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Honey and Clover, Box Set 1 (2009)

Haruka Kudou , Hiroshi Kamiya , Kenichi Kasai  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Haruka Kudou, Hiroshi Kamiya, Mikako Takahashi, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuji Ueda
  • Directors: Kenichi Kasai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the bestselling manga by Chika Umino, the shojo (girl's) series Honey and Clover (2005) focuses on the misadventures of well-intentioned Tokyo art student Yuta Takemoto. Yuta takes a room in a broken-down building that makes Maison Ikoku look like the Ritz and befriends two equally impoverished student roomers: hard-working Takumi Mayama and erratic Shinobu Morita (who's skipping his way through his seventh year). When Professor Hanamoto introduces them to his favorite relative, the elfin and infantile Hagumi, Yuta and Shinobu fall for her like a bento box of rocks. Hagumi looks like a porcelain doll, paints like Monet, sculpts like Rodin--and acts like a diffident 7-year-old. Honey and Clover is an offbeat mixture of slapstick and treacly romance. As often happens to nice guys, Yuta is eclipsed by a flamboyant friend: Shinobu's unexpected appearances shake everyone up, like a roaring leaf blower dropped into a Zen garden. It's not clear just what he and Yuta see in Hagumi, who carries the notion of kawaii (ultra-cute) to new heights--or depths. When she goes shopping for art supplies with Shinobu, she's too shy to eat in front of him or say she needs to go to the bathroom. The extras include a useful guide to cultural references: most otaku will already know "ramen" and "tatami," but when Shinobu calls Hagumi a koropokkur, it helps to know he's referring to a leprechaun-like figure in Ainu mythology. Honey and Clover spawned an animated sequel, Honey and Clover II (2006), and a live-action feature starring award-winning actress Yu Aoi and J-pop star Sho Sakurai. (Rated Teen+ Older Teen, suitable for ages 13 and older: cartoon violence, minor risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Yuta Takemoto has no idea what's in store for his life when he enrolls at a Tokyo art college, but he finds out right away it'll never be dull! Love triangles form as fast as friendships when both Takemoto and senior classmate Shinobu Morita fall hard for shy artistic prodigy Hagumi Hanamoto. And while architecture student Takumi Mayama secretly pines for an older woman, dazzling ceramicist Ayu Yamada pines for him! Confused yet?

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Charming, beautiful, realistic and enjoyable... There are definitely a lot of positive things you can say about the anime adaptation of the Kodansha Award winning manga series by Chika Umino.

Having spawned a live Japanese drama and film, "Honey and Clover" has been a popular series that attracts both guys and girls as the story focuses on life and love from the perspective of both sides of the sexes. I was hooked by the manga series from volume 1 and enjoyed the film despite its different interpretation. But I have always been curious about the anime adaptation and now the first box set consisting of the first 12 episodes + a bonus episode is now available in the US courtesy of Viz Media. In Japan, a total of two seasons (48 episodes) have aired.

In 2005, "honey and clover" was turned into an anime series courtesy of Director Kenichi Kasai ("Nodame Cantabile", "Gokudo", "His and Her Circumstances") and a screenplay by Yousuke Kuroda ("Big Windup!", "Excel Saga", "Gungrave", "Infinite Ryvius"). The series features music by Yuzo Hayashi ("Sailor Moon" series), character designs by Shuichi Shimamura ("Saber Marionette", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Green Legend Ran") and anime production by J.C. Staff.

"honey and clover" focuses on five students who attend an art college and the focuses on their persona lives, their friendships within several years and how they evolve in school to eventually planning a career.

The following 13-episodes are featured on three DVD's.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Anime Gem September 10, 2009
Format:DVD
Honey & Clover follows the lives of five students studying at an art college in Tokyo. The series follows their lives through their college years as they fall in love, find their first jobs, and question their purpose in life. I guess you can say that Honey and Clover is extraordinarily ordinary. Although in many ways that is what makes this series so special. If you were ever a college student (art college or otherwise) you will find it very easy to relate to the story Honey & Clover is telling.

The characters in Honey & Clover can be a bit quirky and eccentric yet they still all seem very real. It is especially easy to relate to the main protagonist Takemoto who is probably the most ordinary of the bunch and a perfect representation of an average college student.

Honey & Clover also boasts a great soundtrack with insert songs from Spitz & Suga Shikao used throughout the series. The art & character designs have a dreamlike and water color effect. Special notice should also be given to the opening sequence which uses stop motion animation & food for a very unique and memorable effect.

