep the story fresh. I never got bored with this show once, and with all the likable characters, I felt as if they were real people. This is a recommend to everyone who has ever experienced a one-sided love and needed to find themselves in the world.
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If Honey and Clover has any faults, it’s that you want it to keep going after it’s over. It ends just like it begins—right in the middle of things, with so much more yet to be experienced. Without realizing it, you’ve become part of that circle of friends: you’ve shared their heartbreaks and triumphs, walked alongside them as they poured out their feelings, and watched each one of them learn a little bit more about themselves. Whether in school or not, who hasn’t asked themselves at some point: “What do I want to do? Who do I want to be?” Honey and Clover may not have the answers, but it’s all about trying to find them.
Either way though, Honey and Clover is a very worthy series about young adults, and can stand with its head held high amongst Nodame Cantabile, Maison Ikkoku and Nana. They’re all unique, have their own points in which they make their cast shine beyond belief. It’s not the best among them, but as a slice of life series it really shines with a top notch script that really captures the years of college life.
Honey and Clover does a brilliant job depicting daily life without making it boring. However, since the series is essentially just a prolonged stay with a group of friends, the audience does not get to see the fruition of all of the conflicts. Much like real life, very few things are cast in stone. With a relatively open ending, the audience is left insatiably wanting more. By the end of the series, it is hard not to relate with at least one character. It wouldn’t be surprising if you relate with all of them; they are just that human.
Many anime titles struggle with the concept of love and how it develops. Most of these titles simply focus on one on one relationships or a harem type with every girl throwing herself at a central main character. Honey and Clover places itself leaps and bounds above the rest of these anime and creates not only an enjoyable piece of romantic comedy but plenty of drama at the same time. With a unique art style not often seen today, Honey and Clover is certainly worth a watch and I will be greatly anticipating the second Collection of episodes.
This is a review with mixed feelings. I could see it was a good show, but I could not bring myself to like the characters. Because of that, I felt that I was not in tune with the ending nearly as much as I should have been. All in all, the series felt – save for some parts – real, and young. It will drag somewhat in the latter parts (again, because of its strengths), but it is an anime worth its time in the slice-of-life/romance genre.
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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.
I can assume that this one won’t be for everyone, in fact I have tried to get a few friends to watch this one but can’t seem to tear them away from Bleach and Naruto. But if you get the opportunity, I highly recommend watching this as it is a really special series. The storyline follows a group of friends who are enrolled in and art college and the day to day complexity of adolescence and life in general. Every character is wonderfully thought out and are way more complex that they may initially seem. It really helps to give them a life of their own and although many characters follow the archetype of anime they really become memorable through their humanity. The main character is especially well realized, using voice over to share his thoughts and feelings with the viewer. It isn’t an entirely serious show though as it is at turns hilariously witty and just plain silly fun. The show is riddled with pop culture references like the obligatory Star Wars jokes, digs at other anime series and even Bill Gates. It also joins the ranks of other shows like Azumanga Daioh that treat there setting of modern day Japan with love and respect, from summer festivals to little nuances that are often hard for westerners to understand but delightful all the same. This series made me laugh, cry, and really think about my own life in ways that previously only Haibane Renmei could, though it would be wrong to compare the two. Oh and the first seasons EP is wonderfully weird.
But considering the lofty heights to which this anime soared in the first season, topping many people’s lists as their favourite anime, you’ll forgive me for ignoring whatever faults it may have. This is truly a one-of-a-kind story, an accomplishment that all but set up the Noitamina programming block as a viable timeslot for anime aimed at a non-traditional anime audience.
I’d recomend it to anyone, one of my favorite animes.
Really, I just didn’t like it. It wasn’t the worst anime ever. It wasn’t the worst anything. I just didn’t find it to be as compelling or romantic as other people have. I wrote this review mainly to provide another perspective, since I know that this is a popular series and it does appeal to certain people. But if you, like me, feel that unproductive and blind devotion is NOT a romantic ideal, then hopefully I have succeeded in warning you.