May 24, 2012

Anime Review: Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover tells the story of a group of college students living in a small apartment complex. Their lives are drastically changes when a girl pops up in their lives. It is one typical slice of life anime with comedic elements included.

Honey and CloverSynopsis:

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. 


After watching the entire series I must conclude that it is one slow slice of life anime. Even more slower than previous slice of life animes that I have watched. The story is quite original; a bunch of college guys living it out in a shabby apartment complex. I must say though, this anime is probably more suited for those who have a lot of time on their hands or want to watch some light romance and comedy anime. Things start of slowly until Hanamoto Hagumi comes along, then BAM! you got lovestruck guys running around the place, misunderstandings, one-sided loves and comic style comedy. It's all here if you are able to watch through the entire series. There were some emotional, bittersweet, and soulsearching events that will keep you occupied for a little while longer.

The art was average with some fair detail on scenery and characters. The characters were decently illustrated but I found them not that attractive to be memorable. For some reason, their eyes did not look right on their heads. Maybe they were too big? Or was it the lack of fine detail that ruined the anime?

Sound quality was excellent and voice acting was perfect. The opening theme songs were rather strange and it did not relate to the anime at all. For instance, the first opening theme song showed a green background with a revolving bowl in stop-motion animation style. Various random food would appear and animated a bit. It was pretty random in my opinion. The ending theme song was average and complemented the anime appropriately.

I did not find the characters that interesting or memorable. Hanamoto Hagumi looks too much like a kid and I can't really imagine her as being an 18 year old. The rest were generic and plain. Nothing in particular to mention here.

Overall, I think the anime focused more on character relationships and interactions rather than a central story or visual symbolism. I felt that the anime was more "take it as it comes" style; as in, it will randomly spit out events that cause the characters trouble. It was rather predictable what would happen next. Some characters will make you annoyed or make you sympathize with them. In the end, if you are really bored with nothing else to do, then you can give this a go.

Not much of a story here. It's a slice of life anime!

ART: 6
Average. That is all I can say.

Good voice acting overall. The theme songs were kind of unrelated to the anime.

Generic and plain. I found the characters were not that memorable.

There were a few laughs, some emotional moments and bittersweet memories. Nothing too drastic here.

I was relived that I finally got through all the episodes. Perhaps it was a bit too long for my liking.