To conclude Honey and Clover is sometimes hilarious, sometimes it is sad. In that way it reflects the ups and downs of real life. If you are looking for an anime series that is intelligent, thoughtful & sincere I cannot recommend this one enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of college life. October 6, 2009
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Most anime is aimed at either a teenage or preteen audience. Honey and Clover is a rare anime targeted at adult women that guys should also enjoy - indeed, it will be appreciated most by those who have completed at least a year of college.

Our narrator is Yuta Takemoto, a sensitive young man slogging his way through his second year at a visual arts college as the series begins. Under the guidance of his favorite professor at the school, Shuji Hanamoto, Yuta makes his way along with his friends: his fellow architectural student Takumi Mayama, who's fallen in love with the young widow of Shuji's best friend; potter Ayumi Yamada, who in turn is in unrequieted love with Takumi; very eccentric computer graphics designer Shinobu Morita and, finally, Shuji's little cousin Hagumi "Hagu" Hanamoto - a painter/sculptor who will have a profound effect on both Yuta and Shinobu.

There are a few problems with the two female leads - Ayumi often becomes the dispenser of traditional anime slapstick humor, and more importantly a great chance to realistically depict life for short people is lost on Hagu, who has a disturbing lack of self-reliance with a somewhat shaky explanation. But for the most part, Honey and Clover brilliantly covers almost all aspects of college life, from freshmen experiencing their first bouts of homesickness to seniors stressing over finding their first jobs and everything in between - like learning how to handle alcohol without adult supervision and the dejection of often living on ramen and working your tail off to pay your dues without any financial reward yet. There are also some very humorous moments - especially a notorious game of Twister that will probably leap to the top 10 funniest list of many.

There are precious few josei anime in the North American market. Honey and Clover is generally considered one of the best, and if josei is your demographic, it belongs in your collection.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series... but not in this format October 10, 2011
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I've enjoyed this series since it came out, so when I came across the closing theme (Waltz by Suneohair) in my music collection I thought I'd see about buying it. The problem was that no information was given about languages so I thought I'd get one episode to try it out and sure enough it was dubbed in English.

The problem with that is that generally English voice actors are really, really bad compared to the original Japanese actors. They tend to sound wooden, and it grates in a way that the complete original production doesn't. I wouldn't mind if the files were dual audio with a subtitle option (two sets, one for the English dub and another for the original Japanese), AND IF THE FILES WERE PLAYABLE SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE PROPRIETARY AMAZON SYSTEM WITH ITS ABSURD DEFAULT SETTINGS, but none of those are options so I most certainly won't be buying the remaining episodes in this format.

So in the end I'd give five stars to the series - plot, characters, music, animation, (original) acting: all A+ - but I'd give one star for the formatting issues, so it averages out to three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a great series that provided us with ...
Great beginning to a great series that provided us with hours of fun entertainment. The seller sent exactly what was promised in a timely fashion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J.C. BROWN
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles fail with names T_T
MY RATING IS JUST ABOUT THIS RELEASE, NOT ANIME ITSELF, READ BELOW PLS!

There are a lot of reviews describing how great this anime is and I personally think that this is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Superfly
3.0 out of 5 stars Something to Pass the Time when Bored.
This is based on the manga Honey and Clover. The anime is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students trying to find their way in life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LoveBug
3.0 out of 5 stars May be worth it if you get to finish it
It doesnt keep my attention. Alot of details have been left out. Also, Ep 7 seems to be truncated and unfinishable
Published 8 months ago by Tomoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
I have watched the whole story - box set 1, box set 2, and box set 3 many times when television was boring. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 13 months ago by Charlene Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind
I loved Honey and Clover. It is a real life college drama. It is centered around 5 art students. It follows them through freshman year to graduation. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
4.0 out of 5 stars Predecessor to Eden of the East
If you like this anime, you will love Eden of the East since the character designer, director, music composer and many of the original voices follow on the other anime. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by ABs
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing show
I love this show so much, and the dvd does it justice. The main menu almost brought tears to my eyes...
Published on December 22, 2011 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply meaningful
This anime is a must-see. I'm 15 years old and eventhough i'm still a teenager, i enjoy this anime as much as those 20+ do, simply because it's a truly meaningful anime. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Q. Le
5.0 out of 5 stars Young artists facing heartbreaking changes
The pop culture vibe of "Honey and Clover" remains unforgettable, even as their favorite characters move away from each other. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by Jonathan Oyama
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