Honey and Clover
|Honey and Clover|
|Original Manga||Chika Umino|
|Made By||J.C. Staff|
|# of Episodes|| Season 1 (24)|
Season 2 (12)
Sum it up in a Sentence
Characters, personalities and relationships are explored in this somewhat stylized series during and after college life.
Detailing the lives of a group of friends and their close associates, this series portrays love, friendship, emotions, inner conflict and situational difficulties in an almost slow, yearning pace at times and with exaggerated comic emotion at others. While the plot continues to advance and deal with undeniably sensationalized universal themes, characters are multidimensional in the same manner yet developing beautifully into complete personae as the story, and back-story, unfurl with heartfelt piano melodies.
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I was fortunate enough to have Honey and Clover as a series I viewed early in my entry into the culture of anime. The clichés were not so much as clichés as unusual, perky in-jokes. The variation in animation technique from realistic figures to what I have learned to be "chibi" (?), did not make me cringe. I would expect some, if not a majority, of the well-seasoned anime viewers to find these to be an overkill. Of course, for a mature yet naive person just starting to realize that there is this niche, Honey and Clover is probably perfect to sit down with your wife, husband or woeful lack of wife/husband and get drawn into this beautiful, tragic and hilarious story. I cannot recommend this series enough to anyone who is willing to watch it. Please be aware, dear reader, that this show glamorizes smoking like Cowboy Bebop, you will crave a cigarette after every episode.
I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiments Chomo-Uri has about this series. Honey & Clover really is a dazzling diamond in the rough that I was fortunate enough to pick up and has enough story to pull in those ordinarily put off by the stereotyped anime. The animation transitions in and out of comedic situations are often friendly enough for those not anime-inclined, and often have a more artistic feel to make it even easier for people to understand and associate with. The realistic setting is very refreshing, and not just aesthetically. There are many anime set in realistic settings interjected with perfect-world or clichéd dialogue. And not to say that Honey & Clover is perfect, but I feel the characters really do react to each other as normal humans would. Again, I urge anyone to watch Honey & Clover and I guarantee you'll come away feeling like you actually watched something worthwhile and engrossing. --Willsun 11:21, 11 February 2008 (CET)