Honey and Clover
All Honey and Clover released episodes
The Day It All Began
An unusual transfer student arrives at the art school Takemoto attends and attracts the attention of Morita, causing him to go on a photo-taking spree on her. Mayama, Takemoto and Yamada soon discover her artistic talents.
The two affections start to turn
Morita's motive for his terrible treatment on Hagumi is revealed in his website, and the stressed out Hagumi is enraged by what but he did. However, Morita soon repays her for her troubles.
These were two unrequited loves
Takemoto, Morita and Mayama are invited over to the Hanamoto's for a dinner party after Hagumi brings back some soba from her summer vacation in Nagano. However, Morita and Mayama fail to attend. Takemoto offers to help Hagumi with something but soon finds that he has taken on more than he can chew. And Mayama's job puts a serious strain on Yamada.
The boy and girl are swayed
Mayama's love life still remains difficult. Hagumi feels the stress of being different from everyone. And Morita organises a Christmas party for the Christmas Eve.
I think of my mother in my hometown
Takemoto reluctantly returns home for the New Year and meets Kazuo, his step-father. In the second part of the episode, the gang takes a road trip to a hot spring using the money won from a lottery ticket.
The past, the tears, the confession
The group visits a rather eerie zoo. Shuuji reveals to Mayamoto his history with Rika and her husband. In the second half of the episode, the students are hard pressed to complete their final term art work especially Morita.
We Look for a Miracle
Shuuji Hanamoto has to be away for a year for a job assignment and he worries about whether he should bring his niece, Hagumi, along with him. Intending to give her uncle a good luck charm for his trip, Hagumi searches for a four-leaf clover.
Because I Can't Leave You Alone
Hagumi and Ayama hold a dinner party and invite the guys over but it soon turns out that it's a special day for one of them. And in the second part of the episode, Hagumi has to spend a night alone in the apartment when Ayama has to return home to her family.
That brooch was so heavy
Everyone is working late preparing their exhibits for the school festival including Hagumi, who has trouble with her wax work. She later finds a white broach that someone had made for her. The broach is quite similar to the one she had doodled on her notebook. Hagumi also gets a job to help Yamada sell Christmas goodies at her family store but they have to compete with a new supermarket that has opened nearby.
Honey & Clover was the most pleasant surprise I had in the past few months or so. I really didn't expect it to be THAT good. Here's a few points about it: Both the characters and the relationship between them are well written and I can't think of a flat character among the main ones (Takemoto, Morita, Hagu, Yamada, Mayama and Shuji). The college and work challenges and some love triangles take the most part of the show. An odd thing is that to me the lead character (Takemoto) was rather uninteresting until the end of the first season. Also, Hagu cab be annoying sometimes, but not enough to make her a bad char. The soundtrack also stands out in Honey & Clover. Right in the first episode there is a remarkable scene with the OST. The OP-ED are unusually good, with references to other movies/series, like Beetlejuice, which I found interesting. I'd recomend it to anyone, one of my favorite animes.
Honey and Clover is probably one of the few animes where I can sit back and say "Hey! This are real people." This show was at times bittersweet, at times painful, and at times incredibly funny, and I could go from tears to laughter in the same episode (Man, that Morita.) All of the characters were likable and I could find something in most of them I could relate with (more so with some than others). I hear people classify this as a romance, but really, most of it is unrequited love. Not that there isn't any romance in it, but,well, I won't dwell into spoilers. A must watch for any slice of life anime watchers. Hey, even if you don't like slice of life, watch this. It's that good.
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Episode Director, Storyboard
Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics