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Honey and Clover Box Set 1

"What do you get when you cross creativity with self-discovery and unrequited love? Art school! Yuta Takemoto has no idea what's in store for his life when he enrolls at a Tokyo art college, but he find 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? Welcome to the bittersweet world of Honey and Clover... "

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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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  • 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
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Superfly on December 9, 2013
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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 the best anime I've ever seen. But I want to say a few words about this DVD-release and specifically about subtitles. I prefer watching anime with original japanese audio and subtitles, so its quality means a lot to me. And this is where it fails: generally subs are good, but the way they replace traditional japanese adressing with just names completely ruins the mood. Especially when you hear "Morita-san" and read just Shinobu - this completely freaks you out. I wonder if the translators have any idea that the way you adress a person means A LOT in japanese culture, like everyone adresses Yamada Ayumi as "Yamada-san", but her close friend or parents calls her just "Ayu" and etc. I've been waiting to get this release for a few years and this is such a disappointment. Someone may say this is retarded, but in my opinion the fail made by translators is much more retarded.

But still, if you want to watch a great anime about life and friendship you should get this. A real gem.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on September 10, 2009
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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 By Kellyannl on 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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