Another season of honey and clover.

Honey and Clover

Well, I’ve been reindulging myself in the sinful pleasure that is Honey and Clover. Truly, classics are the best. Gotta thank my part-time job of reviewing manga to get me back in to the mood to watch it (just had to review the first volume of Hachikuro by Viz Media).

Coming back to it after a year later and feeling way more mature, both physically and emotionally, it really does frighten me somewhat on how much Honey and Clover gets me emotionally involved with the characters, especially with Mayama and Takemoto, where in I see myself a lot in each of them, in different ways. It does make me wonder… will I be like that in a few more years time? Every time I rewatch this show, I gain a much needed appreciation of my own youth.

Truthfully though, what gets in to me the most are the women of Honey and Clover, mainly the painful loves between Mayama towards Rika, and Yamada towards Mayama. Yamada is definitely the character of Honey and Clover I can’t forget the most, and I definitely would’ve join in the Yamada bodyguard club if I had the chance myself too. But is it evil of me…. as I find her the most attractive when she pines for Mayama? I can really empathize with Nomiya’s feelings as he drives her back to the Shinkansen station in the 3rd episode of H&C II, when he wishes for her to come crying in to his arms. Can such despicable feelings truly be called love?

Ahhh… I guess Mayama’s right when he says that women turn more beautiful when they’re in love but men however….. well, he’s the best example I guess.


  1. Hei Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 1:33 am


  2. Ryan A Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 2:20 am

    yea, what Hei said.

    Yamada is one of those ultimate lovely types. Its just so damn hard not to reach out for her, as a male… she is perhaps one of the few 2-D characters I find honestly attracting.

  3. wildarmsheero Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 2:35 am

    lol, Honey and Clover. I watched for the lulz, stayed for the dorama. I would watch it again but don’t feel like it, though it does have the dubious honour of being one of the few shoujo/jousei shows that doesn’t make me want to tear my face off.

  4. igro Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 2:43 am

    Don’t forget about the great imho, idea of Takemoto travelling half (?) of Japan on his bike and how that made him develop as a character.. great stuff :thumbs up:
    And, of course, YAMADA LOVEEE~~
    Seriously, we need more anime where characters are at least half as ‘real’ as those in Hachikuro and where romance != harem and is portrayed in such a heart-gripping way.. >_>

  5. TheBigN Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 3:30 am

    I guess Mayama’s right when he says that women turn more beautiful when they’re in love but men however….

    Become stalkers, but dependable stalkers. :P

  6. Lindus Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 3:36 am


  7. desudesu Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 7:47 am

    >Gotta thank my part-time job of reviewing manga to get me back in to the mood to watch it (just had to review the first volume of Hachikuro by Viz Media).

    This couldn’t be…? You’re that guy who writes them manga reviews for The Star’s newspaper’s Sunday weeaboo section?

  8. Haesslich Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    *inserts bone-snapping sounds as someone who’s over thirty tries to reach for a color too far*

    I do think the show’s best at showing how things change, and how people grow apart as time goes on, but the memories are what remain important – since everyone, or almost everyone, under the age of 25 that I’ve met doesn’t seem to ‘get’ the show, but anyone who’s been out a few years and gone through some of the stuff (especially when the budgets are stretched, and you’ve got the Lohrmeyer-style fetishes due to them) appreciate the show more.

    My question is how many of us go Takemoto’s road, versus Yamada’s? Two very different answers to the same sort of question both ask themselves over the course of the series. And it’s not like Nomiya’s the only one to feel it’s despicable to want someone to run into their arms… since Yamada was wishing for Mayama’s obsession with Rika to be fruitless so he’d turn to her instead.

  9. Zizhou Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    Aw…and here I was hoping that they would actually go through with Honey and Cloverfield…

  10. meidocafe » Blog Archive » What has Fanservice done? Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    […] Langeweile macht sich breit. Wie der Zufall so will, hatte ich vorgestern die gleiche Idee wie Kurogane Neesama und ich habe mir noch einmal beide Staffeln von Honey & Clover zu Gemüte geführt. […]

  11. Setsukyie Said,

    April 9, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    Honey & Clover is a truly unique show..
    The anime gives me a feel that other animes doesn’t..
    Why? Maybe because H&C is more realistic..
    And also, H&C has one of the best character developments..

  12. Susie Q Said,

    April 12, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    It’s always a little frustrating when the characters won’t give up on someone that obviously doesn’t care as much about them…but people always do that and it does keep you watching the show to see what happens!

  13. Michael Said,

    April 12, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    Best series ever. I’ve seen it 3 times, and I still want to see it about over 9000x more.
    Seriously, when I was brought to tears at that desperate confession of Yamada (YAMADA FANS REPRESENT) I thought that the series will be great.

    When episode six arrived … OH WOW. BEST. SERIES. OF. ALL. TIME.

    Damn you, beautiful and uncliched scene. Damn you confession. That confession is the definitive standard of all anime confessions.

  14. Bob Said,

    April 16, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    Honey and Clover is my all time favorite anime.

    I’m a bit of a Yamada fan too, but I found Mayama and Rika’s story to be the most interesting.

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