Honey and Clover anime review

Honey and Clover anime review
Takemoto Yuuta, Mayama Takumi, and Morita Shinobu are college students who share the small apartment. Even though they live in poverty, the three of them are able to obtain pleasure through small things in life. The story follows these characters' life stories as poor college students, as well as their love lives when a short but talented 18 year old girl called Hanamoto Hagumi appears.

From the moment I saw the first OP sequence, with clay renditions of food arranged in ... creative ways, I knew that this was going to be a very unique show.

And indeed, it was. And it also proved not to be doinky.

The characters in Honey and Clover are a very important part of the series and all of them develop well and become great characters. Even Hagumi, who is practically perfect in every way in the beginning, grows to have some flaws. Shinobu is the funniest character, who supplies a good portion of the humor in this series. While Yuuta is sort of angsty, he is never overbearingly annoying, and Takumi and his relationships with Rika and Ayumi are also engaging.

The plot also flows well and has a good mixture of comedy and drama. The humor in this series is also very good and it's a lot better than your usual "protagonist accidentally laid his head in the female lead’s big boobs OHEMGEE!!!!" humor. It has a lot of parodies (especially in the Twister™ game scene, a scene that will probably never be forgotten by viewers of this series), but they are subtle and not in your face, which I like. The dramatic and introspective moments are even better, giving a good perspective on all of the characters and their stories.

As for the music, except for the OP song by YUKI (who should be renamed to "Screeching Monkey"), the music is very good and fits the series well. The BGM also makes good use of old songs by the J-pop band Spitz and the singer Suga Shikao, which enhance many scenes. The art and animation by J.C. Staff is very good for a TV series, and uses a lot of soft colors. The seiyuu also fit their characters well, and no one has an annoying voice.

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.

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: Honey and Clover. Watch it now:
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