Honey and Clover: I get it now

July 10, 2006

So I’m back after watching about more than half of Honey & Clover. I get it now why people love it.

My reasons are simple:

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Gorgeous watercolour-like art.

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Manly nurse from hell!
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Morita senpai!!!

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Yamada and Mayama. Give it up, girl. He’s a lost cause.

To be honest, when I started Honey & Clover, I really braced myself for a Windy Tales experience. That anime was my introduction to “slice of life” stuff, and thanks to it, I’ve come to equate slice of life with “boring”.

But Honey & Clover is … different. In fact, I think that’s the charm of the anime. It’s not about some super-powered girl with a big destiny to save/destroy the world. It’s not about people flying or bouncing off the walls to evade some mutant monster. It’s about life, it’s about living, it’s about people who are trying to make sense of their lives.

I wasn’t so sure about the whole Yuki X Yamada X Mayama. Man, I’m really leery of romantic triangles and quadrangles, but Honey & Clover doesn’t drag out the angst. I really salute Yamada for being so strong, though I want to shake her and tell her to look elsewhere – like Morita! Tee hee! – because Mayama is so with Yuki. (Their relationship has a better chance than hers with Mayama, poor thing.)
And thank goodness the whole anime is not about romantic entanglements (or not I will surely die). There’s Takemoto who’s trying to figure out his calling in life and what’s he’s here on planet Earth for.

And then there’s Morita, who defies categorisation or explanation. Morita just is. Mochademy Awards, anyone?? I laughed out loud at almost all his scenes (though the one with the manly nurse left me giggling insanely). Though I was quite blown away by his serious side too. Darn, I do wish he was a spy, but I don’t think he is one. And when he graduated only to return for more “education”?? LOL.

Not sure about Hagu-chan, really. Seriously, I know she’s supposed to be this cute darling, but drawing her to look like a five-year-old is a wee bit much, don’t you think? And to have Takemoto and Morita interested in her, no matter what they say about her age, it’s just a wee disturbing to see played out on screen. 😛

So, do I love Honey & Clover? Yup. 😉 But to be honest, I don’t think it’s the work of genius everyone says it is. It’s different, yes, but I don’t know, it didn’t grab me 110% and leave me stunned … not like how Fullmetal Alchemist did for me. I mean, when I watched FMA, I replayed the scenes in my head over and over again … for example, what Shou Tucker did, the war in Ishbal, Roy Mustang pulling a gun on himself … those scenes just burnt themselves in my head thanks to their raw emotion and power.

But perhaps Honey & Clover is just different on another level and shouldn’t be compared to an action/drama/adventure vehicle like FMA. But whatever it is, Honey is definitely good, and you bet I’m going to watch the second season!

(Especially when there are hints they’re going to explore Morita more!)